A demonstration will be taking place on the 4th July 2020, between 11.00am and 1pm on Parliament Street in York. MAKE A DIFFERENCE … Everyone welcome but strict Covid 19 guidelines will be followed.
#StopAnnexation #SanctionsNow #EndApartheid
The Israeli government has made its intentions clear. Starting in July they plan to unilaterally annex large swathes of the illegally occupied West Bank, declaring the territory an integral part of Israel proper. Annexation, illegal under international law, is the forcible and unilateral acquisition of territory over which it has no recognised sovereignty and to make it an integral part of the state – in this case, Israel.
This act would be the culmination of years of land theft, displacement of Palestinians, and illegal settlement of occupied Palestinian land.
While solidifying its grip on Palestinian land, Israel will continue to ramp up its system of institutionalised racist discrimination against the Palestinian people as a whole, whether under occupation, as second-class citizens in Israel, or in exile, treatment that amounts to the crime of apartheid under international law. In this vein, the Israeli government have already announced they will not grant Palestinians in annexed areas citizenship rights.
The international community has a duty to respond to such egregious violations of international law. Palestinian civil society has called for “effective action” by nation-states to stop annexation. This means applying international law on trade with illegal Israeli settlements, and enacting sanctions, including by placing a two-arms embargo on Israel.
Stand up on July 4th and call on the UK government to implement sanctions immediately to halt annexation.
This day of action is organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign; and supported by: Amos Trust; Artists for Palestine; Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND); Europal Forum; ICAHD UK; Jewish Voice for Labour; Labour and Palestine; Muslim Association of Britain; National Education Union (NEU); Palestinian Forum in Britain; Stop the War Coalition; UNISON; Unite the Union; War on Want.
A great opportunity to join a Zoom event hosted by FFIPP and York PSC (FFIPP is an educational network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel) on 22nd May at 6 p.m. Speakers include Ilan Pappé and Rob Ferguson.
Ilan Pappé – Acclaimed Israeli historian and author of works including the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), Ten Myths about Israel (2017), and On Palestine with Noam Chomsky (2015).
Rob Ferguson – Member of Free Speech on Israel and author of Antisemitism: The Far Right, Zionism and the Left.
President of the Palestinian Solidarity Society at the University of York.
A very successful Palestine solidarity event, with over 100 attendees took place in London on Saturday 12th October. The event, supported by York PSC was to promote Palestine as a core issue for UK trade unions and its members. The National PSC team and 12 unions including the trades union congress (TUC) undertook seminars and discussions on ways to build solidarity. This focused on supporting Palestinian collective rights and developing tools to further the activities to sustain pressure on improving Palestinians human rights.
The 3 seminars were: Increasing Palestinian workers solidarity with the UK trade unions and its members; Effectively promoting and implementing BDS policy: Understanding Israeli apartheid and making the case for Palestinian rights.
Key speakers included: Dr Mustafa Barghouti, general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative; Samia AlBotmeh, asst professor from Birzeit university Jerusalem; Professor Kamel Hawwash / Louise Regan / Huda Ammori / Ben Jamal and Christine Blower from PSC, together with many prominent trade union representatives and officials.
Palestinian home demolitions and water inequality in the South Hebron Hills continue after over 50 years of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Come and hear Mike Grierson’s personal observations of these human rights abuses and their impact on Palestinian lives, at:
Friargate Meeting House
Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9RL
Tuesday 12th November, 7.30pm
Mike was an Ecumenical Accompanier working in Masafer Yatta Firing Zone 918 in the South Hebron Hills from January to April 2019.
Support York PSC by visiting us at St Crux on Thursday April 25th – have coffee, lunch or a cake, buy a book or browse the bric-a-brac stall.
We’ll be there from 10am till 4pm
Where? St Crux, Stonebow, York YO1 8B
If you can help on the day or by donating books, jumble or cake, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Just before Christmas the centre of York gets absolutely jammed and there is relatively little interest in our stall, so we will take a break from that for 3 weeks – there will be no stall on Dec 15th, 22nd or 29th.
We will restart the stall on Saturday 5th January.
Longing, Belonging and Palestine, Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL
A story in music and song of Human – Earth relationships through the eyes of Palestinians living under Occupation.
A collaboration between members of Dar Al Musika Beit Sahour and Chai For All Bristol who perform with guest singer & bağlama player Zaid Hilal.
Fired up from their recent UK and Palestine tour of the Arts Council-funded ‘Longing Belonging and Balfour’ show Chai For All, a band that uniquely blends Jewish and Arabic music, now illuminate Palestinians’ experience of The Land. Researched in the Occupied Territories, their stories are accompanied by ravishing Palestinian music, visuals and dance. In the after-show discussion audiences will be invited to consider inspiring UK examples of human attachment to beloved natural locations defying vandal-developers.
Palestinian crafts and produce will be on display, and a recently returned EAPPI volunteeer will also be with us, to discuss her experiences working alongside Palestinians.