Public Meeting: Ground the Drones

 

Over the past five years there has been a massive rise in the use of armed unmanned drones, often controlled from thousands of miles away, to launch deadly airstrikes.  While supporters of drones say they are a ‘precise’ and ‘pinpoint’ accurate weapons, in Pakistan, Gaza , Afghanistan and Yemen, hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocent civilians have been  killed.

Some argue that drones are no different from other weapons but the reality is that drones are making the option of resorting to war much easier, and although the drone wars era has just started, already there have been drones strikes by US, UK and Israeli forces in at least ten countries.

Drones are a real risk to international peace and security and eroding the laws of war.  Come and learn more about drones, how they are being used and what is planned for the future.  Together we can Ground the Drones!

Chris Cole is a researcher and activist.  He is co-author of Convenient Killing: Armed Drones and the Playstation Mentality, secretary of the UK Drones Campaign Network and maintains the respected Drone Wars UK website

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 17th October 2013

Supported by CND, Manchester PSC, Manchester StopTheWar,Drones Campaign Network

 Flyer

http://www.psc-manchester.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Ground-The-Drones-poster-17th-October-2013.pdf

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Brunch For Palestine

SADDLEWORTH PALESTINE WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Sunday 13th October 11:00-14:00

We are raising money to support the Sheffield Palestinian
Women’s Scholarship Fund which is currently helping 20
Palestinian women in Gaza access higher education. Women’s
education in Gaza is under serious threat and this fund
supports young Palestinian women in a very positive way.

Our fundraiser Brunch includes:
❉ A buffet breakfast in lovely surroundings and good
company.
❉ 12.30pm ‘PALESTINIAN VOICES’
A presentation by Kathy who has recently returned from
a fact finding trip and would like to share her experiences
with you.
❉ Stall of Palestinian Goods (Chance for some early Christmas
shopping!)
Donations Welcome.

For more information please contact:
Saddleworth.pwsf@gmail.com

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Public Meeting: The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce

Talk by Paul Kelemen

When in March this year Ed Miliband declared that he ‘has huge respect for what Israel does’, he followed  a long line of Labour party leaders. But why has the Labour party  been such a staunch supporter of Israel?

And what has been the position of the other political forces within the British Left?

These are the main questions that Paul Kelemen examines in his book The British Left and Zionism, History of a Divorce (Manchester University Press, 2012) and  on which he will be speaking.

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 19th September 2013

British Left and Zionism

Copies of the book will be on sale at the meeting.

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

 

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Palestine: The Tipping Point

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 22nd August 2013

Palestine: The Tipping Point

 by Tanya Mikaiel.

Tanya Mikaiel has recently returned from her first visit to Palestine. She reflects that: “the situation for Palestinians is getting worse. However, many believe this is the beginning of the end for the Israeli occupation of Palestine:  ‘The tipping point’.

With increased awareness and effective activism, is the end of Israel’s apartheid regime becoming more and more of a reality?

Spending 2 weeks in Palestine has given me a greater insight into the everyday lives of the Palestinians.  It was an eye-opening experience, and one I would like to share with you.”

Leaflet for Talk

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

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Manchester PSC Discussion Group Programme

FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE MANCHESTER 7PM

THURSDAY JUNE 20TH 7pm – NORMA TURNER – REPORT OF HER RECENT VISIT TO GAZA

FRIDAY JULY 5TH 7pm – BOOK LAUNCH BY RICH WILES author of a book

‘Generation Palestine: Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement’ edited by Rich Wiles.

THURSDAY JULY 18TH – 7pm FILM – BUDRUS (A timely testimony to the power of peaceful resistance)

THURSDAY AUGUST 15TH – 7pm Report from  Branch members on the recent visit to Palestine. S

SEPTEMBER 19TH 7pm PAUL KELEMEN, about his recently published book ‘THE BRITISH LEFT AND ZIONISM – A HISTORY OF A DIVORCE’

OCTOBER – TO BE ANNOUNCED

NOVEMBER 21st – 7pm MUSHEIR AL FARRA (Sheffield eePSC) to present his film ‘ AND STILL THEY DANCE’ re situation in his native Gaza following ‘Operation Cast Lead’.

For more details contact Linda – Chair 07985624968

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Norma Turner: Report Back From Gaza

June’s discussion meeting will be a report back from Norma Turner. All welcome for what should be an interesting report back from her very recent visit.

All Welcome

7 pm At the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street Manchester

 

 

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An Evening with Palestinian Footballer Mahmoud Sarsak at the Saffron Restaurant Manchester

An Evening with Mahmoud Sarsak Monday 27th May 5.30pm onwards

 

Join Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
at the Saffron Restaurant Manchester

107, Cheetham Hill Road

M8 8PY

 

Food can be ordered for a relaxing chat with an heroic Palestinian Footballer

Come along, bring friends and family

 

Mahmoud Sarsak is a talented midfielder for the Palestinian national football team whose career was destroyed by three years detention without charge or trial in an Israeli jail .
His incarceration only ended in July 2012 after a three month hunger strike and an international outcry on his behalf by individuals and organisations including former French international and Manchester United star Eric Cantona, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the international professional footballers’ federation FIFPro.

In April-June this year the sportsman and former detainee is touring Europe to thanks those who campaigned for his release and to highlight the experience of Palestinian prisoners and of Palestinians dealing with discrimination in sport and in other areas of their working and personal lives.

His tour in the UK from mid-May to the end of June will take him to London, the northwest and northeast of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where he will meet footballers, fans and officials, members of parliament, student and faith communities and members of anti-racist, human rights organisations.

Mahmoud will be in Manchester briefly and we are inviting people to come and meet him on Monday May 27th from 5.30 onwards. While Mahmoud is in Manchester we want him to meet with prominent people in the football world so that they can hear his story directly. also those who are in a position to add their names in support of the Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign and to influence UEFA to withdraw their decision to allow Israel to host the under-21 European Championship.  If you know anyone who might be interested ask them to come along.

For more information contact Norma 07903668500

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Public Meeting with Journalist Ben White

“Israeli Apartheid: Palestinians and a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state”

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7:30pm, Friday 17th  May 2013

A special talk to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Palestinian “Nakba”

“Israeli Apartheid: Palestinians and a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state”

Ben White.

Ben White is a freelance journalist, writer and activist. He is a researcher at the Journal of Palestine Studies, and the author of two books, ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide’ and ‘Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy’. Ben’s articles have been widely published by the likes of Al Jazeera, The Guardian online, and Electronic Intifada.

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

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Manchester PSC Discussion Group Meetings Programme

APRIL
Leah Levane “On Being An Ecumenical Accompanier”  
Thursday April 18th
MAY
Ben White
Friday May 17th
JUNE & JULY
To Be Confirmed
AUGUST
Report Back From Trip To Palestine Speakers To Be Confirmed.
Thursday August 15th
SEPTEMBER
Paul Kelemen “The British Left And Zionism A History Of A Divorce” Thursday September 19th
All meetings at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street,
Behind Manchester Library
Starting at 7pm
Further details from Linda 07985624968
01/04/2013
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TOM HURNDALL MEMORIAL LECTURE 22nd APRIL 2013

This year’s speaker

EYAL WIEZMAN

(Professor of Visual Cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London)

He will speak on ‘The fields and forums of political action’.

Since 2011 Eyal Weizman directs the European Research Council funded project, Forensic Architecture – on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law. Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at the Bartlett (UCL) in London at the Stadel School in Frankfurt and is a Professeur invité at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs world wide and was member of B’Tselem board of directors.

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 MMU and Manchester University.

Please circulate the updated leaflet, which is at www.discourseunit.com/Hurndall.pdf

22 Apr 2013 18:00 – 19:30

Manchester Metropolitan University John Dalton Building Lecture Theatre C0.14 , Oxford Road , Manchester

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Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign