Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   16 March 2018
Fly Kites Not Drones 2018. Sunday 18th March.

Meet 11 am on the beach opposite the Carlisle Pub TN34 1PE.
Fly kites in solidarity with young people who live in countries where drones are causing death, injury and fear. Organised by Hastings Against War. Drones are still killing men, women and children in Gaza, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. USA, the UK and Israel are the 3 main countries that launch militarised drone attacks. More information in the Hastings Online Times. The Facebook event page is here.

Fundraiser for Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP).

Thanks to everyone who came to our fund raiser. We collected £125.50; with £74.50 from our own funds, we're sending £100 each to ICAHD and DCIP. Special thanks to Unite the Union for helping to organise the event, and to Ann Field from Unite who spoke about the situation in occupied Palestine, which included the daily humiliation for Palestinians getting through the checkpoints; the daily Israeli military attacks on the Aida Refugee Camp; the Palestinian children in Israeli jails; the deteriorating situation in Hebron.

Professor Stephen Hawking was a supporter of the Palestinian people and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

During the 2009-10 "Operation Cast Lead" when Israel killed 1400 Palestinians in Gaza, he said: "A people under occupation will continue to resist in any way it can.....the situation [in Palestine] is like that in South Africa before 1990, that cannot continue."

In 2013, he supported the academic boycott of Israel by withdrawing from a conference in Jerusalem, stating that he had decided to "respect the boycott" based on advice from Palestinian academics.

SA Palestine BDS Activists Saddened By Death Of Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking's support for the boycott of Israel is a turning point (2013).

Israel Creates 'Public Relations Commando Unit' to Fight BDS.

Israel is to spend $75 million to tackle pro-Palestinian projects such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Article publishes some of the UN blacklisted companies which operate in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights. Article here.

Rachel Corrie Remembered.

It's 15 years since the Israeli military killed Rachel Corrie. It's important to remember the life of this brave young woman.

Rachel Corrie's death brings community together to mark her legacy after 15 years.

Rachel Corrie Foundation.

Rachel Corrie Remembered (2016)

Remember Tom Hurndall.

Tom Hurndall, from the UK, was just 22 when an Israeli sniper shot him in the head. He was working as a volunteer for the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza.

Remembering Tom Hurndall (ISM).              The Death of Tom Hurndall.

BDS nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Jewish Voice for Peace have launched an online petition urging the Nobel Committee to grant the Peace Prize to the BDS movement.
Support the nomination of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for the Nobel Prize.

Interview with Roger Waters visiting Australia.

Roger Waters, musician with the Pink Floyd, is a well-known proponent of the BDS movement. He talks about his dealings with Nick Cave and Thom Yorke of Radiohead; also the links between the dispossessed peoples of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Palestine.
Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) interview (vimeo).

Brighton support for Open Shuhada Street campaign.

Great action by Brighton and Hove PSC in support of the Open Shuhada Street campaign. One of Brighton's busiest pedestrian streets was transformed into Shuhada Street, with an Israeli military checkpoint with "soldiers" checking IDs of passing people. Members of the public were left in no doubt as to the reality of the apartheid nature of the occupation in Hebron. A passing group of 'Sussex Friends of Israel' members (with Israeli flags) passing by unwittingly came to play the role of Hebron's Israeli settlers very well! Brighton & Hove PSC Facebook post.

In Hebron, illegal Israeli settlers move freely and carry arms, while Palestinians face checkpoints, humiliation, severe restrictions on freedom of movement, arrests, vicious attacks and abuse by Israeli settlers. Roads in Hebron are divided in half, one side for Israeli settlers, and one side for Palestinians.            More information: Open Shuhada Street 2018 Campaign.

News from and about the occupation:

Israeli forces kill two teenagers on Gaza Strip border.

Israel spraying herbicides on Gaza farmlands: official.

Israel military again arrest Muhammad Tamimi who has already been critically injured by the Israeli military, putting his life in even more danger.

Israel kills Palestinian hours after arresting him.

New racism index released exposing heightened Israeli online incitement against Palestinians.

Israel's systematic violence against Palestinian women

Theresa May recruits Royalty to thwart BDS.

South Africa to cut diplomatic ties with Israel.

Israel Arming at Least Seven Syrian Rebel Groups.

Pro-Israel MPs urge UK to cut funding for PA.

Controversial anti-Semitism 'definition' faces resistance over free speech concerns.

US Lawmakers Seek Major Increases to $38 Billion Israeli Military Aid Package cited Israel's recent attacks on Syria.

BBC. Working For The Enemy. Programme about informers.

PLO Central Council decides to suspend Oslo agreement.

Open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine.

video: Hollywood raises $50 million for Israeli soldiers (while ignoring American vets).

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

Danish pension giant divests from Motorola over ties to Israeli settlements.

Serious solidarity must resist the Israel lobby and its front campaigns.

US court dismisses lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op over Israel boycott.

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:

22 February 2018
29 January 2018
16 January 2018
18 December 2017

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