Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   1 November 2023
  In this newsletter:
  • Naming the dead children and candlelit vigil Friday 3 November 11am - 7pm.
  • Ceasefire Now! March For Palestine. Sunday 5 November.
  • Film show: Killing Gaza Wednesday 8 November 7pm.
  • Planning meeting Monday 13 November 6pm.
  • Boycott stalls
  • Jabalia Refugee Camp, Gaza.
  • Director of the United Nations' human rights office resigns in protest of Israel's "text-book case of genocide."
  • Email your MP to demand a ceasefire now.


    Friday 3 November 11am - 7pm
    Outside Muriel Matters House, Hastings Seafront TN34 3UY

    For 8 hours we will publicly read out the names of Palestinian children who have been killed by Israel, with the support of our Government, in the past 3 weeks.

    Join us to read out the names, even for a few minutes, at any time between 11am and 7pm. We invite you to bring candles (in jam jars or electric tealights) to stand with us for a candle lit vigil for the last hour between 6pm and 7pm.

    We will read out the names in front of the office of Hastings District Council because the Council is our elected local government and we believe they should speak out on our behalf against the UK government's complicity in these deaths. Facebook event page. Please share.


    Sunday 5 November 12 noon Warrior Square TN37 6DF
    Rally For Palestine 1pm Hastings Town Centre

    Let's make this the biggest march Hastings has ever seen! Now more than ever is the time to show our support for the Palestinian people.

    The latest figures: 8,924 deaths, including 3,648 children, 2,187 women. It also includes 29 journalists.

    We must continue to urgently campaign for the UK government to demand a ceasefire.

    Israel could not carry out this genocidal campaign without the political support, and arms, and aid, it receives from governments like ours. War crimes are being perpetrated and supported in our name.

    After the march from Warrior Square, we will hear from speakers and musicians from a range of community organisations. Local children will also read poems written by Palestinian children. Facebook event page. Please share.


    Wednesday 8 November 7pm
    The Pig, 37 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JP

    Independent journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen documented the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, and chronicled its horrific aftermath, particularly the brutal Israeli ground attack.

    'Killing Gaza' turned a camera onto the survivors of the slaughter and let them speak for themselves. While giving voice to the pain of a people under siege, the film also highlights their inspiring acts of creative resistance, from painting to break-dancing to literature, that allow them to maintain their humanity in the face of deprivation and war.

    'Killing Gaza' trailer.

    Planning Meeting Monday 13 November 6pm
    White Rock Hotel, White Rock Hastings TN34 1JU

    We will need to get up to date, and plan our actions for the coming days/weeks. Open to all members and everyone who has been working with us - and to everyone who wants to get involved.


    If you are appalled at what is happening to people in Palestine, one thing we can all do is use our power as consumers. Israel has been declared an apartheid state by Amnesty International, and an important factor in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa was a global boycott of South African goods.

    Boycott any goods, including fruit and veg, marked 'Made In Israel.' You can also boycott non-Israeli companies for their role in:
  • funding arms sale to Israel e.g. BARCLAYS bank.
  • profiting from operations in illegal settlements e.g. Coca Cola
  • providing legitimacy to Israeli oppression e.g. PUMA, which sponsors the Israeli Football Association.
    Over the next few weeks we will be holding a number of pickets at local BDS targets. Details to follow. BDS website.


    Jabalia Refugee Camp, Gaza

    This is what is left of Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza. Our friend Shahd Abusalama, who was brought up in the camp, wrote of the destruction: "the immediate aftermath of the massacre that Israel committed at my birthplace Jabalia Refugee Camp, northern Gaza. This is not a war. It's a genocide targeting a particular group because of their identity: Palestinians."

    Local politicians called on to support ceasefire in Gaza

    The campaign to demand that local politicians call for a ceasefire - organised by Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign - has so far been signed by 19 local groups and individuals, including Hastings Mosque, refugee support groups, Hastings and District Trades Union Council, Amnesty International Hastings & Rye, Hastings and St Leonards Extinction Rebellion and one local politician, the Green Party's Parliamentary candidate Becca Horn. Open Letter.

    The campaign is directed at MPs Sally-Ann Hart and Huw Merriman, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council. Article in the Hastings Online Times.

    At last Thursday's rally in the town centre, there were speeches supporting a ceasefire from Hastings Green Party councillor Amanda Jobson, the Hastings and District Trades Council and the Hastings Mosque. Post in the Hastings and Rye Facebook page.


    Director of the United Nations' human rights office has resigned in protest of Israel's attacks in the Gaza Strip, calling it a "text-book case of genocide"

    Craig Mokhiber wrote: "Across the land, Apartheid rules. This is a text-book case of genocide. The European, ethno-nationalist, settler colonial project in Palestine has entered its final phase, toward the expedited destruction of the last remnants of indigenous Palestinian life in Palestine. What's more, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe, are wholly complicit in the horrific assault."
    UN director says Israel is engaged in 'text-book case of genocide'



    Urge your MP to call on the government to press for an immediate ceasefire, and a complete end to total siege on the Gaza Strip.



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