Tuesday, August 13

Please take action against Israel's ethnic cleansing

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign works for peace & justice for Palestinians, in support of human rights & against all racism
Israel talks of 'peace' whilst increasing settlements and ethnic cleansing, besieging Gaza
On the eve of 'peace' talks, Israel announces a further 942 settlement units in East Jerusalem, on top of its announcement of the construction of over 1000 more illegal Israeli settlements on Sunday. The US' responded by John Kerry telling Palestinians‘not to react adversely’ as it was ‘to some degree expected’.
Whilst much has been made of Israel's announcement of prisoner releases, Addameer points out that Israel’s policy of prisoners releases is not a “goodwill gesture” to build trust during negotiations, but is used by the Israeli government to manipulate the prisoners issues and distract from their core issues and demands. Click here for more on how the ‘prisoner release’ story is being manipulated as emotional propaganda for Israel.
In Gaza, the intensified blockade is creating further crisis, but Zuhdi Elifraniji, a medical student in Gaza, sent a message of hope.
Act against Israel's ethnic cleansing in the Naqab
The Prawer Plan will see the forcible transfer of up to 70,000 Palestinian Bedouin from their ancestral homeland in the Naqab (Negev desert) into enclosed townships. It will be the single biggest act of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians since 1948.
If you haven’t already sent an email to the Middle East minister, Alistair Burt, calling on him to put pressure on Israel to stop the Prawer Plan, please take just one minute to do so, using PSC’s e-tool.
You can continue to raise awareness by sharing these links to stories in the national press on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites:
Bedouin Arabs fear upheaval as Israel plans townships in Negev (The Financial Times) [readers can sign up for 10 free articles]
Bedouin vow to resist eviction by Israel (The Times) [paid for by subscription]
Plus: What is the Prawer Plan? A guide by Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
You can also forward this email to your contacts
Bedouin Palestinian children
photocredit: Tal King
Want to know more? Find out more about why you should oppose Israel’s plan to ethnically cleanse Palestinians>
TAKE ACTION: If you haven’t already done so, please send a letter to the Middle East Minister today calling on him to make it clear to Israel that action will be taken if it goes ahead with the Prawer Plan. And please share this action with family and friends.
Build solidarity - join PSC's sponsored walk
On Sunday 15 September, PSC supporters will be walking along the Thames to raise funds for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. PSC relies on funding from our members and supporters to carry out our work, and all money will be used towards our campaigning activities.
Please help make a difference – every pound raised will be used to campaign for a Free Palestine. This event is very kindly organised by Kingston & Richmond and West London PSC
Thames Walk
You can support the walk in two ways:
To take part, and join us on the day, please 
 fill in this form.
Or if you are unable to join us in person, you can
 donate today 
(just choose ‘sponsored walk’ from the drop down menu)
An 8.5 mile walk along the most picturesque stretch of the Thames in West London.
Starting at Putney Bridge we pass boathouses (start of the boat-race) and the Barnes Wetland Centre. We cross the river at Hammersmith past the pubs and Georgian houses of Hammersmith and Chiswick Malls. We cross back to the south bank at Barnes where the river takes on a more rural feel as we pass Dukes Meadows, Kew Gardens and Syon Park. The walk finishes in Buccleuch Gardens near Richmond Bridge where soft drinks will be provided by Richmond and Kingston PSC.
The walk is along (mostly) well surfaced paths and is well served by public transport for those not wanting to do the whole walk.
News and events
Palestine raises the roof at the Proms
Violinist Nigel Kennedy played at the Royal Albert Hall last week with members of the Palestine Strings – young musicians from Gaza and the West Bank – in a late night Prom. Rave reviews of the performance followed, including in the Independent. With the Palestinian perfomers wearing keffiyehs throughout the concert, Nigel Kennedy told the packed audience, and up to 2 million listening live on the BBC, that 'Giving equality and getting rid of apartheid gives a beautiful chance for amazing things to happen'.
The concert can be heard on BBC iPlayer and will also be broadcast on BBC 4 on 23 August.
Israel kills Palestinian in Gaza 
Israel tries to increase pressure on EU
Israel would sooner forego EU grants than give up settlement building
Will prisoners be free?
Israel prisoner release sparks re-arrestfear
Mosque to synagogue 
Delta drops settlement snacks
Delta airlines drops inflight snacks made in settlement


Saturday 12-26 August
Silent Voices - photographic exhibitionLiverpool Read More
Tuesday 13 August
Public Meeting on Gaza Blockade
Bath Read More
Saturday 17th & 24th August
Weekly Protest Against Sodastream
Brighton Read More
Saturday 17 August
Palestine Pop-up Restaurant in a Barn
Near Frome Read More

Saturday 17 AugustPalestine Fundraising Garden PartyWolverhampton Read More

Monday 19th August
Protest Veolia in Brent
Brent Read More
Monday 19th August
‘Common Ground’ Children’s Day Out 
Aberystwyth Read More
Friday 23rd August
Acousti Mosaic
Freshford, near Bath Read More
Tuesday 3rd September
The Jewish Boat to Gaza, 2010
Milton Keynes Read More
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