Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   30 April 2018
The 70 year Israeli destruction of Palestine.

This year marks 70 years since the Nakba ("The Catastrophe") - when around 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel. 500 villages were destroyed, and their inhabitants never allowed to return. Militias, who later became the "IDF," committed massacres.
70 years of ethnic cleansing has led to the apartheid reality of today.

Public meeting -
From expulsion to demolition - the 70 year Israeli destruction of Palestine.
Presentation by Dr Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
Saturday 26 May. 15.00 - 17.00 / 3 - 5pm. White Rock Hotel (opposite pier), Hastings TN34 1JU
Free refreshments. Collection for ICAHD.
More information to follow.

'The Great March of Return' - calling for the return of Palestinian land.

There are over 7 million Palestinian refugees around the world, many live in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. The number that Israel will allow to return: 0.

People throughout the world will have been appalled at the 'shoot to kill' policy of the Israeli military against unarmed protesters in Gaza. To date, 40 protesters (including journalists and children) have been killed by Israeli snipers at the 'Great March of Return.'. A further 5,500 protesters have been injured; over a third with live ammunition.

Snipers ordered to shoot children, Israeli general confirms.
Israeli snipers targeting journalists in Gaza.
Mass casualties putting health workers in Gaza under even greater strain (MAP)
US Jewish protests against Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza .

11 May protest (Israeli embassy, London): 70 Years of Nakba, Stand up for Gaza, Stop the Killing.
Details: Facebook event.

17-year-old Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison.

"Today's sentence is another alarming example of the Israeli authorities' contempt for their obligations to protect the basic rights of Palestinians living under their occupation, especially children. Ahed Tamimi is a minor. Nothing she did warrants her continued imprisonment and she must be released immediately.' Palestinian Child Activist Ahed Tamimi Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison.

Meanwhile, IDF soldier Elor Azaria will serve 9 months for executing in cold-blood a wounded Palestinian...... No Justice Under Occupation': Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi Gets 8 Months in Prison for Slapping Israeli Soldier.

International Workers' Day in Hastings

Tuesday 1st May. Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings TN34 1LP at 18.00.
The march will move off at 18.30 through the centre of Hastings, finishing at the Isabel Blackman Centre, Winding Street, Hastings TN34 3AT where there will be speeches, songs, music, even a fish & chip supper! Hastings PSC will be there with our banner. Please join us. More information.

Big increase in UK weapons sales to Israel: £20m in 2015 to £216m in 2017.

It's an "outrage that Britain is still selling such weaponry to a state that treats human life and international law with such contempt." (Chris Doyle of CAABU).
EXCLUSIVE: UK sells $445m of arms to Israel, including sniper rifles.

Petition: To impose an immediate two-way arms embargo between the UK and Israel.

Major BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) victory: Dublin City Council votes to support Palestinian BDS movement.

Dublin City Council votes to support BDS movement - and calls for the expulsion of Israeli Ambassador. Excellent - well done Dublin!
Dublin City Council votes to support Palestinian BDS movement & discontinue HP contracts.

Israel Wanted to Bar Entry to Dublin's Lord Mayor Over BDS Ties - but Got His Name Wrong! Article here.

Fly Kites Not Drones.

Action on Hastings seafront - we were opposing the use of killer drones - mainly used by Israel, UK and US. Since 2008, Israel has killed at least 1550 people in Gaza using militarised drones. We shouldn't forget that there are drone manufacturers in our area - in Sussex and Kent. Organised by Hastings Against War.
Hastings Online Times: Flying kites instead of drones.

News from and about the occupation:

A Palestinian Boy Is Orphaned After His Disabled Father Is Killed by Israeli Troops.

9 months for Israel policeman who murdered Palestinian teen.

Israeli generals sued in Dutch court for killing Gaza family.

Israeli Lawmaker: Palestinian Teen Tamimi 'Should Have Gotten a Bullet, at Least in the Knee.'

B'Tselem calls on Israeli soldiers to defy shooting orders, lest they commit war crimes.

In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes.

Yaser Murtaja, a 30-year-old photo journalist reporting in Gaza wearing a vest that said PRESS was murdered yesterday by Israeli snipers.

Second Palestinian journalist succumbs to wounds in Gaza.

Miko Peled: The Palestinian People Airbrushed out of the Picture as Israel Celebrates its Seventieth.

Young Jews Are Actually Winning The Generational War Over Israel.

Everyone was united under one motto: We have a right to return to our historic homeland.

Ben White: It's no surprise the ICC is warning that it may intervene over the Israel-Gaza border clash.

We were Israeli snipers and are filled with sorrow at Gaza shootings.

Sharp Rise in Attacks on Palestinians by Jewish Extremists in West Bank.

Jonathan Cook: With more Palestinians than Jews, Israel is waging a numerical war of attrition.

Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.

Jonathan Cook: Israel has accelerated its annexation of the West Bank from a slow creep to a run.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2018: 70 Years Resisting the Ongoing Nakba.

From June 2017: Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels..

Dear Prince William, if you have to go, make it count.

From July 2017: Testimonies From the Censored Deir Yassin Massacre: 'They Piled Bodies and Burned Them.'.

Gaza fishers caught in net cast from all sides.

UK votes against UN resolution seeking to help Palestinian women.

UK opposes key accountability resolution at UN Human Rights Council.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

"Tide is turning" as Natalie Portman cancels Israel appearance.

University of Sydney academics sign pledge to boycott Israeli universities - following the recent killings of Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

In major BDS win, Barnard (New York) students vote overwhelmingly to divest from the Israeli occupation.

UN Human Rights Body Approves Arms Embargo on Israel Resolution.

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.

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.

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