Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   8 July 2016                                          HPSC members' list
This year's St Leonards Festival Saturday 9 July
We'll have a stand at this year's festival. There are lots of good reasons for visiting the festival - good food, drink, music, local community groups - and of course us! Please come along to say hello and support. We're there just on the Saturday 11.00 until 18.00.

More information.

(We won't have our usual stall in Hastings town centre).

Talk and Film Show:
End The Siege of Gaza - End the Arms Trade with Israel.
19.00 (7pm) Wednesday 27 July

Gaza - 10 years since the siege began; 2 years since the 2014 Israeli massacres.

Film: "Where Should the Birds Fly."

The Observer Building, 53 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DT. Speaker to be announced.

"Where Should the Birds Fly" (58 minutes). This is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel's Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. "Where Should the Birds Fly" trailer

2014 Gaza Massacre Aftermath
New video released by the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU)

Meeting with journalist and author Ben White
Saturday 17 September. More information to follow.
Ben's two books: "Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide" and "Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy." Soon to be published: "The 2014 Gaza War: 21 Questions & Answers."

Some of Ben's recent articles:
Boycotting Israel isn't anti-Semitic.
Israel is attacking, and killing, Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip
New study details sexual torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention
Calling Israel's occupation of Palestine apartheid isn't lazy or inflammatory - it's based on fact

Restricting Censorship on Palestine.
Thanks to everyone who came to our meeting with Kiri Tunks and Peter Chowney. Kiri (who is on the PSC national executive) showed how the Prevent Programme is shutting down debate. We should be encouraging young people to challenge and test ideas, not stifling them. Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, gave a comprehensive talk about councils adopting ethical procurement policies. Following their talks was a very lively discussion. It was good to see such a large turnout. Especial thanks to Kiri and Peter.

Hewlett Packard Day of Action.
On 4th June 2016, Hastings was one of 20 locations throughout the UK where activists protested against the involvement of technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) in Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and its military infrastructure

HP supplies the computer systems for the Israeli Ministry of Defence; its systems are used at checkpoints and in prisons, and its systems are used by the Israeli navy.

PSC video about HP    More information about HP

Mawtini (My Homeland) by the children of the Gaza Music School.
Brighton and Hove PSC brought the child musicians over from the Gaza Music School, part of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, to play in the Brighton area and in London. They had enormous difficulties obtaining visas and travel permits in order to travel to the UK. The Music School miraculously survived the devastation in 2014, having previously been re-built after the Israeli bombing raids of 2009. Performing Mawtini (My Homeland) at the B&HPSC's AGM.

Sleeping with Apartheid.
'Apartheid Adventure's' latest video exposing airbnb's renting houses in Israel's illegal settlements.

Why is Carlos Santana refusing to honour Israel boycott call?
Supporters of Palestinian human rights are outraged that Santana is planning to perform in apartheid Israel. Article here.

News from and about the occupation:

Recent Israeli shelling killed 54-year-old grandmother Zaina: video

UK historian refuses prestigious Israeli award due to Tel Aviv University's complicity in the occupation.

Palestinian clown held by Israel without trial for months

Controversial citizenship law that bans Palestinians married to Israelis from living in Israel extended by the Knesset

Hebron: Settlers raid Palestinian home and beat a woman and pepper-spray her daughter

Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen Zoabi      Palestinian Writer Is in Custody for Her Poetry

Israeli rights group ends army cooperation over 'cover up' of Palestinian abuses

Rector of a Paris mosque saved Jews during the Nazi occupation of France.

British-Palestinian schoolgirl's speech restored to website following outcry

Holocaust survivor and activist for justice Hedy Epstein dies at 91

Zionism uses the term "anti-Semitism" against anyone who opposes its crimes against the Palestinian people.

Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, farmers in Gaza

Anger as Gaza runners denied Derry marathon visa        The pro-Israel lobby in Brussels.

Israel Launches Anti-Boycott Drive At The UN In The Face Of Growing Acceptance Of BDS Movement

Jonathan Cook: Why Israel is blocking access to its archives

Video: Activists confront Israeli over role in killing journalists

Video: Cheney, Murdoch, Rothschild unlawfully dig for oil in the Golan Heights

PSC: Chakrabarti Report welcomed.      Victory! There will be no more dogs of war!

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

Ending UK government support for Israel's regime of apartheid and settler colonialism is more important than ever

Jewish Voice for Peace Boston: Statewide Boycott of Hewlett-Packard to Launch in Cambridge, MA, USA

Investigate - Hewlett-Packard Company

Ireland latest EU state to defend BDS (following on from Holland and Sweden).

Stephen Hawking reaffirms supports of BDS despite new pressures from Israeli lobbies.

Israel boycott ban: Three councils cleared of anti-semitism over Israeli goods boycott.

G4S Reneges On Promise To Exit Israel

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July 2016
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3 May 2016
April 2016
February 2016

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