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Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   13 May 2022
  There are two important events this Saturday. If you can't make Saturday's #Nakba74 demonstration in London, support the Hastings Nakba Rally,
This Saturday 14 May:
  • Hastings: Nakba Rally and Memorial for Shireen Abu Akleh.
  • London: Demonstration: End Apartheid - Free Palestine!

    Hastings Nakba Rally and Memorial for Shireen Abu Akleh

    Saturday 14 May 12 - 1pm.
    Outside HSBC, Robertson Street Hastings

    It's 74 years since the Nakba (catastrophe) where Zionist forces ethnically cleansed and eradicated over 500 villages and cities in Palestine, committed dozens of massacres, and took over 78% of the land of historic Palestine. The Nakba continues with over 1,000 Palestinians facing imminent homelessness in Masafer Yatta (see below).

    On Wednesday the IDF/Israel Defense Forces killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at the Jenin refugee camp. She was clearly wearing her press vest. Shireen was fatally shot in the face. Her colleagues were prevented from going to her aid. It was a blatant murder, violating international laws and norms. She is the 55th journalist to be murdered by the Israeli military forces since 2000.

    Also on Wednesday, the IDF shot and killed 16 year old Thaer Khalil Mohammad Maslat in Jabal Al-Taweel in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh, the tenth Palestinian child shot and killed by Israeli forces this year. Please join us on Saturday to show your solidarity with the Palestinian people and demand their freedom, dignity, equality, truth and justice.
    Please share the Facebook event.

    National demonstration and march: END APARTHEID - FREE PALESTINE!
    Saturday 14 May 2022. Assemble 12 Noon Portland Place, by the BBC, London

    Demonstrate against 74 years of Nakba. Facebook event page.

    Hastings Friends of Al-Mawasi

    Building friendship links with Palestine: Meeting: 2.30pm Saturday 21 May at the White Rock Hotel TN34 1JU (opposite Hastings pier)

    We hope more people from Hastings will be able to join our twinning project to offer direct support and solidarity to this community which literally lives under siege. Please try to make the meeting for an opportunity to get involved. More information.

    Information stalls

    We now have a range of keffiyehs from Hirbawi in Hebron, Palestinian flag umbrellas and a supply of T-shirts. In addition of course we have pamphlets, leaflets and publications about Palestine and apartheid Israel, also Free Palestine badges and Boycott Apartheid stickers. Sometimes we even have music! Please pay us a visit. We're always happy to have members and supporters to visit or stay and help. Every Saturday 12.00 noon until 2 pm (weather permitting) in the town centre near Millets.

    Save Masafer Yatta

    The Nakba is ongoing as Israel's high court greenlights the forced displacement of over 1,000 Palestinians from 12 villages in the Masafer Yatta area in the occupied West Bank.

    Generations of families are to be uprooted, after they have already endured so much violence and trauma.

    Palestinians are resisting these expulsions and we need to take action to support that resistance. Please email the Foreign Office to demand an end to ethnic cleansing and for the UK to stop arming Israel. Save Masafer Yatta.

    Protect the right to boycott

    The Queen's speech confirms that the UK government will pursue its anti-boycott bill. The UK Government wants to prevent public bodies from making boycott, divestment or sanctions decisions that aren't in line with its foreign and economic policies. In advance of the Government's "anti-boycott bill," write to your MP: Oppose the 'anti-boycott bill.'


    Ceilidh for Palestine
    Saturday 14 May, 7:30pm

    Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury CT1 2BT. Join South East Kent Palestine Solidarity Campaign for an Irish and Palestinian cultural celebration commemorating al-Nakba and resilience. "Ceilidh Tree's ace fiddles and amazing caller are guaranteed to get you dancing. Plus Palestinian dabke with amazing all-women Hawiyya Dance Troupe." Tickets available here.

    Hastings and Rye PSC online membership and donations

    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. The work of Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity could not continue without the generous donations from members of the public. If you would like to support our work without becoming a member please visit our shop page here and see the right hand column: Donate to Hastings & Rye PSC.

    Recent Hastings and Rye PSC newsletters:

    28 April 2022
    25 March 2022
    11 March 2022

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