Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Newsletter   10 November 2023
  In this newsletter:
  • Barclays - Don't Bank On Apartheid Friday 10 November
  • National March for Palestine. Ceasefire Now! Saturday 11 November
  • Planning Meeting Monday 13 November 6pm
  • Al-Mawasi, Gaza - Solar Panel Fundraiser
  • Hastings Ceasefire Now! March For Palestine
  • 'Naming the Dead Children' Vigil
  • Email your MP to demand a ceasefire now.


    Friday 10 November 12.00 Noon - 2 pm Barclays Bank, Queens Road, TN34 1QP

    Barclays Bank holds £1.2 billion in shares, and provides over £3 billion in loans and underwriting to 9 companies whose weapons, components, and military technology have been used to target and kill civilians in Gaza. More information.


    Saturday 11 November, 12 Noon, Hyde Park, London. March to US Embassy in Nine Elms Lane. Vauxhall.

    Catch the 9.46 train Hastings to London. PSC: "We urge those attending to use Bond Street, Oxford Street and Hyde Park Corner tubes as well as Marble Arch to ease congestion."

    Israel has killed 10,818 people in Gaza, as least 4,324 children; about half of Gaza's homes are damaged or completely destroyed; most Palestinians are surviving on dirty water and two slices of bread per day...... "About 2,650 others, including some 1,400 children, have been reported missing and may be trapped or dead under the rubble, awaiting rescue or recovery." (Yesterday's UN bulletin.).

    It is vital we have the biggest turn out possible to show that we are the peace-loving majority and that we will not be deterred from standing with Palestine. If anyone needs help with the cost of a train ticket or is willing to sponsor someone else's ticket please get in touch directly email Hastings and Rye PSC. Our Facebook event page. Please share.

    Information Stalls
    No information stall this Saturday 11 November.

    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.


    Al-Mawasi, Gaza - Solar Panel Fundraiser

    The people of Al-Mawasi in southern Gaza have no electricity, no fuel, no transportation, and are living in cramped conditions wherever they can find. They are living through a nightmare.

    The last message we received yesterday: "We're currently desperate for water and bread. We can't even find flour here. We're away from the evacuation area in KhanYounis centre, when we were there things were easier but here we're far away from any aids. We can tolerate the lack of bread, we just eat a bite each day, but we can't live without water. We urgently need your help to get energy so we can get water."

    For two years we have been running a campaign to formally twin Hastings with Al-Mawasi; during this time we have got to know the community well. More information.

    Since 7 October we have been in intermittent contact with the community. We have been able to send funds - at the moment they are using these to buy medicines for their children who suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea as the living conditions they're forced to live through are very unhygienic. They really need a source of electricity - this will be for things such as purifying water, lighting at night, charging phones and having an internet connection.

    We're aiming to raise £1,700 so that the community can install a solar panel. The Paypal details:
    If you want to pay by bank transference: for details, please email Hastings and Rye PSC.
    Facebook page.

    Benefit for Gaza

    Wednesday 6 December 7 pm Hastings Sea Angling and Social Club, The Stade Hastings TN34 3FJ
    Details to follow.

    Much of the 'information' in the corporate media is misleading

    Some useful sources: Middle East Eye.    Electronic Intifada.    Middle East Monitor.
    Mondoweiss.    Palestine Chronicle.    Al Mayadeen.    Mintpress.    The Grayzone.

    The strong and clear message from Hastings: Ceasefire Now!

    "No more weapons, no more war. Ceasefire's what we're calling for!" was one of the main chants at last Sunday demonstration. With an estimated 400 marchers, it was regarded as an empowering, uplighting event. And quite loud! While Home Secretary Braverman grotesquely calls our marches 'hate marches,' this was a march of joy and love, calling for peace.

    It was followed by a rally in the town centre. We heard heartfelt words from a Christian vicar, a powerful speech from the Chair of the Hastings Mosque, poems by children in Gaza read by local kids, inspiring speeches from the trade union movement, Green Party, Hastings City of Sanctuary and an update from the community in Al-Mawasi in southern Gaza. It was a beautiful and uplifting event. Article in the Hastings Onilne Times.

    'Naming the Dead Children' Vigil

    A continuous vigil for 8 hours was kept outside Hastings Council Offices, with the reading of nearly 2,000 names of children killed in Gaza by Israeli bombs. Our local government has a responsibility to speak out on our behalf against these atrocities.

    lsrael could not carry out these attacks without the political and military support of governments like the UK. We refuse to give our silent consent to war crimes supported in our name. We call on all our elected representatives to speak out and demand an immediate ceasefire. Video of the vigil during the evening: Facebook video.

    Film Show: Killing Gaza

    The film was both harrowing and informative. A record of the aftermath of the 2014 Israeli bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza, the footage is unfiltered and we hear directly from many different Palestinians, and follow them over a period of months.

    The film was followed by a lively discussion, which clearly showed at first the dismay at what we had all seen, followed by a stronger resolve to strengthen our work for Palestinian solidarity. We encourage as many people as people to see the film. It can be downloaded through Vimeo.


    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.



    Hastings and Rye PSC online membership and donations

    Becoming a member of Hastings and Rye PSC is an important way of supporting our work.The annual subscription is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. We now have an online membership payment form. It can also be used to renew membership. The work of Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity could not continue without the generous donations from members of the public. If you would like to support our work without becoming a member please visit our shop page here and see the right hand column:
    Donate to Hastings & Rye PSC.

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