UN Human Rights Day

humanrightsprotestSome of the people who joined the protest today.  On UN Human Rights Day we wished to point out that Israel is engaged on a further land grab in Hebron.  This and similar are illegal under International law.  The UK Government, accepts that these land grabs are illegal but has a policy of business as usual with the Apartheid State.

UN Day of Solidarity

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A very strong display of Solidarity with the Palestinians.   The street theatre was very impressive.  Congratulations to all the actors (and to everyone who came.)

The next protest is on UN Day of Human Rights.  We will be protesting about Israeli land thefts in Hebron, West Bank.

International week of action in Sheffield and everywhere…

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HP knowingly provides technology that enables Israel’s denial of freedom of movement for Palestinians living under its occupation regime — from checkpoints to illegal settlements to prisons to the devastating blockade of 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The BDS movement is poised to send a powerful message to HP with more than 90 actions planned worldwide during this Week of Action.

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In Sheffield today a great rally outside John Lewis and singing from the Sheffield socialist choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not long till Cinema Palestino

Sheffield’s cinema Palestino film season has been a fixture for 8 years now. This year we are showing 3000 Nights, an award winning film set in a Israeli women’s prison  contratsing the britality of her treatment with the care given to new life and community

We are also showing a documentary by Hind Shoufani about her father, Elias Shoufani, academic, activist and exile. Winner of Best Non-European Documentary at the European Independent Film Festival, Paris  this film is a personal, poetic and political archive and interview journey to discover family history.

More about these films is here;

 

Benefit Meal

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About 80 people were at this very enjoyable meal.  Jews, Christians, and Muslims and others enjoyed the dancing of Shahd Abu Salama and the fantastic music.  In these dark times it is inspirational that people can come together in solidarity to raise money for children’s charities in Gaza.  We have just sent moneys to Gaza so our coffers are bare.

Shahd Abu Salama  was a young girl when she was first here in 2005 so it was delightful to see how she has grown into a such strong confidant singer and speaker.  More pictures are here

 

Buy our 2017 right to roam calendar

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Front page of the right to roam calendar

Calendars are £5 to individuals and £3 to branches. P&P is £1/calendar.

To buy a calendar:

we will have them on sale at all our events  or

if you are ordering on behalf of a branch please fill in this form (pdf) or this one (Word format) and send with a cheque to Sheffield PSC, 118 Upperthorpe, S6 3NF 

If you are an indivudal please complete this form (pdf) or this form (in Word format) with a cheque to Sheffield PSC, 118 Upperthorpe, S6 3NF

The New Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Calendar

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One of our members, Caroline Poland walked from Land’s End to John o Groats to raise money and spread awareness of the oppression of Palestinians.  Some forty people joined her for parts of the walk.  In this country people struggled to get access to our beautiful countryside.  In Palestine movement is severely restricted by the Israeli Army.  The calendar shows the contrast.

Watch out for it at vigils and meetings.

 

Help us hurry the council…

boycott israelTwo years ago, Sheffield PSC and others lobbied the council vigorously, concerned that the council persisted in purchasing good and services from organisations complicit in the occupation and denial of basic human rights to Palestinians
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As a result, Sheffield City Council voted unanimously to adopt an Ethical Procurement policy. Such a policy tries to ensure that the best, most trustworthy companies are used to provide local services.

But, after two years, Sheffield still does not have an Ethical Procurement Policy.

Please add your name to this petition saying two years is long enough to carry out what the Council voted to do.

Petition to Sheffield council on ethical procurement

Two years ago, Sheffield PSC and others lobbied the council vigorously, concerned that the council persisted in purchasing good and services from organisations complicit in the occupation and denial of basic human rights to Palestinians

As a result, Sheffield City Council voted unanimously to adopt an Ethical Procurement policy. Such a policy tries to ensure that the best, most trustworthy companies are used to provide local services.

But, after two years, Sheffield still does not have an Ethical Procurement Policy.

Please add your name to this petition saying two years is long enough to carry out what the Council voted to do.

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Town Hall Vigil

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About thirty people joined our Saturday Vigil on 29th October.  We were pointing out how Palestinian farmers were being oppressed by Israel.  There is land theft, water theft, olive trees uprooted and much else in the Israeli imposed Apartheid state.

There was very little hostility in spite of a wave of right wing propaganda falsely claiming that we are anti Semitic.   We oppose the Government of Israel and its supporters for the imposition of an Apartheid state.   These words are not just terms of abuse they are the simple honest assessment of facts on the ground.