Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Dates in May.

Four Important Dates In May

May 5th Guildhall Square Portsmouth. 11.30 . This event is hosted by our friends at Portsmouth and South Downs PSC. If you are near the Portsmouth area, go along and show solidarity with Palestine.

May 7th Come and Celebrate May Day in Palmerston Park, Southampton. A celebration of left, green and progressive activism. From 12 Noon -4pm PSC will have a stall. Come and say hello. If you can help with the stall on the day please e-mail me.

May 13th Let’s Show Solidarity with Palestine

March of Solidarity with the Gaza March of Return. Meet at the Bargate at 11am. We will march to the Peace Fountain and then finally assemble in cultural square. 42 people have been killed by Israel defence forces since the March of Return began on 30th March and over 5000 have been injured. The March of Return declares the right of all Palestinians to return to the lands that were theirs before the creation of the state of Israel . Israeli independence (14th may) is remembered as Nakba in Palestine, (the Catastrophe.)

May 27th PSC Sponsored Walk.

Meet at Platform 1 Southampton Central Station at 9.45 or at 10 20 at Brockenhurst Station, south side. This is our annual sponsored event. It is a very enjoyable walk though the countryside. This year the route takes us from Brockenhurst to Lymington.Please wear walking boots or other suitable footwear as places of the route are very muddy. We will be back by 5pm.Please find the attached sponsor form if you want to take part. This raises awareness about Palestine as well as being a good opportunity to raise money which will directly help people in Palestine. Funds raised will be split betweem Medical Aid for Palestine and PSC.

Please support these events and tell your friends as well.

Stalls are continuing in town on 5th 12th and 19th May. Come and say hello, and tell HSBC to Stop Arming Israel.

My very best wishes

Cathryn M Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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Forthcoming events from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

A Celebration of May Day – 7th May

Palmerston Park 11am – 4pm. March around 2pm.

Music and food, including the Red Stars Choir. PSC will have a stall at this event. Help would be welcome, get in touch if you can help for an hour or just come along and say Hello.

Tell HSBC to Stop Arming Israel – 20th April

HSBC City Centre 11am

HSBC owns £180m shares in BAE and £69m shares in Raytheon. Both of these companies trade arms to Israel. HSBC claims to be committed to Human Rights, if this is true it should end its business relationship with companies that arm Israel’s military Repression of Palestine. We will be leafleting and demonstrating outside HSBC in Above Bar, in the city centre on 20th April at 11am. This is to coincide with the company AGM in London where a larger demonstration is also being held. Come and wave a flag or hold a placard . We will be giving out action cards which members of the public can fill in and deliver to HSBC. We plan a peaceful presence outside HSBC. We plan to raise awareness and to engage with members of the public. I would be grateful if you would let me know by e-mail if you plan to join us.

Remember Nakba 70 years. – Sunday 13th May

Cultural Square 11am – 1pm

Come and join us for a Nakba Vigil. Palestinian Music . Information about all PSC Campaigns .Please come and join us. Let’s Stand with Palestinians in the injustice they face each day. 70 Years of Occupation and the injustice continues.

Palestine Solidarity Southampton is an organisation campaigning for justice for Palestine. We welcome people of all races and  faiths and people who hold diverse beliefs. We believe in non-violence and value diversity. We recognise the courage of many Jews who stand up for the political rights and freedoms of Palestinians. We are opposed to the repressive actions of the state of Israel in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All
Greetings from Southampton PSC.
Christmas is a time when people think about Palestine, sometimes without realizing it. The story of the birth of Jesus, central to the Christian faith and to the celebration of Christmas traditions, even in a secular context, took place in Palestine. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, now a city besieged by occupation and surrounded by Israels security Wall.As a group we intend to encourage people to make the link and to show concern for the injustice taking place in Palestine today.

Alternative Carols 5.30pm at the Bargate Southampton 18th December. We are joining with the Red Stars Choir to sing some alternative Carols declaring our concern for Palestine. We will also be giving out information. Please join us if you can. Come in good voice, song sheets will be provided.

Three campaign Actions you can take in support of Palestine:

Attached to this email you will find  a letter concerning the possible intention of President Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a gross violation of International law and a flagrant betrayal of the Palestinian people. Please call on the UK Government to condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Please use the attached to send to your MP. Either fill in your address, the name of your MP and your name and then print it out and send it as a letter or copy it in to your email format and send it to your MP as an email. Whichever way you do this Please Please stand up for Palestine this Christmas and send this protest.

Secondly Along with PSC, Amnesty International is running a “Ban Settlement Goods” Campaign. There are 137 recognised settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank, plus a further 100 unrecognised settlement outposts. There are 547000 settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. All of these have the protection of the IDF and are often armed themselves.They have roots in the US or Eastern Europe, not in Palestine, and yet they live on stolen Palestinian land. Much of the agricultural produce sold in the UK as”from Israel” actually comes from illegal settlements. Despite the Governments official position that Settlements are illegal under international law and the UK Government does not support them, officially, nevertheless it has not taken action to ban settlement goods from being imported into this country and indeed goods “from Israel” enjoy special status under the EU and benefit from positive trade agreements with the EU. So please follow this link and join Amnesty International’s campaign to change this.. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/ban-trade-israels-illegal-settlements

Finally Waitrose are going all out to sell Israeli Dates this year. These are very likely to be the produce of illegal settlements. They are branded as Duchy of Cornwall. A brand heralded by the Prince of Wales and meant to live up to organic and ethical standards. So please complain to Waitose, to trading standards and to the Duchy label. Most of important of all do not buy them and tell Waitrose why. Also please spread the word and tell your friends as well. https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/waitrose-duchy-organic-medjool-dates/

Well I guess that is nearly all for now. Stalls have stopped for a short winter break but will resume again towards the end of January, when I will be in touch. Please join us on the 18th if you can. Please also continue to like our facebook page.

May I end by wishing you all, on behalf of Southampton PSC, a joyful and peaceful Christmas where you find some genuine goodwill to the world.
Regards
Cathryn M Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch: London Demonstration 4th November.

Dear All

If you are planning to go to the National Demonstration on November 4th and are joining us from Southampton then we are meeting at Southampton Central at 9.30 am and the group will subsidize the fare. However if you are planning to make your own way to London please note the change of assembly point.

Assemble at 12 noon, Grosvenor Square, W1K 6LF

Also whether you are going to London or not please join the Thunderclap. A thunder clap is  a simultaneous post from a huge number of people on either Twitter or Facebook or both. We plan to raise a tremendous thunderclap on November 2nd, the centenary of Balfour.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63366-make-it-right-for-palestine  #Balfour100

We are demonstrating in London and on Social Media to raise awareness of the issue of Justice for Palestine, to put pressure on our Government to right the wrongs of Balfour a century ago but we also do this for  the Palestinian people and for activists  in Palestine. We do it to show solidarity with them. They will be watching social Media. Use the hashtag #Balfour 100  because it has been used by Zionists to “celebrate” Balfour so we are  hijacking it for Justice for Palestine!

Cathyn M Spiller Secretary Southampton Branch PSC

Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Peter Shambrook Talk and Film. 20th Sept 2017

1917 – 2017

Balfour Declaration”

100 years since Britain ‘gave’

Palestine to Israel

Peter Shambrook, historical consultant to the Balfour Project will deliver a talk, with an 18 minute film, on the Balfour Centenary, followed by questions :

A fateful enterprise: the “Balfour”

letter and its consequences

Wednesday 20th September,

7.00pm

Unite (the Union) Office,

41 Castle Way, Southampton

SO14 2BW

Free Admission Arranged by Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Morning Star Group – Email : pscsoton@gmail.com

 

Banksy, Balfour and Bethlehem 5th September in Southampton.

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Hello everyone

Please help us to make a noise for Palestine.We will be leafleting outside West Quay on Saturday between 10.30 and 1.30. Please join us. We hope to give out some balloons, display some banners and sing some protest songs.If you are planning to come or help, please e-mail me on pscsoton@gmail.com The event is to Mark the commemoration of the “Nakba” and to raise awareness of the involvement of the UK government due to the Balfour Declaration. The UK did not fullfil its’ obligations to the people of Palestine and allowed the widespread accumulation of Palestinian land by the Zionist movement. 100 years on from the Balfour Declaration and 69 years after the Nakba, there is still no justice for Palestine and the state of Israel continues to illegally settle Palestinian land. Please join us for a peaceful event to raise awareness of these issues.

Also if you can help with other stalls at either Sainsburys’ Bitterne or West Quay in May or June please get in touch.

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