A conference for peace was held in the Central Methodist Hall in London on Saturday December 1st. The Stop the War coalition invited a very wide range of speakers from around the world, including Mr. Ali Mallah member of the Board of Alternatives. Well over 1,000 attended.
At the opening plenary, Andrew Murray, the chair of Stop the War (UK) introduced a number of speakers starting with the honorary president of Stop the War Tony Benn.
Tony Benn said that the United Nations started off in the Central Hall 60 years ago and that the US/UK invasion of Iraq was the tearing up of the UN charter. He spoke out against imperialism and war and thanked all those who were attending.
Other speakers included Jean Lambert MEP who spoke against the double standards of the West who criticised countries like Iran for developing weapons, which the west had in huge quantities. George Galloway MP spoke, as did former UN humanitarian coordinator Hans von Sponeck.
Parallel sessions were held with one about Iran and the Middle East and another on the occupation of Iraq. Muna Coobtee of the Los Angeles ANSWER coalition spoke.
In the afternoon there were two more parallel sessions. In the great hall there was a session on the anti-war movement in Europe and in the lecture hall there was a discussion on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
There were global reports, which was addresses by a number of speakers including John Rees and Nancy Romer of US Labor against war.
The final plenary in the Great Hall was addressed by Javier Couso whose cameraman brother was killed in Iraq, Marzieh Langroudi of Mothers against War, Iran, spoke as did Dennis Halliday who was the United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq from 1 September 1997 until 1998. His successor at the UN Hans von Sponeck spoke earlier in the day.
Here is the speech of Mr. Ali Mallah member of the Board of Alternatives and Vice President of the Canadian Arab Federation