Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   31 July 2017
No way to treat a child

Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:
  • Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids;
  • blindfolded, bound and shackled;
  • interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording;
  • put into solitary confinement;
  • and forced to sign confessions in a language they do not understand.

    Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts - between 500 and 700 each year.

    As part of the campaign on this issue, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign is promoting the petition: No way to treat a child. Please share far and wide. We have more information available at our weekly information stall - please pay us a visit.

    Following the government's defeat in court over BDS, it has now lodged an appeal.

    The PSC challenged the government regulations that prevented Local Government Pension schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israel's violation of Palestinian human rights - and won in the the High Courts. But now that the PSC has to fight the government appeal, this means that costs will increase. The PSC needs to raise money for this and has started fundraising. Please give generously.                      PSC statement.

    Stop Arming Israel week of action targets HSBC and Elbit.

    Actions throughout the UK took place in July calling for an immediate two-way arms embargo against Israel. The call was from the Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Santions (BDS). The campaign is directed at arms companies that are profiting from Israel's occupation of Palestine - along with the banks that invest in them.

    Roundup of the nationwide actions: Stop Arming Israel week of action.

    Children in Al-Jiftlik can't remember when they had enough water.

    In the West Bank, the average water supply for Palestinians is 62 litres/16.3 gallons per person per day, for the Israelis in the illegal settlements it is around 487 litres/126.8 gallons per day.

    Useful article and video about the issue of water apartheid. Mention of Israel's misuse of the Joint Water Committee (JWC) set up through the Oslo Accords. Article by the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP): Children in Al-Jiftlik.

    Opposing Zionism is not racism, rules Scottish court.

    "In yet another landmark legal victory, members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign emerged from court victorious today after being accused of racism. Their "crime"? Standing up to Zionism." Article here.

    Stop the Arms Fair week of action.

    A week of protest and action at the DSEI arms fair at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre London E16 1XL Monday 4th September has been designated: Stop Arming Israel. Local members plan to support this action: please get in touch if you would like to join us. Stop the Arms Fair week of action.

    News from and about the occupation:

    18-month-old Palestinian dies after being injured with Israeli tear gas 2 months ago.

    Israel destroying Gaza's fishing sector.

    Israeli forces kill 16-year-old Palestinian in Gaza amid mounting tensions over Al-Aqsa.

    Israeli military trial of Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro to begin.

    After the success of the Palestine Expo in London (with 15,000 visitors), video of Press TV interview with Salma Karmi-Ayyoub and Jonathan Rosenhead (BRICUP). Video: The Palestine Expo and the state of Palestinian activism in the UK.

    US church demands end to abuse of Palestinian children.

    Gaza's only mobile theatre: Drawing a smile on children's lips.

    US church demands end to abuse of Palestinian children.

    Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in ruthless display of force.

    I'm The First Jew Banned From Israel For Supporting BDS - Rabbi Alissa Wise

    Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar arrested by Israeli occupation forces.

    NYT, Reuters, Economist Journalists Self-censor Reports From Israel.

    Jonathan Cook: Israel's ever-more sadistic reprisals help shore up a sense of victimhood.

    Stanley L Cohen: Palestinians Have a Legal Right to Armed Struggle

    John Pilger: The Enduring Injustice of Palestine

    The slow killing of Jerusalem.

    Video: Gaza: Can You Imagine living like that?

    Israeli state-sponsored program to abduct Yemenite Jewish infants.

    World Protestant Body Issues Solidarity Message With Palestinian Christians.

    The Syrian war's worst kept secret that could become Israel's nightmare.

    Iconic girl from Gaza beach massacre graduates.

    BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

    BDS Movement Turns 12, Marks Anniversary With List of 12 Wins in 2017.

    Spanish town Joins BDS.

    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.

    Recent Hastings PSC newsletters:
    29 June 2017
    11 June 2017
    26 May 2017

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