Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

Southampton PSC campaigned outside HSBC eight times over the summer, asking HSBC to Stop arming Israel. This is also the message PSC wants to bring to the UK Government. National PSC lobbies parliament each year and this year the focus is on the Stop Arming Israel Campaign and the treatment by Israel of child prisoners. I will be attending the lobby, please get in touch if you can join me.

The lobby takes place on 28th November from 12pm to 6pm, followed by an evening rally. If you can attend please ask your MP to meet with you on the day. National PSC will provide briefings for participants. If you cannot attend, you can still support the lobby by writing to your MP and asking him/her to meet with representatives of PSC. Please follow the links below and if you can attend please register. Also please email pscsoton@gmail.com  to let me know as we could travel together.

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/lobby-day-of-parliament-28-11-2018/

https://palestinecampaign.eaction.online/lobby/parliament2018notattending

Please can I also remind you to join National PSC if you are not already a member, this is one of the best actions you can take to support justice for Palestine, help the national organisation campaign and build cross party support in parliament.

There is also a further action you can take to support the BDS movement. Boycott Puma. The sports company sponsors Israeli football teams based in occupied Palestine. To find out more about this campaign please visit our Facebook page and place a picture of yourself on social media in solidarity with Palestinian activists. www.facebook.com/southampton

Stalls in the city are taking a break until the new year but we will be in the city nearer Christmas singing some “Alternative Carols” telling the real story of the injustices in Palestine. I will be in touch when we have confirmed  date for that.

In the meantime we continue to follow the events in Gaza with interest. 205 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the 30th March and 20,000 injured. Nine Palestinians were injured in recent air strikes on Gaza following rocket attacks on Israel by Islamic Jihad, although there were no Israeli casualties.

In occupied Palestine, at least 29 structures were demolished by Israeli forces  in the month of September, displacing 51 people- including 23 children- and affecting a further 79 people, including 54 children. The village of Al Arakib in the Naqab desert was demolished for the 133rd time!

In solidarity

Regards Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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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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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.

www.facebook.com/freedomflotillacoalition

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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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

You may remember back in early June a few of us traveled to Brighton to welcome the Ship Hurriya, Arabic for Freedom, which was part of the Freedom Flotilla which is now imminently due to arrive in Gaza. Two boats The Hurriya and the Awda, Arabic for return, are right now approximately 50 miles off the Gaza coast. When they arrive they are going to face fierce resistance from the Israeli Navy as they try to break the blockade.

Please take action in order to support them. Please send an email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk  or to the UK embassy in Tel Aviv webmaster.telaviv@fco.gov.uk. Ask the Foreign Secretary, Mr Hunt, and the UK ambassador to Israel to demand that the Government of Israel allows these ships safe passage and permission to dock safely and deliver their supplies. Please also ask that the siege of Gaza comes to an end .

Please also write to your MP and ask him/her to raise this matter with Mr Hunt and to ask him and the prime minister to raise the matter with the Israeli Government in the strongest possible terms asking them to bring an end to the siege of Gaza

We will keep you posted about what happens to the Flotilla, they are likely to be arrested and their boats impounded. Follow them on: jfp.freedomflotilla.org/

There is a further important matter of news. PSC really need your support as they urgently need to raise £100,000. They have already raised £29,000 of this target but the need is great so please help.
Last year PSC won an important court action in the High Court, defending the right for local councils to ethically disinvest their pension schemes from companies complicit in Israel’s crimes against Palestine.

The government appealed against this decision, and – unless PSC are able to raise the money to take this case to the Supreme Court, is set to re-introduce regulation that will prevent local councils from implementing their own judgement and moral autonomy.

Please make a donation to support this appeal. Please give what you can. Here are the bank details:

Unity Trust Bank
Name: Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Acct number: 20333702
Sort code: 086001

I am very pleased to report that £1409 was raised this year by our sponsored walk. Thank you to everyone who took part. This money will be split between Medical Aid for Palestinians and the National PSC Appeal

Please send an email to pscsoton@gmail.com if you want details of Southampton PSC Branch meetings we would love to see you.

Thank you for your support
Regards
Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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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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