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.…

The Frontline of Israel’s Settlement Regime by Salah Ajarma

By Salah Ajarma, the cofounder and director of Lajee Cultural Centre in Aida Refugee camp.   Aida refugee camp, in which I live and work, is on the edge of the famous town of Bethlehem. Our families established the camp in 1950 after being forcibly expelled from their homes by Zionist militias in 1948. Palestinians…

Press release: Government changes to the Local Government Pensions Scheme

Issued: 24/10/2016 For immediate release Today, Monday 24th October, MPs will debate the new regulations being imposed on the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS), due to come into force on 1st November 2016. This legislation, will prevent local councils from being able to make ethical decisions, in the interests of their members, not to invest in companies…

Press release: PSC responds to Home Affairs Select Committee report

The Home Affairs Committee report: Opposition to antisemitism must not prevent scrutiny of Israeli human rights abuses The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism. Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hugh Lanning, criticises its recommendations: “It is muddled and fails to differentiate between the actions rightfully needed to…

Chakrabarti Report welcomed

The findings of the The Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry have been welcomed by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). Sara Apps, interim Director of PSC, said: “This is a sensible report, and we welcome its recommendations. We particularly welcome the fact that legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies with regard to the Palestinians and the occupation have not…