Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   12 September 2019

Benefit for MAP/Medical Aid for Palestinians: Come Dine For Palestine

An evening of Palestinian cuisine and live musical entertainment from Jamal Al Sakka (Arabic percussion) and Alaa on vocals and oud. Come Dine For Palestine. To raise funds for MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).
We have now sold all the tickets for this event.

Come Dine Raffle

We will have a raffle on the night - for those who can't make it and want to support the event - you can buy raffle tickets online and bag the chance to win some of our prizes: a Google Chromebook, Gift voucher for The White House in Rye, Cream Tea for 2 at Hayden's in Rye, two night stay at the luxurious Dogwood Yurt in Brede, Kino Cinema Tickets, Bottle of Jack Daniels, Banksy Tote Bag & Posters, and lots more!
More information about our raffle.

The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

A meeting with Miko Peled: the Israeli insider who became a supporter of Palestinian rights and justice

Saturday 5 October 15.00 (3 pm)
White Rock Hotel (opposite pier), Hastings TN34 1JU
Miko grew up in the heart of Israel's elite and served in its military but became a fearless advocate of the struggle to bring about justice for Palestinians. More information to follow.

Video: interview with Miko Peled.
For those who can't make our 5 October meeting, Miko will be speaking in Eastbourne on October 4th: Eastbourne PSC Facebook event.

This year's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition

One of our members who attended the demonstrations again this year writes: "As it is supported by the MOD and the Department of Trade and Investment, we can assume that it is part funded from our taxes."

"This year is the first time that Israel has had a stand at DSEI and it is no co-incidence that Netanayhu is in town, invited by our current PM Boris Johnson. Frequently advertised as 'battle tested,' an example of one of the Israeli exhibiting companies profiting from oppressing Palestinians is: ISPRA Ltd, founded in 1969, that uses the tag line "smart solutions for riot control." The company specialises in the production of tear gas and other "non-lethal" or "less than lethal" ammunition."


Hastings and Rye PSC online membership

Becoming a member of Hastings and Rye PSC is an important way of supporting our work.The annual subscription is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. We now have an online membership payment form. It can also be used to renew membership: Online membership.

Maya Bernad-Figenbaum, one of a growing number of young Israelis who refuse to serve in the Israeli army

19-year-old Maya explains why she'd rather go to jail than fight in the Israeli army. She has already spent seven days in a military jail.

Video: Maya Bernad-Figenbaum - I refuse.

Other young refuseniks we've highlighted: Noa Gur Golan, Tamar Alon, Tamar Ze'evi, Omri Baranes, Tair Kaminer, Adam Rafaelov and Roman Levin.

Controversy over the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism continues

After Tower Hamlets council banned the Big Ride For Palestine which raises funds for a charity aiding Palestinian children in Gaza, there has been an increase in calls for the IHRA definition to be scrapped.
Article by Antony Lerman in the Independent explains: "I warned that adopting the IHRA would shut down Palestinian protest - I've been proved right." Article here.


Israel shoots itself in the foot.

Eric Levitz writes that by barring two members of the U.S. Congress from entering Israel's borders, Trump and Netanyahu have done more to aid the BDS movement than Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib's trip ever could.

By Barring Omar and Tlaib, Netanyahu Did BDS a Huge Favor.

Saturday information stalls - in Hastings and Rye.

We've run weekly information stalls in Hastings (either outside Debenhams or in The Old Town) every Saturday 12.00 'til 14.00 (2 pm) since 2014. Our next stalls:
Saturday 14 September. Hastings town centre outside Debenhams.
Saturday 21 September. Hastings Old Town (by the chess board).
Saturday 28 September. Hastings town centre outside Debenhams.

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.

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


Meeting: Three Faiths share one Holy City in Hatred or in Harmony?
Sacred Sound from Sarah Evans; Marian Povey: "A Christian Pilgrim in the Holy Land;" John Lynes: "Disarming Jerusalem."
7 pm Tuesday 1 October 2019, Quaker Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings, TN34 1SA.
Organised by the Hastings & District Interfaith Forum and Hastings Against War.

Rebuild Gaza cultural centre project.

The Al Mishal Cultural Centre in Gaza was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on the 9th August 2018. "The Al Mishal Centre was the only working theatre left in Gaza....It was the centre of the cultural and artistic community in Gaza." The campaign to re-build the Gaza culture centre project.

News from and about the occupation:

Haaretz: The protest dispersed. Then an Israeli sniper shot a 9-year-old boy in the head.

Israeli snipers kill two Gaza boys including a 14 year old.

Israel summons 8-year-old Palestinian girl for interrogation.

Israeli army commander: I will make all the youth of Al-Duheisha camp disabled.

Israeli Air Strikes on Palestinian Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, in One Day.

Gaza protester dies as Israel admits to unjustified killings.

Canada: Federal Court orders 'Product of Israel' labels off West Bank wines.

'Come be my slave' - Israeli rabbi at military academy says Palestinians should be enslaved for their own good.

"The Most Vegan Army in the World:" How Israel co-opts veganism to justify Palestinian oppression.

UK commanders join Israel's largest-ever naval exercise.

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa.

Israeli forces destroy water line in Jordan Valley.

Israel abandons compound, leaves armour and ammo behind: RT films ghost base at Lebanon's border.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

Academic association cancels conference in Israel after backlash.

240 Jewish and Israeli scholars to German government: boycotts are a legitimate and non-violent tool of resistance.

Boycott AnyVision: Israel's "field-tested" facial recognition surveillance company.

Recent Hastings PSC newsletters:

28 July 2019
28 June 2019
13 June 2019

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