Busy week coming up with Nakba day on Friday 15 May. Please note the following events organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
- A lobby of MPs on Wed 13 May – email your MP NOW
- An online rally on Fri 15 May – register NOW for a great event
WE NEED YOUR VOICE IN PARLIAMENT! Please write to your MP and ask them to attend our online briefing for Palestine next week.
Lobby your MP to attend PSC’s online briefing
Israel is gearing up to follow through on its threat to annex vast areas of Palestinian territory, a move which would have dire consequences. Last week nearly 130 cross-party MPs wrote a letter to Boris Johnson demanding the UK take urgent action. Now is the time to build upon this momentum!
At a period when we cannot physically meet with parliamentarians, we’re working extra hard to ensure Palestinian rights are not ignored. But we need your help! Please send your MP a message – using our template e-action – and let them know Palestine is an important issue in your constituency.
We have prepared an expert panel to brief MPs on the illegality of Israeli settlements, and to push for a complete UK ban on trade with them. You can get your MP to attend the briefing!
Write to your MP
This is just one of the activities we have prepared for Nakba week, with the other being a massive online rally on Friday 15th May starting at 7pm. We’ll be hearing from Palestinian speakers, performers and artists, as well as key figures in the solidarity movement. Register now to join us online!
We’re teaming up with Jewish Voice for Peace, BDS movement, and the South African BDS Coalition to bring this exciting global rally.
Special guests will include:
DAM // JANNA JIHAD // DIANA BUTTU // ROGER WATERS // KEN LOACH // TRIO JOUBRAN // GHADA KARMI // REMI KANAZI // AND MORE!
We hope to see you there too!
PSC Campaigns Officer
Since Land Day in March 2018, Palestinians have gone to the separation fence to demand an end to Israel’s draconian blockade of Gaza and for the right of return to the homes & land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.
Israel has responded to unarmed protestors with live fire.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs over 200 demonstrators have been killed and over 8,000 wounded by live fire.
In March 2019 a UN Human Rights Council Commission of Enquiry found,
“the use of lethal force …. was rarely necessary or proportionate. The ISF [Israeli military] violated international human rights law.”
Many protestors shot by Israeli forces undergo amputations.
Gaza’s healthcare is in crisis after Israel’s 11 year blockade & questions have been raised over the type of ammunition used.
“What is unusual is the lesions and … that the wounds are very wide and the bones can be in many fragments.”
Maria-Elisabeth Ingres, Medecins Sans Frontieres.
What can you do?
- Write to your MP: (writetothem.com) Demand an end to arms sales to the Israeli Government until it complies with international law.
- Boycott Israeli goods: Support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. https://bdsmovement.net/
Boycott is a traditional, peaceful form of protest. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr & Nelson Mandela all used boycotts.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian boy as he was taking photographs during a weekly demonstration.
Sign the Child Prisoners Petition here
Write to your MP here
Write to Boris Johnson here
Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts – between 500 and 700 each year. The Israel Prison Service revealed that an average of 204 Palestinian children have been held in custody every month since 2012.
Ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalised throughout the process”. These were the conclusions of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report ‘Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations‘.
Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:
- Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers.
- Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
- Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
- Put into solitary confinement.
- Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).
For more information:
PSC Factsheet on Child Prisoners
Defence for Children International Palestins (DCI-P) website
Free Ahed Tamimi Briefing, Poster & Graphics