Thank you for your interest in Justice for Palestine. As a local Palestine solidarity group we aim to run weekly stalls in Southampton. These stalls are partly information stalls but also they are to raise awareness about Palestine and about the BDS Campaign, BDS is Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. BDS is an important strategy in the campaign for Justice for Palestine. We ask people basically not to buy goods from Israel because of its brutal Occupation of the West Bank and it’s siege of Gaza . We are currently highlighting two campaigns on the stalls:
- The Campaign to Boycott Hewlett Packard who provide the bio-metric technology which enables the State of Israel to maintain checkpoints throughout the West Bank. This enables the Israeli authorities to closely monitor movement of Palestinians at they seek to go about their ordinary lives.
- The Campaign against illegal settlements in the West Bank. Settlement building creates facts on the ground and is a huge barrier to peace. The building of settlements on Palestinian land leads to the loss of water resources for Palestinians and to the increase in house demolitions by the Israeli army.
I would also remind you that we are a friendly and open group. Please get in touch if you would like to be more involved. We welcome all supporters from any background and from any faith or none.
My main purpose in this email is to ask people to volunteer on the stalls. There is now a new rota for March and April, which I attach. If you have not volunteered before and would like further information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please can I encourage people to respond to this request. Regular street stalls are an extremely important way of raising awareness of the injustices faced on a daily basis by Palestinians.
Also engaging with people on the streets while at times it can be challenging, is also rewarding and exciting! Please get involved, experienced members will give new volunteers lots of help, encouragement and information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Cathryn Spiller (Branch Secretary, Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
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