Tell the Foreign Office they must pressure Israel to release Samer and the other political prisoners.
Yesterday hunger striker, Samer Issawi, went to the civil court and was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment, which – backdated to the date of his arrest – would mean he would be released on 6th March. However, Samer is also being subjected to the military court where he could face a further sentence. Samer’s sister Shireen has confirmed on her Facebook page that Samer will remain on hunger strike until his release.
Tweeting for Freedom
Students protesting against the imprisonments
During the last few weeks PSC have regularly taken part in the twitter campaign for Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi via our @PSCupdates account. The main focus of the campaign was to get the notice of mainstream media. Latterly the campaign has been broadened to include others on long term hunger strike. If you want to get involved please read the full report>
Addameer have produced a profile detailing Samer’s arrest and detention. Saha Francis, Director of Adameer (Palestinian prisoner rights’ organisation), who has been on an a UK tour supported by PSC said: “Thanks for all your efforts – it means alot to the prisoners. They know they are not alone and people do care.”
Lessons of apartheid & the popular struggle
This Monday 25 Feb, 7-9pm
Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London
Register today to join our discussion on Monday with key speakers about past and current popular campaigns.
Mahmoud Zwahre (centre) at Bab-al-Shams protest village
with Sami Abu Shehadeh: a leading activist in the Balad Party and member of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality
and Mahmoud Zwahre: the coordinator of Al-Ma’sara village popular committee, one of the founders of popular struggle coordination committee.
Chaired by Victoria Brittain, Author, journalist and PSC Patron
Hosted by Middle East Monitor, PSC and Jews for Justice for Palestinians
Sodastream: burst the bubble
SodaStream are keen to market their devices for home carbonating drinks. What they are less keen to talk about is the fact that their largest factory is based in an illegal settlement – part of Ma’ale Adummim.
As ‘Trading Away Peace’ – a report by 22 NGOs – states:”SodaStream pays taxes to Ma’ale Adummim Municipality; its revenues are thus directly funding this settlement”
Help us to end Sodastream’s trade in the UK, along with other companies illegally based in occupied Palestine.
Join the demonstration at Brighton tomorrow (photocredit: LondonBDSgroup)
Join the protest in Brightonthis Saturday 23 February
Brighton PSC and other activists have been leading the campaign against Sodastream in Britain with their weekly protests outside Sodastream’s flagship store,Ecostream. Please join them tomorrow.
Read the blog by PSC’s Amena Saleem on how Sodastream’s attempts to ‘Greenwash’ their product
Complain to your local shop
If you have a local shop which stocks Sodastream write to them and ask them to stop.
Complain to the Independent
The Independent newspaper are running a competition to win a Sodastream. Tell them they shouldn’t be promoting products from illegal settlements.
Are you buying the fruits of occupation?
Leaders from seven major trade unions signed a published letter to demonstrate their solidarity with Palestinian farmers, and to make clear that “trade with companies exporting produce grown in settlements helps to finance their expansion and is inherently unethical“.
Just as Sodastream are labelled ‘made in Israel’ despite the fact their main factory is in an illegal settlement, agricultural settlement goods are still sneaking into our shopping baskets under the label “produce of Israel.” Director of PSC, Sarah Colborne, asks consumers ‘Are you buying the fruits of occupation?‘
News and events
BDS Call | BNC
BNC – the Palestinian committee which leads the BDS movement has clarified that the “BDS does not call for a boycott of individuals because she or he happens to be Israeli or because they express certain views. Of course, any individual is free to decide who they do and do not engage with.“To read the full BNC statement:
Oscar nominee held | Democracy Now
Emad Burnat – who filmed Oscar nominated ‘5 Broken Cameras’ – was detained at the USA airport until documentary-maker Michael Moore intervened to have he & his family released.
Veolia suffering | EI
Top Norwegian financial analyst has acknowleged the impact of BDS campaigning on the corporation.
23 Feb | Sodastream protest|Brighton
25 Feb | Palestinian Zaytoun farmers – Fairtrade fortnight|UK
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