The Action Palestine Society invites you to ‘Right to Education Week 2013’ (11th- 15th November).

The Right to Education campaign in Palestine is a grassroots movement that seeks to document, research and raise awareness about the issues facing Palestinian students, teachers and academic institutions under the Israeli occupation. It is a campaign of international awareness raising and lobbying to isolate and put pressure the Israeli government.

R2E Palestine was founded in 1988 in Birzeit University during the 1st Intifada when 11 universities and 1194 schools (plus nurseries) were forced to close. Birzeit University opened in 1973, since then it has closed 15 times. The longest period of closure was from 1988-1992. During this time, students and academics showed strong acts of defiance, including holding lectures outside the university gates or in lecturers’ houses.

Events 1. Monday 11th Stall Time: 12-4pm Venue: Outside the SU For more information about the stalls and how you can participate, please follow this link:

Film Screening Time: 4-6pm Venue: Club Academy (SU) Price: Free For more information about the film screening, please follow this link:

2. Tuesday 12th Stunt Time: 12-2pm Venue: University Place Direct Action and Stunts put across a strong visual message and are an effective way of reaching out to a wide audience. If you would like to participate in the stunt, please follow this link for more information:

3. Wednesday 13th Stall Time: 10-12pm Venue: Outside the SU

‘Voices from Palestine’ event: Video link with students at An-Najah University Time: 4-6pm Venue: Room 2 (SU) Price: Free This event will comprise of a talk by a guest speaker from ‘Friends of Al-Aqsa’ and a Video Conference with academics and Palestinian students from An-Najah University, allowing them to tell us first-hand about the barriers to education that are imposed by Israel, and to answer questions about life in Palestine as a Palestinian.

4. Thursday 14th Stunt Time: 12-2pm Venue: University Place

Technion Debate Time: TBC Venue: University Place, Lecture Theatre 1 Price: Free

5. Friday 15th Talk, Photo Exhibition and meal Guest speakers including Malaka Mohammad (student from Gaza) Time: 6:30pm – 10pm Venue: Lal Qila (Curry mile) Price: £8 Includes 3 course meal Tickets can be found at our stall outside the student union Monday and Wednesday. Alternatively you can contact the Action Palestine society to reserve a ticket.

If you would like to volunteer at any of our events, please attend our ‘Right to Education Week Volunteers Meeting’. Date: Wednesday 6th November Time: 5:30 – 7pm Venue: Room 7

Please join us at some of our events throughout the week to show your support to the Palestinian cause as well as highlighting the educational struggle of children all across the world in countries of conflict and war. A timetable of events can be found here:

We hope you have had a lovely week. See you soon!

From, Your AP committee May Peace and Blessings be upon you. For any queries, contact Huma: 07557090180

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


Brunch For Palestine


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
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
Donations Welcome.

For more information please contact:


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


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

Manchester PSC Discussion Group Programme




‘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



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

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

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

Manchester PSC Discussion Group Meetings Programme

Leah Levane “On Being An Ecumenical Accompanier”  
Thursday April 18th
Ben White
Friday May 17th
To Be Confirmed
Report Back From Trip To Palestine Speakers To Be Confirmed.
Thursday August 15th
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

Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign