Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Newsletter   12 December 2018
Support Palestine this Christmas.

The Palestinian-led boycott movement has become stronger than ever. We have been emphasising some of the boycott targets.

1: Israeli Fruit and Vegetables.

Israeli agricultural exporters operate on stolen Palestinian land. We've found Israeli dates appearing at some local supermarkets. We are asking Hastings shoppers not to buy these Israeli products this Christmas.

Other boycott targets: Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Puma, Ahava & Sodastream. More information about the campaign, please download our leaflet: What Not to Buy This Christmas.

Another way of supporting Palestine is to donate to some of the groups working on the front line.
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).
MAP works throughout Gaza, the West Bank and in the refugee camps in Lebanon. As a result of the Israeli bombing of Gaza and the targetting of demonstrators by snipers, the work of MAP is in urgent need of support. MAP has established a permanent limb reconstruction unit at Al Shifa Hospital. Since 30th March 2018, 5,793 people have been hospitalised with limb injuries alone. MAP website.

Other groups we have raised funds for are: Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP).

Meeting with Dr. Jenny Tonge (House of Lords).
Everyday Life in Apartheid Israel.

Thursday  24  January.  19.00  -  21.00  /  7 - 9pm.
White Rock Hotel (opposite pier), Hastings TN34 1JU.

We're pleased to have this meeting with Dr. Jenny Tonge in Hastings - more information to follow.

Conscientious Objectors - refusing to join the Israeli military.

It's important to recognise the bravery of these principled young people. We have in the past highlighted the cases of Noa Gur Golan, Tamar Alon, Tamar Ze'evi, Omri Baranes and Tair Kaminer.

Recently, 18 year old Adam Rafaelov has been sentenced for the 8th time, serving a total of 87 days in prison for refusing to join the IDF over its 'continual, violent, and oppressive rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.' Adam's story.

Saturday information stalls - in Hastings and Rye.

We've run weekly information stalls in Hastings Town Centre opposite Lloyds Bank every Saturday 12.00 'til 14.00 (2 pm) since 2014.

We run fortnightly stalls on the cobbles at the top of Conduit Hill, where it meets the High Street. 11 - 1 pm. The next date is 15 December.

Please come along to either (or both!) of our stalls to say hello and support us: any amount of time is appreciated.

Boycott the Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel.

There is a growing movement calling on the BBC to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel, to avoid being complicit in Israel's ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights. Just days after Israel's Eurovision win, Israeli forces massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, including six children, as they demonstrated for freedom and refugee rights.

Letter from 140+ artists/actors including Julie Christie, Brian Eno, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Alexei Sayle and Roger Waters calling for a boycott. Letter here.
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel statement.
Eurovision Global Petition.

US Professor Marc Lamont Hill sacked for supporting Palestinian rights.

The American news network CNN sacked Marc Lamont Hill after he gave a speech at an event organised by the United Nations describing Israel's ongoing decades-long assault and occupation of the Palestinian people.

Arab-Americans condemn CNN decision to fire journalist for pro-Palestine views.
Jonathan Cook: From Marc Lamont Hill to the Quakers, no criticism of Israel is allowed.

Israeli Apartheid = NOT Democracy.

Israel is becoming more brazen in its apartheid policies. If anyone isn't yet convinced that Israel runs an apartheid system, then this should do the trick: Knesset approves 200 communities where Arabs are banned.

A useful article by Craig Murray comparing South Africa apartheid with Israeli apartheid: Why the "Two State Solution" is Apartheid.

PSC: New Resources on Israeli Apartheid.

News from and about the occupation:

Report: Escalation in Israeli airstrikes, demolitions, seizures in November.

Israeli court order to deprive Aqaba villagers of water supply.

Israel to build 2,300 ultra-Orthodox houses on site of Deir Yassin massacre.

Israel killed 24 Palestinians in November.

France minister refuses to present Al-Haq, B'Tselem award.

One state for all: The only alternative to Israeli apartheid.

Mark Curtis: Colluding in war crimes: Britain's unreported military alliance with Israel.

French PM calls for lifting Israeli blockade on Gaza.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

Why Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano supports BDS.

Two US police departments cancel training with Israel.

Airbnb must also withdraw from the occupied Golan Heights.

Palestinian sports groups urge to boycott Puma.

Human Rights Wins at New York University, NYU supports Divestment.

Defeat For Israeli Lobby, Legal Victory for BDS in South Africa.

Chile declares support for BDS illegal.

Booking.com tries to ride out the storm of Airbnb exiting illegal Israeli settlements.


Recent Hastings PSC newsletters:

26 November 2018
18 October 2018
18 September 2018

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