PSC applauds BBC decision to award security contract to G4S rival
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Palestine Solidarity Campaign has welcomed the BBC’s decision not to award its security contract, worth £80 million, to G4S. PSC has campaigned since July 2013, urging the BBC to reject any bid by G4S, the firm which provides security services to Israeli prisons.
PSC’s campaign resulted in more than 2000 viewers and listeners urging the BBC not to award G4S with a contract because of its involvement in human rights abuses in Israel’s prisons. PSC’s tweets urging the BBC to break its links with G4S were shared more than 600 times.
Get involved
Join PSC’s campaign against G4S’ complicity in Israel’s crimes. Join our protest outside G4S on Thursday 17th April (Palestinian prisoners day).
Last year the Government issued guidelines warning companies of the reputational, legal and economic risks of doing business with Israel’s occupation. Take action online and urge your MP to press the British Government to share their business advice with British businesses, like G4S.
Outrage at Prime Minister’s Speech to Israeli MPs
On Wednesday 12th March 2014, the British Prime Minister made an outrageously biased speech to Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset. He failed to talk about Israel’s flagrant breaches of international law and their illegal occupation of Palestinian land. He failed to condemn the seven year blockade on Gaza. He negated the discrimination and racism faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel by falsely claiming that all Israeli citizens have equality, regardless of religion.
David Cameron
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CEO of christian charity, Embrace the Middle East, wrote an open letter to David Cameron lambasting him for not raising the plight of Gaza and for failing to address the illegality of Israel’s settlements. The PLO negotiations Unit have produced a guide to Israel’s violations since the negotiations started>
Please write to David Cameron and tell him he was wrong to make that speech, and must change his policy now.
You can read David Cameron’s speech and our model letter here> But best still, write your own words or top and tail our message.
A tribute to Tony Benn
Tony Benn, PSC patron and strong supporter of the Palestinian people, died last week aged 88. He was the longest serving Labour MP in history and was an inspiration to us and to all who struggle for peace and justice worldwide.
Tony Benn was also in favour of a boycott of Israeli goods and encouraged Britain in 2002 to support this strategy by stopping all arms sales to Israel, introducing trade sanctions and a ban on all investment.
We will all miss Tony.
Tony Benn and Bob Crow
Tony Benn with Bob Crow, fellow PSC patron, who also died last week. Read our tribute to Bob>
Protest against war crimes and Livni’s visit
Israeli politician, Tzipi Livni, will be speaking at a Jewish National Fund event on the evening of Thursday 15th May (location to be confirmed). This is the day when Palestinians mourn their losses – of loved ones, land, homes and country – which began in 1948 and continue until today.
Put the evening of Thursday 15th May in your diary and please help us protest against Livni’s visit. Livni was one of the architects of the Israeli attack on Gaza 2008/09 which led to the deaths of 1,417 Palestinians – 313 of them children – and injured 5,303.
Perhaps Livni should also take note of Israel’s former Navy Commander General Eliezer Marom, who it appears was forced to flee the UK when an arrest warrant was issued against him in October last year.
Tell Livni that war criminals are not welcome in Britain.
‘Education under Occupation’ – PSC speaker event
Saji Darwish was an 18-year-old student at Birzeit University in the West Bank. Last week, he was shot dead by Israeli soldiers. Thousands attended his funeral procession at the university on Tuesday.
On 1st April, in London, PSC and Birzeit University’s Right to Education team will be hosting three Palestinian students who will be speaking about the difficulties of studying under Israeli occupation.
News and events
The Royal Institute of British Architects vote to suspend Israel | Building Design
The RIBA has approved a motion calling for the suspension of the Israeli professional body from the International Architects Union (UIA).
Killing of Palestinians raised in Prime Minister’s Question-time| PSC
Sir Gerald Kaufman raised Israeli Forces killing of innocent Palestinians, and asked if the Prime Minister raised the issue with the Israeli Prime Minister (no) and what he was going to do about it.
Israeli Forces kill Palestinian teenager | Ma’an News
BDS victory: authorities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, suspend deal with Israeli water company
Thursday 20 March – The BBC, Media Bias & Palestine – London Read More
Friday 21 March – Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide – London Read More
Saturday 22 March – Weekly Protest Against Sodastream in Brighton –
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Tuesday 25 March – Flim Screening: A World Not Ours – Passing Clouds, London Read More
Tuesday 25 March – Palestine Cultural event: When I Saw You – Cardiff

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Friday 28 March – The 2014 Edward W. Said London Lecture by Raja Shehadeh British Museum – London

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Tuesday 1st April – Film: Children in Chains – Milton Keynes Read More
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