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…

Statement: First British Palestine activist deported from Israel under new law banning foreign critics

Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said, “Last week, the Knesset passed a law to ban entry to foreigners who advocate the non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Last night, the first victim of this new law was PSC chair Hugh Lanning, who was detained overnight and deported from Israel this morning. We…

Open Letter to Theresa May: Stand up to Trump for Palestine

Dear Prime Minister, As you fly off to Washington for your first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, we wanted to highlight a number of issues that should be part of your agenda. Last week, speaking to Andrew Marr, you reinforced the importance of the special relationship between the US and the UK, indicating that…

PSC Director’s Blog: Israel isolates itself from the world

By Ben Jamal, Director Palestine Solidarity Campaign   The significance of the UN Security Council resolution passed on December 23rd rests more in Israel’s reaction to it than the substance of the resolution itself. The resolution does not set any new policy position or commit the UN to any action to which it is not…

PSC welcomes Security Council resolution

UN Security Council passes resolution condemning Israeli settlements The resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Friday is to be welcomed. The resolution demands that “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”. It  reaffirms the illegality of the settlements and their existence as a barrier…