Monday, July 2, 2007

British Celebrities Protest Israeli Apartheid Wall

"Celebs, MPs sign protest wall before ICJ ruling"

July 2004

On the Web at:,%20MPs%20sign%20protest%20wall%20before%20ICJ%20ruling%208429.twl

"Glenda Jackson MP, Ken Livingstone and over 30 other public figures have signed a replica of Israel’s dividing wall – slamming the construction of the barrier that has had a devastating effect on the lives of millions of Palestinians.

"On Friday (9th July) The International Court of Justice is widely expected to rule that the wall – twice as long and up to three times as high as the Berlin Wall - is illegal. The UN General Assembly asked the ICJ for their opinion on the legality of the wall in January 2004. Many western governments, including the UK, attempted to block this process.

"Launching War on Want’s The Writing’s on the Wall campaign, Roger Waters said, 'The poverty inflicted by the wall has been devastating for Palestinians. It has kept children from their schools; the sick from proper medical care and continues to destroy the Palestinian economy. I fully support War on Want’s campaign, and hope that as many people as possible sign the wall, - and send a strong message to the UK government that immediate action on the wall is essential.'

"Nick Dearden, Senior Campaigner at War on Want said, 'The wall has inflamed tensions and does nothing for peace and security in the region. We hope that our campaign will increase pressure on the UK and other governments to force Israel to dismantle the wall.'

"War on Want’s wall has been signed so far by: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd – wrote “The Wall”), Ken Livingstone, Naomi Klein, Robin Cook, Tony Benn, Damien Rice (singer), Shane McGowan (singer), Billy Bragg, Sian Evans (Kosheen), Mark and Lard (DJs), Jerry Dammers (Specials), Menzies Campbell MP, Glenda Jackson MP, Phil Jupitas (comedian), Joan Ruddok MP, Neil Gerrard MP, Hywel Williams MP, Anne Campbell MP, Alistair Carmichael MP, John Barrett MP, Jim Sheridan MP, Jean Lambert MP, Pete Wishart MP, Angus Robertson MP, Jill Evans MEP, Elfyn Llwyd MP, Tony Lloyd MP, Brian Iddon MP, Llew Smith MP, Paul Flynn MP.
  1. For more info go to
  2. Photos of all signatories are available from John Coventry, Media Officer at War on Want or 0207 620 1111 or 07905 397 084
  3. The ICJ makes its ruling on Friday 9th July
  4. When finished the wall will cut off 470,00 Palestinians from their land. Qalqilya is completely surrounded by the wall, and its 46,000 inhabitants have to use one entry/exit gate, which is often closed for weeks at a time."

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