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(en) Britain, Israeli State vs Palestinians or All governments murder

From ManchesterOldham AF <anarchist_federation@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Thu, 29 Jul 2004 09:38:17 +0200 (CEST)


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Manchester Anarchist Federation went to a picket
outside Marks and Spencer in the city centre on
24/7/04. The pro-Palestinian Victory to the Intifada
(VI) has picketed every Saturday for the past 3 years.
They chose M&S because of its financial support for
the Israeli State. A few weeks before, Likud (right
wing Israeli party) began an aggressive counter
picket. If we had not known, we would have thought
Likud was the BNP or Combat 18.

Bloc against bloc
VI have adopted a policy of not talking to Likud, not
wishing to be involved in violence and knowing that
M&S would use this as an excuse to slap ASBOs on them.
Amongst the Zionist group were big, aggressive men
resembling football thugs hiding behind baseball caps
and high-buttoned jackets. Their role was to provoke
VI through racist and homophobic insults. ASBOs would
suit them just fine. Also present were ordinary Jewish
people with their sons. Few Zionist women were there.
The kids handed out leaflets referring to the pickets
as National Socialists, the Nazi Party's name in
Germany.

What made this a shocking demonstration?
Because of so much fear and aggression, neither group
was engaging in any discussion. The VI adopted
dignified silence as their tactic. Likud heavies made
sure that no Jews could talk to the VI. The riot
police made a wall between them. Anarchists believe
in connecting with individuals on a human level. When
we tried to talk to the thug element they said,
&#8220;If you don&#8217;t understand the question, you
are too unintelligent to talk to.&#8221; They labelled
us as unintelligent just as the Nazis labelled their
victims in the Holocaust. Labelling people means you
can treat them as less than human which is exactly
what the Israeli State is doing to the Palestinians.
Manchester Anarchists talked creatively to the more
ordinary Jews, putting forward an Anarchist solution
of no state and showing how all the leaders were
murdering workers and children, Israelis and
Palestinians.

One aggressive Likud member screamed repeatedly at the
VI demonstrators, "One state or two? One state
or two?" We would answer NO STATE but an
Anarchist World.



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