Tuesday, March 23, 2010

minutes of branch meeting

Oxford PSC – notes from meeting 9 March 2010

Present: Dave, David, Pam, Tony, Caroline, Stephen, Jenny

1. Previous minutes given orally. Matters arising:
i. Advert re boycott sent in to Trades Council bulletin by Caroline and Tony.
ii. Students to be informed about our boycott actions but not here end of March. Try next term (starts mid-April). They will try one college first re not buying Israeli goods for kitchen.
iii. Cairo Declaration – Dave has signed on our behalf.

2. Reports:
i. Israeli Apartheid Week – we covered each event except Thursday – excellent esp. Ilan Pappé on Tuesday, Karma Nabulsi on Friday, and S. African speaker on Saturday. V. little opposition now (cf US).
ii. Film ‘With God on our Side’ – Pam reported – by American who was pro-Israeli then changed, showing Bible Belt (where he grew up) Christian Zionist rallies, quite shocking, all about ‘Covenant’ – recent invention (last 70 years).
iii. Pam met couple at the FMH showing of ‘To Shoot an Elephant’. She is the Chair of the UK Friends of Sabeel group, he was the head of World Vision in Palestine. Stephen Sizer who was showing the film in his church in Virginia Water (Surrey) wrote ‘Zion's Christian Soldiers?’ Contacts to be followed up?
iv. Tony on Monday 8 March meeting in London (SOAS) with Palestinian women – one from Shufat camp in E. Jerusalem which is worse than W. Bank, with 40 – 50,000 people in limited space.

3. BOYCOTT DAY OF ACTION TUESDAY 30 MARCH plans discussed. Decided:
i. Picket of Tesco Cowley Road 5-7pm on Tuesday 30 March
ii. Make our own leaflet as before and/or use general BIG leaflet (but not new cards which are mainly for trade unions)
iii. Let students know and aim to do more actions together with them next term.
iv. Let national PSC know.

4. National Branch Forum Saturday 13 March: Dave attending, prepared on all topics:
- students
- boycott actions
- trade unions
- getting people to join
Discussion re centre not able to let us know who our local members are, because of Data Protection. Caroline reported they will send out our AGM notice to local members without email. Pam proposed they have slot on national M’ship form ‘Understand my details will only be shared with my local PSC branch’.

5. Trade Unions: Get involved through advert (above) and cards.
>> Possible joint meeting?


Sunday, March 07, 2010

We should start planning for this now – at the minimum a picket of Waitrose and Tescos. The BDS National Committee (BNC) is calling on you to unite in your different capacities and struggles for a Global BDS Day of Action on 30 March 2010 in solidarity with the Palestinian people and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. see http://stopthewall.org/latestnews/2175.shtml

Nobel Peace Prize for Dr Barghouthi Ask your MP to sign the EDM 849 welcoming and supporting Mustafa Barghouthi nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in organising non-violent resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Click here for Amnesty’s briefing and email your MP to ask them to sign Early Day Motion 502 on universal jurisdiction – check here to see if they have already signed – and if they have, please email to thank them. Read update : 5 MARCH 2010 No change in Universal Jurisdiction before election - Amnesty continues to oppose any changes to our war crimes legislation. Amnesty International thanks the thousands of AIUK supporters, NGOs, MPs and lawyers who have taken action to stop the UK Government weakening our war crimes legislation. Amnesty is deeply concerned that changes to the law would undermine the capacity of victims of serious international crimes to hold accountable alleged perpetrators who come within the UKs jurisdiction.

Debate on war crimes in Parliament
Read the full debate on war crimes and universal jurisdiction that took place in Parliament. If you haven't written to the Prime Minister asking the government not to change the law and give impunity for Israeli war criminals in Britain - its still not too late. Click here to use our lobby tool to email Gordon Brown.

BRICUP has sent an open letter to Elton John asking him to cancel his planned concert in Israel in June. Write to him. HERE

Swee Ang has sent us this to sign : * We endorse the Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon Petition to The Cabinet and Parliament of Lebanon. Read the Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

PSC Weekly Update 4 March 2010 http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index7b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=4&l2_id=24&Content_ID=1182 Findings of the Russell tribunal are here http://www.scribd.com/doc/27775868/Russell-Tribunal-on-Palestine-findings

Upcoming Events: Local

Monday at 8pm at Wadham Old Refectory.Oxford University Palestine Society : Time to globalise the intifada?" - stories of resistance from Bil'in to the Gaza Strip, with Jody McIntyre

Tuesday 9th March PSC branch meeting.7.30. Oxford Town Hall. All Welcome.