Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   28 April 2023
No Information Stall in the Town Centre this Saturday
But we shall have a stall at the Observer Building 12 noon as part of the May Day March and Rally.
Details: Saturday April 29th 11am: March - assemble at Hastings Pier.
12 noon: Rally - at The Observer Building, 53 Cambridge Rd, Hastings TN34 1DT.
Speakers to include: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Bella Fashola (RMT) and Rosanna Leal (TRBP). Facebook event page.

Monday 1st May. Celebrate International Workers' Day with music and speakers from around the world.
12 noon Warrior Square Gardens, St Leonards TN37 6DF. Facebook details.

This year marks 75 years since the Nakba - Arabic for "catastrophe" - when more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel. 500 villages were destroyed, and their inhabitants never allowed to return. Zionist militias, who later became the "IDF," committed massacres in Deir Yassin, al-Lydd, Tantura and many other Palestinian communities. More than 15,000 Palestinians were massacred.

We mark the Nakba not just as an historical event but as a continuing process of oppression enacted over the past 75 years though the ongoing colonisation of land, enforcement of apartheid and military occupation.

NAKBA 75 - National Protest: Free Palestine - End Apartheid
Saturday 13 May 2023 12pm. The BBC, Portland Place, London W1A. More information.
We will give travelling details from Hastings later on.

NAKBA 75: a talk by Dr. Khader Abu-Hayyeh
Sunday 14th May 1.30 pm
Hastings mosque, 12 Mercatoria, Hastings TN38 0EB

Khader was a little boy living in al-Lydd in 1948 when his family fled from the Israeli 89th Commando Battalion which was carrying out widespread massacres including the machine-gunning of 80 people sheltering in the Dahmash Mosque. The Israeli military told the Khader family that unless they leave they will all be shot. They were able to escape, not before the Israelis shot the family dog.

Khader and his family were forced to walk miles during one of the hottest summers that anyone could remember. It has been estimated that up to 350 Palestinians fleeing from al-Lydd and nearby al-Ramla died from heat, thirst and exhaustion.

Eventually the family found refuge in the Jordan valley near the Dead Sea living in a tent with no sanitation, no running water, no electricity. They remained as refugees for a further 20 years.

The Hastings and Rye PSC is pleased to be presenting this meeting in conjunction with the Hastings Mosque. More details of the meeting, including additional speakers, to be announced later.

No Way to Treat a Child Campaign

Huge thanks to Miranda Cleland and Ayed Abu Eqtiash of the Defense for Children International - Palestine for their powerful and informative talk on the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign. The campaign highlights two areas where Palestinian children are systematically deprived of their rights: one, their arrest and detention under the Israeli military system and two, the impact of home demolitions on Palestinian children. For a full report of the meeting Click here.

Thanks to everyone who came to support our Palestinian child prisoners' event especially our young prisoner 'volunteers.'

Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts and subjected to 'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.' (UNICEF).

There are 151 Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention (as of March this year).

Save The Children has found: "Children in the Israeli military detention system face inhumane treatment such as beatings, strip searches, psychological abuse, weeks in solitary confinement, and being denied access to a lawyer during interrogations."
"Treated like animals."

Information stalls

Apart from this Saturday, our stalls are every Saturday 12.00 noon until 2 pm (weather permitting) in the town centre. Please pay us a visit. Apart from a range of leaflets, pamphlets and stickers, we have keffiyehs from Hirbawi in Hebron, a range of T-shirts and Palestinian flag umbrellas. We also sell handicrafts from the Shu'fat Refugee Camp.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) news

Oslo bans trade in all illegal Israeli settlement goods

Oslo city council has announced that it will not trade in goods and services produced in areas that are illegally occupied in violation of international law. Its procurement policy will exclude companies that directly or indirectly contribute to Israel's illegal settlement enterprise - a war crime under international law. Norway's capital prohibits the import of goods produced in Israel settlements.

Liège breaks ties with Israel

Just two months after the city of Barcelona broke all ties with Israel and ended its 25-year-old twinning relationship with Tel Aviv over the Israeli government's "violent anti-Palestinian policies," the Belgium city of Liège has followed suit by voting to suspend all ties with Israel until the country takes action to end what it described as "systematic violations" of the rights of the Palestinian people. The resolution, recognising Israel's breaches of international law, calls for a national boycott of all Israeli goods and services produced in the occupied territories.
Belgium city severs ties with Israel.

More news:

A history of assaults on Palestinian Christians: Article here.

IHRA - Human rights groups warn UN against antisemitism definition: Article here.

IHRA - University of Adelaide has rejected the adoption of the controversial IHRA definition of antisemitism: Article here.

UN rapporteur target of 'smear campaign' for denouncing occupation: Article here.

Gideon Levy - The Duty to End Israeli Apartheid: Article here.

After Settler Attacks, a Palestinian Town Fears for Its Survival: Article here.

Britain declares war on a slogan: Article here.

Hastings and Rye PSC online membership and donations

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