Solidarity 047, 4 March 2004

No to the Separation Wall! No to the suicide bombings!

  • Four Palestinians killed at Separation Wall
  • Life at the Separation Wall
  • Jerusalem suicide bomb
  • Stop the persecution of the Abnaa el-Ballad movement!

Four Palestinians killed at Separation Wall

On 26 February Israeli soldiers shot dead three young Palestinians who were demonstrating at the Separation Wall in the region of Biddu/Beit Surik. A fourth Palestinian died of a heart attack after soldiers threw tear gas.

Help us raise £30,000

Solidarity is virtually alone in putting the case for working-class political independence. We call for independent working-class representation, untainted by 'dirty money' and links to oppressive regimes. We only have our supporters to rely on.

We produce this paper on a shoestring. And like almost everyone on the planet we are saddled with debt.
That is why are launching a fund drive. We want to raise £30,000 by International Women's Day 2005.

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New attacks on immigrants

Last month the Government announced that would-be economic migrants from the Eastern European countries soon joining the EU will be welcome in Britain only if they have a job to come to. Those without jobs will not be able to claim benefits, so they shouldn't bother coming.

University lecturers strike for better pay

In Manchester 400 students and lecturers marched together in support of the two-day strike on 25-26 February by the Association of University Teachers against their proposed pay deal, and against top-up fees for students in higher education. Across the country, the AUT strike had led to university departments shutting down and enthusiastic picketing by a normally non-militant group of workers.

Unions should stand up and be counted

Katharine Gun makes no claim to be a leader or even a supporter of the labour movement. She makes no general public political statements. She was a junior employee of the government's GCHQ spy centre, so it is unlikely that she is any sort of left-winger.

But she took risks in order to make a stand for what she thought was right.
She passed on to the media information about the USA's dirty tricks when it was trying to get a UN Security Council majority for the Iraq war.

Abolish MI5!

The Government's spying services employ 6,000 people at GCHQ alone. MI5 headquarters, on Millbank in London, and MI6 headquarters, across the river in Vauxhall, employ about 2,000 each. According to MI5's own website, the spying agencies' budget is £1 billion a year. It is a big operation.
What do they do?

Workers of the world Round-up

  • India: 30 million strike
  • Car workers strike in Brazil
  • Repression of Chinese workers

India: 30 million strike

Thirty million workers in India went on 24-hour strike last week to protest over a Supreme Court ruling that said government employees had no right to strike because it inconvenienced citizens and cost the state money.

Women in Iran: Where working is a 'privilege'

Plans for International Women's Day celebrations in Iran this year include a meeting of women's NGOs in Park Laleh in Tehran. Although the government has issued a permit for this protest, events in the last few days show the 'conservatives' keen to show their authority following the sham elections. A meeting of the 'Writers' Association' was banned, and reports from Tehran indicate that Islamic vigilantes are being used to enforce a more rigid form of hejab on women and young girls.

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