Eitan Bronstein was in Sheffield Tuesday 22nd May to address a public meeting organised by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The meeting was called Why the Nakba still matters. Eitan Bronstein is a founder member of Zochrot. Zochrot organizes tours of Israeli towns, which include taking displaced Palestinians back to the areas they fled or were expelled from in 1948 and afterwards. The group erects street signs giving the Palestinian history of the street or area they are in. Zochrot sees this as causing “disorder in space”, raising questions about naming and belonging. A key aim is to “Hebrewise the Nakba” by creating a space for it in the public discourse of Israeli Jews.[
The International Women’s Day event this year was entitled: ‘Women of Palestine: the ongoing Nakba‘
2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the process of ethnic cleansing and colonisation that continues to this day, so the choice of theme for our events this year was obvious.
A photographic exhibition displayed remarkable UNRWA archive images from the Nakba and Naksa. These images were accompanied by modern-day photos to bring the story up-to-date as well as a film and other media about how these events affected a family from Aida Camp.
You can find the full report and more images here
An emotional address from a number of Palestinians was given in front to the town hall on Saturday 12th May as part of the Nakba vigil in Sheffield.
Re-telling their family stories of escape in 1948 and determination to return – and to remember – showed us how pathetic was the prediction from Ben Gurion – and how stupid its current proponents – that ‘Palestinians will forget’ .
Palestinians do not forget and nor do their supporters.
The right to remember is indivisible and cannot be demolished however many houses are raised to the ground.
A great turn out day saw HSBC in Sheffield’s Fargate shut.
Bank security hurriedly closed the doors when they realised boycotteers were going to do an action.
Two of Shefield PSC managed to be in the bank. Meanwhile outside, about 20 others ensured that shoppers and walkers got to understand what the noise was about.
Even HSBC customers locked out of the bank showed awareness and understanding when it was explained how this is similar to the Barclays boycott so many years ago.
There was a lively protest at the under 17 UEFA game in Chesterfield. About 30 of us pointed out that Israel breaks UEFA rules on Racism and settlements. (The issue of borders of Europe was also mentioned.)
There are a few more pictures here
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
- murdering Palestinians this month on the Great March of Return in Gaza,
- on top of the history of house demolitions
- and right at the start, during the Nakba, the flattening of over 500 villages and subsequent erasure of them,
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.