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!
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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.