Evictions from Umm Al-Hiran

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It may be too late to help this man, but please visit the ICAHD website to read more about the clearance of this village to allow the construction of the Jewish town Hiran, and what you can still do to help. Consider writing to the Israeli embassy and/or your MP.

Here is some information from the ICAHD article about this outrageous action by the  Israeli government:

Since August 2015, JNF bulldozers have been working to create Jewish “Hiran” on the rubble of  Bedouin Umm Al Hiran. Umm Al Hiran residents are willing to live in a mixed community with Jewish neighbors, an adjacent community, or anything other than being forced to move into the nearby Bedouin township of Hura, and give up their way of life. In Hura, the very pro government municipality says that they have no room because they have a waiting list of 2,000 for the 140 available plots.  They have gone to court to stop the allocation of plots to others. Advanced negotiations on a mutually agreed upon new location broke down when Israel insisted that the Bedouin move to Hura now, with no agreement, and then they would continue the discussions.  Umm Al Hiran residents fear that if they agree, the government will never speak to them again. Israel’s High Court ruled that justice is with the Abu Al Qian tribe, but they appealed to the Court “too late.”

Now, Israel is speaking to its Bedouin citizens with eviction/demolition orders, fines and threats that they will be billed for the demolition of their own homes. Seventy-four year old Ahmed Abu Al Qian and thirty family members were already pressured to “agree” to move, and are living in tin shacks in Hura. Musa and thirty additional family members are next in line. After that, 98 year old Amna….

Pro-Israel groups influencing British politics – the Al Jazeera investigations

The programmes by Al Jazeera in January 2017 should provide significant insights into the influence of pro-Israel groups on British politics

Al Jazeera Investigations exposes how the Israel lobby influences British politics. A six-month undercover investigation reveals how Israel penetrates different levels of British democracy.

Episode One: In part one, Al Jazeera Investigations reveals how pro-Israel groups are trying to influence Britain’s youth.

Episode Two: In part two, our undercover reporter joins a delegation from the Israeli embassy at last year’s Labour Party Conference.

Episode Three: In part three, our undercover reporter witnesses a heated conversation between two opposing activists. The evidence raises serious questions about whether accusations of anti-Semitism are used to stifle political debate.

Episode Four: In part four, the senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London discusses a potential plot to ‘take down’ British politicians – including a minster.

The Economic Effect of the Occupation on Palestinians – read the UN report

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.

Read in full the report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

Artists for Palestine UK

Artists for Palestine UK- an Introductionby 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.

Together Against Prevent

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.

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“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.

York PSC stall, Parliament St, Saturdays 1-3pm

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 info@yorkpsc.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.