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PSC Press Release HSBC Divestment from Elbit – Arms Trade Public Meeting 17 Jan

Below is  the press release from PSC regarding HSBC’s divestment from Elbit Systems.

Manchester PSC next public meeting is with Huda Ammori, Palestinian activist and PSC campaigns officer.  Before moving to PSC national office,she was a BDS campaigner at Manchester University.

Join us and hear about the HSBC campaign  and why we need to end support for companies such as Elbit systems, BAE Systems and Caterpillar, complicit in committing war crimes against the Palestinian people.


Thursday 17th Jan 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm  Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, M2 5NS

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Amos Trust Carol Service 2018 with Members of the Bethlehem Choir


MONDAY 10th DECEMBER, 7.30pm

Join Amos trust, leading peace activists Zoughbi Zoughbi and  Lucy Thalgieh from Wi’am Reconciliation Centre in Bethlehem plus 6 members of Choir of Bethlehem on their first visit to the UK.

All proceeds from the service will go towards the Amos Christmas appeal for Wi’am’s women’s work and their Christmas ‘smile’ holiday programme for children living under the shadow of the Wall.

Tickets available here
Directions available here

Monday 10th Dec 2018 7:30 pm  St Johns Church, Ayres Road, Old Trafford , Manchester , M16 9NQ


LONDON, Piccadilly Monday 3rd December, 7:00 pm  St James’s Piccadilly  197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

BRISTOL Tuesday 4th December, 7:30 pm St Mary Redcliffe Church 12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA

CHELTENHAM Wednesday 5th December, 7:00 pm Christ Church Cheltenham Malvern Road, Cheltenham GL50 2JH

CANTERBURY Thursday 6th December, 7:00 pm St Peter’s Methodist Church St Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2BE

BRADFORD Sunday 9th December, 4:00 pm Bradford Cathedral 1 Stott Hill, Bradford BD1 4EH

Eurovision 2019 Protest at BBC Sat 1st Dec

Join the protest at the BBC Headquarters in Salford Quays against 2019 Eurovision Song Contest being hosted by Israel.

  • We are calling on the BBC to withdraw from the competitions
  • We urge songwriters and performers to boycott the contest, just as artists once boycotted the South African apartheid regime.

As part of the protest there will be  a Palestinian Dabke performance from the amazing Hawiyya dance company.

Israel regularly uses culture to cover-up, justify and distract from its oppressive regime of military occupation and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

MediaCity UK is 15 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly by Metrolink tram

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Saturday 1st Dec 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BBC Television Studios, Media City UK at Dock 10, Salford, M50 2NT

Called by
Manchester Palestine Action, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine

Protest: End The Siege of Gaza – Stop Arming Israel

On Saturday 24th November we will be having a protest against the siege of Gaza and UK complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights starting. It will start at 12:00 in Piccadilly Gardens.

The siege of Gaza and the regular Israeli military attacks  have continued now for more than 10 years. Since March 30th Palestinians have been protesting against the inhumane conditions created by Israels illegal blockade, and to reaffirm their right as refugees to return to their homes, a right that is enshrined in international refugee  law. Despite the protests being largely peaceful in nature, Israel has used lethal force including against medics, humanitarian workers, press, and children. Israeli forces have killed over 200 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and injured more than 18,000.

The UK is complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights through our arms trade. Despite the illegality of Israel’s occupation and apartheid system, the UK is one of the main arms exporters to Israel as well as a major purchaser of Israeli weapons and weapon technology. The chain of complicity extends to our high streets  as UK banks, including HSBC and Barclays, are heavily involved with arms industry and international trade.

End The Siege of Gaza – Stop Arming Israel

24th Nov 2018 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

Public Meeting: “Look into their eyes”  A talk by Zara Rivzi

Zara Rivzi visited Palestine as an Ecumenical Accompanier. Based in Bethlehem, her talk will reflect on her experiences as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Bethlehem, with a particular focus on the experiences of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.

Like many areas throughout the West Bank, Bethlehem has seen an escalating number of child arrests, night raids and detentions. Zara will share some of the painful experiences of the young people she met who were subjected to this. What does it take for an adult soldier to harm a child? What rhetoric is fuelling the Israel’s dehumanising treatment of Palestinians, including children? The talk invites us to face the painful reality of childhood under occupation and to be a voice for the voiceless.

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15th Nov 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Women’s Football Tour – Film Show & Discussion Women

Film of 2017 women’s football tour to Palestine with introduction and Q&A with film maker and footballer.

This documentary film follows a group of women footballers from the UK and Germany on the football trip of a lifetime to Palestine.

Whether playing organised matches in West Bank refugee camps or informal kick-arounds on the rock-strewn pitches of hill-top villages of South Hebron, football is the common language as cultural barriers are crossed and new friendships established.

The film’s poignant testimonies highlight cultural issues surrounding local women’s participation in sport as well as the struggle to remain steadfast on their homelands.

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8th Nov 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE

Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund Sunday Social

Join us on Sunday 4th November (2-5pm) to help raise funds for the Scholarship Fund. Our aim is to bring people together for an update on the work of the fund alongside an afternoon of music, shopping opportunities, lots of good food and company.

Saddleworth Sunday Social

Music  Food Stall – Company

Friezland Church Hall,  Church Road, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7LQ

4th November 2-5 pm

Entertainment: Featuring music by Late Start Wind Band & Jazz Singer Haley Morris

Refreshment: Tempting treats, Palestinian savouries, cakes galore! hot & cold drinks

Shopping & raffle: Perfect presents: Palestinian wares, local craft, homemade jams, vintage goods, Browse our second-hand books and pre-loved clothes

Update: Event will include a brief annual update on the work of the group

Raising money for Saddleworth Palestine Women’ Scholarship Fund

SPWSF Social Leaflet

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4th Nov 2018 2-5 pm

Friezland Church Hall, Church Rd, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7LQ

Protest – End The Siege Of Gaza – Stop Arming Israel – No To Collusion With Israeli Apartheid

Starting 1pm Saturday 27th October
Piccadilly Gardens, Central Manchester

Since March 205 Palestinian have been killed and more than 18,000 injured protesting against the siege of Gaza and for the right of return.

Last week Protest the killing of Aisha Al-Rabi, the Palestinian 47 year old mother of 8 who was stoned to death by illegal Israeli settlers .

Last week Israeli army destroyed the Palestinian Village Khan Al Ahmar using Caterpillar bulldozers .  HSBC has £99 million invested in the company Caterpillar.

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27th Oct 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Piccadilly Gardens, City Centre, Manchester,

National Day of Action on HSBC – Stop Arming Israel

Join us in Manchester Piccadilly 15th September for the National Day of Action against HSBC and it’s investments in Israel’s Arms manufacturers and suppliers. Stand with Palestinians facing the horrors of Israel’s military machine every single day, and hold complicit companies to account.

HSBC holds shares several arms companies including Elbit Systems which manufactures and supplies the Israeli military with drones, used regularly in attacks on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was recently revealed that Elbit drone Hermes 450 was part of an attack in 2014 in which four Palestinian children were killed on a beach in the Gaza Strip while playing football. In total, HSBC holds over £800m worth of shares in, and is involved in syndicated loans worth over £19bn to, companies that sell weapons and military equipment to the Israeli government.

In recent weeks Israel has intensified its bombing campaigns against Gaza yet again. HSBC is complicit with these attacks.

There have been actions and protests up and down the country at HSBC branches and it is important we grow the movement now to pressure HSBC in to ending their complicity with Israel’s arms trade

Come and take action at Manchester Piccadilly gardens at 1pm Saturday 15th September

Join the campaign to expose and end HSBC’s investments in Israel’s arms trade.

See here for other National Actions:

Big Ride for Palestine Starts on Friday (3rd August)

This Friday (3rd August) the 4th  Big Ride for Palestine starts . This years ride is a three day event from Coventry  to London via  Northampton, and Luton.

The Big Ride for Palestine is raising funds for sport equipment used in rehabilitation in Gaza, a project in partnership with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). Money is being raised using the Global Giving charity fund raising platform.

Details of the Project & How to Donate

For more information Big Ride Information Leaflet  or go to the Big Ride Web site


  • Fri 3rd August  Coventry to Northampton
  • Sat 4th August  Northampton to Luton
  • Sun 5th August  Luton to London

For more information on the ride see the Big Ride Folded A4 Leaflet, email the Big Ride at or go to the Big Ride Web site