Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   13 June 2019

This weekend there are 2 local events - we hope that as many people as possible can attend and support:
Give Puma the Boot. International Day of Action Saturday 15 June 2019.

Please join our picket on Saturday 15 June 12.00 - 14.00 / 2pm outside Sports Direct.

We will be joining 20 countries across the world in the #BoycottPuma day of action. Over 25 groups are taking part in pickets and demonstrations outside Puma stores, offices, and stores which stock Puma.

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.
More than 200 Palestinian teams have called for Puma to end its support for Israel's military occupation by terminating its sponsorship deal with the IFA.

Send an email to UK football clubs with partnerships with Puma: UK Football Clubs - Give Puma the Boot.       More info (BDS website).       Our Facebook event page.

Remembering Al Nakba
The Palestinians' catastrophe of 1948.

Hastings Mosque, 12 Mercatoria, St. Leonards TN38 0EB
Sunday 16th June 2 - 5pm

Dr Khader Abu-Hayyeh was just a child when he and his family were forced out of their village of Lydda in Palestine by the Israeli 89th Commando Battalion. The town was subsequently sacked by the Israeli army. Khader will speak about this and about the massacre of 80 people sheltering in the Dahmash Mosque.

There will also be 2 short films on the Ongoing Nakba, followed by Palestinian Food! All Welcome - free event.
Article in the Hastings Online Times. Our Facebook event page.

Information stalls in Hastings.

Saturday 15 June. 'Give PUMA the Boot!' picket outside Sports Direct. 12.00 until 14.00 (2pm).
Saturday 22 June. Hastings Old Town (by the chess board in George Street) 12.00 until 14.00 (2pm).
Saturday 29 June at the St Leonards Festival. All day.

Next Rye information stall:
Saturday 29 June. On the cobbles at the top of Conduit Hill, where it meets the High Street. 11.00 - 13.00 (1 pm).

Rye Public meeting.

PSC National Director Ben Jamal.

"From Apartheid to Freedom, Justice and Equality."

Thursday 4 July. 7.30pm (19.30).

The Queen's Head, 19 Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH.

Ben will discuss the looming 'Deal of the Century' and will suggest what response is required to support the Palestinian struggle to achieve basic human and civil rights.

All welcome!


Israeli troops detained a 9-year-old Palestinian boy at school. It's 'becoming normal', locals say.

9-year-old Palestinian boy Zein Idris is taken out of school in the West Bank city of Hebron by armed Israeli soldiers. Article here.

PSC Appeal to help cover court costs.

On November 20th the PSC will be challenging the UK Government again; battling to overthrow the ruling that stops Local Government Pension Schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israel's abuses of the rights of Palestinians.

2019 Fighting Fund.

Israeli restrictions to medical treatment outside Gaza.

"These violations amount to flagrant violations of human rights and international law, and they are... collective punishment." How Israel delays or bans travel outside of Gaza for medical treatment. The case of five-year-old Aisha - where the Israeli authorities refused to allow her parents to accompany her from Gaza to a Jerusalem hospital for brain cancer treatment.

Palestinians despair of Israeli restrictions to medical treatment outside Gaza.

A letter to the German government.

The German government has recently passed a resolution that equates BDS with anti-Semitism. Sara Roy, whose father was the only holocaust survivor in his family, writes: "I know, without question, that if they were alive today, the motion you are being asked to endorse would terrify them given the repression of tolerance and witness that it clearly embraces."

On equating BDS and anti-Semitism: a letter to the German government.

'Deal of the century' - Joke of the Century.

Jared Kushner's 'deal of the century.' Analysis by Jeremy Salt.       Article here.

News from the occupation:

Israel launches massive recruitment drive for social media warriors.

Head of Reporters Without Borders says Israel shot journalists intentionally.

A sister's nightmare: My little brother was shot one night during Ramadan by occupying soldiers.

Declassified: Israel Made Sure Arabs Couldn't Return to Their Villages.

Without explanation, Israel tears down new Palestinian school in Jerusalem.

WHO: 3 children a month in Gaza left disabled for life.

Conquer And Divide: The Shattering Of Palestinian Space By Israel.

Exposed! How Britain's Anti-Semitism scaremongers operate.


BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid.

Mexico City Metro partially cancels Israeli events and photo exhibit due to Israeli Embassy lies.

Israel Prize-winning choreographer says he supports BDS agenda.


Saturday information stalls - in Hastings and Rye.

We've run weekly information stalls in Hastings Town Centre (either opposite Lloyds Bank, outside Debenhams or in The Old Town) every Saturday 12.00 'til 14.00 (2 pm) since 2014. See latest details above: 'Information stalls in Hastings.'

We run fortnightly stalls on the cobbles at the top of Conduit Hill, where it meets the High Street. 11 - 1 pm. For anyone in the Rye area who wants to help out, please email. The next date is: 29 June.

Please come along to either (or both!) of our stalls to say hello and support us: any amount of 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:

24 May 2019
10 May 2019
6 May 2019

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