Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign May/June events

Being constructive in the West Bank - a talk - St Frideswide's Church, Botley Road, Oxford. 10.30am Sunday 5th June.
Hello friends and neighbours!
In April I went to re-build a house in the West Bank in a village outside Bethlehem. Some of you have already heard a little (or somewhat more than that!) about what we were up to and why we were doing it. Others of you won't have heard anything. It was incredibly moving & rewarding to see a house rise up from the rubble. It was also challenging to witness life behind the separation wall and how the lives of Palestinian families are being disrupted by house demolitions, restriction of movement and settlement building. However, I was also inspired daily by gracious & hope-filled men and women who, in spite of very painful and difficult circumstances, are not victims to their current circumstances but vibrant champions of life within the West Bank.
I could write a lot more! But I won't. This doesn't mean I don't want to tell you more though. I'm going to be speaking at church in June during the morning service. So if you'd like to hear more about why we went and what we encountered, please come along. It is a family service so children of all ages will be most welcome.
St Frideswide's Church, Botley Road, Oxford. 10.30am Sunday 5th June.
Other opportunities:
Also I'm trying to see if there are opportunities for me to speak in other venues in Oxford and elsewhere. Maybe you have an idea of a good place for me to speak? Or in a more informal way, even get a few friends together and we could chat over dinner or a coffee.
If talking doesn't appeal then you can get a flavour of the building project from reflections written on the Amos Trust website (the organisation we went with):

Hope to see you soon,

Oxford PSC Branch Meeting : Tuesday 14th June : 7.30 Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates. As well as future planning we will be discussing latest developments in Palestine, in the light of the “Arab Spring”. Our good friend Abdel Takriti, of Oxford University Arab Cultural Society, founder of Israel Apartheid week both in Canada and Oxford, co-worker with Karma on enhancing Palestinian democracy, and recently returned from Egypt, will lead the discussion.

Saturday street stall: The OPSC Saturday street stall on Cornmarket street is one of the main ways we use for raising the issue of Palestine with the public at large. It is an important activity for offering information leaflets to the public, inviting them to join PSC or leave their email for Oxford PSC updates. Generally we are there 11:30 to 13:30. Always a minimum of two people on shift. Please consider volunteering for a shift: its an opportunity to meet other PSC members, those wanting information and occasionally those wishing to challenge our views, even volunteering for one shift a year would help. Please email ali at if you're able to help.

PS ... If you can only do an hour or so, then that’s good too, email us for information and turn up on the day. Thank you to all who volunteered for vacant slots

Any help is much appreciated.



Planned boycott action on June 11th, with Reading PSC at Magnolia and Tesco.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The next OXFORD WOMEN IN BLACK SILENT VIGIL will take place this coming
Saturday, 21 May, from 11.15am for 11.30am-12.30pm, in Bonn Square, Oxford
City Centre

In the week of the 63rd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, we will focus on PALESTINIAN REFUGEES,
supporting the just demands of Palestinian refugees under international law,and their Right of Return
Please wear Black and stand silently.
(Men are welcome to attend to hand out leaflets and talk to the public).


Please publicise this fundraising event as widely as possible. Money raised will be used to bring children from Palestine to Oxford this July. Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association are bringing children from Al Amari Camp in Ramallah, and the Pegasus theatre is bringing children from Gaza. As well as being for a very worthwhile cause, the evening will also be an excellent event. Please also print and display the poster.

- From Palestine to Oxford

Sunday May 29, North Wall, Summertown
7 – 9 pm (bar opens 6.30)

an evening to celebrate Oxford’s links, to raise money to bring young people from Gaza and Ramallah to Oxford in July

· An A-V presentation on Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association’s links
· One Family in Gaza
A film by Jen Marlow
· The Gaza Mono-Logues
filmed & edited by Anne-Marie Sweeney
Gazan children’s voices in war: their hopes, fears and dreams
performed by the Pegasus Youth Theatre Companies

Tickets £10 from The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7NN
01865 319452

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign A.G.M.


I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Oxford PSC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 May 2011 at the Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford. All supporters are welcome to attend but only PSC members may submit motions, vote on resolutions or stand for office. Membership forms will be available at the meeting for those who are not already members but who wish to join and fully participate in the meeting.

Our guest speaker will be Tony Richardson who will have just returned from a visit to Palestine.

If you would like to submit a motion to the meeting please email it to us at by Tuesday 26 April. Motions will be circulated to members in advance of the meeting or posted on our website.

The following officers will be elected at the AGM for the coming year:

wChair wSecretary/branch organiser
wTreasurer wMembership secretary
wStudent liaison officer wTrade union liaison officer
wCommunications/Website coordinator wStall coordinator

The meeting will also elect committee members to work with the officers on campaigns and activities.

Please think about standing for one of these positions or as a committee member. All officer posts can be job shared. If you would like more information about what is involved please contact me. Also if there are other ways you would particularly like to be involved e.g. helping with publicity or press liaison.

We look forward to seeing you on 10 May.

Best wishes,

Caroline Raine

Caroline Raine
For Oxford PSC