The Death Of Nick Pretzlik
By Karthika Thampan
17 July, 2004
mourn the death of Nick Pretzlik who died suddenly of heart
failure early on Sunday morning (11 July) at home in London. He was
58 years old.
Nick was a friend
and we were honoured to publish many of his moving articles written
Nick was a semi-retired
businessman. He spent three or four months of the year in the West Bank,
Gaza and the wider Middle East working as a free-lance journalist. Nick
was passionate about the Palestinian issue and believed that broad public
awareness of the plight of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories
and in refugee camps situated in neighbouring countries is key to promoting
a just resolution of their appalling predicament. He also believed that
if the public in the USA and the UK can be made aware of what has been
done to Palestinians in the past and what is currently being done to
them, they will not accept their government's ongoing role. They will
pressurise the government to change its policies towards Israel.
Nick's family has
been involved with the Palestinian struggle since the first Intifada.
Although we at
countercurrents.org never had personal acquaintance with Nick, we
knew his love for humanity and his commitment for world peace and justice
through his writings. His death will be a great loss for world peace,
especially for the palestinian people. We express our deep solidarity
to Nick's work. Let us pledge that Nick's works wont go to waste, we
will carry on the work he left unfinished and he will live on among
us through our work that he loved so much.
Nick's family informs
that a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Holy Cross Church
in Binsted nr Alton in Hampshire at 3.00 on Saturday 24 July and afterwards
at the village hall with the request " No flowers please - donations
to a Palestinian related charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated"