Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   2 December 2022
Barclays - Don't Bank On Apartheid
Saturday 3rd December 12 noon - 2pm
Barclays Bank, Queens Road, TN34 1QP

Join us to demand that Barclays stop investing in arms companies that supply Israel with weapons used to assault Palestinians.
Barclays has more than £1 billion invested in companies supplying weapons and military technology to Israel. This includes investments in Israeli armaments manufacturer Elbit which makes the militarised drones that are used to target and kill civilians in Gaza.

Join us at Barclays along with Hastings and St Leonards Extinction Rebellion and Hastings CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade). More information: War On Want.
Our Facebook event page.       Extinction Rebellion Facebook event page.


What a great night at Come Dine for Palestine! A Palestinian vegetarian feast from Chef Momo, great music - and wonderful company. We raised £1,300, and along with the £300 we've already collected, it means we will shortly be sending £1,600 to the Al-Mawasi community. It will go a long way to help repair the roof of their community health centre and pay towards vital equipment.

Thanks to Chef Momo and his helpers Fatma and Roa Almadi, Jill and Jackie Collins; to Frank Moon playing the oud, and to Deniz Akdoğan playing the saz - who gave us a great rendition of Bella Ciao - with lots of lively and loud audience participation! And thanks to our great helpers, raffle prize givers, supporters who bought raffle tickets and to everyone who came to make the event such a success.

There's a great article in the the Hastings Online Times: Aricle here.
Our Facebook post.    Our Instagram post.    Information about Hastings Friends of Al-Mawasi..



Filmshow: 'Boycott'
Wednesday 14 December 7pm
The Pig, 37 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JP

'Boycott' traces the impact of state legislation in the USA designed to penalize individuals and companies that support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) movement.

The implications for UK Palestine solidarity campaigners are clear - especially in view of the government's anti-BDS legislation, and other plans to limit the right to protest. More information to follow.

We will shortly be announcing a speaker for the event. This is our Facebook event page. Please share widely.

2022: the Deadliest Year Since 2006 in the West Bank

In total, 214 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2022, more than 154 in the West Bank. 54 Palestinian children have been killed by the Israeli military this year.

13-year-old Issa Hani al-Talqat, from the village of Arara al-Naqab, had been shot by Israeli police on the night of the Israeli elections, on November 1. He succumbed to his wounds a month later. Hani was a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship. A young boy died, shot by the Israeli police.     Israeli forces have killed 8 Palestinians in the last three days: Article here.

Nakba film 'Fahra' streams on Netflix despite Israeli threats

The film 'Fahra' is about a young girl surviving the Nakba (The Catastrosphe). It depicts Zionist militias killing or displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. It's the film that Israel didn't want anyone to see. This is an important film because it is a rare depiction of the Nakba aimed at a Western audience and therefore should be watched widely. Please watch it, tell others to watch it and share on your social media. Review; Israel angered.
Israel's response: Israel to Revoke Funding for Jaffa Theater Over Screening of Jordanian Film Depicting Nakba. Article here.

"Tantura" Exposes The Lie At The Heart Of Israel's Founding Myth

Alon Schwarz, an Israeli filmmaker, has produced the film 'Tantura' about the 'horrors that young men and women carried out in order to build an Israeli state where Palestinians once lived.' Schwarz interviewed dozens of men and women, now in their 90s, about events most of them have never talked about and many of them once outright denied. Tantura is the Palestinian beachside village near Haifa that was wiped off the map during the Nakba. Review: Tantura.

Palestine Wins the World Cup!

Well, not quite. But while the Palestinian team didn't qualify, support for Palestine was everywhere - in the stadiums and outside. Palestinian flags, scarves and keffiyehs were being worn, waved and held all over Qatar. Some fans even performed dabke. Check out this epic dance off between Arab and Brazilian football fans: Click here.

Many of those holding the Palestinian flag have said they are doing so as a form of protest against the "normalisation" that some governments in the Arab world have entered into with Israel.

Moroccan fans also used their country's match against Croatia as an opportunity to call for justice for Shireen Abu Akleh, the journalist that the Israeli military killed earlier this year.
Qatar World Cup shows the Arab people still stand with Palestine.

Why these Israeli teenagers refuse to serve in the Occupation Army

Interview with four young Israeli refuseniks who give their reasons for refusing to serve in the occupation army. 'Refusing is the minimum.'

Israel bans fish and seafood exports from Gaza to the West Bank

Israel imposes yet more collective punishment on the people of Gaza. According to the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, during the first 10 months of the year, there were more than 400 incidents of violence against Gazan fishermen by the Israel Navy, some of which involved gunfire. Nineteen boats were confiscated and 54 fishermen were arrested - an increase of 350 percent over the number arrested last year. Haaretz: By Air, Land and Sea.
Amid Israeli Blockade on Gaza, a Fishing Fleet Limps Along: Article here..

A history that could not be more timely

Following on from his 'Writings on the Wall: Palestinian Oral Histories' and 'State of Terror,' Tom Suárez has just published 'How Zionism Forged an Apartheid State from River to Sea.'

Using primary historical records, much of it from the British National Archive, Tom Suárez shows how the Zionist movement has consistently applied terrorist methods from the pre-state years (against both Palestinians as well as British forces, including international operations), to the years following the state's establishment. The book is reviewed in Mondoweiss:
A history that could not be more timely.

Al-Haq Launches Landmark Palestinian Coalition Report

Al Haq, along with leading Palestinian civil society organizations, has published a landmark report 'Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism.' This report analyses apartheid Israel in the context of Zionist settler colonialism: something all previous reports on Israeli apartheid have failed to do. Al-Haq Launches Landmark Report.

More news:

British classrooms are a battleground for Israeli propaganda: Article here.

Reverberating civilian and environmental harm from explosive weapons use in Gaza:
Article here.

128 scholars ask UN not to adopt IHRA definition of anti-Semitism: Article here.

Prisoners in their own home: Article here.

Israel plans 60-mile concrete wall in northern West Bank: Article here.

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