Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   14 May 2020

Nakba Day Friday 15 May

Palestinians will mark the Nakba (catastrophe), the ethnic cleansing and forcible displacement of the majority of the indigenous Palestinian population by the Zionist militias in 1948.

No meetings or demonstrations this year, but below are activities we can take part in.

Online Nakba Day Rally

Friday 15th May 7.00 PM

Featuring Ghada Karmi, Roger Waters, Ken Loach, Mandla Mandela, Diana Buttu, Janna Jihad and Remi Kanazi amongst others.

Organised by the PSC, BDS movement, Jewish Voice for Peace and the South African BDS Coalition.

Facebook event.

Zoom Meeting Registration.



Mark 72 years since the Nakba. Many Palestinian families still have the keys to the homes they were forced to leave in the Nakba of 1948. The key symbolises the inalienable right of Palestinians to return to their homes. Make a key of return, post a photo holding it with #KeyToJustice.
Mark 72 years since the Nakba.

Local Government Pensions: Make sure your fund is not complicit with Israel's war crimes

Following the PSC's recent court victory, the PSC has written to the chair of every local government pension committee, calling on them to take action to ensure their fund is not complicit with Israel's war crimes.
PSC letter.

Al-Quds Day and
Al-Nakba Day

This year Al-Quds Day and Al-Nakba Day are falling within the same week. There are usually Al-Quds rallies supporting the Palestinian people in cities around the world including a large demonstration in London.

This year the organisers are calling on supporters to #FlyTheFlag. This video explains:
Al Quds 2020 Is Still On! Some examples: On Facebook.    On Twitter.

Israel lobby group attacks British-Palestinian doctor

This is a worrying development in the UK. Israel lobby group CAA is trying to do damage to the career and reputation of Ghada Karmi. When she was a girl, her family was forced from her home in Jerusalem by the Israeli army. Karmi and her family eventually settled in the UK. She has played an important role in the Palestine solidarity movement over the years. Jonathan Cook writes:
With Corbyn gone, the Israel lobby is targeting Palestinians directly. Ghada was due to speak at our meeting in Hastings last month (to be rescheduled).

The photo on the right is of Ghada Karmi and Ellen Siegel taken in 1973 in front of the Israeli embassy.

Zeid Fadel Qaisiyya, 15, killed by the Israeli military

Zeid Fadel Qaisiyya, 15, was killed with a bullet to the head by Israeli soldiers during an invasion of Zeid's neighborhood in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Zeid Fadel Qaisiyya.

Online meeting: Why Palestine is Still the Issue

Friday 22 May 18.00 / 6 PM

This discussion will bring together voices from all generations of the fight for Palestinian liberation, including acclaimed Israeli author and professor Ilan Pappé, a Palestinian activist in the West Bank, and campaigners involved in the international solidarity movement.
Facebook event.    Evenbrite registration page.

Remembering Al Nakba

Last year we held a meeting with Dr Khader Abu-Hayyeh. He spoke of his life in Al-Lydd. "Dr Khader was just a four-year-old boy when Israeli soldiers came to his family home in July 1948 and ordered the whole family to leave within half an hour - or they would all be killed." Here's our report of the meeting. Well worth a re-read.
Remembering Al Nakba.

May 30: 10 year anniversary of Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara/Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Discussion with filmmaker Iara Lee and Dr. Norman Finkelstein

Discusssion will include passengers from the Mavi Marmara, the humanitarian ship that was brutally and lethally attacked by the Israeli commandos ten years ago as they sailed to break the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. This webinar commemorates those killed on the flotilla in 2010. Webinar Registration.

History of modern Palestine, from the end of the Ottoman era to the present

Useful resource includes extensive information about the Nakba. "In 1948, three-quarters of a million Palestinians were forced to leave their land and country; the exodus of this large number of Palestinians occurred in four stages." The Nakba - Stages of a forced displacement.

News from and about the occupation:

Israel: Discriminatory Land Policies Hem in Palestinians.

Ahmed Masoud: Quarantine the Occupation.


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