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Challenging anti-Semitism on Gaza demonstrations

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Daniel Randall

On the 26 July London demonstration against Israel's assault on Gaza, I confronted a man who was carrying a placard which read “Research: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”, with an image of a Star of David, dripping blood, with “666” in the centre.

An account of an attempt to challenge an anti-Semitic placard on the 26 July London demonstration against Israel's assault on Gaza.

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Challenging anti-Semitism on Gaza demonstrations

Author: 

Daniel Randall

On the 26 July London demonstration against Israel's assault on Gaza, I confronted a man who was carrying a placard which read “Research: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”, with an image of a Star of David, dripping blood, with “666” in the centre.

An account of an attempt to challenge an anti-Semitic placard on the 26 July London demonstration against Israel's assault on Gaza.

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Tubeworker 30/07/14 — Take action against cuts!

An industrial bulletin by London Underground workers, for London Underground workers.

This issue contains the latest news from the fight against job cuts and discussion of how to fight back, plus updates from the ISS cleaners' struggle, as well as your local and workplace stories.

Click here to download the PDF.

An industrial bulletin by London Underground workers, for London Underground workers.

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Glasgow Council workers face down anti-union bosses

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Anne Field

Unison members employed by Glasgow Life, an “arms-length company” set up by Glasgow City Council, staged a series of protests last week to highlight their employer’s treatment of them as a second-class workforce.

Workers at Glasgow City Council are taking on anti-union employers during the Commonwealth Games.

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From Israel/Palestine Workers' Advice Centre: "The only livable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution"

WAC-MAN, the Workers' Advice Centre, is an independent trade union centre organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, in both Israel and the Palestinian territories. Below is its statement on the current war on Gaza, reposted from its website here.


The Independent Trade Union Centre WAC-MAAN, unionizing Arabs and Jews in Israel, calls on the Israeli government to stop the attack on Gaza. The only livable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution.

The Workers' Advice Centre, an independent union centre in Israel/Palestine organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, has published this statement against the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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Health workers to ballot for strikes: unions must coordinate the action!

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

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How to turn around low turnouts: unions must fight!

After just a single day's strike over pay by workers local government, education, and the civil service, the press and the Tories are on the offensive against unions, highlighting the low turnouts in ballots, and pushing for new anti-union legislation.

A union strategy for actively fighting the attacks we face can rebuild workers' confidence.

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Ritzy cinema workers' strike hots up

Ritzy cinema workers struck again on 20 July to demand a living wage. This time, the bosses tried to keep the cinema running.

On 20 July workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton were on strike again as part of their Living Wage campaign. The strike had been timed to disrupt a live screening of the new Monty Python musical, the kind of screening that normally draws packed audiences and big profits.

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Italy: 1.2 million more absolute poor last year

In 2007 2.4 million Italians were living in a state of “absolute poverty”, a condition officially defined as "lacking the means to acquire the goods and services considered essential to a standard of living minimally necessary to subsist".

Between 2007 and 2012 the figure doubled, underlining the collapse of the Italian economy, as the global financial crisis bit deeper.

Sharp declines in standard of living for big majority.

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End homophobia in the Commonwealth

The sound of African drums reverberated across Whitehall to Downing Street on Wednesday 16 July accompanied by calls for David Cameron to make a public statement and speak out against homophobia in Commonwealth countries ahead of the Games in Glasgow. 

Protest highlights how in 42 of 53 Commonwealth countries it is illegal to be LGBT.

Pro-Russian separatists regroup

Despite promising to defend the town to the last man and the last drop of blood, pro-Russian separatists pulled out of Slaviansk the weekend of 5-6 July. Kramatorsk and some smaller population centres were also abandoned. The separatists regrouped in Donetsk.

In an article entitled “We Left Slaviansk in Order to Return to Kiev”, Igor Druz (adviser to the self-styled “Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic”) explained:

By regrouping in Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian separatists are able to use the civilian population as “protection”: bombardments by air or land by the Ukrainian forces would inevitably cause major civilian casualties.

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Impasse in Iraq

Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent (13 July): "Since the capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on 10 June, Shia women and children have been killed in villages south of Kirkuk, and Shia air force cadets machine-gunned and buried in mass graves near Tikrit."

Shia-sectarian militias are mobilising against ISIS more effectively than the Iraqi army.

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Obama to deport 52,000 children

The White House has announced plans to spend $3.7 billion deporting 52,000 children to Central America.

The majority of these children come over the southern border into Texas from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, countries which are rife with drug wars and have been devastated by decades of US intervention.

Money is going to be spent on care for the children whilst they await detention and electronic tracking devices (in the form of ankle bracelets), enhanced border control and transport.

The White House has announced plans to spend $3.7 billion deporting 52,000 children to Central America.

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Support Calais migrants

Authorities in Calais have created a by-law prohibiting groups of people occupying or setting up camps across the town.

Whilst the text of the decree does not specifically mention migrants, after the recent mass evictions on 28 May and again on 2 July, where riot police violently removed over 600 people from makeshift camps in the area, it is clear that they were in mind when the law was made.

Authorities in Calais have created a by-law prohibiting groups of people occupying or setting up camps across the town.

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Sweeping spy powers rushed through

David Cameron has unveiled new “emergency” legislation on data surveillance that would compel internet service providers and mobile operators to store information on their customers for up to twelve months so that the police can use it for criminal cases.

New “emergency” legislation on data surveillance compels internet service providers and mobile operators to store information on their customers for up to twelve months so that the police can use it for criminal cases.

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Justice for victims of child abuse!

On Monday 14 July, Lady Butler-Sloss resigned as the chair of an inquiry into the sexual abuse of children by MPs and other high-profile, powerful people in the 1980s.

Time and time again we hear about cover-ups of instances of powerful people in our society raping children. It feels like the papers are full of stories of famous and privileged paedophiles.

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Day out for the unions

Over 100,000 people came out for the glorious sunshine, music, banners, politics, history and beer at the Durham Miners’ Gala on 12 July.

For over a hundred years the miners used to march with their banners and brass bands through Durham. This tradition nearly died after the closure of the pits, but the event has been reinvented. The ex-pit communities now walk with the banners, and other unions turn out with their banners and bands. The speakers are from a broad range of unions.

Over 100,000 people came out for the glorious sunshine, music, banners, politics, history and beer at the Durham Miners’ Gala on 12 July.

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