Government suffers defeat in court by Palestine campaigners over boycott, divestment and sanctions

The Government has acted unlawfully by attempting to restrict local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel  through their pension schemes. Palestine campaigners hailed the triumph the ruling represented for the BDS movement, stating “Today is a victory for Palestine, for local democracy, and for the rule of law.”…

Palestine campaigners fight unlawful government restrictions on divestment from Israel in landmark court case

  Sajid Javid’s Department for Communities and Local Government may have acted unlawfully by attempting to restrict ethical divestment from companies, including those complicit in the occupation of Palestine. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) judicial review over restrictions on Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) divesting from Israel will be heard on 14 June 2017. Campaigners…

PSC responds to Radiohead statement

The PSC responds to comments made by Thom Yorke over the weekend in Rolling Stone magazine. Ben Jamal, Director of the PSC said:  “It is saddening that Thom Yorke feels patronised by the union of the union of fellow musicians and Palestinian civil society respectfully asking the band not to cross the picket line. He makes no…

PSC Statement: DIGNITY WON – The Struggle continues

Yesterday after 41 days on hunger strike , Palestinian prisoners suspended the strike after Israeli authorities yielded to the demand to enter negotiations with the prisoners’  chosen leaders. Issa Qaraqe, director of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission , speaking on May 28th declared that “80 percent of the demands” of the prisoners were achieved in…

PSC response to the Labour manifesto

Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said:  “We welcome Labour’s significant step forward in committing to recognise the state of Palestine. The PSC calls on all parties to go further and review the UK’s financial dealings with illegal settlements, as well as ban products from them. Settlements are illegal under international law –…

Thousands of consumers desert Hewlett Packard (‘HP’) over profiteering from Israeli occupation

Household technology name HP suffers a reputational blow after over 21,000 customers pledged to boycott the brand. HP profits from providing Israel with biometric ID card systems to ethnically profile and restrict the movement of Palestinians, systems to Israel’s Navy which is conducting the illegal blockade of Gaza, and systems to Israeli prisons where Palestinian…

British–Palestinian on Easter family holiday banned from Israel

  British–Palestinian on Easter family holiday banned from Israel Prominent British-Palestinian Professor Kamel Hawwash was banned from entering Israel under the new Israeli boycott law, following a string of foreign human rights activist deportations. Prof Hawwash was on a Easter family holiday with his wife and 5 year-old son to see Palestinian relatives in occupied…

Legal opinion finds major faults with government antisemitism definition

Legal opinion finds major faults with government antisemitism definition   Definition cannot be used to judge criticism of Israel as antisemitic, unless it expresses hatred towards Jews. Describing Israel as a state enacting a policy of apartheid, as practising settler colonialism or calling for policies of boycott divestment or sanctions against Israel cannot properly be…

Palestine Campaigners take Government to High Court over Israel Divestment Restrictions

  Palestine Campaigners take Government to High Court over Israel Divestment Restrictions   The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has been granted permission in its judicial review of the changes to rules governing Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) that purport to restrict divestment from Israel.  The case will now proceed to a full trial.   Campaigners…