The Palestine Solidarity Campaign works for peace & justice for Palestinians, in support of human rights & against all racism
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BDS IS having an impact. The Electronic Intifada reports that the British ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned Israel it faces increasing isolation and expresses his concern “that in five years Israel will wake up and find that it does not have enough friends.”
The wide-ranging Israeli Channel 2 report also showed that boycotts are having an impact on Israeli businesses located in its illegal colonies, and sales of produce from illegal settlements in the Jordan Valley are in freefall.
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Boycott SodaStream
SodaStream is a company which produces devices for home carbonating your drink and has its main production facility on an illegal Israeli settlement, Ma’ale Adumim, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Despite this clear contravention of international humanitarian law, many household names are still prepared to be associated with the brand:
Last week, Scarlett Johansson accepted a role as Sodastream’s “first ever brand ambassador”. She also acts as a global ambassador for Oxfam.
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Oxfam have stated that they are now in dialogue with the actor about the issue. Human rights activists are shocked at her involvement in Sodastream’s violations of international law, and are calling on Oxfam to ditch Scarlett Johansson. Find out more>
PSC’s Amena Saleem exposed John Lewis’ complacency about SodaStream’s crimes, and the store’s reluctance to pull out of the occupation business that SodaStream brings. We are urging John Lewis to stop stocking SodaStream products and encourage you to do so. Find out more>
What can you do?
Thank you for your support – Protests
against the siege on Gaza
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The delegation handing in the petition to No 10 Downing Street
Palestine Solidarity Campaign handed in a petition to No 10 Downing Street calling for action to end the blockade on Gaza. The petition closed with 3,885 signatures. The next day, on 18 January, more than 500 gathered to protest against the on going blockade and bombing of Gaza.
Handing it in were Palestinians: Haya Al Farra from the Palestinian Mission, former prisoner and hunger striker, Mahmoud Sarsak, Ziad ElAloul from Palestinian Forum in Britain, Sir Geoffrey Bindman and Bruce Kent, both PSC patrons, Hugh Lanning, Chair, and Sarah Colborne, Director of PSC.
The next day, on 18 January, more than 500 gathered to protest against the on going blockade and bombing of Gaza.This was on the 5th anniversary of the end of Israel’s so-called ‘Operation Cast Lead’. The protest took place opposite the Israeli Embassy, and speakers included Baroness Jenny Tonge, Andy Slaughter MP and former prisoner and hunger striker, Mahmoud Sarsak.
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Protestors at Saturday’s demo
Tribute to Del Singh
Palestine Solidarity Campaign paid tribute the Palestinian rights’ activist and Labour politician, Del Singh, who was of 21 people killed in a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.Grahame Morris MP, Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East, paid a moving tribute to Del, as did Andy Slaughter MP, when he spoke the day after Del’s death at the protest against the siege on Gaza.
Del Singh – much missed
Sarah Colborne from PSC said “We were devastated to learn of Del’s death. Del made a huge contribution to Palestinian human rights, we will always be thankful for his work. Our thoughts are with his partner, Komal, and his family.”
News and events
Criticism as Scarlett Johansson becomes new face of SodaStream | Mail
European investors rethink ties with Israeli banks | Haaretz
The truth about Israel’s nuclear arsenal | Guardian
The truth about Israel’s nuclear arsenal. Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s
Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinians in Gaza | Ma’an News
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More settlements | Ma’an News
381 more settler units announced, bringing total to over 2400 so far in 2014
Shocked by treatment of Palestinian child prisoners| JC
After a visit to Israel’s military courts, a lawyer talks of systematic breaches of human rights under Israel’s occupation
From 22 January until 16 February – World Premiere: The Keepers of Infinite Space, (SPECIAL OFFER FOR PSC MEMBERS) Park Theatre, London Read More
Wednesday 22 January – Crisis in Gaza,
Temple of Peace, Edward VII Ave, Cardiff Read More
Thursday 23 January – Israel: Apartheid Not Democracy? Friends Meeting House, York Read More
Friday 24 January – The British Responsibility for the Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinians, New Cross, London Read More
Saturday 25 January – PSC AGM 2014,
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square , London Read More
Saturday 25 January – Weekly Protest Against Sodastream in Brighton,
Outside Sodastream/Ecostream shop, Brighton Read More
Tuesday 28 January – Film Screening: The Do Gooders, Passing Clouds, London Read More
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