Dear friends, supporters & colleagues,
Best wishes from all at Tipping Point and our colleagues at Make Apartheid History and From Pink to Prevention.
FROM PINK TO PREVENTION
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month saw us build on our April Open Letter to Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now called Breast Cancer Now) concerning their refusal to accept environmental links to breast cancer, signed by a number of campaign groups. This October, 16 organisations and networks (UK/EU, USA, Philippines) signed our petition calling for breast cancer charities to acknowledge the every growing body of evidence linking environmental and occupational risks to the disease.
Why do breast cancer charities persist in refusing to acknowledge the role of environmental and occupational toxicants by ignoring decades of evidence up to the present day on the link between our lifelong (womb to grave) exposures to toxics and the escalating incidence of breast cancer?
Better diagnostics and treatment is not mutually exclusive with looking at how our profoundly polluted environment, homes and workplaces impact on our bodies and health, while also taking into consideration the ‘precautionary principle’ – ie better safe than sorry. Breast cancer charities can lead on this, rather than ignore it.
MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY
October 24th was the 10th anniversary of the death of inspirational civil rights activist Rosa Parks. To mark this, we interviewed Huwaida Arraf, American-Palestinian human rights activist, lawyer, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and member of the Palestinian Freedom Riders.
Speaking with a deep personal and political passion, she talks about how the actions of Rosa Parks and the USA Freedom Riders inspired the Palestinian Freedom Riders; she also talks about collective international action against Israeli apartheid and the ever building success of the BDS movement
Make Apartheid History (once and for all) is an international project that brings together creative individuals, organisations and networks from around the world – starting with Palestine and the UK; South Africa and USA, linking civil rights, anti-apartheid and Palestine solidarity movements. This is the Intro film (4 mins) and our Apartheid Rationale film (4 mins). Our first public event in July, saw UK Actor Paterson Joseph perform a reading at the Southbank about Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders of Palestine
FIVE PERCENT CAMPAIGN ON RUNAWAY MILITARY SPENDING – recommended reading
War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification – a disturbing insight into the new ways world powers forge war today. It is a subliminal war of surveillance and whitewashed terror, conducted through new, high-tech military apparatuses.
October saw the publication of Jeff Halper’s extraordinary book which details how Israel has set out to secure for itself a central position within the global defence industry – its research niches and political influence secured through making its defence industries invaluable to various foreign government security and defence contracts. And as a result of all this, how Israel has come to play a pivotal role in this global ‘war against the people’.
Halper argues that all this is a direct result of the occupation, where many such techniques have been developed and ‘battle tested’ on the Palestinian population – hidden camera systems, sophisticated sensors, information databases on civilian activity, automated targeting systems, unmanned drones. The book makes the compelling and disturbing case that Israel has used, and continues to use its occupation as a means to develop and apply the technologies and strategies of ‘pacification’; and increasingly, effectively, exporting both (technologies and strategies) to other nations from the USA to China; Brazil to the UK.
Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He is the author of An Israeli in Palestine (Pluto, 2008) and Obstacles to Peace (ICAHD, 2015).
War Against the People Publisher: Pluto Press.