Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   6 May 2019
Hastings Palestinian Film Festival.

To mark this year's Nakba Day we are hosting the first Hastings Palestine Film Festival. The Nakba, the Arabic word for catastrophe, is used to describe the ethnic cleansing by Israeli forces of the Palestinians in 1948.

  • Friday May 10. Naila and the Uprising. The Electric Palace.
    This film chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh from Gaza during the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history.

  • Saturday May 11. Speed Sisters. The Electric Palace.
    "Demolishing stereotypes while avoiding wrecking their cars, the Speed Sisters are the Middle East's first all-female race-car team." (see photo above right.)

  • Thursday May 23. The Wanted 18. The Printworks.
    Told through animation, interviews and archival footage, the Wanted 18 is the true story of how residents of a Palestinian town hid a herd of 18 cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was deemed "a threat to security."

    Article in the Hastings Independent.       Article in the Hastings Observer.

    Details of all the films, venues and ticket availability at the Hastings and Rye PSC website.


    National Demonstration for Palestine.

    Saturday, 11 May. 12.00.
    Portland Place, London W1B 1.

    The Palestinian people are calling for global protests to protect their collective rights. As Israel continues to flout international law and violate human rights, there is a responsibility on the global community to hold it to account and push for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people.

    No new Nakba! - End the Siege! - Defend the Right of Return!

    March for Palestine. Video from Benjamin Zephaniah.       Video from Ahed Tamimi.
    Facebook event page.

    Israel prevents Christians in Gaza from visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem churches during Easter.

    Israeli occupation authorities refused to issue travel permits for hundreds of Palestinian Christians from Gaza. This parallels the position Israel took last Christmas to block Christians from Gaza travelling to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Article here.

    Call for Eurovision to be moved from Israel.

    But it's not going to plan for Israel - Hotel prices fall as Eurovision demand disappoints. Article here.

    Why the call to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel: PSC statement.

    UK-based band Slovo have released a brand new song highlighting Israel's apartheid regime and calling for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest: Not My Kinda Party.
    LGBT performers to boycott Eurovision in Israel with online broadcast.

    Meeting with Jeff Halper of ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions).

    'One Democratic State in Palestine - It's Time.'
    Sunday 12 May. 15.00 hrs. All Saints Church, High Street, Lewes BN7 1RJ. Hisham Sharabati, founder of the non-violent resistance group Hebron Defence Committee, will also speak on 'Hebron: A Microcosm of the Occupation.' Hosted by Brighton and Hove PSC and ICAHD. More information.

    News from the occupation:

    Ahed Tamimi: This is the price we pay for Israel's occupation.

    Birthright: free propaganda trips to Israel. 'Stop lying to young Jews' - IfNotNow blocks Birthright office in New York.

    In these dark times, young American Jews are a ray of hope.

    Vienna museum cancels Palestine event with leader of South African anti-apartheid struggle.

    Julian Assange exposed the crimes of powerful actors, including Israel.

    Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection underlines Israel's apartheid reality.

    Ronnie Kasrils: I fought South African apartheid. I see the same brutal policies in Israel.

    In occupied Golan Heights, little surprise over Trump's recognition of Israeli sovereignty: 'We're already living these policies.'

    A Brief History of the Destruction of Yarmouk (Palestinian refugee camp in Syria).

    BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

    Israel/OPT: Reversal of Airbnb ban on illegal settlement listings deeply shameful.

    British band supporting BDS releases new song: 'I don't sing for apartheid.'


    Saturday information stalls - in Hastings and Rye.

    We've run weekly information stalls in Hastings Town Centre (either opposite Lloyds Bank or outside Debenhams) 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. For anyone in the Rye area who wants to help out, please email. The next few dates are: 18 May, 1 June.

    Please come along to either (or both!) of our stalls 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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