Protesters hold Newport vigil for Gaza

Protesters hold Newport vigil for Gaza

Supporters held a Vigil for Gaza outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport. Pictured are the supporters with banners, flags and posters. (8589160)

Supporters held a Vigil for Gaza outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport. Pictured is Cllr RayDavies from Bedwas. (8589194)

Supporters held a Vigil for Gaza outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport. Pictured are the supporters at the Vigil with posters, banners and flags. (8589199)

Supporters held a Vigil for Gaza outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport. Pictured is Adam Ahmed aged 7 from Newport. (8589206)

Supporters held a Vigil for Gaza outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport. Pictured is Joyce Giblin from Newport. (8589223)

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A CROWD gathered outside the Westgate Hotel last night to hold a “vigil” for the conflict in Gaza.

Organised by the group No NATO Newport, protesters were asked to bring flags, posters and banners as they massed next to the Chartist statues at 5pm.

Pippa Bartolotti, Wales Green Party leader, planned to attend the protest.

She said: “The British government has shamefully shirked any responsibility over the matter of Palestine for 77 years.

“It stands silent whilst the sands of Gaza once again turn red with blood.

“It was the British who abandoned Palestine in 1947, leaving it to become the world’s first state invented purely for religious purposes, and born in bloodshed.

“It was the British who consistently turned away from helping the unarmed inhabitants of Palestine, and it is about time the British government took responsibility and led the pathway to peace.

“Several polls indicate that Israeli public opinion is shifting against its government’s continued military response and occupation, and the UN Secretary General is calling for a renewed commitment to a two-state solution.”

She added: “The siege on Gaza is inhumane and counter-productive.

“It must be lifted now”

The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 700 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say.

Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation it says is aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza and destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels.

Two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed.

Despite a UN resolution passed against his country, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday repeated his determination to neutralise the rocket and tunnel threats from Hamas.

“We started this operation to return peace and quiet to Israel... And we shall return it,” Mr Netanyahu said at a joint appearance with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

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11:48am Fri 25 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

If Bartolotti and chums took a plane to the area, hunkered down with a rifle with night 'scope and took out a rocketeer as it aimed yet another rocket the CURRENT problem would be sorted in a week.
What's happening is beyond horror but so long as terrorist outfits like Hamas prevail , with their indifference to the suffering they impose, nothing will change. And yes I concede that there are even viler creatures than Hamas in the wings . Their attitude that life is of no consequence and all will be wonderful in some mythical afterlife is an awfully intractable delusion and Ms B and her chums ain't gonna make any impact on it bleating around the locality.
If Bartolotti and chums took a plane to the area, hunkered down with a rifle with night 'scope and took out a rocketeer as it aimed yet another rocket the CURRENT problem would be sorted in a week. What's happening is beyond horror but so long as terrorist outfits like Hamas prevail , with their indifference to the suffering they impose, nothing will change. And yes I concede that there are even viler creatures than Hamas in the wings . Their attitude that life is of no consequence and all will be wonderful in some mythical afterlife is an awfully intractable delusion and Ms B and her chums ain't gonna make any impact on it bleating around the locality. Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

12:17pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Abertillery29 says...

Lets not forget that this all started when three youngs Israelis were abducted and murdered.
Lets not forget that this all started when three youngs Israelis were abducted and murdered. Abertillery29
  • Score: 8

12:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mr Holder says...

Useful idiots, no protests when it's muslim on muslim killing though, 16,000 dead Syrian children doesn't have the same political impact perhaps.
Useful idiots, no protests when it's muslim on muslim killing though, 16,000 dead Syrian children doesn't have the same political impact perhaps. Mr Holder
  • Score: 15

12:43pm Fri 25 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

Israel...the expansionist terrorist state. But the world is at last wising up, even if bought and sold governments are not. And their pimping media. A change is coming.
Israel...the expansionist terrorist state. But the world is at last wising up, even if bought and sold governments are not. And their pimping media. A change is coming. KarloMarko
  • Score: -9

1:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

paddyparry says...

I am always amazed at how one sided any protest is relating to Gaza or the West Bank. There seem to be few who object to Palestinians using rockets or suicide bombers. Yes Israeli action does look overdone but what else are they to do. No one pressurises the Palestinians to stop. AS to a nation born in bloodshed, remember that it was the Arab nations that attacked Israel and then encouraged the Palestinian people to flee their homes. If the Arabs were interested in peace then things would change very quickly.
I am always amazed at how one sided any protest is relating to Gaza or the West Bank. There seem to be few who object to Palestinians using rockets or suicide bombers. Yes Israeli action does look overdone but what else are they to do. No one pressurises the Palestinians to stop. AS to a nation born in bloodshed, remember that it was the Arab nations that attacked Israel and then encouraged the Palestinian people to flee their homes. If the Arabs were interested in peace then things would change very quickly. paddyparry
  • Score: 3

1:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

displayed says...

The word "h a m a s " or more correctly "c ha m a s "means violence:

"The Hebrew meaning of “chamas” is “violence,” according to the Hebrew-English volume of Reuben Alcalay’s Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew dictionary. “Cruelty” and “injustice” are additional definitions,"

"Its a militant Islamic fundamentalist political movement that opposes peace with Israel and uses terrorism as a weapon; seeks to create an Islamic state in place of Israel; is opposed to the PLO and has become a leading perpetrator of terrorist activity in Israel; pioneered suicide bombing"
"By one means or another, Hamas aims to convince the world of its deep desire to eliminate Israel, and establish there instead the 23rd religious Muslim state."

Why would such a "peaceful organisation" choose a word which promotes and describes the opposite of peace, hmmm.

These so called supporters wouldn't be able to cope if they were faced with the onslaught and barrage of missiles hurled at Israel over the yrs, from such a gentle, laid back group!

"the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force."

Negatives at the ready.

Shalom (now that does mean "peace")........
The word "h a m a s " or more correctly "c ha m a s "means violence: "The Hebrew meaning of “chamas” is “violence,” according to the Hebrew-English volume of Reuben Alcalay’s Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew dictionary. “Cruelty” and “injustice” are additional definitions," "Its a militant Islamic fundamentalist political movement that opposes peace with Israel and uses terrorism as a weapon; seeks to create an Islamic state in place of Israel; is opposed to the PLO and has become a leading perpetrator of terrorist activity in Israel; pioneered suicide bombing" "By one means or another, Hamas aims to convince the world of its deep desire to eliminate Israel, and establish there instead the 23rd religious Muslim state." Why would such a "peaceful organisation" choose a word which promotes and describes the opposite of peace, hmmm. These so called supporters wouldn't be able to cope if they were faced with the onslaught and barrage of missiles hurled at Israel over the yrs, from such a gentle, laid back group! "the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." Negatives at the ready. Shalom (now that does mean "peace")........ displayed
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Fri 25 Jul 14

theviking666 says...

Ray, how about worrying about what you and your councillors friends are doing to the meal on wheel service in Caerphilly, something close to home!
Ray, how about worrying about what you and your councillors friends are doing to the meal on wheel service in Caerphilly, something close to home! theviking666
  • Score: 6

2:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

"Nakbak"... look it up. Israel and the Zionist settler project began with its terrorism and will die with it. No flowers please.
"Nakbak"... look it up. Israel and the Zionist settler project began with its terrorism and will die with it. No flowers please. KarloMarko
  • Score: -1

3:42pm Fri 25 Jul 14

davidcp says...

“It was the British who abandoned Palestine in 1947". Didn't we leave because of the Israeli 'resistance'?

WWII. Egyptian invasion 1967(?). The PLO. Lebanon. Munich Olympics.

All started by Israel??? After WWII they had a saying - never again. They've shown that they live by that motto ever since. So why poke the bear with a stick? Ghandi freed India without violence. Try that.

Truth is, there are peoples who seem to prefer resolution by violence as a first option; peoples who resist using violence whatever happens and then use it gently (sending other people's children in to fight with one hand tied behind their backs); and those who prefer to control themselves but, if attacked, respond like Patton - they decide on a plan and execute it violently.

I know it's a hackneyed question, but what if France DID start lobbing missiles at us? Probably option 2, above, knowing our government. Although they'd move Parliament out of range first......
“It was the British who abandoned Palestine in 1947". Didn't we leave because of the Israeli 'resistance'? WWII. Egyptian invasion 1967(?). The PLO. Lebanon. Munich Olympics. All started by Israel??? After WWII they had a saying - never again. They've shown that they live by that motto ever since. So why poke the bear with a stick? Ghandi freed India without violence. Try that. Truth is, there are peoples who seem to prefer resolution by violence as a first option; peoples who resist using violence whatever happens and then use it gently (sending other people's children in to fight with one hand tied behind their backs); and those who prefer to control themselves but, if attacked, respond like Patton - they decide on a plan and execute it violently. I know it's a hackneyed question, but what if France DID start lobbing missiles at us? Probably option 2, above, knowing our government. Although they'd move Parliament out of range first...... davidcp
  • Score: 5

5:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Israel...the expansionist terrorist state. But the world is at last wising up, even if bought and sold governments are not. And their pimping media. A change is coming.
Well the only change I could conceive of is that Israel would be engulfed by the wonderful Mohammedan world. No doubt that would be welcomed by anti-Semites like you, but would it genuinely be better?
" Israel and the Zionist settler project began with its terrorism and will die with it." As you say; Mohammedan eternal terrorism is so much more attractive, isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Israel...the expansionist terrorist state. But the world is at last wising up, even if bought and sold governments are not. And their pimping media. A change is coming.[/p][/quote]Well the only change I could conceive of is that Israel would be engulfed by the wonderful Mohammedan world. No doubt that would be welcomed by anti-Semites like you, but would it genuinely be better? " Israel and the Zionist settler project began with its terrorism and will die with it." As you say; Mohammedan eternal terrorism is so much more attractive, isn't it? Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Fri 25 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

"Winning the peace latest".....5.48pm 17:48.
Anne Barnard of the New York Times is
in Gaza. "Just visited a psychologist in
Gaza who counsels trauma victims," she
tweets. "His mother, 3 brothers, nephew
& sister in law were killed in their
house."....
"Winning the peace latest".....5.48pm 17:48. Anne Barnard of the New York Times is in Gaza. "Just visited a psychologist in Gaza who counsels trauma victims," she tweets. "His mother, 3 brothers, nephew & sister in law were killed in their house.".... KarloMarko
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Like many people, I don't have any problem with legitimate criticism of the Israeli government and I accept that this is what many of the protestors are there for. However, what I do find disturbing is the way that neo-Nazi groups which include many white supremacists tend to jump on the bandwagon, infiltrate liberal and left-wing movements and use it as a politically acceptable platform to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the left also has an historical track record of sticking its head in the sand over issues - just look at the way it lionised Joseph Stalin whilst meantime he murdered millions upon millions of their intellectual equivalents in the USSR.

*Btw, the message on the placard being held up by woman in the last photo which maintains that Israel is being racist towards the Palestinians is actually incorrect and irrational. The majority of Palestinians (actually all?) are Semites and many of the Israelis are also Semites - as well as Africans, Caucasians and south-east Asians etc. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is about religion and unfortunately many people get religion mixed up with race.

Personally I can't see why anyone would support Hamas and the best solution would be for it to be wiped off the face of earth without the deaths of any innocent Palestinians. Hamas are basically the middle-east's version of the KKK and under Hamas rule homosexuality carries the death penalty. On that note, please spare a thought for LGBTQ Palestinians who are not solely at risk of being killed by bombs from the Israeli military but are even more likely to be killed by those whom the world thinks are on their own side!
Like many people, I don't have any problem with legitimate criticism of the Israeli government and I accept that this is what many of the protestors are there for. However, what I do find disturbing is the way that neo-Nazi groups which include many white supremacists tend to jump on the bandwagon, infiltrate liberal and left-wing movements and use it as a politically acceptable platform to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the left also has an historical track record of sticking its head in the sand over issues - just look at the way it lionised Joseph Stalin whilst meantime he murdered millions upon millions of their intellectual equivalents in the USSR. *Btw, the message on the placard being held up by woman in the last photo which maintains that Israel is being racist towards the Palestinians is actually incorrect and irrational. The majority of Palestinians (actually all?) are Semites and many of the Israelis are also Semites - as well as Africans, Caucasians and south-east Asians etc. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is about religion and unfortunately many people get religion mixed up with race. Personally I can't see why anyone would support Hamas and the best solution would be for it to be wiped off the face of earth without the deaths of any innocent Palestinians. Hamas are basically the middle-east's version of the KKK and under Hamas rule homosexuality carries the death penalty. On that note, please spare a thought for LGBTQ Palestinians who are not solely at risk of being killed by bombs from the Israeli military but are even more likely to be killed by those whom the world thinks are on their own side! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

8:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

KarloMarko wrote:
"Nakbak"... look it up. Israel and the Zionist settler project began with its terrorism and will die with it. No flowers please.
Actually, as an aside, in the Jewish religion it is not customary to bring flowers to a funeral anyway - the idea being that you come into the earth with nothing and you leave with nothing.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: "Nakbak"... look it up. Israel and the Zionist settler project began with its terrorism and will die with it. No flowers please.[/p][/quote]Actually, as an aside, in the Jewish religion it is not customary to bring flowers to a funeral anyway - the idea being that you come into the earth with nothing and you leave with nothing. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 4

9:26am Sat 26 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Like many people, I don't have any problem with legitimate criticism of the Israeli government and I accept that this is what many of the protestors are there for. However, what I do find disturbing is the way that neo-Nazi groups which include many white supremacists tend to jump on the bandwagon, infiltrate liberal and left-wing movements and use it as a politically acceptable platform to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the left also has an historical track record of sticking its head in the sand over issues - just look at the way it lionised Joseph Stalin whilst meantime he murdered millions upon millions of their intellectual equivalents in the USSR.

*Btw, the message on the placard being held up by woman in the last photo which maintains that Israel is being racist towards the Palestinians is actually incorrect and irrational. The majority of Palestinians (actually all?) are Semites and many of the Israelis are also Semites - as well as Africans, Caucasians and south-east Asians etc. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is about religion and unfortunately many people get religion mixed up with race.

Personally I can't see why anyone would support Hamas and the best solution would be for it to be wiped off the face of earth without the deaths of any innocent Palestinians. Hamas are basically the middle-east's version of the KKK and under Hamas rule homosexuality carries the death penalty. On that note, please spare a thought for LGBTQ Palestinians who are not solely at risk of being killed by bombs from the Israeli military but are even more likely to be killed by those whom the world thinks are on their own side!
For once Katie, you speak a lot of sense, though I couldn't put "and" between liberal/left wing, since they are polar opposites. Communism in the Soviet Union was a strange creature. Although Stalin made Beria , Jewish or perceived as such, his Torturer-Genera l(and then had him killed of course) he had the Russian psyche , at heart vodka and anti-Semitism and subsequently ordered the deaths of many simply because of their Jewishness. Nothing new: "Jew Street in Brynmawr" was such because there lived survivors of 19th century Russian pogroms. But I fear there's nastier than Hamas in the wings. With Mohammedanism a raging beast in parts of Africa and the Middle East we've all got a lot to fear, not just the homosexual lobby.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Like many people, I don't have any problem with legitimate criticism of the Israeli government and I accept that this is what many of the protestors are there for. However, what I do find disturbing is the way that neo-Nazi groups which include many white supremacists tend to jump on the bandwagon, infiltrate liberal and left-wing movements and use it as a politically acceptable platform to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the left also has an historical track record of sticking its head in the sand over issues - just look at the way it lionised Joseph Stalin whilst meantime he murdered millions upon millions of their intellectual equivalents in the USSR. *Btw, the message on the placard being held up by woman in the last photo which maintains that Israel is being racist towards the Palestinians is actually incorrect and irrational. The majority of Palestinians (actually all?) are Semites and many of the Israelis are also Semites - as well as Africans, Caucasians and south-east Asians etc. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is about religion and unfortunately many people get religion mixed up with race. Personally I can't see why anyone would support Hamas and the best solution would be for it to be wiped off the face of earth without the deaths of any innocent Palestinians. Hamas are basically the middle-east's version of the KKK and under Hamas rule homosexuality carries the death penalty. On that note, please spare a thought for LGBTQ Palestinians who are not solely at risk of being killed by bombs from the Israeli military but are even more likely to be killed by those whom the world thinks are on their own side![/p][/quote]For once Katie, you speak a lot of sense, though I couldn't put "and" between liberal/left wing, since they are polar opposites. Communism in the Soviet Union was a strange creature. Although Stalin made Beria , Jewish or perceived as such, his Torturer-Genera l(and then had him killed of course) he had the Russian psyche , at heart vodka and anti-Semitism and subsequently ordered the deaths of many simply because of their Jewishness. Nothing new: "Jew Street in Brynmawr" was such because there lived survivors of 19th century Russian pogroms. But I fear there's nastier than Hamas in the wings. With Mohammedanism a raging beast in parts of Africa and the Middle East we've all got a lot to fear, not just the homosexual lobby. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

10:35am Sat 26 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

"The homosexual lobby"(sic) ..."those who deny exhibit their repressed anger the most extremely"- Freud. Out of your closet Dai. Embrace your true nature. Loads of right wing gays around. Think Martin Webster.
"The homosexual lobby"(sic) ..."those who deny exhibit their repressed anger the most extremely"- Freud. Out of your closet Dai. Embrace your true nature. Loads of right wing gays around. Think Martin Webster. KarloMarko
  • Score: 0

10:41am Sat 26 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

Btw, those who think 1940s Zionism and Nazi fascism are somehow polar opposites, look no further than the Stern movement. Love at first sight.
Btw, those who think 1940s Zionism and Nazi fascism are somehow polar opposites, look no further than the Stern movement. Love at first sight. KarloMarko
  • Score: -1

12:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

KarloMarko wrote:
"The homosexual lobby"(sic) ..."those who deny exhibit their repressed anger the most extremely"- Freud. Out of your closet Dai. Embrace your true nature. Loads of right wing gays around. Think Martin Webster.
What quaint views you hold. I have observed no political uniformity amongst homosexual people I know. A lesson lost on Mr Cameron who, I think, thought he'd get more votes because of the mock marriage stuff-his "ban hunting" moment. But Blair was right; he got a few votes with that and lost none. Mock marriage was, I'm afraid, a lose- lose for Mr. C.
As for closets you might consider it a kindness to remain in yours and distribute your ordure in the appropriate place, rather than on this.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: "The homosexual lobby"(sic) ..."those who deny exhibit their repressed anger the most extremely"- Freud. Out of your closet Dai. Embrace your true nature. Loads of right wing gays around. Think Martin Webster.[/p][/quote]What quaint views you hold. I have observed no political uniformity amongst homosexual people I know. A lesson lost on Mr Cameron who, I think, thought he'd get more votes because of the mock marriage stuff-his "ban hunting" moment. But Blair was right; he got a few votes with that and lost none. Mock marriage was, I'm afraid, a lose- lose for Mr. C. As for closets you might consider it a kindness to remain in yours and distribute your ordure in the appropriate place, rather than on this. Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

PS I've just remembered where your "thing" came from CM-it's the old infant school "he who smelt it dealt it". Do stay in the closet-please.
PS I've just remembered where your "thing" came from CM-it's the old infant school "he who smelt it dealt it". Do stay in the closet-please. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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