Sunday, November 13, 2011

November/December events (New!)
Upcoming Events: Local

The One World Fair is taking place at Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 19 November 10.00 - 4.00 and PSC has a stall booked.
This is always a fantastic event - a good opportunity for us to raise funds and awareness and also to enjoy ourselves browsing the wide range of other stalls at the event, doing Christmas shopping etc.
We will need a team of volunteers to help. Can you volunteer an hour or two on the day? Or can you help with transporting materials to the venue in the morning or collecting at 4.00?
Please let me know what help you can provide and I will then draw up a rota and send it round.
Thanks, Caroline
MF Doom was in Oxford on 10 November, then booked to play in Tel Aviv on 26 November.
O2 Academy Oxford
MF Doom: Please Don't Rap in the Apartheid State
MF Doom Protest Leafleting was really good. Everyone seemed to be v positive to the msg, (maybe) Jane spoke to the man himself for 10 mins) There was enough pressure - especially given he will have seen all the signs in other places - Leeds, etc - that it must have an impact on MF Doom. Let's see.

Well done to those who made it!

The struggle against the colonisation of the Jordan Valley
This meeting will be addressed by Rosa of the Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign who will have recently returned from the area.
7,30pm, Tuesday 13 December
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford
6TH, 2011
 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: it’s 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.

 Sunday November 13th 4-5.30pm, Friends Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford
Palestinian Voices
Helen Griffith spent three months on the West Bank witnessing the daily struggle of Palestinians under occupation by the Israeli army. She went as an “Ecumenical accompanier” and will give her testimony of that experience.
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.
For more information see
Sing for peace and justice for Palestinians
The Sea Green Singers will perform songs of solidarity with Palestinians, celebrating their lives and resistance. The choir is a regular at events supporting peace and justice around Oxfordshire.
For more information see

Sunday November 13th 4-5.30pm, Friends Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford
People, Politics and Palestine
Organised by: ISOC (Oxford University Islamic Society)
When: 15th November (Tuesday)
Time: 18:00 -21:00
Where: Town Hall
This event is mainly for University students but PSC have been sent a letter of invitation: I hope you are well. I am writing to you on behalf of the Oxford University Islamic Society to invite the members of Palestine Solidarity Campaign Oxford to the following event, which will be held at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 15th November

Natasha Lewis from London Palestine Right Group.
will be giving a talk in Oxford University on Tuesday 15th November
 Waiting for solutions in uncertain times: Palestine refugees in the Middle East context
05:00pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Presenter/Convenor: Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General, UNRWA Location: The Examination Schools, University of Oxford, 75-81 High Street
With dancers from Oxford University's Palestinian Society.
Demonstrations and audience participation (optional!)
With Middle-Eastern food and drink (non-alcoholic).

SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER, 7.30 – 10.00 PM.
(behind Budgens and Catholic Church. Park in Southampton Street car park. Keeping Budgens back entrance on your right, follow the side wall to the top and through the pedestrian gap in the wall ahead. Turn immediately right past a couple of houses on your right into Catholic car park, Go  through the gate and you will see the hall.)
Arura is the village in the West Bank, Palestine, with which Faringdon has set up friendship links.
All welcome
For more information contact Karen Vogt tel: 01367-241707
Poetic Injustice – Remi Kanazi UK Tour reaches Oxford on Monday 21st November. Monday, November 21 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford
For Oxford Students' Palestine Society
A poster can be downloaded from the attached file.
 BDS Day of action! Saturday 26th November

There will be a day of action on BDS on Saturday 26th November. Activities will be taking place across the UK. Put the date in your diary. Following on from our success in leafleting delicatessens and restaurants, this time we will be back at the supermarkets.
We shall concentrate on Tesco because they still sell settlement produce. We Shall be leafleting at Magdelene Rd (in town, bottom of St Giles) and at Cowley Rd. contact Tony if you want to travel up in a group:

Alternative Carol singing in Cornmarket Thursday 22 December at 6 p.m. Contact Pam.
Upcoming Events: UK/International
We need your help to tell Parliament to help end the siege on Gaza, to act now on Jerusalem and to stop arming Israel.
As the pressure grows on Israel to end its illegal occupation and more and more of us become aware of the injustices against Palestinians denied their basic rights, so Israel’s government grows more repressive. The international community, with the UK playing a leading role, needs to act now.
Please help campaign for Palestine by lobbying your MP as part of our Annual Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 23rd  November from 2-6pm.
What you can do
1. Make sure that you can travel that day to meet your MP in Parliament
2. write to your MP and let them know you want to meet them on Wednesday 23rd November, and ask them for an appointment. To use our e-tool click here. To find out more about how to lobby your MP read this briefing - BRIEFING BEFORE THE LOBBY.pdf
3. book your travel and accommodation
4. Let us know you have asked your MP for a meeting
5. Contact us to get involved:

Email us at
or call 020 7700 6192
Ahmad picked up a bright metal object in a park in Lebanon where he was celebrating his 5th birthday. It was an unexploded cluster bomblet, which blew up in his face, killing him slowly in front of his family.

Three years ago, public pressure pushed through a ban of these cruel bombs. But now the US is lobbying nations to quietly sign a new law that allows their use -- signing the death warrant for thousands of other children. Most countries are still on the fence on how to vote. Only if we raise the alarm across the world can we shame our governments to block this deadly decision.

Positions are being drawn up now. We only have four days until countries meet to send our leaders a clear message: stand up for the cluster bombs ban and keep our children safe. Click below to sign the petition, and forward this email to everyone you know -- our petition will be delivered directly to delegates at the Geneva conference:

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The Mosaic Rooms brings some of the most exciting, progressive and
innovative creative voices in the Arab World to London.
En route from the Galilee to Lebanon
Photographer not identified. IDF and Defence Archive, October 28, 1948
A Photographic Record of Destruction & State Formation 1947-50
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The Mosaic Rooms
A.M. Qattan Foundation
Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
From Viva Palestina We are announcing a significant change in the form that the convoy will take this time. Rather than travelling from London through Europe as before, we intend to purchase all aid and vehicles in Egypt itself, with the convoyers travelling to Egypt either by boat from another Middle Eastern country or flying directly into Cairo itself.
We are currently in discussions with the Egyptian authorities and our friends in both Egypt and Gaza on the exact timing of our arrival in Egypt and Gaza but we are confident this will be over the Xmas period. We will confirm arrangements the next couple of weeks.

You can now register to join the VP6 convoy by going to the Viva Palestina website -
Remember, a key part of your ability to join the convoy will be the funds you raise in your community to buy aid for Gaza.

If you cannot join us on the convoy, we still urgently need whatever donations you can give us.  This link will allow you to donate money for the VP6 convoy:

Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners "Widespread And Institutionalised"
Israel has failed to lift restrictions on detainees
Mordechai Vanunu deserves freedom from Israel
Israel has until Sunday to respond on the nuclear whistleblower's bid to leave the country. It's time to stop punishing him......
TWO leading Irish human rights activists were prevented for a second time today from flying home from Israel, in the latest strange twist to the protracted homecoming saga of Ireland’s #FreedomWaves campaigners.
They were among the 14 Irish passengers of the MV Saoirse, hijacked in international waters last Friday on a humanitarian mission to Gaza.
Anat Kamm is an Israeli journalist who was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for leaking thousands of classified military documents to Israeli Haaretz journalist Uri Blau. Information from the documents suggests that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had defied a court ruling against assassinating wanted militants in the West Bank who could have potentially been arrested safely.
Rabin's murderers are still free and happy
Welcome to, the website of the civic registration drive for elections to the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the supreme legislative body of the PLO. Only 40 percent of the Palestinian people who are eligible to vote are currently registered. This website provides information and tools for the remaining 60 percent of Palestinians, in order that they can register themselves for elections in all locations where Palestinians currently remain unregistered.
UNESCO gives Palestinians full membership see report from MAP ">href=" ">
Other Items:
PSC Merchandise – Ideal Christmas Presents
Think Christmas…. …..Think Palestine!
Gifts for all the family from PSC – CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, scarves, stocking-fillers, Keffiyehs made in Hebron
Browse online at the PSC shop:
The PSC AGM will be on 21st January
Motions and amendments
Motions to the AGM, and nominations to the executive must be received in the PSC office by 25 November 2011. Please keep any motions to no more than 300 words. These will be sent to members by 10 December.
Amendments to motions must be received in the PSC office by 13 January 2012. Please keep any amendments to no more than 100 words.
 Stop the JNF
At this time, when the power of lobbys (from arms contractors, governments, ideologists) has surfaced for once it is timely to look at this site As our speaker from the Bedouin told us last Tuesday, the JNF acts as an arm of the apartheid state – see The Role of the Jewish National Fund in Impeding Land Rights for the Indigenous Bedouin Population in the Naqab
Here is information on EDM 1677 on the Jewish national fund, which you can draw to the attention of your Member of Parliament.
Copies of the new DCI report are available from the PSC office: Voices from East Jerusalem, The Situation facing Palestinian Children (2011)
Please order copies by emailing or call 02077006192. We are asking for a contribution of £3 to cover postage and packaging.
The report includes a 7 minute DVD on the Situation facing Palestinian Children in East Jerusalem.
More info:
New DCI report: Voices from East Jerusalem, The Situation facing Palestinian Children (2011)
PSC members have been working on how to present the Palestinian case at the 2012 Olympics in a positive way. Any ideas of how we should do this are welcome. Email me.