Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   3 May 2016
The Nakba - a talk by Doctor Khader Abu-Hayyeh.

Wednesday 11 May 19.00 (7 pm).
White Rock Hotel (opposite pier), Hastings TN34 1JU.

The Doctor's Story. Khader was a little boy living in Lydda in 1948 when his family fled from the Israeli 89th Commando Battalion which was carrying out widespread massacres including the machine-gunning of 80 people sheltering in the Dahmash Mosque. Khader and his family were forced to walk miles during the summer heat.
Hear Khader's story - how he became a doctor working in Tunbridge Wells - and his views on "What is the solution?"

We are hoping to publicise the meeting as widely as possible. As a start: Facebook. Please like and share. Our leaflet. Please print and distribute.

Checkpoint in Hastings town centre Saturday 7 May. 1200 - 14.00.
As part of the 'Nakba week of action,' we will be setting up a checkpoint in the town centre to help commemorate the Nakba - and to publicise our meeting with Khader (above). Please come along to say hello and support.

Palestine Football shirt raffle. A generous supporter (thanks Steve!) donated this Palestinian football shirt (see right). This is a collector's item - the design is no longer manufactured. We will start raffling it on the 7th.

Stop arming Israel! Drone manufacturers are not welcome in our neighbourhood!

Thanks to everyone from the Hastings area who supported the protest at the Thales factory in Crawley, Sussex. Thales is an arms manufacturer which develops killer drones with Israeli arms company Elbit.
A short video made explaining the background to the protest.

Hastings PSC public meeting: Resisting Censorship on Palestine
Thursday 19 May 19.00 (7 pm). White Rock Hotel, Hastings TN34 1JU.

Speakers: Kiri Tunks from the national executive of the PSC and also junior vice president of the national NUT (speaking in a personal capacity) and Peter Chowney leader of Hastings Council.

As part of the UK government's campaign to silence both the opposition to Israel's occupation and the growing support for the bds (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, it has been -
  • strengthening its controversial 'Prevent' programme, and
  • attempting to stop local councils adopting ethical procurement policies, particularly directed at companies assisting Israeli's illegal settlements.
    More information to follow.

    The New McCarthyism - The "Anti-Semitism" Hysteria Gripping the UK.

    The recent campaign by Israeli apologists using the 'anti-semitism' smear against Palestinian supporters. Some recent articles:
    Boycotting Israel isn't anti-Semitic - how many human rights groups need to condemn it until this is clear?
    The New McCarthyism - The "Anti-Semitism" Hysteria Gripping the UK
    Former Israeli Minister: "Anti-semitic, its a trick - we always use it"
    Former president of the Jewish Society: BDS is not anti-Semitic
    Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is "Terrorism." Boycotting Is "Anti-Semitism." What's Allowed?
    A useful analysis of some of the individuals and organisations behind the anti-Palestine campaign:
    How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party's anti-Semitism crisis

    Where did the image that got Naz Shah suspended from the Labour Party come from?
    This explains it.
    Here's what Norman Finkelstein thinks of the 'controversy.'

    Anti-semitism that the corporate media will not talk about (most semitic people in the Middle East are Arabs):
    "Death to the Arabs" rally draws thousands in Tel Aviv.
    A talk by journalist David Sheen about racism and bigotry in Israeli society:
    "David Sheen - Russell Tribunal 2014.

    News from the occupation:

    Palestinian astrophysicist arrested and jailed for second time in 15 months

    "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been Anti-Zionist?"

    Israeli forces have killed over 5,500 Palestinians in the last 15 years and not one solider has been prosecuted for murder

    The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World

    Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlers

    Israel government 'tortures' children by keeping them in cages, human rights group says

    241 Palestinian children held in Israel's Ofer Prison

    Israeli government must cease intimidation of human rights defenders, protect them from attacks (Amnesty International)

    The Palestinian Question: Why the Two-State Solution is Kaput

    The Case of Rasmea Odeh: A Palestinian Hero

    Video: Israel demolishes every home in West Bank Bedouin village

    Israeli Occupation Assaults Al Quds University Early Tuesday Morning, April 5

    Apartheid Adventures: Palestinian prisoners - US prisoners.

    Israel's covert war against Palestinian media

    Report: No Way to Treat a Child, Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system

    Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine: Home Demolitions on the Rise

    A new era of anti-occupation Judaism

    Saturday information stalls in Hastings

    We run the information stall every Saturday 12.00 'til 14.00 (2 pm) in Hastings Town Centre opposite Lloyds Bank.

    Please come along to say hello and support us. You don't have to come every week or stay for two hours but any 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 mail it or hand it in at one of our information stalls or meetings. Download form here.

    BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

    Battle to boycott Israel goes global

    Why Israel fears nonviolent resistance

    New York University's grad union votes for Israel boycott

    Israel and its supporters resort to legal action to curb the BDS movement

    The UK 'Prevent' programme - Stifling freedom of expression

    The Surveillance State Should Be Targeted on Cows

    A group campaigning against this programme has been set up: Together Against Prevent

    Recent Hastings PSC newsletters:
    February 2016
    April 2016

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