Saturday, January 17, 2009

Your next chance to do something !

Upcoming Events :
Action Points Take action for Palestine. You don't have to go there to help. Asponsored walk in Devon 4-5 July to fundraise for PSC, and anEducation day in Birmingham 11 July, are two brilliant opportunies,for both new and old Oxford PSC supporters. You can follow the linksbelow to sign up.It would be helpful if you'd also let Oxford PSC know if you're going,through branch secretary: - thanks.3-5 July – PSC Sponsored Walk in DartmoorYour chance to meet other activists, get fit and raise money for the PSC!For more details:
If we are to continue to have influence beyond our numbers we need cash as well as dedication!11 July – National Education Conference, BirminghamA unique opportunity for debate, discussion and action with afantastic range of speakersFor the latest details: To book your ticket:
This conference is particularly for new members – if you’re a veteran then go and take a new member with you.I shall be going and would like some company – email me on .

Lets keep up the pressure on Supermarkets : especially on Waitrose and on all those selling illegal settler goods (especially herbs) labelled as West Bank. Get more stickers at Print on Ryman Universal labels.

Recent Events:
Oxford Stop the War Coalition has organised a hustings for candidates for the European elections which is taking place at Oxford Town Hall at 7.30 on Thursday 28 May. Everyone is welcome to come along.
It will be a good opportunity to challenge candidates on their views on Palestine. I have attached a questionnaire produced by Liverpool Friends of Palestine from which you could select questions for the candidates.
You could also adapt the questionnaire to send to candidates in advance of the June elections so that they have to think about the issues and appreciate their relevance.

OXFORD PSC AGM Tuesday 12 May 7.30pm Oxford Town HallSpeaker: Jonathan Rosenhead who went on the 'Free Gaza' boat to Gazashortly before the Israeli bombing campaign.Followed by the Annual General Meeting, including review of past yearand future plans, and election of branch officers. Please come anddiscuss actions. All welcome, but only members may vote. Pleaseconsider taking on a role however small - we are only as strong as our organising capacity.

If you are already a PSC member and would like to submit a motion to the meeting please send it to by Tuesday 28 April. Motions will be circulated to members in advance of the meeting.

Nakba Commemorated in Oxford
We commemorated the Nakba. In Oxford on Thusday we placed candles on a map of Palestine for all the villages destroyed in 1948. On Friday we listened to inspiring speeches in Wadham college including a report by Dr Ang Swee, just back from Gaza, which moved some of us to tears. (Not allowed to import concrete they are now learning to build houses of mud). On Saturday some of us attended the annual Nakba commemoration in London : in Palestine : -Israeli police detained three Jerusalemites in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as they participated in a commemoration ceremony marking the 61st anniversary of the Nakba. More than 300 female university students arrived in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to jointly commemorate the Nakba, when 61 years ago hundreds of thousands of their parents' and grandparents' generation were driven out of their homes and villages to make way for the State of Israel. As the women began to gather in the compound Israeli forces forcibly evicted them … and Israeli police forces carried out sweeping arrests of Palestinian university students participating in Nakba commemoration activities in East Jerusalem on Saturday… , While Lieberman's party wants to ban Nakba commemorationsOn May 14, the annual day for commemorating the Nakba, the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians with the establishment of the state of Israel, Ha'aretz announced the proposal of a new law in Israel banning all commemorations of the Nakba. The law was proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu, the political party of Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. The proposed legislation threatens three years imprisonment for anyone who commemorates the Nakba …
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Thursday 14 May: Vigil to commemorate Nakba.
Friday 15th May. 6.30 Ghada Karmi speaking at events organised by students.
16 MAY: END SIEGE OF GAZA DEMONSTRATION – meet at Gloucester Green to travel down together.

of the Naqba, the catastrophe in 1948 when Israel was founded
and Palestinians were driven from their land. After the
Israeli onslaught in January, which killed 1400 Palestinians
and destroyed 5000 homes, Gaza must not forgotten.
Saturday street stall: Volunteers needed 11.30 – 1.30, and they should contact Seyda at the stall. This is one of the main ways we raise the issue of Palestine with the public at large. It takes a couple of hours (plus a bit each side to collect and return the materials). Two people at all times means you always have backup. If each supporter did one Saturday a month we would be covered.

Some past events

National Boycott Day
Success in Oxford!
Watch it below:


A thousand march in Oxford for Gaza

On Saturday (17 Jan, 09) an estimated 1000 protesters marched through the streets of Oxford to protest against Israeli injustices in Palestine and Gaza in particular. The march organised by PSC Oxford began in Broad Street and culminated in Oxford's new Bonn Square with a series of inspiring speeches from activists, academics, union representatives, politicians, communities leaders and students.

The highlight of the rally was a soul searching speech and heart rendering plea from the erudite Oxford historian Avi Shaim who called people's attention to the systemic lying and disinformation that characterises most claims made by the Israelis about the Palestinians. He said that it is a lie to say that the Palestinians broke the ceasefire and that the Israelis are lying when they try to claim that their goal is to protect their citizens. He pleaded with the crowd to continue in their struggle for justice and to spread the word.

Friday, January 16, 2009

About us

Oxford PSC is the local branch of the national, Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from many communities across Britain - and increasingly throughout the world. We aim to build an effective mass campaign, organising protests, political lobbying and raising public awareness.

The Oxford PSC branch holds a monthly meeting at the Oxford Town Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. In addition, we have educational meetings on the 4th Tuesday, also 7.30pm, also in the Town Hall. We hold a weekly information stall, 11:30am to 1:30pm, on Saturdays, in Cornmarket (central Oxford), and have stalls at local events such as the One World Fair and Florence Park Festival.

New members are always welcome to join, just turn up at a meeting, or email us for further information on oxfordpsc [at]

Reviews (books & films)

Profiting from the Occupation - Corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people
War On Want have produced an excellent report which examines corporate involvement in the military occupation of Palestine. It focuses in particular on the three sectors of construction, retail and transport, including well-known names as Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury, Argos and Selfridges. As well as providing information on the activities of these companies, the report calls on all readers to take action to bring them to account. The full report can be accessed at:

Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003 - Eric Hazan interviews Tanya Reinhart about her new book. Synopsis: Based on analysis of information in the mainstream Israeli media, the book argues that the current road map has brought no real progress and that, under cover of diplomatic successes, Israel is using the road map to strengthen its grip on the remaining occupied territories. Exploring the Gaza pullout of 2005, the West Bank wall and the collapse of Israeli democracy, Reinhart examines the gap between myth - the Israeli leadership's public affairs achievement that has led the West to believe that a road map is in fact being implemented - and bitter reality. Not only has nothing fundamentally changed, she argues, but the Palestinians continue to lose more of their land and are pushed into smaller and smaller enclaves, surrounded by the new wall constructed by Sharon. Read Eric’s interview with Tanya at: at: ISBN: 1844670767, Publisher: Verso

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman G. Finkelstein. Book review by Mike Marquesse.
When celebrity trial lawyer and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz published ‘The Case for Israel’ in 2003, it was acclaimed by leading US opinion-makers, including The New York Times and Boston Globe, and quickly became a best seller. Yet the book is, as Norman Finkelstein comprehensively demonstrates, “among the most spectacular frauds ever published on the Israel-Palestine conflict”, a remarkably shabby piece of work whose major contentions are clearly contradicted by the documentary record. Full review at:

Private (film review)
Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories makes headlines almost every day - but its occupation of individual homes is less well known. That may change with the release of a new film, Private, which dramatises just such an event, starring the Palestinian actor-director Mohammad Bakri. To read a review of the film, go to:

Shopping for Palestine

a practical way you can help the Palestinians

Alternative Beer Company: The Alternative Beer Company is an ethical business. 15% of our company's profits go to charity. 10% to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and 5% to an Israeli charity, Yesh Gvul in support of Israeli Refuseniks. They sell the Palestinian beer, Taybeh (see To contact the Alternative Beer co, tel: Tel: 01473 281 288, email: or see their website:

Fairtrade @ St Michael’s: Stocking a wide range of fairly traded foods and crafts from around the world, including Zaytoun/Sindyanna olive oil, and Palestinian olive oil soap, in the 'shop-in-the-basement' of St Michael at the Northgate on Cornmarket Street, Central Oxford. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm. Tel: 01865722505 or see the website:

Freedom Clothing Project: Need t-shirts for your campaign group? The Freedom Clothing Project, a not-for-profit co-operative working with suppliers in Beit Jala in the occupied West Bank, are now selling t-shirts with a 'Made in the West Bank and Gaza' label. Find out more at

Hadeel: is a fair trade shop that sells crafts from community based groups in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon. Telephone: 0131 225 1922, email: or post: Hadeel, St George's West Church Centre, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RT, your order to Hadeel. See:

Holyland Handicrafts: The Holy Land Handcraft Cooperative Society was established in 1981 as a means of countering the deterioration of the local handicrafts bought about by occupation. They sell a variety of products including ceramics and olive woodcrafts. See

Olive Cooperative: Olive Co-operative sells a range of fairly traded products sourced from Palestinian and Israeli organisations working for a just peace and sustainable future for all. You can also buy a gift of sponsoring Olive trees in the ‘Trees For Life’ scheme. This is run by the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), in partnership with Zaytoun and Olive Co-operative. To view products and purchse go to:

Open Bethlehem: Supporting the Open Bethlehem initiative can be as easy as buying local craftwork and produce. From a bottle of olive oil or honey to glassware and ceramics, Bethlehem can supply a range of traditional handmade goods and delicious food– the perfect gifts. See:

Palestinian Pottery: Exclusive hand painted ceramic tiles, decorative tiles, tile murals, art and hand made pottery by the Balian family-since 1922. To contact email: or see the website

Refugee Youth Project (RYP) – Christmas 2007 Catalogue: RYP is a voluntary organisation that works with local partners to provide activities for Palestinian children and young people in Al-Bass camp in Tyre, Lebanon. We raised a fantastic £600 from the gift catalogue; we hope to double that amount this year. This year's catalogue includes photos from the 2007 summer project which was a great success- over 97 children took part (RYP’s biggest project yet) with around 30 disabled children and their siblings as well. The RYP Alternative Gift Catalogue is a way for you to give people a great present and support the charity too! They have a whole range of gifts to suit all budgets. The catalogue is attached with this week’s bulletin, and you can visit their website at:

Sindyanna of Galilee: A fair-trade organization, producing and marketing olive oil products. Established in 1996 at the Galilean village of Majd al-Krum, Sindyanna works among the Arab population in the region. They stress land preservation, environmental quality, and avoidance of chemicals, whether as fertilizers or pesticides. To contact, email: or see

Zaytoun: Zaytoun is a purpose-beyond-profit company, importing and distributing fairly traded, pesticide-free extra virgin olive oil from Palestine. This oil is of high quality, harvested by hand from healthy, fresh olives, and trade with Zaytoun benefits the producing communities through fair wages, training opportunities and new market opportunities. Contact 0781 4477 188, email: or see

And remember, you can always contact Oxford PSC
to obtain Palestinian olive oil and soap.