This is from Saturday’s protest. The media continue to refuse to publish the shooting of unarmed protesters in Gaza. Even the killing of unarmed children goes unreported. Those of us who believe that it is the right of all human beings to live in peace and dignity must campaign to ensure that our media and our ‘leaders’ end their silence. On Saturday 12th May there will be a protest on the 70th anniversary of the Naqba. It has been 70 years of oppression and injustice which has led to today’s Israeli Apartheid. Come, tell your friends, workmates, and family.
12 noon,12th May, Sheffield Town Hall
The Israeli policy of erasing memory is cutural as well as physical. Aside from
the Nakba law, deprives Israeli public institutions, including schools, universities and libraries, of funding should they mark the Nakba, and is aimed at erasing memory.
70 years from the Nakba, let’s defy Ben Gurion’s prediction that while many have died, those alive will not forget.
About 50 people came to the protest in solidarity with the protesters in Gaza. Israel has killed about 36 unarmed protesters over the last few weeks. They are demanding a basic human right, the right of return to their homes, in what is now Israel. Unarmed protests are met with gunfire. More pictures are here.
On Saturday 7th April
Sheffield PSC called a protest against the killing of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators by Israel. We combined this with protests against HSBC. This bank makes a profit from the arms trade with Israel. There are more pictures here. It is Israel’s overwhelming military superiority and the lack of serious condemnation by the UK, the USA and the UN that make Israel believe that it can get away with murder.
At least 15 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,400 others wounded by Israeli forces as thousands marched near Gaza’s border with Israel in a major demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day.
Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters and used tear gas to push them back from a heavily fortified fence, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Adalah, a legal centre for Palestinian rights in Israel, condemned the Israeli army’s use of force and stated:
“Live gunfire on unarmed civilians constitutes a brutal violation of the international legal obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants.”
The demonstration commemorates Land Day, which marks the day – March 30, 1976 – when six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli forces during protests against the Israeli government’s decision to expropriate massive tracts of Palestinian land.
End Arms sales to Israel/ Boycott Israeli goods/ don’t invest in Israel/help get the Government to put sanctions on Israel
Many of you will know that there are actions around the world as part of an extended Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) – that have been taking place since February. This is an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This year will be 70 years since the Nakba and over 50 years of occupation. Palestinians still have the keys to the buildings their families fled from all those years ago, symbols of hope, of yearning and of resistance.
The IAW actions are part of a global resistance to stand with Palestinians and take action in our daily lives.
Join us on Saturday 7th April at noon outside HSBC on Fargate
On March 9th, Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund and Northern Women for Palestine (NWfP) jointly staged an event called “Women of Palestine: the ongoing Nakba” at the Central United Reform Church. The event was also staged in 7 other northern towns by NWfP.
Find out more about the event here.
On March 7th Omar Kiswani , chairman of the student union at Birzeit University was kidnapped by an armed Israeli undercover unit. The newly registered Sheffield Hallam Palestine Solidarity Society called a protest last Tuesday. (See photo)
What would be the media coverage if armed soldiers from any other country in the world kidnapped a student leader from a university in a neighbouring country?
The violent kidnapping by Israel of a Palestinian was business as usual for the media. Like the theft of land, like the theft of water, and like the establishment of an Apartheid regime. Israel is backed by the USA and Britain so whatever it does is accepted by the media.
Like the South African Apartheid, this tolerance of the intolerable will only end when enough ordinary people stand up and demand that it ends.
The talk by Ramzy Baroud this afternoon has been cancelled
Apologies to all
A public talk by Ramzy Baroud will be on Sunday 18th March 5pm Umix Centre
Ramzy Baroud is an activist and author of My Father was a Freedom Fighter.
His visit to Sheffield comes a fewmonths after a United Nations Committee reported that ‘the strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people is the principal method by which Israel imposes an Apartheid regime’. In his new book, Last Earth a Palestinian Story, Ramzy uncovers memories that have resisted fragmentation and are reclaiming history for the Palestinian people.