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Could Ethnic-Cleansing, Land-Theft, Exceptionalism, Invasion and Occupation ever be Legitimate?

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I would like to share with my readers a superb letter * from Anne Candlin which was sent to  Patrick Darnes (member of the Executive of the PSC), responding to his reply to her earlier letter in which she was urging PSC to give support to Southampton Conference .

From: Anne Candlin

To Patrick Darnes

Subject: Article on Southampton Conference [ IS THIS THE END OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION? ]

An article about the attempts to get the Southampton University Law School to cancel their conference on Israel and International Law. It includes a short piece by Gilad Atzmon asking “why PSC has been silent?” and we might all ask why PSC has been silent on the issue of the legitimacy of Israel : this is the first time such a conference has been planned and it is long overdue…

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Tower Hamlets council: ‘Eric Pickles has abused his powers’

The following statement appeared on Left Unity’s website about the blatant attack by the Coalition government on the right to residents of Tower Hamlets to elect a council and Mayor that these hypocritical racists disapprove of.

It is worth noting, that Pickles, like most of his parliamentary cohorts in the Tory Party, and many Lib-Dems as well, is a supporter of the ‘Friends of Israel’ faction within his party, which in the Tories embraces 80% of Tory MPs.

This attack on democracy is somewhat reminiscent of the attitude of the Israeli government when, in some semi-democratic body, Palestinians elect politicians the Zionists disapprove of.

Pickles seems to be intent on bringing the norms of West Bank ‘democracy’ to East London


 

“Pete Green of Left Unity said:

“Eric Pickles has abused his powers and revealed a contempt for the democratic vote in Tower Hamlets by sending in three commissioners to oversee the council’s actions.

“The audit, demanded by local Labour MPs who feel threatened by the success of mayor Lutfur Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First in the local elections, has found no evidence of criminality or fraud.

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