Israeli Government responsible for terror attacks by Israeli settlers
Many in Britain woke up on Thursday 31 July to the widely broadcast news that Israeli settler extremists had torched two families’ homes in the West Bank, killing a toddler, Ali, and leaving his family in critical condition.
This followed on from news that another Israeli settler extremist had stabbed six people attending Jerusalem Pride, leading to the death of an Israeli teenager.
Following little Ali’s death, the Israeli Armed Forces responded to protests against the torching of the family’s home by killing another Palestinian child, 15-year-old Laith; and killed 16-year old Mohammed who was at another protest inside Gaza.
The Israeli government is responsible for creating a climate where settlers and soldiers are able to attack Palestinians with impunity. The mainstream press have focused on reporting condemnations of the attacks by Netanyahu, failing to expose the hypocrisy of such statements when over 500 children were killed by Israeli forces last summer in Gaza, and failing to look at why successive Israeli governments have been able to get away with its ever-expanding settlement enterprise and other war crimes.
Since 2004 Israeli settlers have carried out more than 11,000 attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. According to Israeli human rights group, Yesh Din, 85.3% of police investigations into Palestinian complaints are closed without resolution. The ultimate conviction rate for Palestinians’ complaints against Israeli settler attacks is just 1.9%. Read the new PLO report on settler terrorism>
Governments including our own are failing to uphold international law and human rights, and refusing to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements – allowing gun-toting extremists to engage in a war of terror against Palestinians.
Palestinian woman
Photo credit: Sara Apps using a creative commons licence
Many Palestinians live in fear as settlers take over their homes and property.
water tanks ISM
Photo credit: ISM using a creative commons licence.
Photo: Settlers fire bullets into Palestinian water tanks to prevent them from accessing water.
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Show Israeli racism the red card in Cardiff!
Join PSC at the Cardiff protest outside the Israel v Wales football match, 2pm on Sunday 6 September.
A major rally in Cardiff is being organised, with people travelling from around the country to protest outside this match. There are coaches from London and some other locations. To find out more and book your seat on the London coach, visit our website here.
The Israeli national team are playing Wales in the qualifying round of the men’s Euro 2016 competition on the 6th of September.
Israel engages in these sporting competitions to appear as a credible European nation, with the aim of diverting attention away from the blatant violations of human rights exacted by the Israeli state on Palestinians.
We must send a message that we will not let Israel’s crimes go unnoticed, just as activists protested the participation of South Africa in similar sporting events during apartheid.
The killing in Gaza continues
At least four Palestinians have been killed, and more than 30 injured, as an unexploded Israeli ordnance left from last summer’s bombing raids went off whilst rubble was being cleared. Medics say the death toll is likely to rise.
In late July, Israeli Forces killed a teenager, 17 year old Mohammed, and injured another as they protested against the killing of Ali Dawabsheh close to Israel’s declared ‘buffer zone’ – an area within Gaza close to Israel’s perimeter wall.
Israeli forces opened fire towards civilians in the “security buffer zone” on land and at sea on at least 23 occasions during that two week period, according to the UN.
It is time for Israel’s impunity to end.
Sign our petition to demand the UK government applies immediate pressure on Israel to end the siege on Gaza.
Keep sharing our Facebook and Twitter posts about Gaza: One year on.
News and events
Labour Leadership contest – PSC has compiled some useful information for those voting in the Labour elections.
Watch: Israeli settlers harassing Palestinians B’Tselem
 
Events
Friday 7 until Saturday 22 August –Palestinian Arts Festival: Gaza Exhibition – central London

Saturday 8 August – The Big Ride Palestine: Luton welcome reception
Luton
Sunday 9 August – The Big Ride Palestine: End of Tour Rally
Lambeth, London
Thursday 13 August – Palestinian Arts Festival: Palestinian Theatre Lives!
central London
Saturday 15 August – PSC Fundraising Barbecue in Portsmouth
Tuesday 18 August – Palestinian Arts Festival: Film screenings and Q&A
central London

Thursday 20 August – Public Meeting: Wales v. Israel game
Bristol
Saturday 22 August – Palestine & Latin America: Building solidarity for national rights
Central London
Saturday 29 August – Demo for Gaza: ‘Remember Gaza – Stop Arming Israel’
Brighton
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