Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   25 August 2023
Swim With Gaza

Saturday 26 August 4 pm

Marina beach TN38 0BU
In front of the Azur, by the Lifeguard Station. Between groyne 41 and 42 TQ 799087

  • Join us for a solidarity swim.
  • If you don't want to swim or can't swim, just come along for a paddle.
  • Or just come for a picnic.

    Locally there has been a tremendous amount of interest - with events at Eastbourne, Worthing, Brighton and Hastings. But this has become a truly international event with locations announced at Cape Town, Bethlehem, Malaysia, Kolios Skiathos in Greece, Praia de Carcavelos in Portugal, Oaxaca in Mexico, Johannesburg, three locations in New Zealand (which isn't bad seeing that's in the heart of winter over there!), USA (4 locations) and Ireland (3 locations).

    More information about our event in Hastings on our Facebook event page, with articles in the Hastings Online Times and Hastings Observer.

    There will be livestreaming from locations throughout the world along with videos and photos sent from earlier events (such as Malaysia). This will start at 3pm. Lots of information at the Swim With Gaza website.

    We're monitoring the pollution levels closely. This morning the Environment Agency stated that there are 'no warnings in place' at St Leonards.

    Help fund free swimming lessons in Gaza

    Swim With Gaza has set up a fundraising page to collect money for free swimming lessons for 100 children whose parents cannot afford to pay for lessons. Fundraiser.

    Information stalls

    No stall this Saturday 26 August. The next stall will be on Saturday 2 September and then on Saturday 23 September. 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 have handicrafts from the Shu'fat Refugee Camp. And of course lots of interesting discussions and conversations!

    Film show: 'Gaza'

    Wednesday 6 September 7pm
    The Pig, 37 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JP

    One of the directors of 'Gaza' Garry Keane wrote: "In the film, we reveal the beauty, colour, vibrancy and human warmth on display in Gaza. It really is an extraordinary and unique place and sadly, because of the blockade, Gaza is never properly seen by the outside world, who are fed only a one-dimensional view.

    We believe this is the first time audiences worldwide will see Gaza as more than just a battle zone, and come to realise that, yes, Gaza is devastated by recurring conflict but is certainly not defined by it." Gaza uncovered - inside the acclaimed new Irish documentary. 'Gaza' 2019, 73 minutes

    Dates for your diary (more information to follow)

  • How Labour's anti-Semitism crisis was manufactured
    Saturday 9 September 3pm. White Rock Hotel, Hastings TN34 1JU
    Free admission, free refreshments
    With Asa Winstanley, author of 'Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Jeremy Corbyn.' Publisher's website.

  • Report back from the delegation from the Shu'fat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem/Al-Quds
    Saturday 16 September 4.30pm
    The Common Room, 27-28 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DJ (opposite ESK)
    The meeting is free to attend. After the meeting, guests are invited to join us for a vegetarian meal (at the Common Room) exclusively prepared by Chef Momo. Details to follow.
    Information about the Shu'fat Refugee Camp.

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    Recent Hastings and Rye PSC newsletters:

    19 August 2023
    20 July 2023
    6 July 2023

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