A short tribute by Val is here
Sheffield PSC supported March 4th day of action against JCB. A report is here
All Palestinians know that Israel is an apartheid regime. 2021 opened with a reaffirmation of the apartheid nature of the state given by its own leading human rights organisation, B’Tselem. This organisation is following in the footsteps of the definitive report on Israeli apartheid by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. The JNF remains an agent of the state of Israel, “100% Israel” in its own words, implementing and advancing Israel’s apartheid agenda to the detriment of the Palestinian people. Our campaign against the JNF continues unabated. Undeterred by the pandemic, our new webinar series offers further opportunities to find out more from international experts about the workings of the JNF and to join with us in our campaign to Stop the JNF.
Guest speakers so far have included Salman Abu Sitta and Uri Davis and in the coming months Michael Fischbach, Richard Falk, Khalil Alamour and Ilan Pappé will be speaking. (Note: events that have already taken place are removed from the listing)
Saturday March 6th at 4.00pm Register here
Michael Fischbach: “Palestinian Refugee Property: Restitution and Claims for Compensation.” Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land has been continuous since 1948 and is now widely acknowledged. Pre-1948, around 90 per cent of Palestine was under Palestinian ownership, today that figure is 3 per cent and shrinking. It is however only part of the wholesale plunder on which Israel has been built. In the early years of the Israeli state, more wealth was transferred to it in the form of Palestinian assets than in foreign aid.
The right of return and compensation for the suffering and loss of property and livelihood remain central to realising a measure of justice for the Palestinian people. Michael Fischbach, a professor of history and author of The Peace Process and the Palestinian Refugee Claims, Addressing Claims for Property Compensation and Restitution, will discuss his research on the history of attempts to address this issue.
Saturday March 20th at 3.00 pm. Our contribution to Israeli Apartheid Week Register here
Richard Falk: “Israeli Apartheid.” Richard
Falk’s and Virginia Tilley’s 2017 report for a major UN body aroused the fury
of the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, and UN Secretary General Gutteres
moved quickly to suppress the report.
Now even a major Israeli human rights group has bowed to the inevitable, the glaringly obvious, and concluded that Israel is a Jewish supremacist state from the river to the sea.
Saturday April 3rd at 4.00 pm: Register here
Khalil Alamour: “The Role of the JNF in the Ethnic Cleansing of the Naqab”
Khalil Alamour is a Bedouin Palestinian who lives in Israel. His village is al-Sira, one of the many Bedouin villages in the Naqab which Israel refuses to recognise, depriving people of services. Khalil has called what’s happening there “another Nakba,” as Bedouins are ethnically cleansed to make way for the state’s Judaization plans. JNF UK is a key player in these plans, investing heavily in the region and even describing the Naqab as a politically uncomplicated area, clearly indifferent to the Bedouin whose homes and lives are being destroyed.
Khalil is an attorney, a mathematician and community leader. He also is a member of the Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages and part of the Negev/Naqab Co-existence Forum for Civil Equality. With colleagues, he works to provide welfare projects, which in other societies are the responsibility of the state. He has spoken up for his community at the UN and EU.
Saturday May 8th at 4.00pm Register here
Ilan Pappé: ” The role of the JNF in the Palestinian Nakba” The Nakba is not an isolated historic event, but an ongoing process. Ilan Pappe will describe the crucial role of the JNF and its leaders in developing the ideology and strategy of ethnic cleansing leading up to 1948. He will also illustrate some of the ways in which the JNF is implicated in the military operations for the expulsion of the Palestinians from their lands and how the JNF thwarted the Palestinian Right of Return.
I read a huge number of papers, articles and watched a number of videos.
Here are some of them.
Background reading and videos to Israeli water Apartheid Water
Amnesty International The Occupation of Water | Amnesty International 2017
TROUBLED WATERS – PALESTINIANS DENIED FAIR ACCESS TO WATER
Al Haq Palestinian legal support. Water For One People Only: Discriminatory Access and ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the OPT (alhaq.org)
https://jordanvalleysolidarity.org/reports/al-haq-sumoud/ Very moving film from northern Jordan Valley 2018 13 minutes
EWASH report 2011 (and Al Haq) https://www.un.org/unispal/document/auto-insert-195880/
Adala – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Produced a newsletter on Israel restricting water for Arabs in Naqab/Negev in 2006
Still fighting for water for Palestinians last year
Apartheid Adventures – Very powerful portrayal of water in West Bank.
Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign
Stop the Wall Produced a fact sheet in 2020
Israeli Apartheid in the Jordan Valley: Abu Saqr and his family arrested on charges to access water – Stop The Wall Report of arrests for “Theft of water”
Peace Now – Israeli Peace organisation. Produced a good factsheet in 2017 on the Jordan Valley process of annexation.
B’tselem Israeli human rights organisation produced Water Crisis | B’Tselem 11 Nov 2017
ISM International Solidarity Movement produced a factsheet in 2016
Israeli Committee Against Demolitions factsheet 2016
The Ecologist produced a factsheet 2014 Agricultural Apartheid: Land & Water on Vimeo
UN has published numerous reports this one was in 2012.
This is in general the situation including water https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session19/FFM/FFMSettlements.pdf (Facts gathered from 2012)
Global Policy Forum gave a view in 2006 that Israel provoked the war in Syria in order to obtain its water. Breaching Borders: The Role of Water (globalpolicy.org) Breaching Borders: The Role of Water (globalpolicy.org)
Friends of the earth produced a fourteen page factsheet
THE PLO Produced a statement about Israeli water Apartheid in 2017
The Electronic Intafada in 2017 carried an article on Israeli water Apartheid
IInternational Middle East Media Center carried an article on Israeli water apartheid in 2017ional Middle East Media Center International Middle East dia How Israel Engages In ‘Water Apartheid’ – – IMEMC News
Al Jazeera produced this film in 2018 showing destruction of Palestinian water pump.
and an article in 2014 Israeli water miracle that wasn’t
and a film in 2018 Israel control of Palestinian water supply hits farmers
OXFAM produced a pamphlet in 2012 describing the theft of Palestinian land and water
Haaretz had an article showing JNF complicity in developing settlements in Jordan Valley
The biggest Human rights group in Israel has changed its position over the nature of Israel. For years the situation in the West Bank clearly shows all the features of Apartheid. Our last post shows the vaccines are given to the 600,000 illegal occupiers not to the Palestinians. This discrimination joins separate roads, seperate living areas and a separate legal and court system.
“In the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, the Israeli regime implements laws, practices and state violence designed to cement the supremacy of one group – Jews – over another – Palestinians. A key method in pursuing this goal is engineering space differently for each group.
Jewish citizens live as though the entire area were a single space (excluding the Gaza Strip). The Green Line means next to nothing for them: whether they live west of it, within Israel’s sovereign territory, or east of it, in settlements not formally annexed to Israel, is irrelevant to their rights or status.”
Among the things that led to the change of position was the length of time of the occupation, over 50 years, the Nation State Law (Israel is the Nation State of the Jews) and the fact that Israel feels it can unitarily annex chunks of the West Bank at will.
This is hugely important. B’tselem is an Israeli human rights group. It is hard to dismiss its comments as anti Semitic. It means that the issue is openly discussed in the mainstream media, The Independent , the Guardian, NBC and many others.
The media is reporting that Israel is leading the world in terms of its vaccination program. However if we look at the West Bank, the racism of Israeli Apartheid is crystal clear. The 600,000 illegal Israeli settlers will get the vaccine the millions of Palestinians will not.
An important message of support for Corbyn has been sent from Palestine. The full message is here. It starts:-
A message of solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn from Palestine We the undersigned, express our solidarity with Mr. Corbyn following the unfair decision by the British Labour party to suspend such a principled man. For all of us in Palestine, Mr. Corbyn’s stands represented a principled path toward social justice and freedom for all human beings regardless of sex, race, faith, ideology or political views.
This webinar promises to be highly informative. Register here.
All five activists who occupied and closed down an Elbit Systems factory for at least two weeks pleaded on Monday 19th October not guilty today at Stafford Crown court. The judge refused to lift bail conditions, in spite of the activists arguing in court that the conditions interfered with their right to protest. The Judge’s ruling on bail serves to protect the war criminal Elbit “business” & enable its illegal activities to continue. Their Crown court trial has been set for 17th May 2021.
Outside court the activists spoke out again – ‘We cannot rely on the UK establishment, who have shown not only today but for over one-hundred years, that they favour colonisation, military occupation and war-profiteering. They will continue to allow war criminals to operate here in the UK in direct opposition to international law and human rights.
It is for people across this country to use their privilege, to take a stand, to put themselves on the line. Now is the time to take power into our own hands and to #ShutElbitDown for good!’
Please help by contributing to the the arrested protesters’ legal expense.
Several members of Sheffield PSC attended the rally outside the Stafford Court, taking with them a banner highlighting the complicity between the RAF UK, who pay Elbit systems to train UK pilots, and the war crimes committed by the Israeli state, using Elbit’s weaponry.