Sunday, November 17, 2013

Palestinian Child Prisoners
§  Palestinian Child Prisoners: How the Israeli Military Criminalises a Generation. Monday, November 18 at 7:30pm  Monday, November 18, 2013
A4PC UK Speaking Tour in conjunction with DCI Palestine hosted by Oxford PSC in Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College
Every year around 700 Palestinian children between 12 and 17 are abducted and jailed by the Israeli military according to UNICEF. They are usually accused of throwing stones at vehicles of the forces of occupation – a crime punishable under Israeli military law by up to 20 years in prison.

Arrests take place during violent night raids when the child is
forcibly removed from the family home, shackled, hooded and taken to a detention centre. Usually they are strip-searched and appear in military court in leg shackles. Bail is virtually never granted, children may be held on remand for months, and in solitary confinement for weeks. No lawyers or family members are present at interrogations, which often include threats of death, sexual threats and physical violence.  When children eventually appear before the military court practically all have signed confessions – in Hebrew, which they don’t understand – knowing this is the only way to get an earlier release. The conviction rate is an astonishing 97% and a custodial sentence is imposed in 90% of the cases. They end up with a criminal record, harming their chances of obtaining travel and other permits in the future.The disruption to education and the long-term psychological effects of these experiences are devastating.

In the runup to this event, PalSoo are asking members to sign the Pledge to demand that Palestinian children's rights be upheld.We all should too. The pledge was launched recently by a number of public figures, and more can be read here: 
You can sign the Pledge here: <>
Please also ask your MP to sign the pledge. You can check if your political representative has signed here:

If they haven't, you can ask them to do so by clicking on this link
that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign has created to support the
Oxford-Ramallah Friendship Association
 Meeting Tuesday 19th November 7 pm. Oxford Town Hall
 We are VERY pleased to let you know that we nearly have our charitable status agreed by the Charity Commission. 
Please come along if you can and help us to discuss and adopt the objectives and plan ORFA's work.


November 29th  (7th week): ‘The European Union and Israel/Palestine: EU Policies and Israeli Prerogatives in Fragmented  Borderlands’Dr Raffaella Del Sarto European University Institute, Florence & John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Seminars will be held on Fridays at 5.00 p.m. in the Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF


St Mary's Harvest Appeal: Keeping Hope Alive in Palestine - The Olive Tree Campaign.  

As part of the fundraising events, there will be a film screening in Iffley Village Hall of 5 Broken Cameras, Saturday 30th November, 4pm, tickets are donation only. The documentary is set is Palestine and tells of the struggles of this one particular village and it's non-violent struggle against the wall. More information about the documentary can be found at:   The award winning documentary was nominated for the Oscars and short listed. Facebook link copied-in below and poster attached :) 

Tickets are donation only and can be purchased at the door. We would recommend that you reserve by replying to this message with the number of tickets you would like, as there has been a lot of interest already!  With best wishes,  Mariam –



The Palestinian History Tapestry Christmas Bazaar

Diary date please... Saturday December 7th at the Friends Meeting House 43 St Giles Oxford, between 2pm and 5pm we will be holding our Christmas Bazaar.   We will be selling beautiful embroidery from Gaza and from many other parts of Palestine to suit all tastes and pockets. The faithful olive tree has provided us with, edible produce through Zaytoun, and olive wood artifacts through Palcraft Hadeel. [see samples of sale items below] Last year was a great success and we met up with many of our friends and supporters.  Please come and see the Palestinian History Tapestry panels and spacers and hear about the work in progress in Gaza and the Galilee.  

We look forward to seeing you.   Don't miss it






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 activ

ity 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.


If you are not already a member of PSC join us now!


Upcoming Events: UK/International


PSC update – including lobby of Parliament




Other Items:


Palestine Solidarity Campaign 2013 Christmas Cards

They are £3 for a pack of 5 and £12 for a set of 25.

Call 0207 700 6192 to order over the phone or fill in and return the website order form.


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