The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory could easily produce twice the gross domestic product (GDP) it generates now, while unemployment and poverty could recede significantly, according to this year’s report on UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) assistance to the Palestinian people.
Artists for Palestine UK- an Introduction, by Miranda Pennell
Thursday April 28th, 7.30 – 8pm, time to be confirmed
Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York
Artists for Palestine UK is a growing network of artists, cultural workers and activists who wish to make a stand in support of justice and equality for the Palestinians, and defend arts organisations and individuals who make such a stand against politically motivated attacks and censorship.
Miranda Pennell, a London based filmmaker and one of the founder members of Artists for Palestine UK, will be joining us via Skype to tell us about how its members work together to oppose Israel’s campaign to exploit culture as a diplomatic weapon. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.
York PSC have signed up in support of this organisation as we share their concerns about the Prevent campaign, which are shown below. See their website for more details.
“This is an important and timely initiative which recognises the dangers and pitfalls of the Prevent policy and rightly calls for people to withdraw their support and involvement with it. Whilst history teaches us that policies introduced in the name of countering terrorism are quickly extended to dissenters and political activists more generally, it also teaches us that by standing together and united, we can resist unjust power and create a better and stronger society for all people and communities”Dr Rizwaan Sabir, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
Organisations supporting ‘Together Against Prevent’ have agreed and are promoting the following statement:
We recognise and condemn the damage that Prevent’s “spot the potential terrorist” approach has made primarily in stigmatising and criminalising entire Muslim communities, but also to a growing number of political activists and campaigners labelled with ill-defined terms like “non-violent extremist” or “domestic extremist”.
We view Prevent as a policy that is based on insufficient evidence to support the flawed assumption that ‘extremist’ ideology opposed to subjective ‘British values’ is the single most important cause of terrorism. We therefore support closer collaboration between different campaigning, religious and community organisations to call on the government to end its Prevent strategy.
We support and encourage more political debate in schools, colleges and universities and reject attempts to close down and censor dissenting voices. We welcome open discussion with all young people about potentially radical ideas and call on all educational institutions to vigorously defend the right to free academic inquiry on issues considered ‘controversial’.
We pledge to take no Prevent funds and support non-cooperation, wherever possible, with local Prevent programmes.
On most Saturdays there are three or four volunteers providing information and an opportunity for discussion about Palestinian matters at our stall in Parliament St. The cold doesn’t usually stop us, but occasionally rain and wind, or one of York’s various festivals, do. We are usually just outside Marks and Spencers or at the Parliament St/Pavement junction.
Please drop in to say hello, find out about what’s happening in Palestine at the moment, sign the petition that we usually have running or perhaps pick up some new Palestine campaigning material.
We are also very keen to have additional volunteers on the stall, so if you feel you’d like to do a bit more for Palestine, please contact us at email@example.com. We will make sure that you have some training if you need it, and that you join the stall team on a day when there are experienced PSC members present.
If you would like to hear from us about Palestine-related events occurring locally we can email you about them. Just send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.orgYou should then get an email back with instructions as to either click on a link or reply to that email. Once that is done, you should be in the group and on the mailing list – and get another email confirming this. (If you don’t see the email reply the first time, the email might have arrived in your spam folder which should be checked).