Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   17 March 2021
International Israeli Apartheid Week 14-22 March
Across the world there are activities organised drawing attention to Israel's systematic racial discrimination against all parts of the Palestinian population, which amounts to the crime of apartheid under international law. #IsraeliApartheidWeek.

Israel's largest human rights group, B'Tselem, recently published a report 'This is apartheid' Palestinians have been pointing out the apartheid reality they live in for years, but B'Tselem's declaration remains hugely significant.

Video: Is Israel An Apartheid State?
We've produced this short video - just in case there's anyone still out there who's in any doubt - explaining what makes Israel an apartheid state. Please share widely on social media.We've also got events planned in the Hastings and Rye area - guerilla projections and banner drops. Please follow our social media - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - for updates.


A selection of the events this week: United Against Racism - Resisting Israeli Apartheid, speakers include Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestinian-led BDS Movement and William Shoki (South African BDS Coalition). 6 PM March 18. Details here.
This is Apartheid with B'Tselem's executive director Hagai El-Ad, and Palestinian lawyer and commentator Diana Buttu. 6.30PM 22 March. Details here.

The International Criminal Court launches Palestine war crimes probe

The ICC has opened a formal investigation into war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has confirmed. Article here.

Video available: February's meeting with Jonathan Cook and Asa Winstanley: Why can't we talk about Palestine?
Propaganda, Censorship and the Israel Lobby

The meeting reached quite a large audience with more than 200 watching it live on Zoom and Facebook Livestream. The video has been watched more than 1,200 times. Here is the video and report back: Click here.

The Extrajudicial Execution Of Ahmad Erekat

Forensic Architecture, a London-based group, said Ahmed Erekat was executed by Israeli forces last year. Ahmad was driving to run errands for his sister's wedding taking place on the same day. His own wedding was due to take place two weeks later. Video by Middle East Eye. The research by the organisation Forensic Architecture is here.

Israel's foul play against football in Gaza

How Israeli bombing destroyed the al-Tuffah stadium in Gaza along with other civilian infrastructure - including a mosque, a children's hospital and a school run by the United Nations. Article here.

Palestine in Pictures

Monthly report from the Electronic Intifada showing life under occupation. Reports and images include West Bank demolitions, sinking of fishing boat in Gaza, Lebanon refugee camps, life in Gaza, protests in Jerusalem, area in Gaza flooded by Israel army. Palestine in Pictures.

At behest of settlers, Israeli forces arrest Palestinian children picking wild flowers

Israeli forces arrested five Palestinian children, ranging between the ages of eight and 13, in the South Hebron Hills of the southern occupied West Bank. Videos of the arrest went viral on social media, showing a large group of masked and armed Israeli soldiers forcibly arresting the children who were visibly alarmed and frightened as they were dragged into an Israeli military jeep. Article here.

New report: Judge, Jury, and Occupier

Report by War On Want shows how Israel's military court system upholds its illegal occupation. "The military court system must be abolished, along with the brutal and illegal occupation that it upholds." Article here.

Britain's secret political police

Asa Winstanley explains how a special squad of Britain's Metropolitan Police, in collusion with MI5, secretly infiltrated hundreds of UK political and campaign groups. Asa finds that through his Palestine solidarity work, he was on the receiving end of one such operation.
The article shows how one Metropolitan Police operation targeted the family of the murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence in order to find "dirt" to use to "smear" parents Doreen Lawrence and Neville Lawrence, as well as Stephen's friend Duwayne Brooks (the main witness to the attack). Instead of finding the killers, the police immediately set about treating the family of Stephen as if they were somehow suspect.
In January 2020, a police "counter-terrorism" document listed a wide range of peaceful campaign groups as "extremists" who need to be monitored. It includes the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Article here.

Victory for BDS as judge SLAPPS down Zionist attempt to stifle free speech

An Israeli soldier who launched a $6 million defamation action in America against a Palestinian Christian has seen her legal efforts backfire spectacularly. Article here.

Open letter in support of Professor David Miller

Public intellectuals, educators and researchers speak out against the censorship campaign targeted at Bristol's David Miller. Open letter.

New Zealand state pension fund divests from Israeli banks

New Zealand's $33 billion national pension fund has excluded five Israeli banks from its portfolio because of their role in financing Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Article here.

News from and about the occupation:

KKL-JNF board advances controversial $11.5 million purchase of West Bank land. Article here.

Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti for president? Article here.

Scott Ritter: Israeli airstrikes on Syria are testing Moscow's patience, Jerusalem would do well not to poke the Russian bear. Article here.

Labour women's candidate Izzy Lenga trained with Israeli army. Article here.

Israel's vaccine apartheid is a violation of international law. Article here.

Syrian air defenses repel 'Israeli aggression' over Damascus, intercept most of the missiles. Article here.

Abby Martin: Truth Behind SNL's 'Controversial' Israel Joke. Video

Robert A H Cohen: We need to decolonise our understanding of antisemitism. Article here.

What is Israel building at its Dimona nuclear site? Article here.

Hastings and Rye PSC online membership and donations

Becoming a member of Hastings and Rye PSC is an important way of supporting our work.The annual subscription is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. We now have an online membership payment form. It can also be used to renew membership. The work of Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity could not continue without the generous donations from members of the public. If you would like to support our work without becoming a member please visit our shop page here and see the right hand column: Donate to Hastings & Rye PSC.

Recent Hastings and Rye PSC newsletters:
24 February 2021
19 January 2021
23 December 2020

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