Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   30 January 2017
Public meeting: Is Criticism Of Israel Anti-Semitism?

Saturday 11 February 14.00 - 16.00 / 2 - 4pm.White Rock Hotel (opposite pier), Hastings TN34 1JU.

Are the allegations of anti-semitism by Israel and its supporters part of a strategy to quash all legitimate criticisms of Israel and its occupation of Palestine?

Presented by a local member of 'jews for justice for palestinians' jfjfp

Our usual weekly information stall will be at the earlier time 11.00 'til 13.00 on the 11th Feb.

The Israeli lobby in the UK - interference in British politics.

Evidence of this interference has come to light through the recent undercover operation (by Al-JazeeraTV). This showed a senior diplomat from the Israeli embassy boasting about plans to take down MPs who he regarded as hostile to Israel, suggesting that "a little scandal" might get UK deputy foreign secretary Alan Duncan dismissed. The film also showed the same embassy official promising to give £1 million to the Labour Friends of Israel.

Secret video reveals Israeli plot to 'take down' UK minister.

The Lobby: part 1.      The Lobby: part 2.      The Lobby: part 3.      The Lobby: part 4.

Petition to urge the government to investigate Israel's interference into British politics.

Filmshow: "Speed Sisters."

We showed the documentary featuring the first all-female racing team in the middle east - 5 young Palestinian women taking part in the male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene, competing in Bethlehem, Jenin, Ramallah and Jericho. Thanks to everyone who came.

For those who couldn't make it, there are some options to watch it online: Just Watch.

Left: the IDF targeting one of the team with a tear-gas canister.

Drones off our doorstep. Thales Armaments Factory, Crawley, Sussex.

The protest took place in December against Thales' collaboration with Israel's largest arms company, Elbit. This was part of a UK-wide co-ordinated protest at Elbit factories and at several Thales factories. Good to see our contingent from Hastings at the protest. The UK's Watchkeeper drone has been developed under a £1 billion joint venture contract awarded by the UK to Thales UK and Israel's Elbit Systems.

Video of the nationwide protests.            Welfare not warfare: Drones off our doorstep.

Global Week of Action against Hewlett-Packard.

Our action in Hastings was one of more than 100 protests on six continents - the largest coordinated set of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activities since the 2005 call for BDS by Palestinians.

HP's technology supports the Israeli military checkpoint system through the use of its biometric ID card programme which restricts and controls Palestinians' movement. HP provides technology and equipment to the Israeli Navy which maintains the blockade of Gaza.

Palestine solidarity campaigners target HP.

PSC: Stop HP - sign the pledge.

Our Christmas campaign.

Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign during December - What NOT to buy for Christmas.

We pinpointed the main BDS targets:

Israeli fruit and vegetables
Caterpillar products (clothing, footware)
Eden Springs Bottled Water.

More information at the BDS website

Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won.
Fascinating talk by Tom Suárez' about his book on the founding of Israel based mainly on declassified documents in the National Archives: Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won.

News from and about the occupation:

Jonathan Cook: Lehava: Israel's 'racist lynch mobs' attacking Arabs.

Elor Azaria case: "No hope of equality before the law."

Harassment and attacks against activist who filmed Hebron shooting continue.

Israeli soldiers sentenced to three months community service for killing unarmed Palestinian teen.

Growing military cooperation between the UK And Israel.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during predawn raid in al-Faraa.

Israel blocks Gaza women from breast cancer treatment.

Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Hebron is 'apartheid'

Israeli police shoot Palestinian Knesset member Ayman Odeh twice - including to the face.

Israel conference banned in UK moves to Ireland.      Why Palestinian children throw stones.

Son of Dutch Couple That Hid Jews From Nazis Wants Father's Name Removed From JNF Memorial

Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian deputy minister's car.

Israeli BDS Activist: a Top Candidate for President of U.K. Union of Jewish Students

Video: dabke from a High School in Jerusalem      Canada's Greens stand up to pro-Israel bullies.

Palestinian leaders remember the late Fidel Castro

Labour MP Ruth Smeeth was funded by Israel lobby      Stifling the Debate on Israel.

Theresa May's new definition of anti-Semitism will do more harm than good.

Boycotting Israel is 'lawful exercise of freedom of expression' lawyers say after British Government's ban.

From 2008. John Pilger: Gaza "surrounded, starved, attacked, forgotten."

Syrians jailed for blocking ambulance carrying Al-Nusra terrorists to Israel

Letter: Fears new definition of antisemitism will stifle criticism of Israel.

Israel threatens to expel reporter who asked apartheid question.

Israel bans winter clothes for Palestinian prisoners.

Remembering "Archbishop of the Arabs" Hilarion Capucci.

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 hand it in at one of our information stalls or meetings. Download form here. We also encourage local people to join the national PSC.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

BDS impact round up for 2016

Poll shows growing support among Americans for sanctions against Israel

Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation

University of Chile Social Sciences students overwhelmingly vote for BDS

Manchester students vote to cut links with Israel.

France: Clermont-Ferrand Votes Against The Products Of The Israeli Settlements.

Tromsø city council votes to boycott Israeli settlement products.

Provincial Council of Valencia declares itself 'Israeli Apartheid Free.'

The UK 'Prevent' programme - Stifling freedom of expression

More police forces and councils labelling peaceful anti-fracking protestors as 'extremists' alongside ISIS and far right.

UK councils link 'empathy' for Palestinians to terrorism threat.

Schools are defining radicalisation, and it probably includes you.

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

Recent Hastings PSC newsletters:
24 November 2016
1 November 2016
30 September 2016
3 September 2016

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