Buy tickets for the coach to join the solidarity march in London
About 3000 people attended a passionate rally to show support for Palestinians on Saturday.
Heartfelt speeches as the intensification of the ongoing Nakba ( for when has it ever stopped?!) unfolds in front of us, combined with incisive analysis of the complicity of the UK and the USA in the genocide we are witnessing.
A wonderfully energetic rally outside the town hall this evening organised by Sheffield Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.
Plenty of warnings to Tom Hunt not to raise the Israeli flag on the Town Hall again!
Please join us outside the train station in Sheffield 4.30pm to demand an end to all Israeli army violence in Palestine and that the UK government end its backing for that violence.
A great turn out tonight ; many many passing cars honked in support; and great singing too from Tadhamon.
Please make sure you come to see Saif Kassis tomorrow too.
Last night’s bombing of Gaza when 12 people were killed is evidence, if any more were needed, that the Nakba continues.
It is also a key reason for us to gather together at the train station to commemorate the Nakba and say clearly that British state and industry complicity must stop .
So please come to the station at 5pm, Monday 15th May
(Picture below is protestors at Elbit near Leicester, making clear we need to close down the Israeli drone factory)
We are really pleased to be able to announce a two week tour in England and Scotland, by Saif Kassis, international advocay officer for BADIL.
The tour is a collaboration between BADIL and several Palestine Solidarity Campaign branches.
As we mark 75 years of Nakba, Israel continues to forcibly displace the Palestinian people.
Saif will provide insights into the current situation of Palestinian refugees, the ongoing denial of Palestinian collective rights to self-determination and return, and the responsibility of the international community.
The full schedule is here.
Saif will speak at the Showroom 5 on 16th May at 7pm
On the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, Saif will show how through arbitrary arrest, house demolitions, restrictions on movement and denial of access to clean water, the Israeli state ensures the Nakba continues each and every day.
When we meet Saif, we will be able to
- get an update of the situation from a trusted source
- hear about Badil’s work and campaigns, especially the importance of the Right of Return
- find out more about their deeply principled stand in refusing funding from the EU
- see how we might be able to support them.
Please distribute this leaflet
On 3rd December a group of us were leafletting outside Barclays Bank. We were pointing that Israel is an apartheid state. Apartheid is a crime against humanity. The bank finances the Israeli military via eg Elbit and its demolition of Palestinian homes via eg JCB. We were pointing out that Barclays supported the South African Apartheid and it is supporting the new Israeli Apartheid.
One man refused to take a leaflet. I asked him why not, and he replied that he does not hate Jews and was gone.
It would have been nice if he spent time with the Jews that were with us or listen to our speakers that were saying we oppose anti Semitism, it is a crime. We in Palestine Solidarity Campaign have a material interest that Jews do not live in fear in the UK. A wave of anti Semitism in the UK can only lead to more Jewish colonisers in Palestine, and deepen the idea that Jews can only live with Jews and Palestinians have no rights in their homeland.
Is there any hint of anti Semitism in what we are saying? Only a minority of Jews live in Israel. Of that minority only a minority consciously support the policy of apartheid.
Yet this man “knows” we hate Jews. So much so that he would not take our leaflet nor discuss with us. This man’s closed set of ideas came from a brilliant but dishonest campaign by a combination of the Israeli Embassy, right wing Labour, a cowardly media and the Tories. The right wing campaign endlessly repeats “Israel is democratic” “Israel represents all Jews” “Only Jew haters oppose Israel’s policies”. The fruits of the campaign are in the routine claims of anti Semitism, the expulsions of Jews and others from the Labour Party, the lack of honest reporting, and the huge number of closed minds
We have a hard task – but facts are stubborn things. Israel practises Apartheid. Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Apartheid is anti-democratic. Look at the facts of domination by one group over another land and water thefts, the police checks, the jailings.
Over time Starmer’s “I don’t believe that Israel is an Apartheid state” will go the same way as “I believe the earth is flat” and for the same reason. Facts are stubborn things.
Here are a few organisations that looked at Isreali reality and came to the conclusion that Israel practices apartheid.
Yesh Din is an Israeli human rights organisation that came to the conclusion that Israel practised Apartheid in the West Bank in July 2020 The Occupation of the West Bank and the Crime of Apartheid: Legal Opinion – Yesh Din (yesh-din.org)
B’Tsalem is another Israeli human rights organisation. Apartheid | B’Tselem (btselem.org) Jan 2021
Human rights watch A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution | HRW 213 pages
Amnesty international produced a 280 page report Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel system of domination and crime against humanity – Amnesty International
On Saturday 26th November four organisations came together to make Sheffield an anti Israeli Apartheid zone, the Sheffield Trades Council, Labour Friends of Palestine, Kairos and Sheffield PSC.
This is the first in the country. We hope more cities will adopt a similar position. The speakers were Dr Haider Eid (from Gaza), Manal Shqair (Palestinian recently moved to Scotland) Andrew Feinstein (Ex ANC MP) and Mike Reed from Amnesty international.
There were 90 people at the event.
The initiative was very well received. After the event most of the people who attended went to the Town Hall. The light was poor, so we decided to stage the event again following the Protest at Barclays Bank where we could display the banners of the four organisations, Trades Council, PSC Labour Friends of Palestine and Kairos.