Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   28 June 2019

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.

Facebook event page.


2 Information stalls this weekend.

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).
St Leonards Festival.
Saturday 29 June. Please come along and say hello at the festival 11.00 until 18.00 (food stalls stay open until 22.00). Warrior Square Gardens TN37 6BS. Festival Facebook event.

Next few Information stalls:
Saturday 6 July. Hastings town centre outside Debenhams, 12.00 - 14.00 (2pm).
Saturday 13 July. Hastings Old Town (by the chess board in George Street) 12.00 until 14.00 (2pm).
Saturday 13 July. Rye. On the cobbles at the top of Conduit Hill, where it meets the High Street. 11.00 - 13.00 (1 pm).
Saturday 20 July. Hastings town centre outside Debenhams, 12.00 - 14.00 (2pm).

Remembering Al Nakba
The Palestinians' catastrophe of 1948.

Excellent meeting with Dr Khader Abu-Hayyeh at the local mosque. Dr. Khader spoke of the forced expulsion from his town Al-Lydd after the State of Israel was declared in 1948 and the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Israeli military forces. He told the meeting of the next 20 years of his life in refugee camps in the area.

After two short films, we had the pleasure of being served up a meal of falafel, humus, smoked aubergine, musakhan, tabbouleh and Hilbeh cake. Thanks to everyone at the mosque for their hospitality, and to Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden for his introduction.

The event raised £75 for MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians). Our write-up of Dr. Khader's speech: Remembering Al Nakba. Article in the Hastings Observer: Image download.

Give Puma the Boot. International Day of Action.

A very lively picket outside Hastings Sports Direct - stockist of Puma products. Puma sponsors the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams 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. There were events in 20 countries throughout the world, with over 25 events in the UK.

More information about the event and about Israeli attacks on Palestinian footballers and Palestinian football facilities.     Article here.


Apartheid Israel - Arabs not welcome.

Just another example of apartheid in Israel - Afula residents have complained of Palestinians from the area using the park, and have protested against them buying homes in the city.
Afula mayor attends demonstration against sale of home to Arab family.
Northern Israeli City Closes Park to Nonresidents Over Summer Vacation.

A Jerusalem hospital where Palestinian babies die alone.

Since the beginning of last year, 56 babies from Gaza were separated from their mothers and fathers, six of whom perished without a parent present, according to the hospital (in East Jerusalem).

A Jerusalem hospital where Palestinian babies die alone.

Donate button.

We're finally getting into the 21st century! We now have a donate button - so that people can send us funds. Please feel free to test it out - as often as you want! On this page.

We'll shortly have an online membership payment form, also a few products to sell.

What we've been up to lately.

PSC head office has asked for a Hastings and Rye report. We sent them this. Branch report. Please tell us if you think we should be doing anything different. New ideas are always useful.

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.

News from the occupation:

Palestinian Medic Dies From Wounds Suffered In Gaza.

My little brother was shot one night during Ramadan by occupying soldiers.

Revealed: UK approved £14m in arms sales to Israel during Gaza protests.

Britain says releasing a 1941 document about Palestine might 'undermine security.'

Israeli soldier costs West Bank boy his leg.

Incredible story of the brutality experienced by Palestinians in Israel's labour camps: From 2015: On Israel's Little-Known Concentration And Labor Camps (1948-1955).

When Palestinian Arabs And Jews Fought The Nazis Side By Side.

Elderly Man Dies After Attacked By Masked Israeli Occupation Forces In Civilian clothes.

'Deal of the Century' - Buying Palestine for peanuts.

Education within the Israeli Prisons: A Deliberate Policy to De-educate.

550 Palestinians to be homeless after Israel demolishes entire Jerusalem neighbourhood.

Daily Mail Forced to Pay £120,000 In Damages to Pro-Palestinian Charity Over False Antisemitism And Terrorism Allegations.

Petition: Airbnb is choosing to continue listing apartments for rent in illegal Israeli settlements.

Syrian Opposition Leader Urges Normalization With Israel.

Petition: Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) expelled from Israel.

Is Israel trying to hide arms exports to neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine?

Palestinian kids are arrested every day. This time it's my friend's son.


BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

Video: Nobel laureate Professor George P. Smith speaks about BDS for Palestinian Rights.

Palestinians call for boycott of German festival.

EU governments must ban trade with illegal Israeli settlements say major European trade unions.

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies endorses boycott of Israeli universities.


Saturday information stalls - in Hastings and Rye.

We've run weekly information stalls in Hastings (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.

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:

13 June 2019
24 May 2019
10 May 2019

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