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.
In Sheffield today a great rally outside John Lewis and singing from the Sheffield socialist choir
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.
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
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.
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.
Petition to Sheffield council on ethical procurement
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.
On 9th July this summer, over a hundred people saw at Sheffield’s Broomhall Centre a performance by 20 Palestinian teenagers, from Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem.
The previous day, Sheffield’s Deputy Mayor had welcomed the group, the Lajee Dance Troupe, at the Town Hall. On Wednesday, October 5th, three of the 14-year- old dancers, Mustafa Bdair, Mutaz Barakah and Omar Radi were arrested by masked Israeli soldiers.
Attacks by the Israeli army on the Lajee centre have escalated since Celtic football fans raised over £170,000 divided between Medical Aid for Palestine and the Lajee Centre in Aida Camp.
These night raids by Israeli soldiers fit into a pattern of reprisals that have followed international gestures of solidarity with the Centre under an Israeli military occupation that the UK and other governments consider to be illegal.
Israeli soldiers attacked the Lajee Centre with teargas and rubber bullets on 19 Sept while the children were inside. The following night they forced open the gate of the centre, threw teargas grenades inside and closed the gate, trapping the children inside, forcing them to inhale toxic teargas.
Mutaz, Mustafa and Omar have been released on bail but will be tried by an Israeli military court where defendants are routinely found guilty.
In total, 440 children under 18 are currently held in military detention almost two-and- half times the number imprisoned a year ago. According to the Defense for Children International–Palestine (DCIP), no other country in the world systematically prosecutes hundreds of children in military courts each year.
Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign are urging Sheffield MPs to call on the Foreign Office to condemn the Israeli government’s campaign of intimidation against the Lajee Centre and to press for the dropping of the charges against the teenagers.