BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Israeli troops clash with Hamas

January 4, 2009

So.. they have moved in. Not satisfied with killing hundreds from the air Israel has decided to blood its ground troops.There is no excuse for this exercise in mass murder. Everyone needs to call upon their MP to raise this with the government.

You can do this quickly on this site: Write To Them It’s quick and painless for you to contact all your MPs, MEP and MLAs. Let’s do it.

To help you out here is the text of the message I have sent to all my representatives. Please feel free to adapt this for your own message if you find it useful.

I wrote:-
Please contact Gordon Brown on my behalf and alert him to the urgent need to put pressure on the government of Israel to stop their current bombing campaign and withdraw their troops from the Gaza Strip.

The government of Israel has been entirely wrong in this matter. It has used disproportionate force in trying to solve their problem. The mass murder of innocents is not something that the Israelis can be proud of.

Please urge Brown to sever ALL relations with Israel until such time as hostilities cease and reparation is made by Israel.


Isreal… cut the crap. GET OUT.

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Time to Talk: Peacelines:Bishop Street/Fountain, Derry

March 15, 2008

I’ve been watching these “Peacelines” for too many years to remember and my heart goes out to those who have to live there. The pictures here show such a peaceful scene in the early October sunshine that you could be mistaken for thinking that life along the line can’t be really all that bad.

Bishop Street, Derry: Catholic side on right: October 2007

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Loyalist mob harass Limavady Sinn Fein councillors

January 23, 2008

This wee article from the Derry Journal caught my attention. It did so because of the feeling of utter frustration I felt upon reading the first few sentences. Limavady Borough Council

In his Journal piece – Loyalist mob harass Sinn Fein councillors – Cahir McDaid reports:-

“Sinn Fein councillors Anne Brolly and Marion Donaghy were harassed by a loyalist mob outside Limavady Council offices last night.

The trouble erupted minutes after the council failed to reach agreement on a list of contentious items – including the oft-mentioned Charles and Di mug – to be removed from council property with the aim of creating a ‘neutral space’. There was a long and heated debate on the issue.

Colr Brolly said: “There was a particularly nasty mood among the young men who were there. They spat at us and they were very vitriolic and made obscene comments and threats to us. When we got into the car one man threw a Union Jack over it and shouted obscenities at us.”

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Back in 1994.

November 12, 2007

Cyberscribe writes:-

Sunday 20 March 1994
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fired a mortar at a British Army (BA) base in Crossmaglen, south Armagh, causing an army helicopter to crash.

Monday 21 March 1994
Loyalists set alight the car belonging to Joe Hendron, then Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) MP, which was parked outside his south Belfast home.
It was reported that there were angry exchanges between Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and John Major, then British Prime Minister, at 10 Downing Street, London. [There were also reports that Paisley together with some of his colleagues temporarily locked themselves into a toilet at No.10.]

Thursday 24 March 1994
John Fee, then a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor, was severely beaten by Republicans outside his home in Crossmaglen, south Armagh.

John Fee is in the news again, sadly the news is reporting that he has died.



Tributes were paid today following the death of former Assembly member John Fee who has died of a brain tumour.Mr Fee (43) was SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh from 1998 until losing his seat in the 2003 election. He died at his Crossmaglen home last night after a short illness.

Mr Fee was a parliamentary assistant to Seamus Mallon MP for ten years before being elected as a councillor to Newry and Mourne Council in 1988 and then the Northern Ireland Assembly.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said Mr Fee would be greatly missed.

“John was a very talented kind, generous and compassionate person, a man who represented this constituency with great dedication and diligence.

“He stood up strongly for peace during the darkest days of the political violence here.

He suffered a severe physical attack for expressing his views against violence but that did not deter him from speaking out against murder and mayhem and continuing to work for a peaceful solution to our problems.” Mr Bradley said.

I still remember when John had been interviewed after that attack back then and thought that guy is either mad or has real conviction. I can’t remember anyone, from the nationalist side, who has stood up publicly to the IRA in South Armagh. He is one of the Northern Irish politicians that’ll be hard to forget.

El Matador sums it up nicely…

John had been sick for a while, but nonetheless the announcement of his passing will come as a blow to the people of south Armagh and his party colleagues.

John stood up for his principles, despite being under serious threat from those who happened to disagree with his position. Indeed, John suffered a serious physical beating in the early 1990s after he dared to criticise an IRA attack. Despite this, he continued to work for the people of his area and fight for a better, more peaceful Ireland.

John may be gone, but his legacy lives on in the form of an Ireland where the peaceful route is recognised as the only road to progress.

Rest In Peace.

Attempted Murder of Catholic Policeman in Derry

November 8, 2007

The normality of Derry’s school run mayhem was destroyed to-day at 8.30am when road-block-1.jpgdissident republicans attempted to murder a Catholic policeman in Bishop Street. The attack took place just after the Officer dropped his child off to school at Lumen Christi College. Despite the attackers firing a shotgun into his car the officer was able to escape and drive to Strand Road PSNI station where he received emergency medical aid before being taken to Altnagelvin Hospital. The officer received pellet wounds to his arms and face. This afternoon he underwent surgery at the hospital and, thankfully, is said to be in a stable condition.

The attack has been condemned by all sides. The BBC carries these quotes:

forensic.jpgDeputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton said “violence like this has no place in our society”.

DUP First Minister Ian Paisley described the attack as “the bottom level of hatred and bitterness”, adding that dissident republicans were “getting angry because they are making no headway”.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness condemned the attack saying that those responsible “have no popular support and have no strategy to achieve a united Ireland”.

SDLP leader Mark Durkan said: “It is important not only that the policeman knows that the whole community stands behind him, but that those responsible for this attack know that they do not have support from the community.”

Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward said: “There can be no greater contrast between this police officer serving his community and the criminals who attacked him.”

It is clear that the attack enjoys little support from the local community, the city in general or the wider Northern Ireland population. With the PSNI now drawing some 23% of its officers from the road-block-2.jpgRoman Catholic community the attack is obviously aimed at destablising that recruitment campaign. Clearly these attackers would like to see us returning to the death and destructions days before the hard won peace process. Support for the police in Catholic areas is something that is growing as the peace process beds in. It is, however, an expectedly fragile flower which we all need to tend carefully if strong roots are to grow.

The decision by some republicans to carry out this attack is unhelpful. This is 2007, we have moved on significantly, it’s time for EVERY organisation to ditch the guns, cut the crap and get working for our children’s future. A strong economy in a peaceful country is the future we want for our children. We don’t need another generation to experience “The Troubles” anew.

Do you agree?

(Note: the above photographs were taken by a Talkni Staff photographer who visited the scene as the PSNI investigation began.)