Campaign Against Elbit in Oldham Kicks-Off

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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 the start  of a campaign against Britains arms trade with Israel. Israeli’s largest arms manufacturer, Elbit Systems, now owns four factories in the UK manufcturing components and software for its weapons and oppressive technologies.

Protest outside the Elbit Factory in Oldham formerly part of Ferranti engineering (Sat 17 Sept.)
Protest outside the Elbit Factory in Oldham formerly part of Ferranti engineering (Sat 17 Sept.)

Adie Mormech (a member of MPA & PSC) said, “The UK needs to Stop Arming Israel. This why we are demonstrating today at Oldham’s Israeli owned weapons factory. Ferranti Systems is now owned by the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit, who build the weapons used by the Israeli army to oppress, injure and kill the Palestinian people. The Elbit weapons company is profiting from the deaths of so many. Elbit test theirs products on the captive Palestinian population in Gaza, that is mostly children. The campaign is backed by Campaign Against Arms Trade, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Manchester Palestine Action. We won’t stop until they start manufacturing something useful to people instead of building components for horrifying weapons that destroy the lives of so many – all for a bit of extra profit.”

Elbit is Israel’s largest arms company. It manufactures drones, systems for military aircraft, armed remote control boats, and military land vehicles. Elbit describes its drones as “the backbone” of Israel’s drone fleet (Elbit website). These drones were extensively used by the Israeli military in the 2014 attack on Gaza (Defence News, 12.8.2014).

As well as the factory in Oldham that manufactures electronic control systems and software for military vehicles including drones, Elbit has three other plants in the UK manufacturing drone engines  (Shenstone, Staffs) and power/air-conditioning systems (Tamworth,Staffs) for military vehicles, and  surveillance equipment (Broadstairs, Kent).

Join the campaign to end the arms trade with Israel.   There will a stall in Oldham Town Centre 12 noon -2pm on Saturday 24th September. Lets  Stop Arming Israel!!!

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Contesting the Visualization of Gaza

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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.Was the mainstream media biased towards Israel? Did they present photographs of Palestinians as both political and social “other”? Anandi Ramamurthy will examine whether the BBC used photographs of “Operation Protective Edge” to support an Israeli PR agenda. She will also look at how Palestinians & their supporters used photographs on social media & at public demonstrations to challenge the corporate media’s control over the visual mediation of the bombing.

Anandi Ramamurthy is Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University. She has written extensively on “race”, imperialism and representation and is the author of Imperial Persuaders: Images of Africa and Asia in British Advertising and Black Star: Britain’s Asian  Youth Movements.

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15th Sep 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

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Guided Walk – Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund Raising Event

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11th Sep 2016 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Guided Walk  – Manchester’s Social and Political History
Raising Money for Women’s Education in Palestine

On 11 September 2016 join Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund on a guided walking tour taking in some of the most well know sites associated with Manchester’s social and political history. We will meet at 1.30pm at Manchester Victoria Station, under the tiled map. Our guided tour will include:

  • Peterloo and the popular reform movement
  • The Free Trade Hall – suffragettes to the sex pistols
  • Manchester Cathedral, Abraham Linclon and the campaign against slavery
  • Alan Turing and gay rights

A long time supporter of the Scholarship Fund, is generously donating his time and expertise to guide the walk. There will be no charge but donations will be gratefully received on the day. The walk is around 2 miles on the flat, will last around 2.5 hours and end at Piccadilly Gardens.

Please join us on what will be a fascinating and illuminating tour and help us raise money for women’s education in Gaza. We look forward to seeing you.

For more information contact Kathy Brooks <kathybrooks.delph@gmail.com>

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11th Sep 2016 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Victoria Station, Station Approach, Todd Street, Manchester, M3 1WY

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The Big Ride Manchester Send Off

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The Big Ride Logo 2016

The Big Ride Manchester Send Off
Sat 6th Aug 10-11am  
Whitworth Park, Oxford Road.
End the Siege of Gaza –  End the Arms Trade with Israel

  • The second Big Ride is taking place 6-8th August 2016 to mark the second anniversary of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in 2014 .
  • Four rides, starting from London, Bristol, Manchester, & Sheffield, will meet in Birmingham, before heading en-masse to Shenstone, where Israel’s largest arms company Elbit Systems manufactures engines for the military drone aircraft used to attack Gaza in 2014.
  • More information including details of how to join the Big Ride is available from www.redspokes.co.uk/thebigride.footer
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Film showing & discussion: “Our Story”, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi

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Our Story Mustafa Bargouthi“By Dr Mustafa Barghouthi and the Palestinian National Initiative.  The Palestinian situation from 1947 to the present day with special focus on the Apartheid Wall.  Critical source of information for scholars, journalists, students, and anyone seeking a balanced narrative on the Middle East conflict.” (Palestine Solidarity Campaign) http://www.palestinecampaign.org/films/films-about-palestine/

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti was born in Jerusalem in 1954. He is a  is a Palestinian physician, activist, and politician. In June 2002, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Palestinian National Initiative, which aims to unite Palestinians in Israel/Palestine & in the Diaspora.

After the film there will be time for an informal discussion on the current situation in Palestine, the Apartheid Wall, and the use of Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) as a form of international, non-violent resistance to Israeli Apartheid against the Palestinian people.

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21st Jul 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

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IS THE LABOUR PARTY ‘RIDDLED’ WITH ANTI-SEMITISM?

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Has there been an upsurge in anti-Semitism in the Labour Party?  Why now?  What lies behind the recent controversies over ‘anti-Semitism’? Is anti-Zionism being re-defined? Is Jeremy Corbyn under attack?

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15th Jun 2016 7:00  – 9:00 pm Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

Antisemitism cartoon

The Labour Party have suspended Jewish activist, Tony Greenstein, over accusations of anti-Semitism without allowing him to see the evidence against him. However, the accusations were leaked to the Daily Telegraph & The Times!!!  Tony will tell us his story & explore this statement: “It is perfectly justifiable and legal to question the right of Israel to exist as it is constituted as a Jewish state.  It is not anti-Semitic to do so.”

Tony Greenstein is a co-founder of Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain, a suspended member of the Labour Party and a socialist activist.  He is author of the book ‘Fighting Fascism in Brighton and on the South Coast’ and has been an anti-fascist activist since the 1970’s.

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15th Jun 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

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PUBLIC MEETING: PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL – STATUS AND ROLE IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

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19th May 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Awad Abdelfattah is the General Secretary of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), which used to be known as Balad.

The NDA is the party of Haneen Zoabi and Azmi Bishara and forms part of the Joint List, which is currently the third largest grouping in the Israeli parliament (Knesset). The Joint List is overwhelmingly supported by the one and a quarter million Palestinians who make up 20% of the Israeli population.

Awad Abdelfattah will be joined by Bernard Regan (Palestine Solidarity Campaign EC and Member of NUT) to talk about life for Palestinians living in the State of Israel.

Manchester PSC & Oldham NUT are delighted to jointly host this meeting.

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19th May 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmFriends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

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Vigil & Protest for Nakba Day – Sunday 15th May

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12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Piccadilly Gardens,

This year will be the 68th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.  Between 1947 and 1949 an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forced from the homes into exile, the overwhelming majority never to return. Hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed.

To mark the remember the Nakba there will be a vigil from 12 noon to 2 pm on Sunday 15th May in Piccadilly Garden.

Palestinian refugees leaving the Galilee in October–November 1948
Palestinian refugees leaving the Galilee in October–November 1948

Manchester Palestine Action are organizing a camp in Piccadilly Gardens with speakers, a live link to Gaza and film showings over 14-15 May.

15th May 2016 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre, Manchester  M1 1AF

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FILM: OPEN BETHLEHEM BY LEILA SANSOUR

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19th Apr 2016 7:30 pm Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple, Cheshire

The film Open Bethlehem is a story of Leila Sansour’s homecoming to the  town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation.

Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. She intends her film to be a tribute to her late father, founder of Bethlehem University, and a man regarded as a hero by his town’s folk. As Bethlehem approaches ruin her decision to flee this sleepy town, taken much to her father’s regret, comes to haunt her.

Director and Writer:  Leila Sansour

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19th Apr 2016 7:30 pm Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple, Cheshire

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Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign