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1. Event

2. Meetings

3. Petitions

4. Reports

1 Saturday 30 March -- Show solidarity with Palestine: Exist! Resist! Return!
Exeter PSC stall in Bedford Square, 12 to 2 pm.
Palestinians have issued a global call for solidarity on the 1st anniversary of the start of the Great Return March.

2a Exeter PSC meeting, Tuesday 2nd April, 7pm,.Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

2b Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions Conference, Saturday 11 May, 11.30am to 5.00pm. Venue: Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Breaking the Wall - How To Bring About Change in Palestine

   Activism and Solidarity, a Political Programme, or both?

The stagnation in Palestine/Israel seems to be never ending, with short outbursts of resistance often followed by violent periods of severe oppression. Lack of meaningful progress towards a just solution with no will from the international community to resolve the situation serves the Israeli regime. Trump's "peace plan" is not even a joke. Gaza is crushed under destruction and want. The Palestinian Authority is weak and can't stand alone.

What is the role of the international solidarity movement at this time? Is it activism on the ground, or is it promoting a coherent political solution? Is it our only role to rally support for Palestine and educate Britain and Europe about its plight, or is it to pave the road towards a new plan for bringing an end to Apartheid, and freedom and justice for Israelis and Palestinians? Could we possibly do both?

What can we learn from the shared experienced of International solidarity and social justice campaigns? What balances and attitudes worked successfully in past campaigns, to bring sustainable justice?


We call on you to remove all listings located within Israel's illegal settlements or run by settlers in the OPT, including East Jerusalem. Sign the petition at:


3b Issa Amro is heading for court. Not an Israeli military court, where he is also facing trial, but a Palestinian Authority court. The charges against him are for criticizing the PA''s restrictions on journalists on Facebook. For this he is facing up to two years in a PA prison and could be taken taken into custody tomorrow. PA prisons are known for being among the worst in the world. Filthy deplorable conditions, inedible food, beatings by the guards.

Link: Amnesty International is demanding the PA drop the charges against Issa.

4a People Power: The Story of Veolia

In an era where corporations wield seemingly immovable power, ordinary citizens have used collective action to take on multinational corporations, and they have won.

Several major corporations, such as Veolia, Orange, G4S, and CRH, have fully or partially ended their operations in Israel following high profile campaigns of collective action highlighting how these companies contribute to Israel's human rights abuses. Today's visual illustrates the financial impact and evolution of one campaign, the campaign to boycott Veolia.

Until 2015, Veolia had a stake in the Jerusalem Light Rail. Built on occupied Palestinian territory, the Jerusalem Light Rail provides service to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, which are illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Such infrastructure projects entrench the presence of illegal settlements and facilitate their ongoing expansion.

It took at least 8 years of slow-but-steady organizing and action to get Veolia to stop profiting off of Israel's human rights abuses. By laying out this timeline, we wanted to emphasize the cumulative impact of collective action, where today's small steps are tomorrow's significant milestones.

More major wins are not only possible, but they are also unfolding right now, small step after small step. Just last week, Brown University students passed a divestment motion, becoming the first Ivy League university to back divestment, and joining over 50 other North American universities that have passed such motions in the last decade.

When we see such steps, we know were on the right track! More at: www.visualizingpalestine.org

4b While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine: Zionism in practice

Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, New Zealand

Most recent 24-hour report (for 25 March 2019).

Israeli air strikes destroy 3 buildings

Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats

36 Palestinian missile attacks

41 Israeli air strikes and

7 attacks (48 Israeli ceasefire violations)

62 raids/attacks including home invasions

Occupation settler militants chop branches off Palestinian olive and almond trees

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 27 towns and villages

8 injured

3 abducted (aged 16 to 17)

4 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

13 taken prisoner -- 7 people detained

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Events and meetings


News and articles



EPSC stalls/events this month

Exeter PSC's March meeting agreed to hold two street stalls/events this month. The first is next Saturday (16th), outside the HSBC bank near Boots on the High Street in Exeter to continue our Stop Arming Israel campaign. This will run from 11am to about 1pm, weather permitting. Please come along if you can.

The second event will be 1200 - 1400 on 30th March, Bedford Square (off Exeter's High Street), to commemorate the anniversary of the start of Great March of Return demonstrations at the barrier between Gaza and Israel, and Land Day, an annual event in Palestine since 1976 when Israel announced plans to seize land for settlements, and murdered protesters in the West Bank protesting this.

Jeremy Hardy vs The Israeli Army film to be shown in Totnes Methodist Church, Thurs March 14th at 7.30 pm. There will be a Palestinian speaker from Bethlehem, where the film was shot in 2002, at the beginning of the 2nd Intifada and the invasion and siege of Bethlehem and other Palestinian towns.

Next Exeter PSC meeting: Tuesday 2nd April, 7pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Rd, Exeter EX4 7EW



Eviction petition: Help the Sabbagh family to keep their home in East Jerusalem.


British cultural icons are calling on the BBC: Boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. SIGN the petition


Amnesty International petition Tripadvisor: Check out of stolen land!




Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington. By Ryan Grim February 13, 2019

A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded sharply to reports that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was targeting both Omar and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan. [Ilhan has been smeared as an anti-Semite for telling the truth that the pro-Israel lobby uses money to influence politics.]

Omar quoted rap lyrics Its all about the Benjamins baby to suggest McCarthys move was driven by the lobbys prolific spending. Asked specifically who she was referring to, Omar responded, AIPAC!

The debate over the influence of pro-Israel groups could be informed by an investigation by Al Jazeera, in which an undercover reporter infiltrated the Israel Project, a Washington-based group, and secretly recorded conversations about political strategy and influence over a six-month period in 2016. That investigation, however, was never aired by the network suppressed by pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.

In November, Electronic Intifada obtained and published the four-part series, but it did so during the week of the midterm elections, and the documentary did not get a lot of attention then.

In it, leaders of the pro-Israel lobby speak openly about how they use money to influence the political process, in ways so blunt that if the comments were made by critics, theyd be charged with anti-Semitism.

Full article at: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51104.htm

From an email re anti-Semitism

It was difficult to listen to the anti-Semitism debate in Parliament following the resignation of the Labour 8 and the 3 Tories. Members spoke with passion about the cruelties of anti-Semitism but none spoke of the cruelties of Israel which fuels this anti-Semitism which is worldwide. Can these friends of Israel not see that their protection, which enables Israel to persist with its heartless occupation, fosters anti-Semitism? Can they not pour out that same passion to demand that Israel ends its occupation of this once holy land? End the Occupation, then there will be Peace -- Ted from Liverpool 23Feb19

From Free Speech on Israel: Jews & friends who say antizionism is NOT antisemitism

Ronnie Barkan. Alongside two other activists for Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, he faced a first trial hearing in Berlin on 4 March for disrupting a talk by Israeli lawmaker Aliza Lavie at Humboldt University in Berlin (in 2017). The three were pointing out her complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is his powerful speech to the court.

I stand here today with a sense of pride. Not the pride of vanity, but pride in knowing that what I did was fundamentally right and done for the greater good. I also stand here today as the accuser, not the accused. . . . . .

Today, more than 70 years after the colonization and occupation of Palestine, there is one regime that controls the lives of roughly 19 million people. Only a third of them, about 7 million, are afforded basic human and collective rights. Those are the privileged group that I belong to.

The remaining 12 million live under different forms of oppression: 6 million live in forced exile for the past 7 decades. Many of them are stateless to this day denied the right to go back home for the sole purpose of maintaining ethnic-purity in that land.

An additional 4 million people suffer under a brutal and barbaric military occupation for the past 5 decades, an occupation that denies their every right, including in many cases their right to life.

Finally, there are the 2 million Israeli citizens who are, at best, subjugated 2nd-class citizens. They are forbidden, by law, from demanding equality, multiculturalism and the rights of minorities they are forbidden from turning Israel into a democracy.

Israel practices the crime of Apartheid

Given all of that, it is hardly surprising that the UN report on Israeli apartheid by renowned scholars Tilley and Falk, concludes that the State of Israel practices The Crime of Apartheid one of a few crimes that are classified as a crime against humanity. The report concludes that all 12 million Palestinians are directly affected by Israeli practices of apartheid. This also includes the millions of Palestinian refugees, some of them are residents of this city .

But why are they still refugees 70 years later? For one and only one reason so that I may be a privileged Israeli-Jew at their expense they are being punished for the crime of wrong ethnicity.

[As] the State of Israel is indeed an apartheid state, then everyone in this room [has] the moral and possibly the legal obligation to oppose such grave crimes which are carried out on a daily and hourly basis. This is exactly why the Nuremberg principles have been drafted to urge people like us into action. . . . .

Full article at: https://freespeechonisrael.org.uk/barkan/

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 on 6th March 2019

4 Israeli air strikes in Khan Yunis

Child (15) killed as Israeli Army opens fire on protesters in Gaza

Israeli Army positions open fire on Gaza farmland

Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats

Israeli soldiers tear-gas and hospitalise 40-day-old babY

Israeli Army destroys 2 Palestinian family homes


In total:-- Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 9 towns and villages

4 air strikes

5 attacks (9 Israeli ceasefire violations)

2 Palestinian ceasefire violations

19 raids including home invasions

1 killed (aged 15) 5 wounded

2 abducted (aged 13 and 14)

4 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

24 taken prisoner 1 person detained

Further details at: https://www.nad.ps/en

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EPSC MAILING 22Feb19 Meeting at Uni on 25th

   Solidarity with Palestine: Past and Present

6-8 pm on Monday Feb 25th in Peter Chalk Centre, Exeter University


Professor Ilan Pappe is a historian and the director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies. His books include: 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine' and 'Ten Myths about Israel'.

Dr. Nadia Naser-Najjab is an honorary fellow at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies and dedicates much of her work on Israeli-Palestinian nonviolence, and issues surrounding Palestine's political elite.

Dr. Katie Natanel is a lecturer in Gender studies at the Institute. Her book, 'Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine' critically analyzes the passivity of leftist-Jewish Israelis.

More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/335712240378004/


The next meeting of Exeter PSC will be on Tuesday 5th March, 7 pm, in Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

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Our AGM is on Tuesday February 5th at 7 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road EX4 7EW



Crowdfunding request for legal action against Israeli military

The Ziada family home in Bureij refugee camp in Gaza was bombed by Israeli military forces. It was a targeted attack that reduced the three story building instantly to rubble and left everyone inside it fatally wounded. I am taking the liberty of reaching out to you . . . . We recently started a fundraising campaign in support of the Ziada family from Gaza in Palestine who are taking legal action against the Israeli military in a Dutch court for war crimes. The Campaign is a single-issue group of concerned citizens who have come together with the specific aim of raising funds to support the Ziada family in their quest for justice. You can read more on the website at https://palestinejusticecampaign.wordpress.com .

The case being taken by the Ziadas has a real chance of a providing a major breakthrough and the establishment of a legal precedent that will benefit other Palestinians and hopefully prevent further Israeli war crimes. It is important to stress that the case is not being taken for personal gain. Should the case be successful, any compensation received will be dedicated to a specially established fund for Palestinian war crime victims in general and children in particular.

Best wishes, Eddie Whyte, on behalf of the Palestine Justice Campaign

Statement of support from Professor Ilan Papp This case opens a different avenue for fighting Israeli war crimes in Gaza and beyond. Israeli courts and the International court have not yet challenged Israels impunity. This brave family is trying to take it to the Dutch System if they succeed this would be a landmark and a breakthrough in the struggle for justice in Palestine. . . .


Please sign global BoycottEurovision2019 petition



and Petition against expulsion of international human rights monitors from Hebron

As if things weren't already bad enough in Hebron, Israel has just announced the expulsion of Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) and the the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme Palestine Israel (EAPPI) has responded by saying it is now too unsafe for them to continue to station their human rights monitors in the city. If it's too unsafe for international monitors, what's it like for the Palestinian community living Hebron among violent fanatical settlers and the Israeli military? Join Hebron Freedom Fund and Youth Against Settlements in an effort to appeal to the UN and the EU to condemn the removal of TIPH from Hebron. Ask them to use all methods at their disposal to see that international human rights monitors, volunteers, and activists are able to safely operate in the city.



For Co-op Members (Important and Urgent): draft Boycott Israel motion for Co-op AGM

To qualify to support the motion you need to have 250 points in year ended 2018 and this can be checked at https://membership.coop.co.uk/sign-in . Sharen was an Ecumenical Accompanier in Tulkarem in 2006 and Jayyous in 2009. She needs 100 members to present the motion. So far there are 70 so if you are able to support it please contact her for more information: sharen_eappi@msn.com or simply DOWNLOAD and complete the attached form and send it to her well before the deadline of March 5th: Sharen Green, 61 Gravel Hill, Wimborne BH21 3BJ

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EPSC Mailing 23Jan19


Talk by Jewish pro-Palestinian activist Miko Peled on Thursday

This Thursday, 24th January, Miko Peled will give a talk at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. It will begin at 5.15 with coffee at 5pm. The title of his talk is: "Justice, Freedom and Equality, the Keys for Peace in Palestine." He is the author of The General's Son" which charts his journey from privileged son of an Ashkenazi General to campaigner for the One State Solution in Palestine. He is an excellent speaker.

Next EPSC meeting, which includes the AGM, will be on Tuesday 5th February

Time: 7pm. Venue: Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW


PSC goes to Supreme Court
In 2017 PSC won a victory in the High Court stopping the government preventing local government pension schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israels oppression of the Palestinian people. But in 2018 that judgment was overturned. Thanks to your generosity PSC has sought permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, only 1 out of 3 cases that seek permission to appeal are successful, but weve won the right! The case will be heard later this year. We need your help again to get us over the line.
PLEASE DONATE HERE https://palestinecampaign.nationbuilder.com/regular_donation_new


Fired for refusing to oppose BDS

In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Earlier this month, Amawi sued the school district that fired her. . . . Twenty-six US states have anti-BDS laws and 13 others are pending. . . .


As British Quakers divest from the Occupation, Jewish leaders seek to  discredit and smear them. Robert Cohen, 25Nov18

Last week Quakers in Britain became the first Christian denomination in the U.K. to adopt a responsible investment policy towards the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian land. It was the first denomination but I doubt it will be the last. . . . Paul Parker, recording clerk for Quakers in Britain, explained why the Quakers had taken the decision: Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government. With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in near sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation. [This policy was initiated by Devon Quakers] Full article at: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/writingfromtheedge/2018/11/as-british-quakers-divest-from-the-occupation-jewish-leaders-seek-to-discredit-and-smear-them/

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Occupation attacks Christianity


1. MEETINGS/EVENTS (followed by APPEAL and NEWS)
a. Next EPSC meeting: Tuesday 8th January, 7 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

b. 'Around the Wall: Bend it like Bethlehem'. The Easton Cowgirls Football Team from Bristol presents the film of their 2017 football trip of a lifetime to Palestine. Saturday 5 January, 4.30pm, at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, Studio 74, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS.
Following the film, there will be a Q&A with two of the Cowgirls -- and a chance to watch the documentary of their earlier visit in 2015, called 'Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers' - Trailer at https://vimeo.com/145781234
Tickets: 9 pounds plus 1 pound booking fee from Exeter Phoenix, www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
All money raised will be split between Devon Development Education, www.globalcentredevon.org.uk , and projects in Palestine run by Hebron International Resource Network, www.facebook.com/HIRN-388180624554795/
Further information from Sue Errington, 01392 438811
Palestinian BDS National Committee Appeal Dec18 (https://bdsmovement.net/)
Israel's far-right government and its lobby groups are pumping tens of millions of dollars into efforts to silence advocates of Palestinian human rights. They are waging a war of repression on the BDS movement precisely because with your support, our movement is effectively exposing and challenging Israel's grave violations of Palestinian human rights and its brutal regime of military occupation and apartheid. But increasingly, international artists are refusing to help cover-up or 'art-wash' Israel's criminal treatment of Palestinians and are responding to our call to respect the Palestinian picket line against Israeli apartheid.
With your support, we can reach more artists and businesses in 2019. Please donate to our year-end fundraiser. [Hackers removed the donation form from the BDS website but it has now been reinstated.]
a. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
In another big blow to Israel's efforts to thwart the growing boycott campaign, the largest student organization in Canada voted on 19th November to support Palestinian rights. (https://electronicintifada.net/ )

On the same day, the Quakers in the UK announced that Quaker funds would not be used to support companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine. The announcement marks yet another failure by the Israeli government to thwart the boycott movement and attempt to intimidate other groups and faith-based organizations into silence. [This move was initiated by a group set up to advise Devon Quakers on responding to the situation in the Holy Land. Devon Quakers agreed with the proposal and a minute was then sent to the national representative body of Quakers. Their agreement was made known to Quaker Trustees who are responsible for investments and therefore responsible for the final decision.]

Both announcements came as one of the world's largest home rental [and bed and breakfast] websites. Following nearly three years of pressure from boycott activists, Airbnb, said it was dropping hundreds of listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. 
And now HSBC has announced the bank's divestment from Israeli arms maker Elbit ( https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/hsbc-divests-israeli-arms-maker-elbit ). "HSBC has taken a positive first step in divesting from Elbit Systems, the notorious manufacturer of drones, chemical weapons, cluster bomb artillery systems, and other technology used in attacks against Palestinian civilians, and to militarise walls and borders around the world," Ryvka Barnard of War on Want said. [In Staffordshire there is an Elbit factory where engines for Israeli military drones are manufactured. Many protests have been staged at this factory.]

Here are a few of the other many BDS successes in 2018 (https://bdsmovement.net/ )

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.

b. Message from Noam Chomsky about Gaza
I turned 90 years old this December, and I am anything but a stranger to the cruel policies of governments around the world. But what's happening in Gaza is truly shocking.
Raw sewage spills on the streets. Essential medicines are dangerously close to running out. 90% of people don't have access to clean water. International monitors warn that the territory will be literally uninhabitable if drastic actions are not taken to end the brutal siege and provide desperately needed aid and opportunities. Many argue it already meets that description. Gaza is an Israeli-created humanitarian disaster few are willing to name as such. Jewish Voice for Peace is [one of the organizations] committed to recognizing the reality and to acting appropriately.

c. For Murdering an Asylum Seeker - 4 months -- For Slapping a Soldier - 8 months
If there was one case which demonstrates why Israel is a racist state and why Zionism is a racist endeavour, then this is it. You don't need to have a great understanding of Israel's laws, policies or regulations. Nowhere in Israeli law is it written down that a lynch mob that brutally murders a defenceless asylum seeker should receive a community sentence or a derisory prison sentence but Israel's 'justice' system doesn't need to be told what to do.
It comes automatically for Israel's courts to sentence someone according to their ethnic origin and to make excuses for attacks on Palestinians or non-Jews. That is, after all, what a racist state is all about. When Palestinians are murdered they are just a statistic. When a Jewish settler is killed, note I don't say murdered, then we hear about their family, their children, how wonderful they were, their sense of humour etc. Palestinians however do not have children or personalities.
(excerpt from Tony Greenstein's blog at: https://azvsas.blogspot.com/2018/12/this-is-why-israel-is-racist-state-for.html )

d. Not a Happy Xmas from Palestine and Apartheid Israel
The mayor of a Jewish suburb of Nazareth sparked outrage after he refused to allow Christmas trees to be placed in town squares, calling them "provocative".
The efforts by Netanyahu and the JNF to present Israel as tolerant and friendly to Christians are important to maintain external, especially Christian Zionist, support and to hide a much uglier reality.
Israel claims to be a "Jewish state." Its blatantly discriminatory "Law of Return" grants the automatic right to those it recognizes as Jews from anywhere in the world to immigrate and receive citizenship even if they have no connection to the country. At the same time, Israel prevents indigenous Palestinian refugees, including those born there, from returning home just because they are not Jews.
But according to the US State Department in its 2011 report on religious freedom around the world, Israel specifically applies a blatantly anti-Christian test in applying this bigoted law. A "Jew" can be an atheist, Hindu, or Buddhist -- anything at all -- and be granted citizenship by Israeli authorities. It is only a belief in Jesus that disqualifies them.
As for Netanyahu's promise that Christian holy sites would be protected, he failed to mention that in recent months, Israeli settlers, acting with the collusion of Israeli authorities, have stepped up so-called "price tag" attacks on Christian holy sites.
Meanwhile, Christmas celebrations proceeded this year in Gaza and in Iran, where municipal authorities in Tehran have in recent years put up banners celebrating the birth of Jesus on many main streets. Both Iran and Gaza are Muslim-majority places that Israeli propaganda loves to paint as particularly intolerant of religious minorities.
Few countries live up to their own claims about religious freedom and tolerance and many must do better. But selling Israel in particular, whose whole raison d'etre is to privilege Jews qua Jews over the indigenous Palestinian population of any religion, as a paragon of tolerance and pluralism is patently absurd.
Merry Christmas!
(Extract from Ali Abunimah 25Dec12 quoted in full at: https://azvsas.blogspot.com/2018/12/not-happy-xmas-from-palestine-and.html )

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Comparison of apartheid In Israel-Palestine and SA


a. Next EPSC meeting: Tue 4Dec18, 7 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

b. Christmas Social: Tue 11Dec18, 6 pm, Toronto House see flyer above

c. EPSC stall at Christmas Fayre: Sat 24Nov18, 10 am to 4.30 pm, Corn Exchange, Market St, Exeter EX1 1BW. Offers of help on stall please, to 7790 727 965 or 01392 431 628


a. Eurovision petition

b. Puma campaign (social media)

c. Letter to chair of JCB


a. Death penalty bill aimed at Palestinians

b. Israeli minister refers to Palestinian villagers as squatters

c. 800 Jews, Christians, Muslims sing One Love in Jerusalem


2a. Boycott of the Eurovision Contest to be hosted by Israel in May 2019. Please consider signing the petition at: https://secure.everyaction.com/1MpUO2QQTkab00tlLM2f6A2

2b. Sportswear manufacturer Puma is the new sponsor of the Israel Football Association. The IFA includes teams in Israels illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Tell Puma it cant promote "universal equality while sponsoring teams in illegal Israeli settlements that push Palestinian families off their land. Use our sample tweets and memes with Pumas #REFORM and #THIRDSALUTE hashtags. (https://bdsmovement.net/puma-reform )


2c. JCB is now the main company supplying Israel with bulldozers and other machines used to demolish Palestinian homes and olive orchards. A carefully written letter has already been sent from EPSC to the chair of JCB about the inhumanity of these crimes. To see the letter, please download it by CLICKING HERE. To add to its impact, you can then modify it or print it as it is, sign it and send it off to the address given at the top right of the letter.


3a. Knesset committee approves Death Penalty of Terrorists Bill aimed at Palestinians exclusively. Unlike the Bill which was proposed by Balad to make Israel a state of its own citizens and which was rejected as unfit to be debated even before it got to the Knesset floor, this Bill has been approved. . . . The law would be imposed by the Knesset on the Israeli military courts in the occupied West Bank. . . . Of course there is nothing in the Bill itself which says it will not apply to Jews. It is just that it can only be applied by the Military Courts in the West Bank. And who is subject to these Courts? Why of course Palestinians, as Jewish settlers are subject to the normal Israeli civil and criminal courts. . . . Full report at:



3b. Israeli Defence Minister refers to Palestinian villagers of Khan al-Ahmar squatters. In a letter sent earlier this month to the EU Ambassador to Israel and to ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy, the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman described the population of the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar as a small group of squatters. Liberman's letter was a furious and irrational response to a warning from the European Union to Israel that destroying Khan al-Ahmar, located in the geopolitically sensitive corridor between Jerusalem and Jericho, would make it impossible for that area to become part of the permanent boundaries of a future Palestinian state. In an earlier Resolution the EU determined that The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of international humanitarian law. The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on 9 October that his country was paying particular attention to the case of Khan al-Ahmar, given its location in an area of strategic importance for the contiguity of a Palestinian state and for the viability of a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital. Full report at: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1810/S00064/israel-calls-palestinian-villagers-squatters.htm


3c. Mass singing event at Tower of David Museum joins disparate voices in a show of unity coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. 800 Jews, Muslims and Christians, young and old, most of them strangers to one another, were forgoing a nights sleep for the chance to sing Bob Marleys One Love in three languages and three-part harmony as a show of unity from Israel. . . . . More at: https://www.israel21c.org/800-jews-christians-muslims-sing-one-love-in-jerusalem/?fbclid=IwAR2WEMUCFXAFIbGWgxVVy-8B1ffARu7dy_fg3drrwzfOOb4XSDxIFzc0lcc

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EPSC Mailing 31Oct18

1. Meetings

2. Invitation to visit Hebron

3. Actions

4. Articles

1a. Next EPSC meeting: Tuesday 6th November, 7pm, Toronto House, Prince
Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW

1b. Joint meeting with Exeter university Friends of Palestine: Talk by Susanna
who is a politics lecturer at the University of Bristol. In September 2017
she spent two months cycling from Bristol to and from there flew to Palestine. She
has taught English and yoga in Palestinian refugee camps around Nablus, worked
as an International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist in a number of villages and
spent some time with Jordan Valley Solidarity group.
The meeting is at the uni, in
the Amory Building, room C501, 6.30 pm-8pm, Monday 12th Nov.

( www.facebook.com/events/35039459100336/?ti=icl

2. From Hamed Qawasmeh, Community worker who started Hebron
International Resource Network.
Dear All. One of the main reasons behind the
establishment of HIRN was to provide a space where internationals would be
able to come to the West Bank (Hebron specifically) and see the effects of the
occupation with their own eyes. The philosophy behind such an approach is
that a person can read ssssooooo much about the Israeli occupation, its
policies and its impact, yet one CANNOT understand its depth until he\she
sees it, smells it and experience it FIRST HAND. HIRN is designed to make
this happen for those who are willing to explore that depth. In the same token,
HIRN also tries to bring forth the rays of hope in the form of projects it tries
to implement to lessen (to the best of our ability) the impact of the
occupation policies. HIRN will continue to offer that space and to
welcome internationals to experience Palestinian agony, hopes, aspiration
and hospitality.

3a. Google petition: My name is Tariq and I live in a village near Nablus
called Tell. I知 writing to tell you how Google Maps discriminates against me.
It is not unlike how the Israeli government treats me as a Palestinian.
Google unofficial motto is Do Not Be Evil but Google is complicit in the
Israeli government's erasure of Palestine
. Fixing Google Maps will not
change everything, but it will remove an insult no one should have to live
with. Thanks so much. Link:

3b. Amazon supports the IDF! The Israeli military arrests and
prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children every year, most
experience physical violence during arrest or interrogation.

Yet shockingly Amazon sells Israeli Defense Force
costumes for kids,
enabling the celebration of the violent
oppression of Palestinian children, even though
their own
policy prohibits products that glorify hatred and violence.

Add your name to email or Tweet Amazon to make sure we get
their attention HERE:
Amazon: stop selling IDF soldier

3c. Social media appeal to chefs. Eight international chefs, all women, are
set to participate in the Round Tables culinary festival in Tel Aviv between
November 11 and 23. Round Tables is part of the Israeli government's
gastro-diplomacy, which uses culinary events to distract public attention from
its theft of Palestinian land and food resources. The festival is partnered with
companies involved in grave violations of Palestinian and Syrian human
rights. Golan Heights Winery, Dan Hotels, and Argal Services Company all
operate businesses in or that serve Israel's  illegal settlements, built on stolen
land. Join us in calling on international chefs not to cater to Israeli apartheid.
Send them a message on Twitter and Facebook pages with the
hashtag #ApartheidRoundTables. https://bdsmovement.net/news/dont-
In solidarity, Palestinian
Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)


4a. My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid. I see the parallels
with Israel
by Nkosi Zwelivelile

It took an international effort to end institutionalised racism in my country:
now it must happen again, for Palestinian people.

My grandfather, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, would have turned 100 this year.
The world is marking the centenary of his birth and celebrating his leadership
in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. But while my country has
long been free from racist minority rule, the world is not yet free of the crime
of apartheid.

Like Madiba and Desmond Tutu before me, I see the eerie similarities
between Israel's racial laws and policies towards Palestinians, and the
architecture of apartheid in South Africa. We South Africans know apartheid
when we see it. In fact, many recognise that, in some respects, Israel's
regime of oppression is even worse.

Apartheid is defined in international law as: an institutionalised regime of
systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other.

It is about unequal racial power relations upheld by unjust laws that are
intended to deny oppressed groups their rights. . . .

4b. Israel's foreign minister calls Palestinian villagers squatters
Israeli Minister Avigdor Liberman described the population of the West Bank
village of Khan al-Ahmar as A small group of squatters. Liberman's letter
was a furious and irrational response to a warning from the European Union
to Israel that destroying Khan al-Ahmar, located in the geopolitically
sensitive corridor between Jerusalem and Jericho, would make it impossible
for that area to become part of the permanent boundaries of a future
Palestinian state. 

War Crime. In an earlier Resolution the EU determined that: The demolition
of KhanIn al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute
a grave breach of international humanitarian law. . . .


4c. Annexation is in the air by Abba Soloman 24Oct18. A warning about
imminent annexation of the West Bank was given on Tuesday by UN
Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
S. Michael Lynk, on the eve of his delivery of his annual report to the
General Assembly. . . . .


4d. JCB Distribution Centre Blockaded In Solidarity With Khan
A group of activists closed down the JCB distribution
centre in Derby, UK, this morning to protest the company's involvement in
demolitions of Palestinian homes. The activists locked themselves together
in front of the JCB centre in order to prevent lorries from entering or leaving.
JCB has been targeted in response to the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee's (BNC) call last week in response
to the threat of destruction of an entire Palestinian village. The Israeli state
has been preparing to destroy the village of Khan al-Ahmar, using equipment
provided by JCB and other companies. . . .


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Boyand bulldozer

The UN says 44 schools in the West Bank are currently under threat of demolition (AFP)

EPSC Mailing 28Sep18 Defiance

1. A thankyou

2. Actions

3. Letters

4. Articles

1. Thanks, all donors to kindergarten

In 2016, Palestine Solidarity Campaign supporters and Quakers in Devon raised over 9000 to keep the kindergarten in the West Bank village of Umm al Kheir going. Last September we were told that there was no longer money to pay the teachers. Since then supporters of Exeter PSC and Quakers in Exeter and Totnes, have raised, with the help of a walk in June, a total of 3021 for the kindergarten, now transferred to the Hebron International Resource Network (HIRN) which administers it. Thanks very much for so generously making the continued running of the kindergarten possible , Tony

2. Support Jordan Valley Solidarity
Water - Unfortunately, for many of the Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley in occupied Palestine, they can
take a supply of water for granted. Not because of natural disaster or scarcity, but because the Israel i occupation is using access to water as a strategy to drive Palestinians from their land and into the cities. We at Jordan Valley Solidarity are working together with Palestinian communities and NGOs to rebuild water pipes, re-dig wells and to bring piped, fresh water to isolated communities so that these communities can continue to resist the ethnic cleansing of their land. Can you help this fund-raiser? https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jordanvalleywaterwells

Booking.com, bowing to pressure from pro-Israel activists, has started describing all of Jerusalem as a city in Israel, erasing Palestinian East Jerusalem.  We must press Booking.com to tell the truth: East Jerusalem is occupied territory. Add your name: https://secure.everyaction.com/ntXPlQJufkShJrAzW_fruA2

3. From our treasurer to the Shadow Chancellor

Dear John McDonnell, I am an FBU member who has always appreciated your principled politics and support, both for firefighters, and those fighting injustice and oppression generally, but I have to say I am deeply disappointed by your call for the Labour Party to adopt in full the IHRA s deeply flawed definition and examples of anti-Semitism.

I believe it is morally and practically wrong to implement such a flawed definition. The IHRA definition has been shown to be unnecessary, indefinite or confusing, and, not surprisingly, advocated for as some sort of gospel truth by those keen to conflate principled criticism of Zionism and Israel with genuine anti-Jewish prejudice. Please see this for more detail:


(the writer of this blog, Tony Greenstein, [who is Jewish,] has himself been expelled from the Labour Party as a consequence of the manufactured crisis by Labour s apologists for Israel).

If the Labour Party does adopt the IHRA in full, in my view it will not stop the ongoing campaign, that is itself no doubt designed to bring down Jeremy Corbyn himself, but will likely prompt even more spurious allegations within the Party. Furthermore it will cause many committed activists to believe that Labour is selling out both their ability to speak out against the ongoing and deepening crimes of the racist state of Israel, and also the Palestinians themselves.

For someone like yourself, who has stood firm against colonialism and imperialism elsewhere, not least in Ireland, and despite similarly raucous campaigns of demonisation, I m afraid this is a shameful act of betrayal, and my former respect for you has diminished accordingly.

Sincerely, Dave Chappell

Rabbi Sacks, Why Are You Cheerleading for anti-Palestinian Provocateurs?

Letter submitted to The Guardian by Tony Greenstein of Brighton PSC

In his anxiety to pin the label of anti-Semite on Jeremy Corbyn, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks fails to understand why his comparison between Corbyn and Enoch Powell is not only offensive but ironic. [Corbyn s comments most offensive since Enoch Powell, says ex-chief rabbi] If Sacks were to reflect on his comments he might come to appreciate that it is he whose behaviour most closely resembles that of Powell.

Powell's Rivers of Blood Speech had such a devastating impact in Britain because he, like Sacks, was a scholar of great distinction and erudition. Powell gave his imprimatur to every common and garden racist who now felt that their bigotry and prejudice had some intellectual foundation.

Sacks has also lent his considerable intellectual talents to the cause of bigotry and racism. Every year thousands of religious settlers pour into Arab East Jerusalem chanting Death to the Arabs, A Jew is a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore, and similar racist ditties.

Sack's participation in the Jerusalem Day march in 2017 meant that he was acting, in the words of Israel's liberal Ha'aretz, as a cheerleader for settler mobs who rampaged through the narrow alleyways banging on the shutters and intimidating the residents who were forced by the Police to stay indoors. Instead of speaking out against the pogrom-like atmosphere of Jerusalem Day Jonathan Sacks has given it his blessing.

Jeremy Corbyn by way of contrast has fought racism all his life and no amount of casuistry will change that.

Hundreds of Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs, have signed a letter expressing support for the leader of the British Labour Party    We are Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, committed to civil equality within Israel, to an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza, to a just peace and justice for the Palestinian refugees. The solidarity of progressive forces abroad is vital to our struggle, and we therefore welcomed the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a committed campaigner for peace, as leader of the British Labour Party.

Since his election, Corbyn has been subjected to sustained attacks for his supposed friendliness to antisemitism. We reject the substance of these accusations completely, and we note that some of Corbyn's accusers, such as Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu, are themselves notorious racists and allies of known anti-Semites, such as Viktor Orban and the Polish nationalists. We also note that, even as many of Corbyn's critics claim to respect the right to criticize Israel in theory, in practice their attacks seem designed to shut down debate on Israel-Palestine and prevent a future Labour government from applying any real pressure on Israel to change its policies.

At the same time, we recognize the reality of antisemitism, including on the left, and we applaud Labour's sustained efforts to fight it within its ranks. These efforts are free from the hypocrisy of the right, which decries antisemitism, real and imagined, while openly encouraging racism of other kinds. In a global climate of rising fascism, this hypocrisy is extremely dangerous. In order to combat it, it is absolutely necessary to repudiate antisemitism while also standing up for Palestinian rights and for socialism. We call upon all friends of Israeli-Palestinian peace to join the Labour Party's leadership in its unequivocal commitment to creating a politics free of hate and prejudice, and to support us in working together toward a future without oppression and discrimination in Israel and Palestine. Labour friends, we wish you success in your upcoming National Conference and in the struggles ahead.

4. Destruction of Palestinian schools

(This article was drawn to my attention by Hamed, director of HIRN, the organization which is responsible for the kindergarten we support. Hamed has initiated many projects, particularly to do with education, and the rebuilding of the school in Zanouta which features in the article, is one. Not only is the practical value of these projects considerable, but their effect on morale in the oppressed communities benefiting is great,)

One-third of Palestinians in the West Bank don t have primary schools. Two villages are trying to stop Israel from demolishing theirs.

Zanouta, West Bank.   In the intense desert heat, five-year-old Aalia Issa sits in a village school made of cement blocks and a tarpaulin roof.

She is extremely shy, but wants to express how much she enjoys going there each day. They teach us and give us trophies and rewards for being intelligent, Issa said.

Though only in kindergarten, Issa has already seen how easily her education could be taken away from her.

Twenty days after the people of Zanouta, south of Hebron, built their first school this March out of cement blocks and tin sheets, Israeli forces dismantled it in the night with bulldozers, saying that it had been constructed without the right permits.

Undeterred, village residents bought new materials and rebuilt the school over the summer. But when Aalia and other students arrived for their first day of school last week, they were greeted by a notice from Israeli authorities: they could either dismantle the school or it would be demolished in seven days.

The school is one of 44 across the West Bank that are at risk of complete or partial demolition, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA). . .

More at https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/school-demolition-west-bank-area-c-palestinians-israelis-1859404780

Defying Israel lobby, Labour votes for arms freeze

Asa Winstanley 26 September 2018

In a historic move, the Labour Party's annual conference on Tuesday voted to end UK arms sales to Israel.

But The Electronic Intifada has learned that Emily Thornberry, the woman who would become foreign minister were a Labour government elected tomorrow, had privately tried to scupper the motion. Although Thornberry is a close ally of Labour leader and Palestine solidarity veteran Jeremy Corbyn, she is also a supporter of Labour Friends of Israel and opposes an arms embargo.

Amid a sea of waving Palestinian flags, and chants of Free Palestine, delegates debated a motion condemning Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters (more than 140 to date) since the Great March of Return protests began on 30 March.

The motion, passed with almost no votes against, calls for an immediate freeze on UK arms sales to Israel.

Since 2014, the UK government has approved licences for exports to Israel of arms and other military technology worth $660 million, including components for aircraft missiles, drones and sniper rifles, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign stated in a press release.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the steering group of the international BDS movement, praised the Labour Party vote for "rekindling hope that Israel's South Africa moment is getting closer."

More at: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/defying-israel-lobby-labour-votes-arms-freeze



BDS graphic 

(Bethlehem 2015,  Getty Images)


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


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



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


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.


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



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/


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


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.


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:




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


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.


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


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.


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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.



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.



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.



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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1. Upcoming Events

a) Walk

b) Talk

2. Petition

3. Letter to PM

4. Articles



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 )




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.





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



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!"


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.'



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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1. Messages from Palestine

2. What we can do

3. Petitions

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



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



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


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



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.



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:-




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


   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 


    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


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


Letter to Boris Johnson about Gaza


Say No to forcible transfer


Tell Adidas: No Fair Play on Stolen Land


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:


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



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.


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.


Please feel free to contact us direct if you have any questions, we will try to reply within a few days.