More than 2,100 adults and over 550 children died; this included entire extended families and babies as young as 10 days.
Selecting from a list of over 550 names of the children that were killed, individual passers-by chose a named child to remember. The pages of names seem overwhelming. Some added RIP; some chose a child of the same age as their own children; young people often chose teenagers of the same age and gender.
The support and interest we had from local people was both encouraging and moving.
The Freedom Theatre of Jenin comes to Hastings
"The Siege" is based on the experiences of a group of resistance fighters who took refuge in the Church of the Nativity during the height of the second Intifada. As St Mary in the Castle was originally a church, it is an ideal location.
The play was clearly a triumph with the audience giving the cast 3 rousing standing ovations. The play turned out to be a powerful, emotionally charged example of cultural resistance at its best.
Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails
On the 41st anniversary of the first Palestinian Prisoners' Day, we built a prison cell in the town centre and gave out information detailing mistreatment of Palestinian children in Israeli jails.
More information here.
Replica Apartheid Wall in Hastings Town Centre
To highlight the way that Palestinians are harassed and humiliated in their daily lives, we built a mini replica of the wall in Hastings town centre.
The video of our replica wall event: click here.
Hastings Demonstration against Israel's Massacres in Gaza
During the summer of 2014, people in Hastings took action and joined the world-wide opposition to Israel's campaign of terror against Gaza. The march started at the Pier and made its way to the Town Hall. With less than 2 days to organise this action, the response from local people was quite overwhelming.
Israeli Abuse Of Palestinian Children
Three generations have grown up only knowing a life governed by the military rule administered by a foreign army. Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in a military court.
Many Palestinian children are arrested in the middle of the night, their homes are trashed and their parents are not informed about the reason or where they are being taken. Many are beaten, interrogated without a lawyer or parent present, abused for being Palestinian and endure sexual threats.
Israel's destruction of Gaza
Website showing the extent of Israel's destruction of Gaza. After the website loads, click on the Palestinian flag to enter the virtual tour. Then select different locations, using the photos on the right.
The Gaza War Map.
BDS movement starting to bite
The boycott (BDS) movement is really taking off. This involves people at local level deciding not to buy Israeli goods; but large companies have also pulled the plug on Israeli corporations: in
January, the $210 billion Dutch pension fund PGGM announced its divestment from Israel's 5 biggest banks; also in January, the world's largest wealth fund ($820 billion) in Norway divested from 2 Israeli companies involved in illegal settlement building.
Drinking Water in Gaza
Gaza: 85% income loss in fishing industry
Palestinian fishermen in coastal waters off the Gaza Strip frequently come under fire by Israeli naval forces, which target their boats on both sides of a boundary of six nautical miles imposed by Israel.
A report by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documents the impact the blockade has had on the fishing industry.
Fishermen say the Israeli navy often shoots at them and sometimes captures them and their boats well within the zone it ostensibly allows them.