Introduction to The Russell Tribunal


Tonight I have been at the press launch for The Russell Tribunal, an International War Crimes Tribunal held by a public body started by British philosopher Bertrand Russell. The Tribunal, to be held later this month, is investigating and questioning crimes committed in Gaza, particularly the crimes committed against Palestine.

It really was a fantastic evening, being in situations where one is surrounded by such passionate, politicised and creative people is very inspiring. I very much enjoyed listening to all the speakers talk about their role in the tribunal and the ways in which they believe this issue should be tackled on other levels. There was a chair and four speakers, Ken Loach, who needs no introduction, Ewa Jasiewicz, an activist, journalist and political film maker, Dr Ghada Karmi, the chair of the UK committee and Paul Troop who is the legal advisor for the Russell Tribunal.

Each speaker spoke for around ten to fifteen minutes before the floor was opened to questions. Some very intense questioning followed including two questions from the audience not so much defending Israel but attacking Palestine and their behaviour during the conflict. It was fascinating listening to the responses, Ewa Jasiewicz was extremely firm in her answering of the question and made her point from an obviously highly informed position. The passion and inciveness with which she answered brought rapturous applause, likening Palestine to a caged animal responding to brutal treatment was a powerful metaphor. I recorded the whole exchange and I shall load at least that section onto here.

I intend to be at The Russell Tribunal and this evening was a very useful introduction, it has provided me with plenty of pointers to my research before we go and it was also a great opportunity to be introduced to and meet some of the important people involved.

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2 Responses to “Introduction to The Russell Tribunal”

  1. […] The RTOP is coming up very soon and we need to get organsied. There will be a planning meeting to discuss the project this Friday 12th at 12.15 following the lecture in ET130. Mick Le Mare and I were at the launch of the RTOP this Monday and he has written a good report of it here that you should read https://mlm200.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/introduction-to-the-russell-tribunal/ […]

  2. […] The RTOP is coming up very soon and we need to get organsied. There will be a planning meeting to discuss the project this Friday 12th at 12.15 following the lecture in ET130. Mick Le Mare and I were at the launch of the RTOP this Monday and he has written a good report of it here that you should read https://mlm200.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/introduction-to-the-russell-tribunal/ […]

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