Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   12 May 2023
  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.

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

NAKBA 75 - National Protest London Saturday 13 May 12 noon
The BBC, Portland Place, London W1A. More information. There are rail strikes planned on Saturday. We haven't been able to make alternate travel arrangements from Hastings, but Brighton and Hove PSC has hired a 48-seater coach that will travel from Brighton to central London and back. More information.

NAKBA 75: a talk by Dr. Khader Abu-Hayyeh and Yara Derbas (Palestinian Youth Movement)
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 military 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.

Yara Derbas is a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement and is the Co-President for Equality and Liberation at the SOAS Students' Union. Yara will be sharing her own Nakba story. It's really important to see young Palestinians keeping the memory of the Nakba alive.

The Hastings and Rye PSC is pleased to be presenting this meeting in conjunction with the Hastings Mosque.

This is an article about the meeting in the Hastings Online Times. Please share our Facebook event page, like/comment here, here and here.

May Day 2023

Thanks to everyone who visited our stall at the May Day meeting. After the rally from Hastings Pier, the meeting at the Observer Building listened to speakers that included Jeremy Corbyn MP, Bella Fashola (RMT) and Rosanna Leal (Refugee Buddy Project).


Information stalls

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.

The Slaughter Goes On

So far this year, Israel has killed approximately 140 Palestinians. This week Israel has targetted civilian areas in Gaza outraging world opinion. Here South African Minister Naledi Pandor calls for the indictment of Israeli leaders at the International Criminal Court/ICC. Still waiting to hear from the UK government - and the UK opposition. Left: Residential area targetted in northern Gaza.

It's important that we know the names, faces and lives of the Palestinians that Israel has killed. These are some of the 7 children killed since Tuesday (below): Mayar Tariq Ibrahim Ezz el-Din, aged 11, Layan Bilal Maddoukh, 10, Hajar Khalil Salah el-Bahtini, 5, Ali Tariq Ibrahim Ezz el-Din, 8, Tamim Mohamed Dawoud, 5. Children "bear the brunt" as Israel targets Gaza homes.

As if the people of Gaza have not suffered enough having lived under siege for 16 years, Israel has further restricted their movement. MAP/Medical Aid for Palestinians has reported that 292 patients (mostly cancer patients) and their companions have been prevented from leaving Gaza to receive treatment in hospitals in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Israel. Source.


The Siege of Elbit

The siege of Elbit - the Israeli manufacturer of killer drones - is holding up in Leicester after 11 days.

Elbit prides itself on producing weapons that are "battle-tested," i.e. on Palestinians. Despite numerous arrests, with police stealing tents, even medications, the siege of Elbit is still in force. There has been great support from the local community - they've been donating money, clothes, sleeping bags, food, hygiene products. More information, and donations: Shut Elbit Down.

"How Khader Adnan Unified The Palestinian People From An Israeli Prison Cell"

Political prisoner Khader Adnan died in jail after 87 days of hunger strike in protest of his detention without charges or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities. Khader Adnan had been imprisoned by Israel 12 times, spending around eight years in prison, mostly under administrative detention - that is imprisonment without trial or charge indefinitely.

His family warned that he was dying and accused Israel of medical negligence for refusing to transfer him to a civilian hospital.

Photo (right): Khader Adnan with his children in 2012.

Ramzy Baroud's article explains: How Khader Adnan Unified The Palestinian People From An Israeli Prison Cell: Article here.

More news:

Israel occupation seizes 70 Palestine homes in Hebron's Old City: Article here.

Sam Smith cancels Israel concert amid pressure from Palestinian BDS activists: Article here.

Dear Madam President Von der Leyen, call it apartheid: Article here.

IHRA bill fails in Georgia again: Article here.

Notorious massacres of Palestinians between 1937 & 1948 (from 2015): Article here.

JNF plans large-scale settlement construction in Palestinian territories: Article here.

Soaring suicide cases among Israel forces warns army chief: Article here.

Photo Essay: The colonial violence that goes unreported in Palestine: Article here.

This Jewish doctor refused to sign a pledge opposing BDS - so he didn't get paid: Article here.

UN - 290 Palestinian structures demolished or seized by Israel during Q1, 2023 displacing 413 people: Article here.

Hastings and Rye PSC online membership and donations

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