Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   16 January 2018
Free Ahed Tamimi!

16-year old Ahed Tamimi has been in an Israeli military prison awaiting trial for almost a month now. News of her imprisonment has sparked international outrage with an increasing number of solidarity actions including demonstrations, rallies, several online petitions. One petition has received 314,000 signatures: Free Ahed Tamimi. Update on Ahed Tamimi's imprisonment.

Nabi Saleh.

The villagers of Nabi Saleh have had land confiscated and their fresh water spring stolen by the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish. They have suffered under Israeli military occupation, and by the violent attacks of the settlers. The villagers have taken part in regular non-violent protests. In response, the Israeli military forces have shot dead 3 villagers and carried out numerous assaults.

A week before Christmas, the Israeli military shot Ahed's 15-year-old cousin Mohammed point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet. He was placed into an artificial coma for 72 hours; part of his left skull had to be removed by surgeons, with the bone to be replaced. Video: Mohammed Tamimi. It was shortly after this that Israeli occupation forces invaded the Tamimi's courtyard. After pushing Ahed, she slapped the soldiers back. It was later that the IDF arrested Ahed - in the middle of the night. Background to Ahed's arrest.

99.74% Conviction Rate.

Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts - between 500 and 700 each year. Justice in Israel for Palestinians is a pretense - with 99.74 percent of all cases brought to Israel's military courts ending in a guilty verdict.

Local support.

We've found a great deal of support in Hastings at our weekly stall, with the ensuing posts on our Facebook pages here and here getting a lot of traffic. One of our members has written to Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State The Ongoing Tragedy in Nabi Saleh. For people who use social media, please share any of the links above to help get the information spread widely.

Israel bans the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Quaker group that helped rescue Jews from Nazis and won 1947 Nobel Peace Prize.

Israel's list of 20 groups which will be denied entry includes 3 from the UK.
Haaretz: Israel's Blacklisting of Quakers Is a Crime Against Jewish History.
War on Want: Israel's Blacklist, a Desperate Attempt to Silence a Movement for Justice.
Israel follows apartheid South Africa with activist blacklist.

The Lynching, a play performed by Jackie Walker.

Jackie Walker, known for her Palestine solidarity and anti-racist work, is bringing her play to Hastings, at the White Rock Theatre on 25 January.

Details here: "To oppose Israel is NOT to be anti-semitic."

Meeting: "Build the World With Love"

Organised by Hastings Against War. "Using Jewish privilege - in solidarity with Palestinians." Presentation by Leah Levane. Leah joined the largest ever Jewish delegation to Palestine. She took part in direct action with Israeli and Palestinian partners to restore two families to their homes twenty years after their eviction by the Israeli State. 7pm Tuesday 6 February 2018, Quaker Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings, TN34 1SA. More information here. Leaflet can be downloaded here.

The power of the Israeli lobby.

Israel orders Facebook to censor Palestinian accounts. Censorship of content critical of Israel; but posts calling for violence toward Palestinians go unchecked. Censorship of content critical of Israel; but posts calling for violence toward Palestinians go unchecked.

Norman Finkelstein: origins of Israel's attacks on Gaza.

Series of interviews with Norman Finkelstein: Gaza, 'the rockets,' international law, Amnesty International. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Apartheid Adventures video.

The latest offering from 'Apartheid Adventures.' More than 120 groups from over 20 countries have issued a call urging cycling race Giro d'Italia to move its "Big Start" from Israel. Video here.

News from and about the occupation:

Jonathan Cook: Why there are few Christians left in the holy town of Bethlehem.

Interview: Ilan Pappé: How Israel turned Palestine into the biggest prison on earth.

Disabled Palestinian man killed by Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

Israeli Anti-BDS Ministry Pays for Best 'Journalism' Money Can Buy.

Israeli soldiers shoot 3-year-old Palestinian child in the head during West Bank military training exercise.

Israeli forces shoot dead two Palestinian teens, injure another.

Facebook video: Aida Refugee Camp, the most tear-gassed place on the entire planet.

'There is no justice in Israel - it's always postponed' The case of the IDF murder of 16 year old Nadeem Nawara.

These are the Palestinian children Israel killed in 2017 = 14.

Israel demolished 410 Palestinian structures in 2017.

Israel Seized 2,500 Acres of Palestinian Land in 2017.

Miko Peled: A One-State Solution with Equal Rights is the Only Answer to Trump's Jerusalem Declaration.

Video: Israel's misuse of the UN - and Cuba's rebuttal.

One-State Solution Back on Agenda for Palestine.

Veteran Of The Israeli Army Gives Explosive Tell-All: "I Was The Terrorist"

Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

That Palestinian Girl's Viral Video? The Real Scandal Is That Israeli Troops Were There At All.

Lorde shows why Israel should indeed fear New Zealand.

Detained Palestinian teen in viral photo to be sentenced in a court with a 99.74 percent conviction rate.

Gaza's airport, once a symbol of statehood, is now a wasteland.

Ben White: Rights groups slam Israel Supreme Court for giving 'green light' to torture.

Video: American's Biggest Misconceptions About Israel/Palestine Conflict with Rania Khalek

Liberal Israeli leaders were contemplating genocide in Gaza already in 1967.

How Israel hopes to make Palestinian refugees disappear (ref UNRWA).

Neve Gordon: The 'New Anti-Semitism'

From 2009: Israel destroying Gaza's farmlands by Eva Bartlett.

How Islamic State holds Gaza hostage.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About India's Complicity in Israeli Crimes.

Lorde Cancels Tel Aviv Concert After Calls to Boycott Israel.

New Orleans City Council Passes Measure Pushed By BDS Activists.

Activists celebrate closure of Israeli settlement builder's New York store.

Saturday information stalls in Hastings

We've run weekly information stalls in Hastings Town Centre opposite Lloyds Bank every Saturday 12.00 'til 14.00 (2 pm) since 2014. This winter we've decided to set up the stall depending on the weather prospects - when it's raining/sleeting/very cold very few people are around in the town centre! Each week we'll decide on the Friday whether to go ahead or not - 'phone number to ring to find out: 07854 486794. Back to normal in the Spring.

Please come along to say hello and support us: any amount of time is appreciated.

Hastings PSC Membership.
We welcome new members! Becoming a member of Hastings PSC is an important way of supporting our work.The annual subscription is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. We haven't an online system as yet, but please fill in our membership form and hand it in at one of our information stalls or meetings. Download form here. We also encourage local people to join the national PSC.

Recent Hastings PSC newsletters:

18 December 2017
21 November 2017
29 October 2017
20 September 2017

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