JCB distribution centre blockaded in solidarity with Khan al-Ahmar

From Corporate occupation

A group of activists closed down the JCB distribution centre in Derby, UK, this morning to protest the company’s involvement in demolitions of Palestinian homes. The activists locked themselves together in front of the JCB centre in order to prevent lorries from entering or leaving.

JCB has been targeted in response to the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee’s (BNC) call last week in response to the threat of destruction of an entire Palestinian village. The Israeli state is currently attempting to destroy the village of Khan al-Ahmar, using equipment provided by JCB and other companies.

The Palestinian BNC gave the following statement: “Popular struggle and international solidarity have defended Khan al-Ahmar until today from expulsion, and have stopped the bulldozers manufactured by international corporations from inflicting destruction … It is the role of the BDS movement to mobilize global pressure against Israel’s impunity in perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity and against corporate complicity in these crimes.”

They called on ordinary people around the world to take the following actions in solidarity with the people of Khan al-Ahmar, and all other Palestinian communites facing demolition by the Israeli state:

“Organize protests at the offices of the JCB, Caterpillar, Volvo, Hyundai, Hitachi and LiuGong. Ask them to terminate their contracts with Israel’s occupation forces, and to commit to halting the delivery of all further equipment or services that may be used by Israel in activities that violate fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people.”

It is in response to this call from the Palestinian BDS National Committee that we are protesting today. We call on JCB to to end all its dealings, whether direct or indirect, with the Israeli state and stop its complicity with the illegal and immoral home demolition policy in occupied Palestine.

Read more about JCB and the Israeli occupation here –
https://corporateoccupation.org/category/companies/jcb/

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

Thank you to everyone who came to the barbecue last Sunday. It was a lovely occasion and raised £400 for the PSC national appeal.Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way. A particular thank you to Isabel and Chris for the use of their home and for all the preparation they did.Also our thanks to Rev Stephen Sizer for his extremely stimulating presentation.

On Sat 15th we will be campaigning outside HSBC in the city centre. Please let me know if you can join us. Placards will be provided. Please come. Lets make a noise and tell HSBC to stop arming Israel. We will meeting outside HSBC at 10.30 and plan to stay until 12.30. If you can join us for 2 hours that is excellent but if you can only do an hour that is also great. Please let me know if you are coming.

If you also willing to hep with the regular Saturday stalls help is urgently needed.

Many thanks everyone
Regards
Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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Freedom Flotilla Coalition – Legal and Welfare Update and Appeal

Via Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Please donate here to support the 2018 Just Future for Palestine Freedom Flotilla, in which 34 people, from 12 countries, in two boats, directly challenged the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and brought international attention to the horrific human-made conditions of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The two boats ‘Al Awda’ (The Return) and ‘Freedom’ were hijacked by the Israeli Occupation Forces in international waters 42 and 49 nautical miles respectively off the coast of Gaza. During their unlawful detention, crew, participants and journalists were subjected to a range of physical and emotional violence.

The captain of Al Awda was threatened with execution, 4 people were tasered, 3 people had ribs broken by the Israeli military and one person had his foot broken.

They were all taken against their will to Israel, unlawfully imprisoned and ultimately deported. The Israeli authorities have stolen the boats and the 13,000 Euros worth of medical supplies that we were carrying as gifts, as well as many of the participants’ personal belongings (including clothes, a Bible, credit cards, IDs and mobile phones). Incredibly, they have begun to take legal action to attempt to confiscate the boats.

We have set aside some money to assist with legal expenses and welfare, but request your help. Please donate here to contribute towards:

a) our legal fund for the costs including actions to:

i) represent participants who were detained unlawfully
ii) increase our capacity to take action against and resist the Israeli Government’s attempts to confiscate the two boats, cargo and personal property; and

b) our welfare fund which will pay for emotional counseling for those needing assistance to process the violence and trauma that they suffered.

Please donate here to one of our partners to help with these particular expenses incurred in challenging the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Israeli Government has still not released 114 boxes of Medical Supplies for Gaza.

Freedom Flotilla demands the immediate release of humanitarian cargo

Barbecue in Support of Palestine.

Dear All

You are invited to a Barbecue in Support of Palestine.
6.30pm at 6 Blenheim Avenue, Southampton
Tickets £15.00 from Southampton PSC.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign needs to raise £100,000 this year in order to keep campaigning for justice for Palestine and to be able to take the Government to Judicial Review to stand up for the right of Public Bodies, such as Councils, to be able to make purchasing decisions based on moral questions of justice and not just pure economic efficiency.

The money raised from the Barbecue will support this campaign. PSC needs vital funds to keep up its campaigning work for Palestine and to continue to support BDS- Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

The barbecue will follow our branch AGM this year if you would like information about that please send an email to pscsoton@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the barbecue!
Regards

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

The ship Freedom, which was the ship 3 members of Southampton PSC, along with about 200 others, welcomed to Brighton back in June before she sailed to Gaza, has been boarded by the Israeli Navy and taken to Ashdod. This occurred on Friday 3rd August at about 8pm in the evening. Eyewitness account of Dr Swee Ang, please share widely

Richard Sudan who is a British Journalist working for Press TV and based in London is one of those detained. Please watch his SOS video and share it. This story about the illegal boarding of ships of the Freedom Flotilla needs to be shared. It is not being told by the mainstream media so please share the video far and wide on social media. www.facebook.com/richiesudan

Please contact Mr Jeremy Hunt at the foreign office fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk Also contact your own MP. Ask them to protest to the Government of Israel and ask that the ship freedom be allowed to sail to Gaza and to unload her supplies of medical materials.
Ask Mr Jeremy Hunt to use the influence of the UK to demand that Israel ends the blockade of Gaza. Ask Mr Hunt to protest at the treatment of both Dr SweeAng on the Awda and of Mr Richard Sudan on the Freedom.Both of these people were effectively kidnapped against their will while in international waters and posing no threat to Israel.Dr Ang was tasered and hit by members of Israeli forces. Ask Mr Hunt to demand that Israel investigates this and brings charges against those responsible. Also ask Mr Hunt to demand the immediate release of Mr Sudan and that he be allowed with the other members of the group travelling on the Freedom to return to the ship and sail to Gaza.
Also ask Mr Hunt to remind the state of Israel of their responsibility to protect a free press and therefore to not restrict Mr Sudan in his efforts as a journalist to record the events that took place on Friday evening on the Freedom.He must be released with all of his property, including all technology and information storage devices.

I would be very grateful if as many of you as possible could contact the foreign office and ask for these representations to the government of Israel to be made.
Also please share the story on social media.

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I would be grateful if you do contact the foreign office that you send me a quick email to let me know.

Thank you for your support of Palestine
Regards

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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Bloody hell it was hot! Tolpuddle R.W.B. 2018

A rather laid back Tolpuddle with everyone seemingly subdued by the temperature. It was good to see Brighton SolFed take up a stall, and a pity the IWW didn’t manage to book one as we had loads of local Wobs on hand to crew it and plenty of IWW-related literature, which made our table a bit cramped. Les did us proud as ever, Theresa’s innovative engineering solution with the sacktruck made the Wob Kitchen table more strong and stable than her gormless namesake. Misty in Roots was sublime as I remember them from the 70s and I Destroy from Bristol is a band to watch.

We’re definitely past peak J.C., I only heard three desultory chants of “Ooh Jeremy Corbyn” Some geezer in a ‘wake up Labour’ T shirt came by the stall, seemed normal enough then handed over a leaflet – I can’t remember what it was about – full of anti-Semitic conspiracy bollocks. “What is this rubbish? Who cares if George Soros is Jewish or not?” Bloke shrugged and I gave him a pamphlet about anti-Semitism. Later on the march, the crank was spotted wearing a Guy Fawkes mask carrying a portrait of Vladimir Putin with the caption ‘peacemaker’. At the end of the village, the ‘friends of Israel’ we oiked off the site a couple of years ago stood brandishing vast British and Israeli flags, shouting something about Hamas.

Meanwhile the Labour party squabbles over two ‘examples of anti-Semitism’ from the I.H.R.A. code:

 g. Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

j. Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis

Now usually in anti-oppression politics, the hegemonic group doesn’t get to define what constitutes oppressive behaviour, but this is more complicated. Religion is a species of ideology, and ideology is an excuse for doing what you like and/or a palliative for those you’re doing it to. Worse, it’s a cross-class alliance. Caution should be exercised over cultural identity for the same reason; both these things often have implicit hierarchies embedded within them.

Racism is anything that materially or socially disadvantages members of a racialised group, or makes it more likely they will be targets for violence and oppressive behaviour. It’s a methodology for maintaining a power relation so it only works where such a relation exists. Anti-Semitic oppression falls on Working Class Jews who don’t have the protection of the state of Israel or the U.S. government, it doesn’t fall on Netanyahu and co. They are part of the hegemonic group, not because there is a conspiracy, or because Judaism exerts undue influence, but because they are the ultra-nationalist leadership of a state engaged in military-industrial capitalism. States are cross-class alliances; they don’t represent any people, just a mode of production.

I would say the state of Israel is a racist endeavour, so is the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Russian Federation. Almost all states were founded on racism; they began with a cultural majority carving out a piece of territory, imposing their language and customs and excluding outsiders; they invaded and robbed their neighbours. The economic and political dominance of North-Western Europe and North America was achieved through the pillage of Latin America, Africa, and the Indian sub-continent. That is the context in which the state of Israel was founded.

So what do you think, if a state grants an absolute right of citizenship to Jews and only Jews, is it racist?

Allowing displaced Palestinians to return to Israel-Palestine would deny the Israeli state a Jewish voting majority, without which it could not guarantee such rights in perpetuity. Is it racist to give Jewish people a greater right to self-determination than Palestinian people?

Is it racist to contend that all Jewish people must make this moral compromise?

Is it racist to take sixty to a hundred Palestinian lives for every Israeli one lost?

Is it racist to claim that a body of privileged individuals speaks for an entire Diaspora, or even that anybody needs to? A Diaspora that comprises a range of ethnicities, religious and secular traditions, proletarians and bourgeois alike – including anarchist comrades – especially when clearly, it doesn’t, as many Jews on this island profoundly disagree with it?

Would it have been anti-Semitic for J.C. to refuse an invitation to a cultural event from a group of young Working Class Jews in his constituency on his night off?

Is it racist to conflate anti-capitalism with anti-Semitism, implying that all Jews are supporters of capitalism?

Is it anti-Semitic to call Jonathan Arkush an arrogant prick?

There is a noble tradition of Jewish anti-capitalist movements, anarchist, socialist and atheist in Britain, Europe and the U.S. and Jews have been active in antifascism as long as there have been fascists. The board of deputies is a deeply reactionary clique that opposed every grassroots Jewish antifascist initiative of the 20th century. It opposed the action at Cable Street, and the work of the 43 and 62 groups, which effectively confounded three waves of British fascism, and if you take these things as seriously as we do, undoubtedly saved many lives. There’s a reason for this, self-organised Working Class Jews kicking their persecutors around threaten the vicarious victimhood of their self-appointed representatives. Wouldn’t the board of deputies be buggered if people stopped being anti-Semitic? These wankers are literally playing politics with Working Class lives.

In practice, nobody represents anyone but themselves, communities do not need states or leaders, and many Jewish people agree. We disdain bourgeois Jews because they’re bourgeois not because they’re Jewish. Just as we have no time for black cops, gay fascists or female prime ministers. Where is the clamour about anti-Palestinianism?

I don’t know if it’s actually anti-Semitic to accuse a Jewish person of acting like a Nazi, but it’s pretty fucking tactless, just as I wouldn’t describe an African-American employer as a slave-driver, use your noggin, Ken. You shouldn’t say stupid things like “Hitler supported Zionism” in the sense that “Hitler supported Arsenal”, because he didn’t. The Nazi state cut a deal with one section of the Zionist movement in August 1933 because they shared part of an agenda – getting European Jews to move to Palestine rather than be comfortably settled in Europe. It meant breaking an embargo on German exports. Other Zionists were violently opposed to the idea and fought valiantly against the Nazis. Haim Arlosoroff, one of the architects of the Haavara settlement was subsequently assassinated.

Anti-Semitism certainly lurked below the surface of anti-capitalism, for example in the Occupy movement; it’s faulty politics and bad history. Using ‘Zionist’ as a pejorative is unhelpful and I wouldn’t recommend it. Historically Zionism was diverse, including utopian socialists, religious groups and of course the right-wing nationalists that eventually took it over.

These aren’t problems capitalism can solve. Jews will be free when everyone is free, when identities don’t have to compete on the market and we’ve done away with the bourgeoisie and their toxic state idea.

Interview with Atta Jaber: JCB complicity in war crimes.

‘Companies should work for humanity instead of bulldozing homes’

This is the first in a series of interviews with Palestinians from Area C who have experienced demolitions of their homes or property carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities. In our interviews we will show some of the effects of demolitions, and highlight the companies involved in carrying them out.

We meet Atta Jaber with his family on their land in the Baq’ah Valley, near Hebron. From the house we can clearly see the illegal Israeli colony of Kiryat Arba, which lies just three hundred metres away, across the highway.

When we arrive, Atta and his brother’s family are working in a field below his house while F16s fly overhead. Atta confirms that this happens all day long, “24 hours a day. The Middle East is under Israeli attack. How many times this year have they attacked Syria?”

After offering us coffee, we walk through the family’s land to see the most recent destruction caused by the Israeli Civil Administration’s bulldozers. He explains what happened on 21st February 2018.

Read more at: https://t.co/8wNGvNeCrr