*Broadbased coalition in support of an end to
Israeli occupation set for
Record-breaking actor Emma Thompson revealed today why she is
make political history by supporting Britain's first broad-based
alliance for a just peace in the Middle East. Ms Thompson earned
Oscars for best actress in Howard's End and for best-adapted
for adapting Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility. The
ever to have won film Oscars for acting and writing is backing
historic drive for a just settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.
The ENOUGH! coalition, representing over three million people
charities, trade unions, faith and campaign groups has come
mark this year's 40th anniversary of the Israeli military occupation
the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The launch will come only days after a report, funded by the
government, warned that Israel's separation wall is trapping
Palestinians. The report on Israel's separation wall was produced
Israeli planning and rights organisation Bimkom. The report
wall is cutting off Palestinians from employment, education,
needs, undermining social and family life and isolating farmers
Ms Thompson said: "This report cites the devastating effects
Palestinians' health and livelihoods of Israel's separation
shows the vital need for our ministers to make fresh moves for
peace. It is high time the UK government matched its rhetoric
action which can save Palestinians and Israelis from another
ENOUGH will be launched with a news conference at 11.00 am next
(30 January) in the Wilson Room at Portcullis House, Victoria
Embankment, London SW1A 2LW.
Supporters include actor -Miriam Margolyes, now appearing in
West End hit musical Wicked - and other celebrities such as
Wilson, Stephen Fry, Angus Deayton, Zoe Wanamaker and film director
Other ENOUGH! backers include the MP Clare Short, former UK
international development secretary, comedian Mark Steel, playwright
Caryl Churchill, poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Adrian Mitchell,
John Keane and Laila Shawa, and novelist Ahdaf Soueif.
Ms Margolyes will introduce the news conference, where the speakers
be: Palestinian farmer Sharif Omar, whose livelihood has been
Israel's separation wall, Mona El-Farra, a Gaza doctor treating
traumatised by occupation, Professor Manuel Hassassian, the
delegate to Britain and former Israeli pilot Yonatan Shapira,
refused to fly missions over the occupied territories.
The news conference precedes a public launch rally later the
Tony Benn, the ex-UK cabinet minister, will address the rally,
with award-winning Gaza cameraman Zakaria Abu Harbid, Yonatan
Sharif Omar, Mona El-Farra and Professor Hassassian. It will
at 7.00 pm on Tuesday, 30 January at Friends House, 173 Euston
London NW1 2BJ.
ENOUGH! coalition will organise throughout the year: In April
events across the country with a special focus on Jerusalem;
9th June -
a national demonstration and concert in London on Saturday 9
mark the 6 Day war 28th November - a lobby of the British parliament
mark the United Nations International Day for Palestine.
The coalition comprises: Amicus, Amos Trust, BFAWU, Britain-Palestine
All Party Parliamentary Group, Britain Palestine Twinning Network,
CAABU, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Friends of Birzeit University, GMB,
Party, ICAHD UK, Interpal, Jews for Justice for Palestinians,
Socialist Group, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Muslim Association
Britain, Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Public Affairs Committee,
NUJ, NUS Black Students Campaign, Open Bethlehem, Palestine
Campaign, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Palestinian Return Centre,
Christi, PCS, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, T&G, Trade
of Palestine, UNISON, War on Want, Welfare Association.
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