The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, PSC, is very pleased to announce that it has appointed Ben Jamal as its new permanent Director. Ben is currently CEO of the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP). He is a long-standing PSC member and activist, and currently a member of the PSC Executive Committee and Chair of the PSC Richmond and Kingston Branch.
Ben Jamal said of his appointment:
“I am very proud to be the first Palestinian chosen as Director of PSC. PSC has established itself as the driving force of the Palestine Solidarity movement in the UK, campaigning to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for justice and equality.
“Our campaign is founded upon a profound belief in the rights of all people to live in dignity and peace and of the moral obligation on all of us to take action when any people are denied those rights. Over the past 30 years PSC has built a powerful cross-party alliance calling for action in support of those principles and to end Israel’s illegitimate control over Palestinian lives.
“Support for the Palestinian call for a non violent campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions has been and remains central to PSC’s work and we will continue to assert the legitimacy of such forms of protest in the face of attempts to silence them.
“I look forward to working with PSC’s outstanding staff team, members, and partners to take the campaign for justice for the Palestinian people to the next level.”
Hugh Lanning, Chair of PSC, said:
“We are very lucky to have recruited someone of Ben’s experience, calibre, and commitment. Ben will join PSC as Director at a critical time in the organisation’s development and we are confident he will help the solidarity movement in this country go from strength to strength.
“At the same time we would like to thank Sara Apps for the invaluable job she has done as interim Director for the last six months, particularly at a time when the campaign has been under severe attack. We wish her well in her new roles with Open Bethlehem and Travel2Palestine.
“Ben will be taking up appointment in early October. Until that time the current Deputy Director, Tricia Rich, will fill the role as acting Director.”