Daughter of Sir Harold Beeley K.C.M.G C.B.E. Middle Eastern Advisor to Ernest Bevin and Special Envoy to Cairo during both Suez Crises.
Vanessa was a finalist for one of the most prestigious journalism awards – the 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism – whose winners have included the likes of Robert Parry in 2017, Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Nick Davies and the Bureau for Investigative Journalism team.
I am an independent researcher, writer and photographer. I am 100% self-funding which enables me to maintain my independence, unlike so many of the mainstream media and state sponsored so called independent media outlets who are influenced by their donor agendas. I focus also on peace activism and defend the sovereignty of nations and the self determination of their peoples without foreign intervention or destructive meddling in independent state affairs.
Any donations to my site will fund my future trips to countries under attack by our governments in the West and will enable me to keep exposing their illegal and criminal actions that serve to punish the beleaguered peoples of target nations.
In 2012 I made several trips to Gaza, the first being in August 2012 when entry was not permitted after the murder of Egyptian soldiers during Ramadan. I finally made it into Gaza via the tunnels system in November 2012, just prior to the Israeli aggression, Operation Pillar of Defence. I was present on the borders in Khan Younis, when Hamid Abu Dagga was murdered during an Israeli incursion into Gaza territory days before the aggression began. I left Gaza in December 2012 and spent extended time in Egypt, where I witnessed the 2012 referendum designed to increase Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Morsi’s powers in Egypt. I returned in 2013 and was witness to many of the anti Morsi demonstrations where friends of mine were targeted by security forces and imprisoned during protests. I re-entered Gaza in April 2013 and spent a further six weeks inside Gaza working with various local initiatives and projects.
After several trips to Gaza, I launched the Facebook page, The Wall Will Fall to publish my photographs and articles on life in the Gaza strip. The idea behind the page and The Wall Will Fall was to raise awareness but also to convey the idea that through education, awareness and the development of our own consciousness we can bring down all walls that keep us in ignorance and far from the Truth. The popularity of the page grew exponentially and myself and other contributors are often asked to participate in televised debates on the situation in Palestine and the Middle East.
This initiative in turn led to my involvement in various other projects in and related to Palestine (see my LinkedIn profile for full details)
Gaza Without Walls – An initiative I launched in June 2013: The idea was to connect students in Gaza with English and French teachers across the world, to organise skype lessons to help the students with their IELET exams and English comprehension. It was an idea designed to break down the physical barriers between Gaza and the outside world and it has been very successful in putting the Gaza students in touch with people across the globe who can help with their language skills but who also benefit from a better understanding of the conditions in Occupied Palestine
In 2013 I became a volunteer with the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine and attended their inaugural conference in Beirut.
In 2014 I established the Gaza Smile Project to raise funds enabling children to return to school after the devastating Israel aggression that had decimated huge areas of the besieged coastal enclave.
In 2015 I started writing as a special contributor to 21st Century Wire
In 2016 I spent time in the UN, Lebanon, Iran, Syria and Moscow:
March 2016 – I represented Yemen at the UN HRC, Geneva. I testified on the Saudi Coalition use of US supplied cluster bombs against civilian targets in Yemen.
May 2016 – I was a speaker at the Alternative View Symposium AV7 and at Frome Stop War
June 2016 – I was invited as a special guest on the Unified Ummah TV programme that examines the motivations of foreign activists who are protesting their governments illegal and criminal interventions into the affairs of nation states.
July 2016 – I first entered Syria as a member of the US Peace Council delegation. We met with religious leaders, government ministers, unarmed opposition members, Syria NGOs and Humanitarian institutions, Syria state institutions and finally with President Bashar Al Assad who spoke with us for almost two hours and answered a series of probing questions from the delegation.
August 2016 – I re-entered Syria as an independent writer and photographer and extended my visa to three weeks in total which enabled me to visit many areas, including Aleppo. My primary reason for being in Syria was to compliment my research into the multi million NATO and Gulf State funded, terrorist-linked White Helmets, created in 2013 by a British ex military and intelligence officer, James Le Mesurier. As part of this research, I met with the REAL Syria Civil Defence, established in 1953 and a member of the ICDO [International Civil Defence Organisation] and recorded their testimony against the White Helmets.
August 2016 – I also spent extended time on the Syrian Lebanese borders in the Christian village of Al Qaa, interviewing victims of the June 2016 suicide bombing attacks…led by extremist refugees fleeing Syrian Arab Army in Syria.
November 2016 – I was invited to Moscow, Russia with Mother Agnes de la Croix to repot on the illegal NATO state intervention and dirty war on Syria. During this time I met with deputy FM, Mr Bogdanov and MFA spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.
November 2016 – Speaker at Bristol Stop War and Frome Stop War, the British Constitution Group in Winchester.
WHERE I AM PUBLISHED
My work is re-published at the Ron Paul Institute, Global Research, Dissident Voice, Sott., Greanville Post, The London Journal among others.