Category Archives: Meetings

Meeting organised or supported by Manchester PSC


Has there been an upsurge in anti-Semitism in the Labour Party?  Why now?  What lies behind the recent controversies over ‘anti-Semitism’? Is anti-Zionism being re-defined? Is Jeremy Corbyn under attack?

15th Jun 2016 7:00  – 9:00 pm Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS

Antisemitism cartoon

The Labour Party have suspended Jewish activist, Tony Greenstein, over accusations of anti-Semitism without allowing him to see the evidence against him. However, the accusations were leaked to the Daily Telegraph & The Times!!!  Tony will tell us his story & explore this statement: “It is perfectly justifiable and legal to question the right of Israel to exist as it is constituted as a Jewish state.  It is not anti-Semitic to do so.”

Tony Greenstein is a co-founder of Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain, a suspended member of the Labour Party and a socialist activist.  He is author of the book ‘Fighting Fascism in Brighton and on the South Coast’ and has been an anti-fascist activist since the 1970’s.

15th Jun 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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


19th May 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Awad Abdelfattah is the General Secretary of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), which used to be known as Balad.

The NDA is the party of Haneen Zoabi and Azmi Bishara and forms part of the Joint List, which is currently the third largest grouping in the Israeli parliament (Knesset). The Joint List is overwhelmingly supported by the one and a quarter million Palestinians who make up 20% of the Israeli population.

Awad Abdelfattah will be joined by Bernard Regan (Palestine Solidarity Campaign EC and Member of NUT) to talk about life for Palestinians living in the State of Israel.

Manchester PSC & Oldham NUT are delighted to jointly host this meeting.

19th May 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmFriends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS


Speaker Niparun Nessa (Oldham NUT)Nefa Nessa (NUT)Nessa was part of an NUT delegation to Palestine in February of this year. The aim of the trip was to continue to develop new and existing links with teachers, trade unionists and activists, while finding out more about the issues ongoing in the area. The delegation stayed in Jerusalem, and also went to Yaffa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.

Writing about her trip to Palestine Niparun says  “Palestinians are highly educated and place huge importance on education. Children have to pass through checkpoints to get to school and university and parents refuse to allow the occupation to stop their children from getting the education they deserve. We met many amazing and inspirational students whose smiles I will remember forever!”

Niparun Nessa has been a secondary maths teacher since 2009. She is the Assistant Secretary, Young Teacher Officer, and International Solidarity Officer for Oldham NUT.

Details Thursday 21st Apr 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester


Waqas from Manchester Palestine Action recently spent 3 months in Hebron/Al-Khalil where he saw up close the horrors of Israeli occupation and the recent surge in violence. In the most shut-down area in Hebron/ Al-Khalil, Waqas was a witness to these crimes with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and will present his experience to us in Manchester.

Waqas in Palestine“I’m just an average guy from Manchester, who decided to find out what was going on over in Palestine. When I arrived in Hebron, I could not believe what I saw. I honestly thought it was a recent and maybe temporary situation. I was told Palestinians had been living under these severe conditions since 1994 and it has only got a lot worse since October. I could barely put up with the harassment, body searches and checkpoints, I have no idea how Palestinians manage to live under such conditions. Unfair, unjust, inhumane would be an understatement.”  Waqas

Thursday 17th Mar 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester


After the hugely successful talk with Jeff Halper about his new book, “War Against the People” about Israel’s growing military industrial power worldwide through its occupation of Palestine last October, Jeff is back in Manchester for a discussion meeting. Don’t miss a chance to have a closer conversation with him about Israel/Palestine and the future this Thursday 7th January at 7pm in Manchester City Centre in Green Fish Resource Centre.

Dr. Jeff Halper is an American Anthropoligst currently living in Israel and is the director and co-founder of Israeli Committee against House Demolitions. The ICAHD is a group that opposes Israeli settlements and describe themselves as “an Israeli peace and human rights organization dedicated to ending the occupation of the Palestinian territories and achieving a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” Since 1967 nearly 50,000 structures have been demolished in Palestine.As well as a general discussion, Halper can also elaborate on the findings in his book “War Against the People”, a disturbing insight into the new ways world powers such as the US, Israel, Britain and China forge war today.All Welcome
7th Jan 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester


The Eleventh Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture will be given by Adam Hanieh

1st Mar 2016 6:00 pm
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Adam Hanieh is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London.  Prior to joining SOAS, he taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, where he completed an MA in Regional Studies at Al Quds University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). His research interests include political economy of the Middle East; labour migration; class and state formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Palestine. His most recent book is Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (Haymarket Books, 2013).

Tom Hurndall was a student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He was fatally wounded by the Israeli Defence Force whilst protecting Palestinian children in Gaza. He died on January 13th 2004. Since 2005 MMU has hosted a Memorial Lecture which has attracted prestigious figures willing to speak out against what was done in 2004 and what is still being done now by the Israeli State. For more details about this lecture and previous lectures, visit the Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture page on Facebook. The organising group for the lecture is from universities in the North West of England.


1st Mar 2016 6:00 pmRoom C0.14, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester


David Sheen Meeting
David Sheen is an Israeli-Canadian independent journalist and film maker, who has uncovered and produced ground-breaking works revealing the extent of racism in Israel towards Palestinians. Sheen began blogging when he first moved to Israel in 1999 and later went on to work as a reporter and editor at the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. His full-length documentary on ecological architecture, “First Earth”, was translated into a dozen languages and published by PM Press in 2010. Sheen gave a TEDx talk on the topic of the film in Johannesburg, South Africa later that year. Sheen’s talk is “The Bullet, the Ballot and the Boycott,” an in-depth look at Israeli incitement to racist violence, the focus of his on-the-ground reporting for the past five years.Sheen will describe how top Israeli political and religious leaders use dehumanizing discourse to inspire vigilante attacks toward Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews, especially during the 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip. His talk will include material that Sheen presented at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels, as well as new information never before been made public in English.

He is currently writing a book about African immigrants to Israel and the struggles they face.


Thursday 26th Nov 2015 6:00 pm

Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Cross St, Manchester, M2 1NL.

Cross Street runs from the bottom of Market Street (near Marks & Spencer) to Albert Square. Cross Street Chapel is about half way along, opposite St Ann’s Street.

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Michael Deas is the coordinator in Europe with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the Palestinian civil society coalition that acts as the Palestinian reference of the movement for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law.

​In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.BDS logo

In this 10th anniversary year of the BDS call, Michael Deas of the BNC (BDS National Committee) will talk about the numerous successes in that period (Veolia, Barclays, G4S, Stephen Hawking endorsing the academic boycott of Israeli institutions, Lauryn Hill cancelling concert in Israel), and reflect on how to maintain and build on these successes for the future.

For more information on the BDS Movement
Thursday 19th November 2015 7:00-9:00pm  Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS  (behind the Central Library).