Friday, June 14, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Some events in June/July

Bulletin no.302, 9th June 2013



Upcoming Events: Local



Oxford PSC Public Meeting

Tuesday11 June:Oxford Town Hall, Assembly Room, 7.30-9.30



Bristol are organising an interesting event which we could later bring to Oxford:

 Bristol are asking for any ideas, items to include, want it to make more inclusive and interpreters, they've established a skype link with Gaza, people will speak directly on the day, but they need interpreters to translate between English and Arabic, please call them directly Rite 07807 030422, Eddy 07939 053174

Betty and everyone else, can you please circulate this to your contacts

Opening Nakba Museum + Palestinian Embassy and Palestinian Culture Day 15th June 2013  Arc 27 Broad Street BS1 2HG
The Palestinian Ambassador Prof Manuel Hassassian will be there to open the ceremony
Bristol Mayer been invited together with the local councellers and MPs.

Here the List of topics during the day

Film Viewing, Workshops, Talks, The Nakba History, Palestine History, Palestine under Ottomans Rules History, Music, Dance

Food, Fashion and Traditions, Maps and Geography ( ei.Number of people living in West Bank and Gaza plus the geographic change from to ), Culture, Activism, Resistance
Agriculture- Harvesting Olives- Tomato Plants from Palestine, Tapestry and embroidering, Art and Craft, Education, Poetry, Famous Palestinian People, Circus To Palestine

in addition, The political Hunger Strikers, Children Imprisonment, List of UN Resolution against Israel, The settlers harassment

Please dont loose the opportunity to come and learn more about the Palestinian Culture and Struggle.




Every Saturday 11.30-1.30pm: OXFORD PSC STALL in Cornmarket by St Michael at Northgate church. 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.


Friends of Sabeel UK Conference and AGM 2013

'Shared Land'
Saturday 15th June 2013, Oxford

Munther Isaac,
Yuval Evri, Jerusalem

Keep the date free – further details to follow.




When: Tuesday 18 Jun 2013 19:00 - 20:30

One day only – admission free.



Tel:020 7226 4114      


This event is being organized by the UK Charity,




Come along and hear from an expert panel and participate in a discussion on Palestine, the occupation and Palestinian refugees.


On the Panel are:


Tim Llewellyn former BBC Middle East correspondent.


Peter Kosminsky director of “The Promise”.


Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford.


Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall and lectures at the University of Oxford. Dr Nabulsi was a PLO representative between 1978-1990 in Beirut, Tunis and London.


Chaired by Aimee Shalan, director of advocacy and communications for MAP.


Tuesday 18th June  7-00 pm to 8.30pm As part of this event we want to know what questions you would put to the panel. To pitch your question email us at


MAP was founded by Dr Swee Chai Ang after her experience of being in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps during the massacre in 1982. With offices located in Beirut, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza City, MAP responds rapidly in times of crisis, and works directly with communities on longer term health development.



Dear all

Below is information from MAP about help needed in June with their campaign in Oxford and publicising their "Question Time" event.

Get in touch with  me and I will forward your email to Flor if you can help


We have now finalised the various dates for the activity we will be doing in Oxford, and when we will need the help of volunteers. We will be doing three main activities, which are street action / stalls, flyering and hosting a panel event at Oxford town hall.

For the street action days we will be talking to people about the campaign we have launched in Oxford and answering any questions they may have. We will be in the centre of Oxford for this.We will be flyering to promote the panel event we will be hosting. This will happen at Oxford Station.

For the Panel event we will need help from volunteers with stewarding, getting people to sign in and to help us in general with running the event on the day. This will be at Oxford Town Hall. Just to let  you know that at the moment we have Tim Llewellyn,  Peter Kosminsky, Avi Shlaim and Karma Nabulsi speaking at this event.

Event type
Sunday 16th June
Street Action
11am - 1pm
Sunday 16th June
Street Action
12.45pm - 3pm
Sunday 16th June
Street Action
2.45pm - 5pm
Tuesday 18th June
4 .30 -6.30pm
Tuesday 18th June
Panel event
6.00 -9.00pm
Sunday 23rd June
Street Action
11am - 1pm
Sunday 23rd June
Street Action
12.45pm - 3pm
Sunday 23rd June
Street Action
2.45pm - 5pm



From Brighton: Brighton PSC, every Saturday 1pm – 3 pm, is picketing the Ecostream shop here in Brighton – opened by the Israeli firm Sodatream as a spearhead for its UK campaign to sell its fizzy drink machines, syrups etc., much of which is made in Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, in the West Bank north of Jerusalem.  See our latest leaflet, attached.


We face a tenacious Zionist opposition, determined to try and distract the public with their lies and abuse. We are working to strengthen and clarify our message and find interesting extra ways of doing this – as with the Ahava demos in Covent Garden in the past.


We need help!  A couple of weeks ago 6 members of Lambeth and Wandsworth PSC came with their banners to support us and it was a real boost. If different branches (particularly in the South West of England, but not exclusively!) in turn could do the same for (preferably) the 4th Saturday of every month, it would be really great, and a planned rota for a few months ahead would be even greater!


Brighton is 1 hr from Victoria by train, 80 mins from St Pancras and 50 mins from London Bridge. Ecostream is 15 mins walk from Brighton station or 5 mins by bus. Or by car, several activists could travel together…

PLEASE CONTACT  Zoe Mars from Brighton PSC for info and with offers of help, suggested dates and any extra ideas for making the demos more visually interesting.  We will give you a warm welcome!


"We have a stall at Faringdon Peace Fete at Coleshill near Faringdon on 6 July , 2pm - 5pm. This is always a very enjoyable afternoon in beautiful surroundings and a good opportunity to give people info about Palestine and to raise some funds. We will have a supply of materials at the stall. If you are able to help please let us know".









Upcoming Events: UK/International



 PSC along with many other groups and the Palestinian Mission UK Ambassador, Professor Manuel Hassassian, joined the truly global march to Jerusalem.


Other Items:

G4S Annual General Meeting dominated by controversy
over Israeli prison contracts


G4S’ involvement in the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli jails dominated the company’s Annual General Meeting today, overshadowing all other business, including last year’s Olympic security fiasco.
The AGM was also interrupted by protestors shouting ‘Who killed Jimmy Mubenga?’, in reference to the Angolan asylum seeker who died in England while being escorted onto a plane by G4S security guards in 2011. The protestors, who unfurled a banner saying ‘Stop G4S’, were escorted from the meeting.
Throughout the two hour AGM, Palestinian solidarity campaigners demanded to know when G4S would be ending its contracts with Israeli prisons, where Palestinian children, women and men are held, often without trial, and routinely tortured.
Of the 16 questions asked by shareholders, seven were about G4S’ Israeli prison contracts. Campaigners holding shares were dotted amongst the total of 60 shareholders.
Activists from Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) made it clear to new CEO, Ashley Almanza, and the G4S board that the torture of children is ‘absolutely prohibited’ under international law and yet is documented as taking place at Al Jalame prison in Israel.*
Mr Almanza told the activists: ‘It’s a matter that’s close to our hearts and it’s a matter that we will keep under review.’
Campaigners insisted on being given a timeframe for when the review would take place and when G4S would disassociate itself from its Israeli prison contracts.
In reply, G4S chair John Connolly said: ‘We’re not blind to the observations and questions that have been raised a number of times today. We have no business to be associated with inappropriate breaches of the type that have been referred to today.’
However, both Mr Connolly and Mr Almanza insisted that no breaches of ‘international humanitarian law’ were being committed against Palestinian prisoners held in Israel’s jails.
Hugh Lanning, chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who attended the meeting, said afterwards: ‘G4S has learned from today’s AGM that there’s a price to be paid for profiting from Israel’s crimes. PSC’s campaign against G4S will continue until it stops making money from human rights violations, illegal detention and torture against Palestinians and withdraws from doing business with Israel’s prison service. G4S is a key target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, which targets companies profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land.’
Campaigners were also outside the AGM all afternoon, demonstrating with placards, with some dressed as hooded prisoners.




1. G4S is the world’s largest security company and has operations in around 125 countries
2. G4S equips and provides services to Israeli prisons where Palestinian children, women and men are held, often without trial, and routinely abused and tortured.
*Defence for Children International (Palestine section) has documented cases of torture against Palestinian children in Al Jalame prison, Israel:
Interview with Palestinian footballer & hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak

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