UPDATE FROM GAZA WITH DR MONA EL-FARRA

Public meeting on the current situation in Gaza with Dr Mona El-Farra.

Dr Mona El-Farra is the director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, is a physician by training and a human rights and women’s rights activist. She is also the Health Chair of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip and a member of the Union of Health Work Committees. She will give an update on the current situation  and the work of the Middle East Children’s Alliance in Gaza

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Tuesday 6th Aug 2019 7:30 – 9:00 pm

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

Public MeetiNG: Meet the Rooftop Protesters

Monday 5th August 6pm, outside Elbit Systems / Ferranti Technology Factory, Cairo House, Waterhead, Oldham OL4 3JA

For 3 days from July 1st to July 3rd protesters from Manchester Palestine Action occupied the roof of the Israeli Arms Factory Elbit Ferranti. There was also a peace camp on the ground that grew with many people from Oldham joining in. This is a chance to meet them and learn all about the campaign.

All of those involved had been to Palestine and have seen up close the devastating effect of the weapons that were built, developed and profited from by Elbit Systems. Elbit, who own the factory are Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, making the drones that have been used to kill thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. They sell these weapons as “battle tested”, which means tested on Palestinians.

Come and meet the rooftop protesters and learn more about the campaign to stop the Arms Factory on our doorstep

Called by:
Oldham Peace and Justice
Manchester Campaign Against Arms Trade
Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Manchester Palestine Action
Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine

Details

5th Aug 2019 6:00 pm Elbit Systems / Ferranti Technology, Cairo Mill, Waterhead, Oldham, OL4 3JA

Some Coverage of the Rooftop protest:

Manchester Meteor: https://www.themeteor.org/2019/07/01/activists-occupy-roof-of-israeli-elbit-ferranti-in-oldham-call-for-arms-embargo/

Manchester Evening News on the protest: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/ferranti-protest-israel-palestine-oldham-16516169

Manchester Evening News on Elbit Ferranti Weapons: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/question-marks-over-whether-arms-16612998

Oldham Times: https://www.theoldhamtimes.co.uk/news/17743497.rooftop-protest-at-ferranti-technologies-factory-in-oldham/

From the rooftop: explaining Elbit complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians: https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterPalestineAction/videos/892246297800452/

THE BIG RIDE FOR PALESTINE NORTH WEST

This year there are two Big Rides for Palestine-  each is a one day events. The first is in London on Saturday 27th July and the second starts and ends in  Manchester on Saturday 3rd August, so the Big Ride is back in Manchester!! They are both generating a lot of interest, with nearly 100 riders registered for each. If you are interested in participating the registration for the London Ride closes on Wednesday 24th July and for the  Manchester ride on Monday 29th July. Information about The Big Ride  and how to book onto either ride is on the Big Ride website : www.thebigride4palestine.com

The Manchester Big Ride starts from Manchester Central Library at 10.00am, heads out to Stockton Heath, near Warrington,  and plans to arrive at Birch Community Centre in Rusholme for 5.30pm. There’s a reception for the riders and early evening event, with a few short Palestinian films and speakers, that all supporters are welcome to attend.

Schedule for the day

  • 10:00 Start of Ride Manchester Central Library
  • 17:30 Arrive at Birch Community Centre in Rusholme and Reception

Registration for the ride closes on Monday 29th July.  For further information go to www.thebigride4palestine.com.l

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Popular Resistance in Palestine

Public Meeting with Palestinian Environmental & Political Activist Mazin Qumsiyeh

Mazin Qumsiyeh Meeting Flyer

Israel daily violates international law and human rights, committing crimes against humanity and against nature. Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh with talk about popular resistance in Palestine, which is a history of hope and empowerment.

Mazin will a focus on environmental justice. Supporters of the state of Israel often claim that Israel has ‘turned the desert green’. He will present a very different picture; of environmental destruction and degradation in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Professor Mazim Qumsiyeh
Mazin Qumsiyeh

Mazin Qumsiyeh  is a professor of biotechnology at both Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities – at the former he is founding director of the Institute for Biodiversity Research and the Palestine Museum of Natural History. He is co-founder of the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, the Middle East Genetics Association, the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and Academics for Justice.

He has had more than a thousand articles published, in print and online. His books include Mammals of the Holy Land (1996), Sharing the Land of Canaan (2004) and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of hope and empowerment (2011).

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25th Jul 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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

THE PAST IN THE PRESENT: THREE PALESTINIAN SHORT FILMS

24th Jun 2019 Starting 5:50 pm @ Home Cinema Manchester

Palestinian filmmakers from different locations – Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza – challenge the erasure of their histories through creatively retracing, retrieving and reflecting on different aspects of Palestinian pasts to challenge the erasure, dispossession and dehumanisation of a stateless people.

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BOYCOTT PUMA – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

Join us in Manchester on the International Day of Action to boycott Puma Saturday 15th June.

Demonstration begins 12noon  Piccadilly Gardens.

The day of action follows the call from over 200 Palestinian Sports Clubs urging Puma to end their sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) which incorporated teams from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

Israeli settlements are illegal land grabs that form an integral part of Israel’s occupation infrastructure – pushing indigenous Palestinian families off their land, robbing natural resources, and denying Palestinians their rights including right of movement. All Israeli settlements are considered war crimes under international law.

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

As one of the world’s top athletic apparel makers, Puma’s sponsorship brings international legitimacy to the IFA and helps maintain its direct involvement with violations of human rights and international law off the field.

BOYCOTT Puma until they end their sponsorship of Israel Football Association and links with Israeli apartheid.Details

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15th Jun 2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre, Manchester, M1 1AF

DON’T WATCH EUROVISION WATCH GLOBALVISION

8PM-12PM SATURDAY 18 MAY

Live online, and in venues across the globe, at the same time as the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv!

With gigs in Dublin, Haifa, London and Bethlehem, on the night of Eurovision 2019 – music videos and messages from artists around the world. Globalvision is a Palestinian led response to pinkwashing and artwashing of Israel’s crimes.

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National DEmonstration for Palestine Sat 11 May

Manchester Coach for National Demonstration

Coach departs Chorlton Street Bus Station at 7am getting back to Manchester at approximately 9:30pm.

Tickets £30 (£15 concessions). Purchased here  EVENTBRITE.

If you are unable to attend, you can sponsor a seat  via EVENTBRITE HERE .

For further information email contact@psc-manchester.org.uk or text 07972 365 257

The Palestinian people need our solidarity more than ever, and are calling for global protests to protect their collective rights. As Israel continues to flout international law and violate human rights, there is a responsibility on the global community to hold it to account and push for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people.

Saturday 11th May  12noon Portland Place

Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al- Aqsa, Muslim Association of Britain. 

Supported by: Unite the Union, PCS, UNISON, RMT, ASLEF, UCU, Amos Trust, CND.

National Demonstration Exist! Resist! Return!

Manchester RALLY FOR PALESTINE

Stop Arming Israel – End The Siege of Gaza
Mobilising Rally for National Demonstration for Palestine

Speakers

Kamel Hawwash (National Chair, Palestine Solidarity Camp

Chris Nineham (National Vice Chair, Stop The War Coalition)

Yasmine Dar (M/cr City Councillor & Labour NEC Member

Jacqui Burke (Oldham Peace & Justices Group)

No New Nakba! – Defend the Right of Return!

Rally Details

7.00pm Thursday 25th April
Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

Organised by Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition

National Demonstration Details

Manchester Coach for National Demonstration

Coach Chorlton Street Bus Station at 7am and depart from London at 4:30pm getting back to Manchester at approximately 9:30pm. Tickets £30 (£15 concessions). They can be purchased from eventbrite here

The Palestinian people need our solidarity more than ever, and are calling for global protests to protect their collective rights. As Israel continues to flout international law and violate human rights, there is a responsibility on the global community to hold it to account and push for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people.

National Demonstration Exist! Resist! Return! Saturday 11th May organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al- Aqsa, Muslim Association of Britain.
Supported by: Unite the Union, PCS, UNISON, RMT, ASLEF, UCU, Amos Trust, CND.

Public Meeting: JNF UK – Complicit In Ethnic Cleansing

Picture above: Sign for JNF UK funded British Park built on the ruins of Palestinian villages ethnically cleansed in 1948.


Kholud al Ajarma 

Speaker: Kholud al Ajarma 

In 2018, Kholoud al Ajarma appealed to the Charity Commission that the JNF UK should not be recognised as a charitable organisation as the JNF funded British Park is built on her family’s village, Ajjur.  Her family still have the title deeds to their land in Ajjur. The Charity Commission rejected her claim.

At an independent tribunal, Kholoud will be challenging the Charity Commission’s refusal to end the JNF’s charitable status that entitles the JNF to receive UK tax relief. Her appeal is supported by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Come and hear the case for de-registration of the JNF UK .

Details 
4th Apr 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, M2 5NS

The meeting is part of a PSC national speaking tour in support of those challenging the JNF’s charitable status.

Stop JNF A5 Flyer

Biography Kholoud al Ajarma belongs to one of the families ethnically cleansed from Ajjur in 1948. Today, they live in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, only about 25 miles from their village.   The family still have the title deeds to their land in Ajjur.  Kholoud has studied in England, Holland, Norway and Morocco, but says the Right of Return is the real work of her life.

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Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign