Hastings To Host UK's First
'Palestine On The Pier'


Sunday 5 September 12pm - 6pm Free Entry

A celebration of the best of Palestinian culture including food, music, dance, storytelling, handicraft and children's activities.

There will be a dance show by the Hawiyya dance company. Followed by Hawiyya's workshop for anyone wishing to learn dabke.

Guests will also be treated to traditional Arabic folks songs performed live on the oud and drums.

East Sussex pension fund drops Israeli arms firm


Pension Fund ditches Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems and offloads companies complicit in Israel's violations of international law.

The campaign was set up to bring about the divestment of companies complicit in Israel's violations of international law and abuses of human rights. The pension fund has more than £111 million invested in complicit companies.

Elbit Systems produces a range of weaponry deployed by the Israeli army to murder or maim Palestinians. Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 drones were among the aircraft that Israel used to murder more than 160 Palestinian children in Gaza in 2014.

The pension fund has also dropped companies involved in Israel's illegal settlement economy, such as Bank Hapoalim, the Israel Discount Bank and the Mizrahi Tefahot Bank which have financed construction projects in Israeli settlements.

Expulsion without Return?


The Palestinian Experience with Ilan Pappé and Ghada Karmi

Our online meeting with world-renowned historian Ilan Pappé and academic and author Ghada Karmi discussing Palestinian expulsion from 1948 to today and the question of return.

Ghada describes how her family were forced to flee their home in Jerusalem during the Nakba, or 'catastrophe,' brought about by the creation of the state of Israel.

Ilan shows that between 1947 and 1949, Palestine was ethnically cleansed, a crime against humanity for which it has never faced justice.

The video of the meeting with the question and answer session........

Remember Gaza


We created a memorial wall in Hastings town centre to commemorate those who were killed by the Israeli military in Gaza during the summer of 2014.

More than 2,100 adults and over 550 children were killed; this included entire extended families and babies as young as 10 days.

Selecting from a list of over 550 names of the children that were killed, individual passers-by chose a named child to remember. The pages of names seem overwhelming. Some added RIP; some chose a child of the same age as their own children; young people often chose teenagers of the same age and gender.

The support and interest we had from local people was both encouraging and moving.

The Freedom Theatre of Jenin comes to Hastings


As part of its first ever tour of the UK, the Freedom Theatre staged its production of 'The Siege' at St Mary in the Castle in Hastings.

"The Siege" is based on the experiences of a group of resistance fighters who took refuge in the Church of the Nativity during the height of the second Intifada. As St Mary in the Castle was originally a church, it is an ideal location.

The play was clearly a triumph with the audience giving the cast 3 rousing standing ovations. The play turned out to be a powerful, emotionally charged example of cultural resistance at its best.

Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails


On the 41st anniversary of the first Palestinian Prisoners' Day, we built a prison cell in the town centre and gave out information detailing mistreatment of Palestinian children in Israeli jails.
More information here.

Replica Apartheid Wall in Hastings Town Centre

To highlight the way that Palestinians are harassed and humiliated in their daily lives, we built a mini replica of the wall in Hastings town centre.

Israel's Apartheid Wall has been built within occupied Palestine, stealing fertile land, dividing communities, separating Palestinians from their farms, places of work and hospitals. More information here.

The video of our replica wall event: click here.

Hastings Demonstration against Israel's Massacres in Gaza


During the summer of 2014, people in Hastings took action and joined the world-wide opposition to Israel's campaign of terror against Gaza. The march started at the Pier and made its way to the Town Hall. With less than 2 days to organise this action, the response from local people was quite overwhelming.


Hastings and Rye PSC membership and donations





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Hastings and Rye PSC newsletter










We publish an online newsletter. It covers news of - local activities; UK complicity in the occupation; situation in occupied Palestine; successes of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.
Recent newsletters:
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The Golan Heights - Israeli occupied and annexed territory.




The world seems to have forgotten the land that has been occupied by Israel since 1967. A friend of a local PSC member has written an account of his visit in 2010 - before the war - to the Syrian side of the border, with photos, showing the destruction inflicted by Israel:

Memories Of Syria.

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Israeli Abuse Of Palestinian Children


Israel's policy - to degrade and dehumanise Palestinian children

Three generations have grown up only knowing a life governed by the military rule administered by a foreign army. Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in a military court.










Many Palestinian children are arrested in the middle of the night, their homes are trashed and their parents are not informed about the reason or where they are being taken. Many are beaten, interrogated without a lawyer or parent present, abused for being Palestinian and endure sexual threats.



Qalandia thoughts



A local HPSC member (volunteering for the IWPS) writes from occupied Palestine:

Qalandia thoughts

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Make Waves at Southern Water: Say NO to an Arad meter


Southern Water has been installing water meters made by Israeli company Arad. This company plays an integral part in Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.



Arad is an Israeli company that works extensively in the illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank. Not only has it installed 3,200 water meters in the illegal settlements of Ariel and Barkan, it has committed itself to a "..long term engagement including continued development and continuous service and support over the years."

Make Waves at Southern Water.

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£6,000 raised


We made £6,000 for Medical Aid to Palestinians (MAP) at our Art for Gaza sales.

A big thank you to everyone who came to the 2 sales, and lots of thanks especially to all those who contributed paintings.

Article in the Hastings Online Times

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Report from Palestine




Reports from one of our members in the northern Jordan Valley with an Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) tour, October - November 2018:

School demolition at Ibziq.
Ethnic Cleansing in East Jerusalem.
Shepherds in the Jordan Valley.

And, as a result of meeting Canon John Hadley on the tour:
Letter to J. K. Rowling.

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Demonstration at Nabi Saleh
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Palestinian Animal League


Several Hastings PSC supporters visited Brighton to hear Ahmad Safi, the executive director of the Palestinian Animal League, speaking on a national tour.

Palestinian Animal League

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