SPWSF Autumn Fund Raiser: Sponsored Swim & Social

Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund’s Autumn Fundraiser is a sponsored swim as well as the usual social event .  You can do the swim  either on your own counting lengths  and/or with us a  private pool in Saddleworth on the afternoon of 3 November with a group of us.  We are collectively aiming at swimming 25 miles – the length of Gaza .  We are also having a Social in the afternoon of 3 November 2019 which everyone is welcome to.

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Film Show: Not in our name

On Thursday  19th September Manchester PSC will be showing the excellent documentary film “Not In Our Name” by Gabrielle Tierney.

On the 12th August 2006, during the Israeli military campaign against Lebanon, 9 men stormed an arms factory in Derry, Northern Ireland. They caused an estimated £350,00 worth of damage and were arrested. They denied nothing, yet the jury acquitted them of all charges.

‘Not in Our Name’ is a story of international solidarity and compartive politics between Northern Ireland and the Middle East. The film includes interviews to many of the Raytheon activists including journalist and activist Eamonn McCann, Tony Benn and Mark Steel.

The film will be followed by discussion and up-date on the Stop Arming Israel campaign.


19th Sep 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

National Day of Action- Stop Arming israel

Join the National Day of Action calling for HSBC to #StopArmingIsrael! 

Manchester Piccadilly Gardens 12pm Sat 14 Sept

HSBC invests in and provides financial services for companies providing military technology and weapons to Israel, which the Israeli military has used to commit war crimes and systematically violate international law. This includes investments of nearly £100million in the company Caterpillar.

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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


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


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/


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).



25th Jul 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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


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.



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


15th Jun 2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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



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.


Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign