Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   24 May 2018
'The Great March of Return'

The toll of the Israeli attacks on unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza is (according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza) 112 killed which includes 13 children. Some were shot in the back. 13,190 were injured, with 32 amputations.

To get a useful background to the blockade of Gaza and the current situation, we recommend a view of this short interview with Norman Finkelstein (12 minutes).

"If there's a natural disaster.......people move.
If there's a human-made disaster.........people move.
Gaza is the only place on earth where the place is unlivable and the people can't move, they can't leave, they're trapped."

Video: Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians have the Right to Break Free of the "Unlivable" Cage That Is Gaza.

Reminder of our next public meeting with Jeff Halper.

Dr Jeff Halper, Co-Founder & 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.

The title of Jeff's presentation is: Towards Justice In Israel/Palestine: One Democratic State.

If you're involved with social media, please feel free to help publicise the meeting by sharing:
Hastings Online Times article
Facebook event page.
Meeting leaflet - please print and distribute.
ICAHD website.


Benefit for MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).

The benefit for MAP held last Tuesday at St Mary's Cafe raised £405.02. Well done Reuben for organising. MAP has stated that medical workers in Gaza have come under attack by the Israelis. "Paramedic Musa Abuhassanin was fatally shot in the chest and 18 health personnel were injured, including Canadian-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani who was shot in both legs. Seven ambulances were damaged after they were targeted with tear gas canisters." Please send donations to: Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Israeli drone manufacturer closed down for the day.

Excellent action at Instro in Broadstairs, Kent. This firm is owned by Israeli arms company Elbit, Israel's biggest drone manufacturer. It's 4 years since the Israeli massacres of the people of Gaza where 2200 Palestinians (including 551 children) were killed - almost a quarter by drones supplied by Elbit.

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla will be stopping in Brighton on its way to Gaza Tuesday 5 June.

A programme of events will soon be available: Freedom Flotilla to Brighton.

Al-Quds Day Sunday, 10 June 2018.

This is the annual rally and demonstration held in London in support of the liberation of Palestine. Hastings PSC is a supporting organisation this year. Speakers include: Mick Napier and Stephen Sizer. We hope that as many people from the Hastings area can make it. More information here: Video: Al-Quds Day 2018.

Meeting: Arms Firms In Hastings.

Hastings Against War meeting: "Arms Firms In Hastings - How Can We Challenge Them?" Tuesday 5th June at 7pm. Friends Meeting House South Terrace, Hastings TN34 1SA. More information: HAW website.

International Workers' Day in Hastings

We took part in this year's May Day celebrations in Hastings. There were contingents from the Unite, UNISON and RMT unions. It's important to recognise the common bond that workers throughout the world share. Organised by the Hastings and District Trades Council. Photo courtesy of Roberts Photographic.

Taybeh Brewery: Problems with making beer under military occupation.

"Last summer, Palestinians in Taybeh watched settlements get an unlimited supply of water, while their taps ran as infrequently as once a month. The brewery had to purchase tanks of water to produce beer. Canaan says the cost was 7 times the amount what an Israeli company would have paid."       This Palestinian Brewery Is Resisting Military Occupation, One Beer at a Time.

News from and about the occupation:

The Massacre in Gaza: A Deliberate and Calculated Policy.

UK has abstained from a UN Human Rights Council vote for a Commission of Inquiry into Israel's killing of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli Troops First Shot a Gaza Journalist's Left Leg, Then His Right. And They Didn't Stop There.

Canadian doctor: Israeli soldiers shot me in both legs as I was treating injured protesters in Gaza.

Jonathan Cook: Israel Repurposes Old Nakba Myths to Justify the Massacre in Gaza.

MediaLens alert: 'A Suffocating Groupthink:' Sampling The Corporate Media On Israel, Iran, Syria And Russia.

Israeli navy attacks fishermen north and south of Gaza; one boat sunk by an Israeli gunboat.

Israeli gunfire is taking a severe toll on the lower limbs of Palestinian protesters.

Sharmine Narwani: Get Ready for the New Middle East Battlefield: The Golan.

Robert Fisk: How Long Will We Pretend Palestinians Aren't People?

Video: Nikki Haley (US Ambassador to the UN) gets a 'warm welcome' at the University of Houston, USA.

A pro-Israel group's plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia.

Palestinian child prisoner Razan Abu Sal, 13, sentenced to four months in Israeli prison.

Israel bombing in Syria: Jonathan Cook: The Real War for Syria is Taking Place in Its Skies.

Life in the Syrian Golan after 50 years of Israeli Occupation.

The young Israelis imprisoned for refusing to serve in the IDF.

MediaLens alert: 'Skirmishes' - Israel's Syria Blitz.

How Israel promotes cyberbullying of US students.

Israeli weapons among arms handed over to Syrian Army by militants in southern Damascus.

Jonathan Cook: Western leaders betrayed Palestinians 70 years ago. There is no sign that is about to change Jonathan Cook.

Syrian Attack on Unit 9900 Weakens Tel Aviv Intelligence.

Jonathan Cook: Anti-semitism: Israel's get-out-of-jail-free card.

U.S. Rapper Azealia Banks Vows to 'Never Ever Ever' Visit Israel Again.

At 70: Let's let Israel implode

Stars - They're Just Like Us: Celebs outraged over Gaza are speaking out.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

South Africa withdraws ambassador to Israel following Gaza Strip attack.

The cultural boycott: Israel using culture to mask brutality, say film-makers, journalists and artists.

Gilberto Gil Cancells Tel Aviv Gig Following Israel's Massacre in Gaza.

George Washington University Students Vote To Divest From Companies Complicit in Violations of Palestinian Rights.

Artistic Director of Portuguese National Theater Joins Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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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30 April 2018
16 March 2018
22 February 2018
29 January 2018

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