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EPSC MAILING 20Aug18 BDS and FAKE ANTISEMITISM

Many thanks to a number of people who send me items which I consider for inclusion in these mailings.

A PETITION

Booking.com: Tell the Truth

Shouldn't you know if you're going to book a room in an illegal Israeli settlement? Apparently Booking.com doesn't think so. Days ago Booking.com, bowing to pressure from pro-Israel activists, started describing all of Jerusalem as a "city in Israel," erasing Palestinian East Jerusalem. Booking.com's CEO Gillian Tans is a proud progressive female leader, famous for her openness -- so if we put her personal reputation on the line we can get Booking.com to tell the truth: East Jerusalem is occupied territory. Add your name: https://secure.everyaction.com/ntXPlQJufkShJrAzW_fruA2

 

B BDS

Light a torch on the path to Palestinian freedom, from Omar Barghouti

Dear Supporter, I am immensely grateful to you for supporting the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. Without your contributions to our struggle, including your donations, we could not have come this far. For a glimpse of how far our movement's impact has come in just the past year, see our Top 70 Moments of Solidarity & BDS for Palestine in 2018 list.

Choose freedom. Choose Hope.

In the past few days, Israel bombed a beloved cultural center in the besieged Gaza Strip and killed several Palestinians, including a 23-year-old pregnant woman, Inas Khammash, her 1-year-old daughter, Bayan, and a young, volunteer paramedic.

Last month, Israel effectively declared itself an apartheid state when it passed a supremacist constitutional law that unambiguously denies the indigenous Palestinian people our right to self-determination and relegates Palestinian citizens of Israel to second-class status.

Our effective grassroots and civil society action is critical to bringing Israels criminal impunity to an end, and it gives us Palestinians hope that one day well attain justice and live in dignity and peace.

Israels far-right apartheid regime, supported by the hateful and dangerously racist Trump administration in the United States, will do what it can to make our path to freedom long and dark.

Your support for BDS can light a bright torch on this path.

Donate to the BDS movement for Palestinian rights.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Omar Barghouti

Co-founder of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.
 

C How BDS has transformed the Palestine-Israel debate.

Article of 14th August by Nathan Trull. Mike French says: [This important] article also sheds light on the origins of the IHRA definition of antisemitism which was designed to suppress criticism of Israel's treatment of the indigenous Palestinian population by labelling such criticism antisemitic.

Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was founded with a statement of principles, known as the BDS call, on 9 July 2005. It represented something of a last resort. The Palestinians had been crushed by the military defeat of the second intifada. The living embodiment of the Palestinian national movement, Yasser Arafat, was dead. His newly installed replacement, Mahmoud Abbas, was identified more than any other Palestinian with the Oslo peace process. Though Abbass leadership seemed to offer a respite from the violence, it also promised a return to a strategy of diplomacy and cooperation that had done little to bring occupation to an end. If there was going to be pressure on Israel to give Palestinians freedom, it was going to have to come from the grassroots and the outside.

The BDS call was made on the one-year anniversary of a historic advisory opinion by the international court of justice. The court ruled that Israels separation barrier was illegal, that Israel had to dismantle it forthwith and offer reparations to those it had harmed, and that every signatory to the fourth Geneva convention meaning nearly every state in the world was under an obligation to ensure Israel complied with international humanitarian law. But Israel ignored the ruling, and neither the PLO nor the international community made a real attempt to enforce the courts findings. If there had been action on the part of the international community to implement the ICJ ruling, Ingrid Jaradat, a founding member of the BDS campaign, told me, there wouldnt have been a BDS call. More than 170 Palestinian organisations from the occupied territories, Israel and the diaspora endorsed the BDS call.

Though BDS has not had a major economic impact on Israel so far, compared to the decades-long campaign in South Africa, its ascent has been rather steep. Institutional investors such as the Dutch pension fund PGGM and the United Methodist Church have withdrawn from Israeli banks. The Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ, and Norways largest private pension fund have divested from companies profiting from Israels occupation. And major firms such as Veolia, Orange, G4S and CRH have fully or mostly pulled out of Israel following boycott campaigns. Dozens of student governments and numerous academic associations have endorsed boycott and divestment initiatives. And many musicians and artists have cancelled shows or pledged to boycott the country.

Conflating boycotts of the settlements with opposition to Israels existence has been a central element of [Israel's] governments policy, reflecting a desire not just to protect settlements but to stem the tide of selective boycotts that could spread to Israel as a whole. We are saying there is no difference between a settlement boycott and a boycott of Israel, Yossi Kuperwasser said. If you want to promote the boycotting of Israel, any part of Israel, you are not a friend of Israel. You are actually an enemy of Israel. So we have to deal with you.

These experts and institutions, working with the American Jewish Committee and other Israel advocacy groups, formulated a new working definition of antisemitism, including a list of examples, that was published in 2005 (and later discarded) by an EU body for combating racism. This working definition was adapted in 2016 by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and has been used, endorsed or recommended, with some small modifications, by a number of other organisations including the US Department of State, which, since 2008, has defined antisemitism to include any of three categories of criticism of Israel, known as the three Ds: delegitimisation of Israel, demonisation of Israel and double standards for Israel. (More recently, the IHRA working definition has been at the centre of the antisemitism controversy in the Labour party, which adopted a modified version of the examples accompanying the definition.)

By the state departments definition, delegitimisation includes Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist. Thus anti-Zionism including the view that Israel should be a state of all its citizens, with equal rights for Jews and non-Jews is a form of delegitimisation and therefore antisemitic. According to this definition, virtually all Palestinians (and a large proportion of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, who oppose Zionism for religious reasons) are guilty of antisemitism because they want Jews and Palestinians to continue living in Palestine but not within a Jewish state.

Full article at: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/14/bds-boycott-divestment-sanctions-movement-transformed-israeli-palestinian-debate
 

D ANTISEMITISM FABICATED TO DISCREDIT CORBYN

The Chimera Of British Anti-Semitism, And How Not To Fight It If It Were Real
By Norman G. Finkelstein August 17, 2018

The current hysteria engulfing the British Labour Party resolves itself into a pair of interrelated, if discrete, premises: Anti-Semitism in British society at large and the Labour Party in particular have reached crisis proportions. If neither of these premises can be sustained, then the hysteria is a fabrication. In fact, no evidence has been adduced to substantiate either of them; on the contrary, all the evidence points in the opposite direction. The rational conclusion is that the brouhaha is a calculated hoax (dare it be said, plot?) to oust Jeremy Corbyn and the principled leftist politics he represents from British public life.

The degree of anti-Semitism infecting British society has been the subject of numerous polls over a sustained period of time. These surveys have uniformly, consistently, and unambiguously concluded that anti-Semitism (1) has long been a marginal phenomenon in British society, infecting under 10 percent of the population, (2) is far less salient than hostility to other British minorities, and (3) is less pronounced in the UK than almost anywhere else in Europe. One might suppose that settled matters. But in 2017 the British Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) published a study that purportedly refined conventional wisdom by measuring the elasticity of anti-Semitism: that is, not just the percentage of confirmed anti-Semites, but also the prevalence of stereotypes that stigmatize Jews.[1] It found that, whereas a mere 2-5 percent of the British population can be reckoned anti-Semites, fully 30 percent harbor at least one anti-Semitic stereotype.

The irrefutable proof that Corbyns pursuers dont believe a word theyre saying is that by labeling him an anti-Semite they hope and expect to isolate him. However, as the accusation is manifestly a red herring, its also possible that the current hysteria will pass most people by entirely, not because they are unconcerned by anti-Semitism but because it hardly occurs to them as an issue at all. If the controversy has an effect it will be restricted to exacerbating divisions in the Labour leadership and perhaps also adding to a more general perception that the stories promoted by mainstream media are fake news.

Full article at: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50069.htm
 

E Gideon Levy, Israel's bravest dissident journalist, backs Corbyn

Dave Chappell says: Jeremy Corbyn has to stop apologising for causing offence to Israel's apologists and bring the issue back to justice and human rights for all.

Jeremy Corbyn for U.K. Prime Minister August 13, 2018.

Jeremy Corbyn is a paragon of a leftist, one who has fought his whole life for the values he believes in. Israelis regard him as a sort of alien the left here has never been led by an Israeli Corbyn, nor by anyone who can hold a candle to him.

Corbyn is a brave man. He voted in parliament 553 times against his partys position, and yet he took its leadership by storm. He voted against the war in Iraq, against nuclear weapons and against British rule in Northern Ireland. He was active in Amnesty against Augusto Pinochet, and was arrested in anti-apartheid demonstrations in South Africa.

Full article at: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50026.htm

 

F Corbyns Labour is Being Made to Fail, by Design

By Jonathan Cook August 16, 2018

The Labour party, relentlessly battered by an organised campaign of smears of its leader, Jeremy Corbyn first for being anti-semitic, and now for honouring Palestinian terrorists is reportedly about to adopt the four additional working examples of anti-semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Labour initially rejected these examples. stoking yet more condemnation from Israels lobbyists and the British corporate media, because it justifiably feared, as have prominent legal experts, that accepting them would severely curb the freedom to criticise Israel.

The medias ever-more outlandish slurs against Corbyn and the Labour partys imminent capitulation on the IHRAs full definition of anti-semitism are not unrelated events. The former was designed to bring about the latter.

Betrayal of Palestinians

The article in the Guardian, the newspaper that has done more to damage Corbyn than any other (by undermining him from within his own camp), described the incorporation of the full IHRA anti-semitism definition into Labours code of conduct as a compromise, as though the betrayal of an oppressed people was something over which middle ground could be found.

Remember that the man who drafted the IHRA definition and its associated examples, American Jewish lawyer Kenneth Stern, has publicly regretted their impact, saying that in practice they have severely curbed freedom of speech about Israel.

How these new examples will be misused by Corbyns opponents should already be clear. He made his most egregious mistake in the handling of the partys supposed anti-semitism crisis precisely to avoid getting caught up in a violation of one of the IHRA examples Labour is about to adopt: comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.

He apologised for attending an anti-racism event and distanced himself from a friend, the late Hajo Meyer, a Holocaust survivor and defender of Palestinian rights, who used his speech to compare Israels current treatment of Palestinians to early Nazi laws that vilified and oppressed Jews.

The patent absurdity of Labour including this new anti-semitism example should be obvious the moment we consider that it will recast not only Meyer and other Holocaust survivors as anti-semites but leading Jewish intellectuals and scholars even Israeli army generals.

Evidence of Israeli apartheid

Looking at my own work, it is clear that almost all of it falls foul of two further examples of anti-semitism cited in the full IHRA definition that Labour is preparing to adopt:

Applying double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

and:

Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.

One hardly needs to point out how preposterous it is that the Labour party is about to outlaw from internal discussion or review any research, scholarship or journalism that violates these two examples weeks after Israel passed its Nation-State Basic Law. That law, which has constitutional weight, makes explicit what was always implicit in Israel as a Jewish state:

1. that Israel privileges the rights and status of Jews around the world, including those who have never even visited Israel, above the rights of the fifth of the countrys citizens who are non-Jews (the remnants of the native Palestinian population who survived the ethnic cleansing campaign of 1948).

2. that Israel, as defined in the Basic Law, is not a state bounded by internationally recognised borders but rather the Land of Israel a Biblical conception of Israel whose borders encompass the occupied Palestinian territories and parts of many neighbouring states.

How, one might reasonably wonder, is such a state defined this way in the Basic Law a normal democratic state? How is it not structurally racist and inherently acquisitive of territory?

Demanding that we treat Israel as a normal western-style liberal democracy as the IHRA full definition requires makes as much sense as having demanded the same for apartheid South Africa back in the 1980s.

Unaccountable politics

The Labour party has become the largest in Europe as Corbyn has attracted huge numbers of newcomers into the membership, inspired by a new kind of politics. That is a terrifying development for the old politics, which preferred tiny political cliques accountable chiefly to corporate donors, leaving a slightly wider circle of activists largely powerless.

A party endlessly obsessing about anti-semitism, a party that has abandoned the Palestinians, a party that has begun throwing out key progressive principles, a party that has renounced free speech, and a party that no longer puts the interests of the poor and vulnerable at the centre of its concerns is a party that will fail.

That is where the anti-semitism crisis is leading Labour precisely as it was designed to do.

Jonathan Cook is a Nazareth- based journalist and winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. https://www.jonathan-cook.net/

Full article at: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50063.htm

 

G 24 HOURS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE

While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel,

there should be no business with Israel

Zionism in practice

Israels Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, www.palestine.org.nz)

13 August 2018 {Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG): http://www.nad.ps/ 24 hours ending 8am the day after the above date.}

Israeli Army position opens fire on Gaza UN refugee camp

Israeli Army storms homes, wounding 2 youngsters

Israeli Army disrupts school exams

Israeli Occupation settler arsonists set fire to crops

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 3 refugee camps and 13 towns and villages

3 attacks (1 Israeli ceasefire violation)

22 raids including home invasions

3 wounded

2 (1 aged 16) abducted

3 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

31 taken prisoner, 2 detained

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Photo of Razan

The murder of Razan al Najar. On 1st June, a Palestinian volunteer medic, Razan Al Najar, was fasting and tending to the wounded at Gazas artificial fence with Israel. Thousands of miles away, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was scheming on behalf of Israel at the world body. The day ended with martyrdom for Razan and shame for Nikki. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180603-while-razan-lost-her-life-nikki-hayley-lost-her-humanity/

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Please sign and share this petition to dissuade the Scottish national team to boycott Israel: https://www.change.org/p/scottish-football-association-support-palestinian-rights

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Email for people wanting a Jewish Voice for Peace organization in the UK:

We plan to have our first formal meeting on Sunday 2nd September at 13:30 at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London. Please RSVP to david.cannon33@btinternet.com asap so we can book an appropriate room. This meeting will be focused around the following questions: What can we learn from the success of JVP in the USA? Are any of their models transferable to the UK? Like JVP USA, JVP members in the UK welcome supporters of all religions or none.

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Crimes against the population of Gaza and against the Freedom Flotilla: David Halpin pleads with Prime Minister for Britain to meet its obligations under international law

Seizure of an unarmed ship, brutal arrest with 'tasering' of some of the 26 passengers who stand for humanity, and their imprisonment. 31st July 2018

 

Dear Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary,
Now in 2018 AD and with the label the French gave us about our necks - 'Perfidious Albion', is it not time for us to respect the international laws to which we are a signatory and to encourage kindly and moral behaviour?
First the 120 words of the Balfour Declaration which gave away a country that did not belong to us.

..., it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine ....... Does this promise issued by our government on the 2nd November 1917 fit with a 12 yr long blockade of Gaza and its 2 million humans?
Is the treatment by elements of the Israeli Occupation Force that was meted out to these 26 courageous humans in keeping with British law or customary Human Rights Law? I can compare it with the peaceful seizure of a yacht here in the West Country with large amounts of narcotic drugs.
I can testify to the brutality and lethality of the Israeli forces. Is Britain, with its very long history of law and of free speech, to continue kowtowing to a rogue nation which never knows when to stop in its brutal actions - as with the use of Dum Dum bullets (British invention) on several thousand humans in Gaza.
I make a special plea for my little friend and orthopaedic colleague, Ms Swee Ang. She has not been 'tasered' several times like the New Zealander, Mr Mike Treen, but she has suffered a head injury.
Finally, show some British spine, and insist the entity gives free passage to the yacht which follows, as well as demanding the immediate release of the 24 with ALL THEIR POSSESSIONS.
By its silence, HMG is assisting in the quick, quick, slow genocide of Palestinian humans.
For truth,
David Halpin MB BS FRCS

 

Crisis in Gaza's medical services:

https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6644/rr

https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6644/rr-0

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Amnesty International thanks those who campaigned for Ahed Tamimi to be released from prison. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/ahed-tamimi-palestinian-teen-released-israeli-prison

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For a sane view of the Zionist witch-hunt aimed at preventing Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister, see short interview with Richard Kuper, a founder of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/434519-hamas-gaza-brics-summit/ Interview starts at 13min44.

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Serious deterioration in Israeli law, entrenching apartheid:

Israels parliament has voted to further entrench Jewish supremacy and racial discrimination against Palestinians in its constitutional law. Legal advocates say the law violates international prohibitions on apartheid and campaigners are urging more efforts to isolate Israel through BDS:  boycott, divestment and sanctions. The so-called Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People law passed by 62-55 in the Knesset amid tumultuous scenes. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-passes-law-entrenching-apartheid

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Gaza and Sinai (from the last section of a long but important article by Jonathan Cook about Israeli and US plans for the further ethnic cleansing of Palestine)

It is becoming hard for the Trump administration and Israel to ignore the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza: one Israel helped to engineer with an 11-year blockade and intermittent military attacks. The United Nations warned some time ago that Gaza would soon be uninhabitable.

Seeking a solution, the White House hosted 19 countries at a meeting in March to consider the situation in Gaza. The PA boycotted the meeting.

At the time, Arab media reported that the Trump peace plan might include a commitment from Egypt to free up northern Sinai for a future Palestinian state. According to a Hamas official, Cairo offered reassurances that it was opposed to settling Palestinians in Sinai.

But a report in Haaretz has revived concerns that the White House may try to achieve a similar end by other means, by launching a Gaza initiative to coincide with the peace plan.

The paper noted that the Trump team had picked up proposals from an Israeli general, Yoav Mordechai, who participated in the White House meeting in March.

A reported initial stage would see Palestinians from Gaza recruited to work on $1.5bn worth of long-term projects in northern Sinai, funded by the international community. The projects would include an industrial zone, a desalination plant and a power station.

Egyptian opposition to such an initiative is reported to be weakening, presumably in the face of strenuous pressure from Washington and Arab allies.

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/2018-06-15/trump-deal-century-peace-plan/

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EPSC MAILING 30JUN18

Events

Petitions

Appeal

News

 

EVENTS

Respect Festival, Belmont Park, Second Day Sunday July 1 11am to 6pm. Help on EPSC stall welcome (2 pound entry charge waived for people working on stalls).

EPSC meeting Tuesday 3rd July, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW (NB No meeting is scheduled for August so the next one after 3rd July will be on Tuesday 4th September).

Professor Richard Seaford will give a presentation on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), an international campaign for justice for Palestinians. Tuesday 10th July, at the 'Hub' ( previously Budleigh Hospital), junction of East Budleigh and Boucher Rds.

Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, 24th November, stall.

 

PETITIONS

Petition to free human rights worker Khalida Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar has been imprisoned since 2 July 2017 - without charge and without trial, under Israeli "administrative detention." She is one of Palestine's foremost advocates for freedom and justice. As Vice-Chair of the Board of Addameer, she works to free Palestinian political prisoners. Within the Palestinian Legislative Council, she is a member of the Palestinian national committee to bring Palestinian cases to the International Criminal Court and hold Israeli officials accountable internationally.

https://www.change.org/p/free-khalida-jarrar-palestinian-parliamentarian-and-feminist?recruiter=692400

 

Stop discrimination against Jerusalem Palestinians

By ratifying international human rights treaties, Israel has obligated itself to uphold universal non-discrimination guarantees and protections. However, discriminatory Israeli laws and policies deliberately targeting Palestinians in Jerusalem work to forcibly transfer Palestinians out of the city. We urge the European Union, UN Secretary-General, and President of the UN Security Council to uphold international law and take steps to end Israels discriminatory laws and practices toward Jerusalem's Palestinian residents. EU and UN member states must avoid taking actions that imply recognition of Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem. https://www.theotherjerusalem.org/petition?utm_campaign=toj_uo1_20182706&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dcipalestine

 

APPEAL from national PSC

We need to raise 100,000 pounds in the next three months to cover these extra costs and to enable us to continue with our vital campaigning in support of Palestine. A year ago we won an important victory in the High Court - defending the right for local councils to divest their pension funds from companies complicit in Israel's occupation of Palestine. Earlier this month the Court of Appeal overturned our victory, which has generated significant new legal costs that PSC must now pay. We will also be seeking the right to appeal at the Supreme Court, so that we can consider continuing the legal fight against the Government. Whether we can or not entirely depends on your support and how many respond to this email! Please donate to our Emergency Appeal.


 

NEWS


Forcible transfer of Khan al-Ahmar community a war crime
Over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders, and activists from around the world and Israel published an open letter voicing opposition to Israels plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the West Bank. The letter focuses on Khan al-Ahmar in particular, a community under imminent threat of demolition and forcible transfer. Signatories include 90 members of parliament, many of whom are from the EU and UK Parliaments. Other notable signatories include ten Israel Prize laureates, film director Ken Loach, and academic Noam Chomsky.
The letter clarifies that all people responsible for this war crime bear personal liability for it. This includes the Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, as well as the High Court Justices, whose recent decision to approve the demolition of the Khan al-Ahmar community implicates them in what is nothing short of a war crime, no matter how much legal formalism is enlisted in an effort to excuse the inexcusable.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is taking important steps on Palestinian rights, affirming the right to boycott, calling for churches to recognize Israel as a colonial apartheid state, and more. For years, through leadership from its Israel Palestine Mission Network, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has taken bold stands on boycotts, divestment, sanctions, water justice, Israels apartheid wall, protection of children, administrative detention, collective punishment, torture, and home demolitions..

The Colonisation of Palestine: Rethinking the term Israeli Occupation . . . the Israeli Occupation is no longer an occupation as per international standards and definitions. It is merely a phase of Zionist colonisation of historic Palestine, a process that began over a 100 years ago, and carries on. Ramzy Baroud | 8 June 2018. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/08/the-colonization-of-palestine-rethinking-the-term-israeli-occupation/

How sick can they get? Judeo-Nazi settlers celebrate the burning alive of a Palestinian baby at the trial of his killers whilst the Police stand idly by. http://azvsas.blogspot.com/2018/06/how-sick-can-they-get-judeo-nazi.html

Holocaust survivor and Palestinians' rights lawyer dies in exile. Felicia Langer fought, first in Israel and then from Germany, for the enforcement of international law from which Israel excepts itself. By Gideon Levy | 24 June 2018 | haaretz

I never met her, only called her two or three times in her place of exile, but I well remember what she was for me and most of my generation in our brainwashed youth: a symbol of hatred for Israel, a public enemy, a reviled, outcast traitor. Thats how we were taught to regard her and a few other early dissidents, and we neither questioned nor cared why.

What did this brave and courageous woman fight against? Against torture by the Shin Bet security service at a time when we didnt believe that such torture existed, yet it was at the peak of its cruelty. She fought against the expulsion of political activists, against false arrests, against home demolitions. Above all, she fought for the enforcement of international law from which Israel decided to except itself on unbelievable grounds. Thats what she fought and that is why she was considered a public enemy. In her old age, her grandson told her that ultimately the Palestinians will win and will get a state of their own. You wont see it, but I will, he promised his grandmother. In the end, the grandson will be disappointed, just as his distinguished grandmother was.

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EPSC MAILING 10JUN18 WALK FOR CHILD PROJECTS

1. Upcoming Events

a) Walk

b) Talk

2. Petition

3. Letter to PM

4. Articles

 

EVENTS

Appeal for Walkers and for Donors for

Umm al Kheir Kindergarten and for Hands Up teaching project

There was a very generous response to an appeal in 2016 for money to keep the kindergarten running in the impoverished and persecuted Palestinian village of Umm al Kheir near Hebron. We have been asked for a futher 4500 pounds to pay the salaries of the kindergarten teachers during 2018.

To draw attention to the appeal, there is a walk on Saturday the 16th of June. We shall also be walking to attract donations to the Hands Up drama teaching project which puts Palestinian children in touch with children in other countries via video internet links.

Please contact me if you are interested in taking part in the walk. The total distance is 17 miles but you would be very welcome to walk even if a mile is your limit.   Tony ( davies.tony@gmx.com 01392 431 628, 10 Dinham Crescent, Exeter EX4 4EF )

Link to REST OF APPEAL

Link to INFO FOR WALKERS

 

TALK: New Year in the West Bank by Jean Harrison

Saturday 23rd June 2018 7pm to 10pm,10 pounds to include a drink and nibbles. Venue: Kennford. To reserve a place please email dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk or phone 01392 438811 The tiny village of Yanoun, not far from Nablus, Palestine, is never left without an international presence. Jean Harrison was one of three Ecumenical Accompaniers who provided this presence over New Year.

 

PETITION

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/prince-william-please-do-not-let-your-visit-to-israel-be-used-as-an-endorsement-for-israeli-policies
 

LETTER TO UK PRIME MINISTER:

Dear Prime Minister,

So, true to your values, you have instructed our Ambassador to abstain in the UN Human Rights Council vote to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the massacre of Gaza protesters! Please be apprised that these are not my values nor the values of the overwhelming majority of your electorate. Britain, which is responsible for the gross injustice to the Palestinian people a hundred years ago, which lies at the bottom of their sufferings, has just blackened its name all over again.

Yours sincerely,

Elizabeth Morley

Aberystwyth, 19 May 2018

 

ARTICLES

Wiki Settlement Products

Wiki Settlement Products is a project by the Gush Shalom Movement (Israeli Peace Bloc). Its goal is to organise and make available to the public, in the most systematic and up-to-date manner possible, information about the factories and businesses that operate in settlements beyond the Green Line (pre-1967 border) and the products that they produce.   http://settlement-products.wikia.com/wiki/Settlement_Products_Wikia

 

EPSC supporter Mike French writes:

Please find attached two articles of interest from the website 'Jewish Voice for Labour' The first, titled 'Blaming Hamas,' asks what do you do when since March 30th your military has murdered 112 unarmed Palestinians, including 13 children; has injured 13,00 ( 3,630 by live fire) and has necessitated 32 limb amputations? - the answer appears to be -"blame Hamas!"

https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/blaming-hamas/

The second by Robert Cohen describes the torrent of abuse visited on the heads of a group of predominantly young Jews who recently stood in Parliament Square and recited the Jewish memorial prayer (Kaddish) for the Palestinian dead of Gaza. The latter indicates the significantly huge changes in attitudes towards Israel emerging from young Jews living outside the Jewish state - a development that is even more advanced in America with groups like 'If Not Now' and 'Jewish Voice for Peace.'

https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/rescuing-judaism-from-the-dead-hand-of-zionism/

 

Article by Robert Fisk: How long after this week's Gaza massacre are we going to continue pretending that the Palestinians are non-people? Remember how they were to blame for their own exodus seven decades ago, because they followed the instructions of radio stations to leave their homes until the Jews of Israel were driven into the sea. Only, of course, the radio broadcasts never existed. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/gaza-palestine-israel-conflict-us-embassy-jerusalem-jared-kushner-donald-trump-a8355631.html

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PSC MAILING 17MAY18 GAZA RALLY
 

1. Messages from Palestine

2. What we can do

3. Petitions

4. Rally in Exeter on 20th May and other events

 

MESSAGES

I live in Gaza and I am afraid

Dear Tony, In the past few weeks, since the protests along the fence with Israel began, we have been working around the clock to document, collect eyewitness accounts and testimonies of injured people, and gather information about the demonstrations and casualties.

This week, a concerned Israeli colleague asked me why I keep attending the protests, even though it's dangerous. I replied that I am, of course, afraid, sometimes so much that I fear I won't come back. But the truth is that nowhere in Gaza is safe -- whether near the border or in our own homes. Israeli planes can bomb any house, anywhere, at any moment. We all live in constant dread of something terrible happening. Everyone in Gaza lost a relative in the last wars. I lost my brother in the 2009 war.

Israel has been holding Gaza under blockade for more than ten years. Some of the young people participating in the protests and being wounded or even killed by soldiers, do not know what it's like to have running water and a steady supply of electricity. They have never left Gaza and grew up in a prison. You can't visit us, Israel doesn't allow anyone to see what's going on here. There is no real life in Gaza. The whole place is clinically dead. The younger generations are crushed by the hopelessness and death everywhere. The protests have given us all a spark of hope. They are our attempt to cry out to the world that it must wake up, that there are people here fighting for their most basic rights, which they are entitled to fulfil. We deserve to live, too.

Olfat al-Kurd. B'Tselem field researcher in Gaza.
 

Message from EPSC supporter Jane King who is visiting the West Bank as a teacher

Dear Friends, Yesterday, May 14th, was the day Palestinians were marking 'Land Day', asserting the right to return to the land taken from them in 1947 and 1948 when they were driven out by the largely European Jewish immigrants and the state of Israel was created.

There was a large procession from Ramallah. The intention was to march to Al Quds/Jerusalem, which most Palestinians in the West Bank are not able to do, as the Israelis have a checkpoint at Qalandia. The march was stopped just before the checkpoint, tear gas fired by an Israeli armoured vehicle driven straight at the front of the procession. People scattered, but not everyone was able to run fast and there were injuries. [In another email she says that Israeli soldiers have been threatening Palestinian medics and physically trying to stop them taking an injured man away on a stretcher. ] The most shocking news however, has been the killing of more than 50 unarmed non-violent protesters in Gaza, along the border fence and around 2,000 people injured.

PLEASE do not allow this treatment of Palestinian people to continue to be ignored! Contact our MPs, Foreign Office ministers, the BBC, whose media coverage is overwhelmingly biased towards Israel and the US. PLEASE speak out about these Human Rights violations and do not allow these cruel and immoral acts to continue unremarked and unrebuked.

 In Friendship, Jane

 

WHAT WE CAN DO

TIME TO SPEAK OUT
Please support the brave Palestinians in Gaza by:

1.Writing to your MP demanding action against Israel for committing massacres against unarmed civilians.

2.Writing to Alistair Burt - Minister for Middle East at the Foreign Office (alistair.burt.mp@parliment.uk ). For info this was his statement on the violence yesterday https://www.gov.uk/govern.../.../uk-response-to-violence-in-gaza

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-response-to-violence-in-gaza

or writing to Foreign office minister Boris Johnson ( boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk )
demanding action on Israel in response to the violence, lifting the siege on Gaza, and stopping the sale of UK weapons to Israel.

3. Write to media outlets asking for condemnation of the criminal acts of Israel. The BBC still insists on talking about "clashes at the Israeli border in Gaza" which is both incorrect (as there is no recognised legally defined border) and does not describe effectively the massacre that took place.

4. Use social media to highlight the plight of the Palestinians and your disgust at what is happening to them

5. Join national PSC and follow their Facebook and Twitter posts:- https://www.palestinecampaign.org/

6)Donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) https://www.map.org.uk/donate/donate

Many thanks
EPSC

 

PETITIONS
 

Gaza in Crisis: A Political Choice, Not a Natural Disaster

The world knows Gaza is in crisis. No clean water, only 3-4 hours electricity a day and not enough medicine. Nearly 2 million people live besieged in conditions the UN describes as a human dignity crisis. But this is not a natural disaster -- it is a political choice to persecute the Palestinian people, a decision made by Israel with the collusion of the governments of the US, UK and EU.

SIGN OUR PETITION:--

http://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/petition/gazapetition
 

Tell Argentina and Lionel Messi: There is #NothingFriendly About Israel Shooting Palestinian Footballers

Sign the petition urging the Argentina national football team to cancel its "friendly" match with Israel:-

https://bdsmovement.net/nothingfriendly

 

EVENTS

Rally For Gaza, Sunday 20th May, 12-2, Bedford Square, Exeter

On Monday the Israeli army massacred nearly 60 Palestinians and injured over 2500. Whilst Palestinian blood was being spilt we witnessed the pomp and pageantry of the USA embassy opening in Jerusalem - "a great day for Peace" according to Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu.
Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign ask people to join them with mass leafleting, a stall and rally for Gaza. We stand with Gaza.

Fundraising walk for Umm al Kheir Kindergarten and and Hands Up teaching project, Sat 16th June. Route: Haytor to Teignmouth, walkers to choose the section of the walk and the distance they walk (anything from 1 mile to the total 17 miles). This is not a sponsored walk as such but an expression of commitment to support the kindergarten and/or Hands Up project. Info about the walk can be found at : http://www.devon.gov.uk/templerway-6daywalks.pdf

If you are interested in taking part or want to know more please contact Tony Davies ( davies.tony@gmx.com , 01392 431 628 ). It will be a good day out helping two very worthwhile ventures.

Next EPSC meeting 5th June, 7pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

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EPSC Film and Social 1May18

nakba

   Exeter PSC present a May Day event to mark the 70th 
   anniversary of the Nakba,  the forcible removal of 
   Palestinians from their homeland. We will be showing 
   the award-winning film Occupation 101 (see: 
   occupation101.com) and there will be complimentary 
   Palestinian food. Free entry. All welcome.

   Tuesday 1st  May 2018,  6.30 to 9 pm, Toronto House, 
   Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW
 
   (Buses stopping near include B, E, F1, F2, P. Cars can 
   be parked on service road which runs in front of Toronto 
   House).

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    EPSC Mailing 2Apr18

Gazans at the barrier with Israel

    Massacre in Gaza - But if you Condemn It You Will be Called Anti-Semitic

By Tony Greenstein, 1Apr18

Yesterday was Day of the Land in Gaza and thousands of people demonstrated near the border fence with Israel. Gaza has been under a starvation siege by Israel for more than a decade. It is a siege by air, land and sea yet Israel claims it is not the occupying power!

Some 17 people were murdered yesterday and up to 1500 people injured in a wanton massacre of an unarmed, civilian population which was exercising its right to demonstrate.

The Israeli state has what it calls an ‘existentialist’ fear of the Palestinians crossing the fence that surrounds Gaza and entering the Israeli state. To understand this you must understand that Israel was born in fire, the Nakba. A Jewish state could only come into existence if the majority of its Arab inhabitants, over ¾ million, were expelled, ethnically cleansed. Those who tried to come back, termed ‘infiltrators’ were shot dead, mainly in the 1950’s. Thousands are estimated to have died.

The demonstrations yesterday threatened to effect a Return to Palestine for the Palestinians and nothing is more calculated to arouse Israel’s anger than the idea of a return of the refugees.100 armed snipers were thus engaged to mow down anyone who even approached near to the fence.

The world will no doubt ritually condemn this massacre whilst moving on.

Full article at: http://azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/100-israeli-snipers-mowed-down-unarmed.html .There is also a very good article at: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/netanyahu-praises-israeli-army-killing-palestinians-180331183611045.html

EVENTS

EPSC Monthly Meeting:- Tuesday 3rd April, 7 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW.

Gaza demos in Bristol 4th and 7th April:- details from bristolpsc@gmail.com

Cycle ride from Barnstaple to Palestine (Hampshire) on 20th/21st May to support work of Hebron International Resource Network. Riders welcome. Contact dpclinch@gmail.com

PETITIONS

Letter to Boris Johnson about Gaza

https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day

Say No to forcible transfer

https://www.btselem.org/btselem/no_to_forcible_transfer/en/

Tell Adidas: No Fair Play on Stolen Land

https://bdsmovement.net/adidas

Tell Mark Zuckerberg: Stop Blocking Palestinians

It’s demoralizing and terrifying:- new research shows 1 in 9 Facebook posts written about Palestinians contains a call for violence or a curse. And In Israel hate-filled ANTI-Palestinian posts go up every 71 seconds!

Yet incredibly Facebook removes 10,000 Palestinian posts each year, through an extraordinary agreement with the Israeli government.

Its mission is to bring the world closer together -- but Facebook is actively pulling Israel/Palestine apart. That’s where we come in.

Mark Zuckerberg is under fire like never before and Facebook is vulnerable to being called on their hypocrisy. Ask Facebook to stop blocking Palestinians, and start tackling hate speech against Palestinians:

https://secure.everyaction.com/39DRc24Nq0axadIaK7P4zg2?emci=0009d321-d335-e811-80c2-00155da79f3e&emdi=0109d321-d335-e811-80c2-00155da79f3e&ceid=66759&fn=Sharen&mn=A&ln=Green&em=sharen_eappi%40msn.com&add1=&ci=Wimborne&st=&pc=BH21+3BJ&hp=&mp=&wp=&ep=&oc=&p=Ms&s=

Support students urging University of Manchester to divest from companies complicit in Israel's war crimes

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-manchester-uom-divest-from-companies-complicit-in-israel-s-war-crimes?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_signer_receipt&utm_campaign=triggered&share_context=signature_receipt&recruiter=10098541

LETTER

Allegations of antisemitism:- Letter sent to the Guardian by Professor James Dickins (but will it be published?)

No evidence has been produced that Kalen Ockerman (a.k.a Mear One), the 2012 Freedom for Humanity muralist, is an antisemite, or that the mural had any antisemitic intentions, as a BBC report at the time made plain. Even the Jewish Chronicle merely noted in 2012 that the mural would be removed “following complaints that it contains antisemitic undertones”. The fact is that one of the bankers depicted in the mural, Aleister Crowley, was himself an extreme antisemite (https://skwawkbox.org/2018/03/26/video-bbc-antisemitism-with-hook-nosed-jews-assumption/) also seems to have escaped the accusers’ irony-detection devices.

The real motive for these allegations – a full 6 years after the mural was removed - lie elsewhere: this is a simultaneous attack by New Labour, on Jeremy Corbyn and on the growing Palestine solidarity movement within the Labour Party, as Jamie Stein-Werner documented of the original antisemitism allegations against Corbyn in 2016.

The allegations come at a point where Israel has made Gaza ‘unliveable’ (Save the Children), and is moving progressively to expel Palestinians from East Jerusalem and Area C (60% of the West Bank).

An extraordinarily high proportion of those accused of antisemitism in the Labour Party are themselves Jewish – Tony Greenstein, Jackie Walker, Marika Sherwood , Glen Secker, and even Israeli Jews - Ilan Pappe, Miko Peled, Moshe Machover. All are Palestine solidarity activists. Even this fact does not seem to give those making these accusations pause for thought.

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Exeter PSC Mailing 5Feb18

1. Events

a. Mark Thomas, 6th February, 8pm, Exeter Phoenix.

b. Garth Hewitt, 13th February, 7pm, Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter EX1 1QA.

c. Next EPSC meeting, including the AGM, 6th March, 7pm (NOT 6th February, because of Mark Thomas event), Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

d. Talk by Liz Hocking and film in Budleigh Salterton, 8th March

2. Campaign

Ahed Tamimi and all detained Palestinian children

3. News

a. Compensation sought from family of man crushed by Israeli army Jeep.

b. Go-ahead for Susiya demolitions

c. Banning of organizations supporting BDS

d. BDS Nobel nomination

1a, In Showtime from the Frontline, Mark Thomas and his team set out to run a comedy club in Jenin, only to find it's not simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom. Tickets from Exeter Phoenix box office, (01392 667080 and online at exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mark-thomas)

1b. In Against the Grain, Garth Hewitt tells the stories of people he has met in Palestine and elsewhere who confront hardship and danger, and in his songs he sings of hope and justice. Garth founded and was director of the Amos Trust and a former director of the Greenbelt Festival, Tickets from Exeter Phoenix box office (01392 667080 and online at exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/garth-hewitt). If you can publicise this concert, a poster/flier can be downloaded via THIS LINK.

1d. Liz Hocking, who was recently an Ecumenical Accompanier, will give an illustrated talk about her three months in the Palestinian West Bank on Thurs. March 8th at 7.00pm in Temple Church, Fore St. Budleigh Salterton. A short film about the village of Susiya will be shown.

 

2. Ahed Tamimi's Birthday
Ahed is spending her 17th birthday in jail and is facing a sentence of years.

This video tells us about the amazing courage of Ahed and her family, courage shown by innumerable Palestinian adults and children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV1HwG1_phs&feature=youtu.be

You can: Share these social media assets (Graphic 1, Graphic 2, Graphic 3) on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #FreeAhed
Send Ahed a birthday message and let her know that you stand with her.
Ahed Tamimi, HaSharon Prison Ben Yehuda, PO Box 7, 40 330 Israel
Call for an end to the military detention of Palestinian children. Sign PSC's petition.
And the Avaaz
petition is well past the million now. Please push this support higher HERE
 Sign letter to Boris Johnson
 Ask your MP to support the call for a Parliamentary debate


3a. Israel demands compensation from family of Palestinian crushed to death under Israeli Army Jeep. The Israeli Army has filed a lawsuit against the family, and the entire town, of a Palestinian who was crushed to death under a military vehicle during an Israeli Army raid on the central West Bank village of Kafr Malek on 14 June 2015. The Occupation military is demanding that the family of the victim, Abdullah Ghanayem (Ghneimat) and the entire town, pay 95.260 NIS (US$24,500) in compensation for damage to the Israeli Army vehicle that caused the death. Ghanayem had been left for three hours to bleed to death under the Israeli Army vehicle while soldiers prevented medics and rescue teams from helping him. http://imemc.org/article/israel-demands-compensation-from-family-of-palestinian-crushed-to-death-under-army-jeep/

3b. From the Villages Group, South Hebron Hills about a village close to the one whose kindergarten we in Devon finance: High Court Decision: 7 Structures in the Village of Susya will be Demolished with Immediate Effect. The High Court of Justice decided today in response to the petitioners� request to halt the demolition of 20 structures in the village of Susya. In the decision, the court determined that of the 20 structures, 7 structures could be demolished without delay by the Civil Administration [ie the Israeli army]. These structures are home to 42 residents of the village, of which half are children and others are ill. The court took the decision despite the fact that there are no alternative living arrangements or basic sanitary services necessary for the survival and well-being of the affected residents. [300 US Jewish clergy have written to Netanyahu asking him to prevent demolitions in Susiya].

3c. Israel imposes travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement

British groups War on Want and Palestine Solidarity Campaign among those whose staff [and activists] are barred from visiting Israel.

Article at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/israel-imposes-travel-ban-on-20-foreign-ngos-over-boycott-movement

3d. OSLO, Norway, Feb 2, 2018, by Bj�rnar Moxnes - As a member of the Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nominating the BDS movement for this recognition is perfectly in line with the principles I and my party hold very dear. Like the BDS movement, we are fully committed to stopping an ascendant, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world, and securing freedom, justice and equality for all people.

Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement and the American Civil Rights movement, the grassroots, Palestinian-led BDS movement is a peaceful, global human rights movement that urges the use of economic and cultural boycotts to end Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.

Full article at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/02/bds-movement-palestinian-rights-nominated-nobel-peace-prize/

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Points from the Recent History of Palestine

(For a more detailed history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine go to 'Palestine Background'.)

But this powerpoint slide show you can download CLICK HERE pretty much says it all! Please copy and distribute.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from many communities across Britain, and increasingly throughout the world. PSC represents people in Britain from all faiths and political parties, who have come together to work for peace and justice for the Palestinian people.  PSC is opposed to all forms of racism, including anti-Jewish prejudice.

Freedom for PalestineExeter Branch

Exeter PSC is one of many local affiliations in Britain to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Exeter PSC's website focuses on local matters and activities in particular and we organise our own local campaigns and events whilst also supporting those of a national and international nature. You can find out more a

bout us, what we have done, and what we are planning, how you can help, or support us with donations, through the links above.

You will also find links to other web sites allowing you to quickly access more information on any particular subject, contact other related organisations for information or events, or link to the national Palestinian Solidarity Campaign website to get a full update on the most recent situations in Palestine or the international campaign in general. There is also information on how you can get involved in lobbying to help bring about an urgent and overdue solution to the appalling situation of the Palestinians.

If you are interested in finding out more, feel free to come to one of our regular meetings or events. Even if you know very little about the Israeli conflict in the Middle-East and the plight of the Palestinians or are worried about committing too much of your time to the Palestinian cause, you are welcome, anything you can do no matter how small can help.

 


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