Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes that the UN has at last published a list of companies colluding in Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank. There are currently around 600,000 illegal settlers, part of a systematic policy to remove the Palestinian people from the land and expand Israel. Their number has been growing over the last 50 years. Some are economic settlers looking for cheap, state subsidised accommodation, others believe that they have a God given right to Palestinian land. The settlements exist because Israel is the dominant regional military power and is backed by the world’s only super power, the United States.
Stealing another people’s land is a throwback to colonial times. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, Britain intervened militarily, and when Russia annexed parts of Ukraine, Britain supported sanctions. By contrast, illegal Israeli settlements have been accompanied by mild rebuke but no sanctions. Consequently Israel has continued to expand with impunity and has been rewarded with aid and lucrative trade deals.
Now, the United Nations Human Rights Commission has produced a report that lists 112 companies that are active in these illegal settlements.The companies that profit from building and sustaining settlements, must be banned from trading in the UK.
The UN’s list of complicit companies is far from complete but it is a start. It is time for everyone committed todemocratic values to rally behind Palestinian civil society’s call for boycotting all trade with Israel until it abides byinternational law and ends the oppression and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.
PSC has issued a statement here.
War on Want has issued a statement here.
Lawyers for Palestinian Human rights has issued a statement here.
Taysir Arbasi and Mohammed Ruzz, both from farming communities in Palestine to speak about their work and ivision at a public meeting during fairtrade fortnight.
Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020: 7 pm – 9 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, the Showroom cinema, Paternoster Row, S1 2BX
Sheffield PSC is hosting this meeting in partnership with a group of singers from Sheffield who will be visiting Palestine later this year. As part of our solidarity with Palestinian rural communities and in recognition of the carbon footprint of our air travel to Palestine we have made a donation to fund the planting of 680 olive trees by Palestinian farmers.
Taysir and Mohammed will be talking to us about their work in the tree planting programme, and the wider work of Zaytoun, which has been supporting Palestinian farmers through fairtrade since 2004. They will discuss the importance of building community resilience and their contribution to climate justice whilst living under the illegal Israeli occupation.
On Saturday Feb 1st, in response to the declaration by Trump and Netanyahu that Palestine was annexed by Israel, people from Sheffield together with Palestinian comrades gathered in front to the town hall.
We in PSC fight for justice for Palestinians. Jews in this country are not responsible for the oppression of Palestinians. We object to the structures and policies of the state of Israel that lead to the oppression of Palestinians inside Israel and the West Bank and Gaza.
We do not object to the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. We do strongly object to the clauses. One states that saying that Israel is racist can be taken as evidence of anti-Semitism. This clause has led to the banning of basic Palestine solidarity activities. Please read our statement and make representation to your councillor. Our comments during the council debate can be seen here after an hour.
There was a meeting on Friday 27th at the Showroom. .
Sadly, due to the chaos in London Louise Haigh, MP for Heeley, could not attend. She did send a message of apology to the meeting and a strong supporting statement.
According to International Law, a child is defined as a human under the age of 18 years. Under Israeli military detention, Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:
• Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers. • Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
• Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
• Put into solitary confinement.
• Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).
The treatment of Palestinian children is in marked contrast to the treatment settler children. There are separate courts, separate treatments and separate laws for Palestinians and Israelis.
See here for more information.
The following films were shown.
Labour Friends of Palestine have organised a photographic in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. It started today 8th July, and is on for a week. Please try to see it.