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Palestine Solidarity Campaign Actions

Vigil & Protest for Nakba Day – Sunday 15th May

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

Demonstrate against the “Stand with Israel” rally at the Palace Theatre

Assemble Palace Theatre  97 Oxford Street M1 6FT Manchester this Sunday 13th March at 12pm.

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Stand with the Palestinians against Israel’s brutal apartheid regime and military occupation. Tell the Palace theatre not to support a conference that glorifies Israeli war crimes – contact details below.

We’ll have speakers from Gaza, Palestinian music, and a lot of noise! Bring creativity, music, art, banners and lots of people!

We oppose all forms of racism – whether Islamophobia or Anti-Semitism. A rally showing such unanimous support for a state built on racism and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians is an insult to justice and freedom anywhere.

Protest called jointly by: Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine, Passion for Palestine, Manchester Stop the War Coalition, Fight Racism Fight Imperialism, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Manchester Palestine Action

There can be no “stand with Israel” while Palestinians are denied basic dignity and human rights, while Palestinian homes and lives are systematically destroyed, while Palestinian children are murdered, injured and imprisoned every day by the occupying Israeli army.

The event is attended by the Israeli ambassador and supported by the Israeli Prime Minister himself, Benjamin Netanyahu who according to all the major international human rights organisations is guilty of war crimes in Gaza and ethnic cleansing throughout Palestine. For this rally to call for peace is an offence to the thousands of Palestinian men, women and children murdered by Netanyahu in the last two years.

This is a non-violent demonstration. It is pro peace, justice and freedom. We demand equality for all, not a state comparable with Apartheid South Africa, as stated by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and former US president Jimmy Carter. Every single living breathing moment of a Palestinian life is suffocated by Israel’ s illegal occupation and blockade.

It is disgraceful that the organisers of this event were standing with Israel while their army bombed over 62 hospitals and clinics, 45 ambulances and 250 Palestinian schools in Gaza, where over 500 Palestinian children were killed in 50 days during the summer of 2014.

Said Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his visit to Palestine:

“I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces. Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government…The same issues of inequality and injustice today motivate the divestment movement trying to end Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them.”

“‘Those who turn a blind eye to injustice actually perpetuate injustice. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Called by

Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine, Passion for Palestine, Manchester Stop the War Coalition, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Manchester Palestine Action

PROTEST AGAINST THE COOP BANK CLOSURE OF PALESTINE SOLIDARITY ACCOUNTS

 

The Co-operative Bank has now closed the bank account of more than 20 organisation engaged in solidarity with Palestine including the national Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa and the Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund.
SPSC Coop Bank Protest 2Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) have called a number of protests outside branches of the Co-operative Bank including Manchester. More details from the FOA website . The Manchester picket take place on Friday 29th Jan (details below). There will also be pickets in Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bradford and London on Saturday 16th Jan (11am-1pm). For more information including details of other pickets and protest activities see  http://www.foa.org.uk/

Details
29th Jan 2016 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmCooperative Bank, 1 Balloon Street, Manchester

 

PROTEST: END THE ARMS TRADE WITH ISRAEL

SEASONAL GREETINGS  for PALESTINE

Christmas Action for Calling for a Two-way Arms Embargo against Israel

Join us outside Barclay’s Bank on Market St, Manchester

12th Dec 2015 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Help bring peace to Palestine by telling the Government to

  • Introduce a 2-way arms embargo against Israel
  • Stop funding the Israeli drones made by Elbit

3 wise menWe will sing festive Christmas songs, with words specially for Israeli Elbit and the UK government, to highlight their part in the arms trade and their complicity in the repeated vicious attacks on Gaza and the maintenance of the armed occupation of Palestine.

Please bring posters, instruments and your voices!

More information from Sandy at sandybroadhurst@btinternet.com

Or phone on 07594596905

Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Details
12th Dec 2015 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmoutside Barclay’s Bank, Market Street, Manchester

Emergency Vigil & Protest Against The Israeli Occupation

Saturday 17th October 12  till 3pm

Manchester Piccadilly Gardens

Palestinians are living under a brutal military occupation. Israeli soldiers are firing live bullets at unarmed protesters and executing Palestinians in the street. Israeli mobs are marching through the streets of Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”. Israeli police have sealed off Palestinian areas of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque has been under attack.  Armed settlers, living on land stolen from Palestinians are on the rampage, attacking Palestinian men, women and children. Israeli politicians have openly called for their citizens to carry weapons. Palestinians in Gaza are being bombed and killed in their homes. Despite more than 30 Palestinians being killed by Israel in the past fortnight , almost half of whom were children,  the BBC’s reporting has focused on the far fewer attacks carried out against Israelis. Yet again the BBC has also refused to place events in the context of the Israeli occupation.

Join the Manchester Protest this Saturday in Piccadilly Gardens

Email your MP now and ask them to write to Philip Hammond!

http://act.palestinecampaign.org/lobby/endukcomplicity

End The Occupation – No Justice  No Peace

Stop The Arms Trade with Israel  – Oppose the DSEI Arm Fair

Join the Action organised by Manchester PSC, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Manchester & District CND
12th Sep 2015 11:00 am – 1:00 pmDSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. It is taking place in London’s Docklands from 15th to 18th  September. There will be 1500 exhibitors from around the world and buyers will include regimes involved in conflict and human rights abuses. One of the major exhibitors will be Israel. The UK Government is heavily involved in the Arms Trade, spending, at a time of austerity, £37,000,000,000 every year on armaments.

There’s a week of action down in London before the Arms Fair aimed at disrupting and stopping it. Details of Manchester Transport 

If you can’t make it down to London, join the action in Manchester. Manchester PSC together with Campaign Against the Continue reading Stop The Arms Trade with Israel  – Oppose the DSEI Arm Fair

Stop Arming Israel – Block the Factory! July 6th

Last summer’s assault on Gaza, which killed over 2,200 Palestinians, was one of the most brutal effects of Israel’s ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. The massacre was carried out using drones manufactured by Israeli arms company Elbit Systems. In response, activists occupied Elbit’s factory in Shenstone, causing its operations to grind to a halt and costing Elbit over £100,000.

Occupation of Elbit Factory in Shenston near Stafford August 2014
Occupation of Elbit Factory in Shenston near Stafford August 2014

On 6th July, to mark the first anniversary of the assault on Gaza, groups and campaigners from across the UK are going back to Elbit’s
Continue reading Stop Arming Israel – Block the Factory! July 6th

The Big Ride for Palestine

A Charity Bicycle Ride from Edinburgh to London for Palestine Ist – 9th August 2015

Come to a meeting on Wednesday 11th February to find out more about this nine day , 474 mile ride. The Big Ride is an initiative by supporters of the Palestinian struggle for justice who want to combine our love of cycling with a mass fund raising effort.the-big-ride-1the-big-ride-2

Dr Mona El Farra, Vice President of the Red Crescent Society for the Continue reading The Big Ride for Palestine

Football Against Apartheid – Match Leafleting

  •  Feb 7th   Everton v Liverpool  – Goodison   – 17.50 kick-off.
  • Feb 10th  Liverpool v Spurs  –   Anfield   –   20.00 ko .
  •  March 1st Liverpool v Manchester city    –   Anfield  –  12.00 ko.

In 1974 Israel was expelled by the Asian Football Association for reason of Apartheid Racism. Disappointingly, it was accepted into UEFA in 1994 despite being geographically distant from Europe.

Football Against Apartheid is calling for  Israel to be expelled from UEFA and FIFa on the grounds of racism and  gross atrocities against humanity. 538 children were killed in Gaza in 7 weeks in July/August 2014; a crime that far exceeded  those of Apartheid South Africa prior to its explusion from Fifa in 1976.

Football Against Apartheid started in London but membership is growing  across the UK and abroad. In the first instance the campaign is trying to recruit support from football fans across this country and further afield. However it is hoped that clubs and players will also become informed enough to decide to join the campaign. A group has now been form in the North West, which has already given out several thousand leaflets at the recent Liverpool/Everton  match at Anfield  and the Liverpool/Manchester United match at Old Trafford and propose to leaflet again at the following fixtures.

  •  Feb 7th   Everton v Liverpool  – Goodison   – 17.50 kick off.
  • Feb 10th  Liverpool v Spurs  –   Anfield   –   20.00 kick off.
  •  March 1st Liverpool v Manchester city    –   Anfield  –  12.00 kick off.

Volunteers are needed to leaflet and hold  two banners representing the 2 teams. On these occasions we are fans from both sides  that stand united in our campaign.   If you are able to help us, please email Helen Marks [ helencmmarks@yahoo.co.uk] or   John Davies [johngdav@blueyonder.co.uk] . The group will meet up an hour and a half before each match and finish at the start of the match. It is planned to film the action and put on You tube.

Examples of apartheid practised by Israel in football include:

  1.    Players arrested, tortured and jailed without charge for several years. (International Mahmoud Sarsak best known case).
  2.    Players attacked shot, maimed and disabled  ( Best known case  Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17 ).
  3.    Football Stadium has been deliberately bombed and destroyed   (most recently on 26 November 2012) .
  4.    Football and other sporting equipment supplied by FIFA seized by Israel  (Details is The General’s Son by Miko Peled).

For more information on football Agaainst Apartheid in the North West contact  Helen Marks [  helencmmarks@yahoo.co.uk ] or    John Davies [ johngdav@blueyonder.co.uk ].