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…

Press release: PSC takes government to court

Palestine Solidarity Campaign takes Government to court over restrictions on divestment from companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations  The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is taking the Government to court to challenge restrictions on pension scheme divestment from companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations War on Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade are supporting the…

PSC response to Government’s adoption of antisemitism definition

PSC welcomes the reaffirmation of the commitment of the Government to combat antisemitism. Antisemitism is a racism that is utterly repellent, and as an anti-racist organisation we welcome actions to ensure that no one is subject to discrimination because of their background or heritage. We also share the Government’s concern that efforts to combat antisemitism…

Successful and amicable resolution of New Statesman action – thank you to all supporters

PSC is pleased to have received an explanation from the New Statesman regarding the removal of a piece by Salah Ajarma from its website in November. PSC commissioned an article from Salah Ajarma, the co-founder and Director of the Lajee Cultural Centre in Aida Refugee camp to be hosted on the New Statesman website. The New…

Urgent action needed: New Statesman censors Palestinian voices 

Palestinian voices are being censored and silenced. We cannot let this happen. Earlier this month PSC commissioned an article from Salah Ajarma, the co-founder and Director of the Lajee Cultural Centre in Aida Refugee camp. The New Statesman published the piece as part of a two year partnership between the PSC and the New Statesman.…