Balfour centenary season dates – debating its legacy and significance

Sheffield PSC are putting on a number of events around Balfour this year as will other organisations, offering a range of perspectives. Please see below for details.

Balfour’s Shadow, Wednesday 20th September

David Cronin is a contributing editor with The Electronic Intifada, a website focused on Palestine.

His new book is Balfour’s Shadow: A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel is out now and he is engaged in a tour to speak about how Britain has gone from giving declaratory backing to the Zionist movement to becoming actively complicit in Israel’s crimes.

Please come and join this discussion to open out the Balfour season in Sheffield.

Location: Quaker Meeting House, St.James. Sheffield
Time: 7.30pm

Longing and Belonging and Balfour, Saturday September 23rd


Chai for All, the Bristol based jazz-tinged klezmer and Middle Eastern music ensemble will be bringing their new work, Longing, Belonging & Balfour to Sheffield on the Saturday 23rd September for a 7:30 pm performance at the Sheffield Library Theatre, Tudor Square. This is new musical perspective on the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the letter which can be said to have set in train the facts on the ground in today’s occupied Palestine

Chai for All will be joined by virtuoso clarinetist and kaval (Bulgarian flute) player Katie Stevens, renowned storyteller Michael Loader, British-Israeli platinum record producer Mark Smulian and the voice of Palestinian poet Alissar Amali – melding klezmer Arabic and other idioms together in music composed and arranged by German-born Knud Stuwe.

There will be a post-show panel discussion to explore the various perspectives on the Balfour Declaration and give an opportunity for audience members to share their personal stories evoked by the performance.

Full booking details for the show are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/longing-belonging-and-balfour- tickets-36222883620

A non-Zionist Jewish Perspective on Balfour

In the first of a series of events to understand the impact (and certainly not celebrate) the Balfour declaration, Sheffield PSC are partnering with Kairos Sheffield, to welcome Robert Cohen who offers an anti-Zionist  but religious Jewish perspective. Mr Cohen is an engaging and provocative speaker and blogger and well worth coming to see.

He will be speaking at the Quaker Meeting House on October 23rd from 7.30pm. Full details here

Benefit dinner

benefit dinner

Boycott Saturday 2nd September

hsbcAs part of our continuing campaign to highlight complicity from major corporations with the Irsaeli arms industry we will be assembling outside HSBC on Fargate, Sheffield city centre.

We are calling on them to end its support for the Israeli Arms industry.

Elbit 5 court case.

The Hearing on August 23rd  was a travesty.

The CPS complained that the police had not spoken to them about the charges they had decided on and the CPS were not ready to proceed and might be considering another charge. They had given the defence no notice about this.

The case was therefore adjourned until 13th September to allow the CPS to sort itself out, but with no pressure on them to do anything other than to tell the defence ‘before the hearing’ what they planned to do. This means they can leave it until 7.30 a.m. on the day of the hearing, giving the solicitor no time to discuss things with the 5 people charged. the magistrates were completely uninterested in putting any pressure on the CPS to make a decision in good time.

So: another court hearing on Wednesday 13th Sept at Cannock magistrates court. 

Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners

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Saturday 6th May.  There was a lively protest outside Sheffield Town Hall in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.   We were joined by  Paul Blomfield, MP  (till a week ago and current candidate) for Sheffield Central constituency .  The prisoners are on hunger strike over such things as jailed children, family visits restricted to one a year, and administrative detention (jail with no trial).  For more information go here.