In 2017 Manchester PSC are running a series of 6 bi-monthly educational talks presented by covering the rise of Zionism and the Palestinian Resistance starting on 19th January. All 6 talks will be held at Friends Meeting House ( 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS (behind the Central Library)).
As part of the national day of action against the arms trade with Israel on Dec 19th a group of us went up to Ferranti | Elbit in Oldham.
In freezing weather in pitch darkness we arrived at 7am with nicely worded banners, leaflets , and the pictures of the fallen in Gaza . First problem was there were no workers whatsoever, only the occasional van arriving. We went to the front entrance to hand in a letter explaining our protest, but they had clearly got wind of our protest as all the doors were immediately locked. We held a vigil outside the locked front entrance.
We then moved to the rear entrance to continue our protest. Interestingly if you compare photos of the last time we were there with this time we can see that the factory has removed all the big “Ferranti” signs from the roof and sign at the car park.
Adie Mordech for Manchester Palestine Action
Special Seasonal songs for Ferranti/Elbit on Saturday 17th December from 12-2pm outside Spindles.
On Saturday 17th December from 12-2pm outside Spindles the Campaign will have another stall. We will also have protest songs against the Arms Trade with sung to seasonal melodies. The campaign is planning further activities including a public meeting in the New Year date and details to be announced.For more information contact ferrantistoparmingisrael at gmail.com or call Sandy on 07594596905.
Stop Arming Israel is supported by Manchester PSC, Manchester Palestine Action, Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine, the Campaign Against The Arms Trade and Manchester & District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament .
Background on the Stop Arming Israel Campaign in Oldham
The Oldham based ‘Stop Arming Israel’ Continue reading Seasonal Songs and Stall against Britain’s Arms Trade with Israel
Screening and Q&A with director Hind Shofani
University of 8th Dec 2016 6:00 pm University of Manchester
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Members of the Oldham campaign to Stop Arming Israel held a vigil in Oldham town centre on Thursday 1st December this week. It was one of many events across Europe and America. The vigil, promoted by Mesarvot, the Israeli Political Refusal Network, was in support of two 19 year old Israeli women who are in prison because they refuse to fight in the Israeli Defence Force, (the Israeli army).
The two women are part of a small but growing number of young Israelis who are refusing to do National Service in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The two women are refusing to serve in the army because they know that this will be supporting the occupation of the West Bank and the repeated attacks on Gaza.
Sandy from the campaign said, “These Israeli women are very brave and it’s great that Oldham people are supporting them. They’re standing up in support of Palestinian human rights against the Israeli state and in so doing have already faced two terms of imprisonment.“ She added that a past refuser she had met in Israel had been put in prison without trial then released and after 48 hours rearrested and imprisoned again. This is likely to be what will happen to these women.
Waqas from Oldham said,” Israeli conscientious objectors refuse to serve the occupation of Palestine and we’ve got to do our bit by refusing to arm Israel. If Britain trades arms with Israel it’s supporting the occupation. We must push for a two way arms embargo on Israel.”
The Oldham based ‘Stop Arming Israel’ campaign is going from strength to strength. Starting with a demonstration outside Ferranti/Elbit factory in September, since then there are have been four stalls in Oldham town centre. Continue reading Update on Ferranti/Elbit Campaign in Oldham
17th Nov 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker: Kamel Hawwash (PSC Vice-Chair)
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This summer has seen the sporting spectacle of the Olympic Games. Palestine sent it’s biggest team ever to Rio 2016, competing in both the Olympics and Paralympics. Palestine was also represented in the Olympic equestrian event for the first time. Continue reading Palestine, Sport & the Olympics.
Members of Manchester Palestine Action (MPA) and the Manchester branch of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) held a flash demonstration outside Oldham’s the former Ferranti factory in Waterhead on Saturday (17th September). The demonstration is Continue reading Campaign Against Elbit in Oldham Kicks-Off
Speaker by Anandi Ramamurthy from Sheffield Hallam University
During July‒August 2014 it is estimated that Israel dropped 18‒20,000 tons of explosives on Gaza, which led to the deaths of over 2,100 people, with homes, hospitals, schools and whole districts obliterated to rubble. Continue reading Contesting the Visualization of Gaza