TOM HURNDALL 12TH MEMORIAL LECTURE

7th Mar 2017 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This year’s guest speaker
Prof. Penny Green (Queen Mary University of London)

Title of Lecture: Evicting Palestine: Israel’s criminal urban planning programme

The lecture will introduce the concept of state crime and the centrality of civil society (rather than law) in defining, exposing and ultimately challenging state criminality. I will then focus on Israel’s systematic and criminal programme of forced evictions in the historic entity of Palestine. More specifically, I will explore systems of land tenure and urban planning, interlocking with the construction of physical structures of apartheid (separation walls and Israeli only roads) and green and archaeological sites, designed to create a formidable over-arching mechanism for the eviction of Palestinian residents from their homes and traditional lands. In the Continue reading TOM HURNDALL 12TH MEMORIAL LECTURE

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Giving Israel the Red Card – Fair Play for Palestine

Red Card Israeli Racism campaigns to remove teams located in illegal Israeli settlements from UEFA and FIFA, and to ensure fair play for Palestinian footballers. Geoff Lee, joint founder of the Red Card Israeli Racism campaign will be giving a talk about the campaign. UoM BDS will also be giving a short talk about the progress of our current campaign.

Please join us on Wednesday 8th February, 6pm, Avila House (opposite UoM Students Union), 335-337 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PG

to find out more about the campaign and discuss how we can all participate in fighting social injustice.

For more information: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1832718773653092/

Organised by  University of Manchester BDS Campaign

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ILAN PAPPE SPEAKING IN SHEFFIELD

PALESTINE IN THE TRUMP ERA: IS IT ALL BAD?
20th Feb 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker: Professor Ilan Pappe

(University of Exeter and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine)

Can Trump’s administration be any worse than Obama’s for the prospect of peace in the Middle East and securing justice for the Palestinians? Throughout Obama’s 8 years Israeli settlements on Palestinian land have continued to expand and Israel’s siege of Gaza has entered its 10th year. Continue reading ILAN PAPPE SPEAKING IN SHEFFIELD

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FILM – 3000 NIGHTS showing at Home Cinema

31st Jan 2017 6:10 pm – 8:10 pm

Directed by Mai Masri

In a welcome move Home Cinema, formally the Corner House, with be showing a film by a Palestinian director.  Note that the Cinema is now located in the Home arts complex in  Tony Wilson Place which is close to Deangate-Castlefield Metro link station.

Film Summary

Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates ….

Running time 1h 43min

Details
31st Jan 2017 6:10 pm – 8:10 pm Home Cinema, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

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Report on Protest Outside Ferranti | Elbit Dec 17th

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.

whats-happened-to-ferrantiWe 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

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Seasonal Songs and Stall against Britain’s Arms Trade with Israel

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

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FILM SHOWING: TRIP ALONG EXODUS

Screening and Q&A with director Hind Shofani

University of 8th Dec 2016 6:00 pm University  of  Manchester
trip-along-exodusTrip Along Exodus is a feature-length documentary exploring the last 70 years of Palestinian politics through the prison of the life of Dr Elia Shoufani, a leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, an academic and left intellectual and author of 25 books.  He is also the father of the filmmaker. ‘I had very little idea what occupied my mysterious father so intensely while we grew up in Beirut, Damascus and Amman.  We had bodyguards and drivers escorting us everywhere and metal bars around the balcony.  Hushed whispers of political manoeuvrings were abundant instead of normal social and familial community.  An absent father whom we Continue reading FILM SHOWING: TRIP ALONG EXODUS

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Oldham joins world wide protests in support of Imprisoned Protestors

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.

tamar-alon-zeeviTamar Alon  (pict. M Rachlin)                   Tamar Ze’evi, (pict. Y Boytner

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.”

 

 

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Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign