Protest: Al-Quds/ is Palestine ! Birmingham High Street 9th Dec 2 pm – 4pm

Protest on the High Street, Birmingham by Marks and Spencer

U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plan to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel” is an appalling attempt to give legitimacy to Israel’s illegal control of the city by a xenophobic and racist U.S. administration.

Jerusalem is illegally occupied by Israel under international law, and this latest illegal act reverses decades of official U.S. policy on Jerusalem. It goes against the entire international consensus on Jerusalem and exposes again the US blindly adhering to Israeli policy to ethnically cleanse Palestine and to set the Middle East ablaze.

Palestinians, supported by the absolute majority in the millions of people of conscience worldwide, will protest this latest U.S. surrender to Israel’s extremist agenda and we will stand with them in Birmingham. We will collectively continue to insist on attaining Palestinians’ UN-stipulated rights and ending Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid through popular resistance and the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

We call on all concerned individuals to take a stand for the Palestinians, still occupied, still violently forced from their land, and still the victims of the shameful support of western governments, from the Balfour Declaration to the US embassy move to Jerusalem. Join the ‘Hands Off Jerusalem’ protest on SAturday 1400-1600 high street Birmingham

#FreePalestine #BDS #StopArmingIsrael

Defence for Children International Palestine

Ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalised throughout the process”. These were the conclusions of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report ‘Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations‘.

Ayed Abu Eqtaish from

Defence for Children International Palestine

will be speaking in Birmingham

Saturday 25 November 2017 at 2 pm

Unite Building, Heneage Street West, Birmingham B7 4AZ

Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts – between 500 and 700 each year. The Israel Prison Service revealed that an average of 204 Palestinian children have been held in custody every month since 2012.

Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:

  • Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers.
  • Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
  • Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
  • Put into solitary confinement.
  • Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).

For more information about the suffering of the children of Palestine see Defense for Children International Palestine,www.dci-palestine.org

WMPSC AGM and launching books on Palestine & Israel

JOIN US FOR

WMPSC AGM at 1pm

followed by the

Launch of ShirHever’s & Warren Bardsley’ books 

The Privatisation of Israeli Security

Consequences The Trial of Arthur James Balfour

Sunday 3 December 2017 at 1 pm

Unite Building, Heneage Street West, Birmingham B7 4AZ

Between 1994-2014, Israel’s security service was transformed, becoming one of the most extreme examples of privatised security in the world. This book is an investigation into this period and the conditions that created ‘Occupation Inc.’: the institution of a private military-security-industrial complex.

State sponsored violence is increasing as a result of this securitisation, but why is it necessary, and what are its implications? In this book, ShirHever considers the impact of the ongoing Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation, the influence of U.S. military aid and the rise of neoliberalism in Israel, to make sense of this dramatic change in security policy.

Through the lens of political economy, this book shows how the Israeli security elites turn violence into a commodity in order to preserve their status and wealth, providing a fresh new perspective on the Israeli occupation.

ShirHever is an economic researcher based at the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem.

Consequences: The Trial of Arthur James Balfour, by Warren R Bardsley

Warren Bardsley’s new book was released in early September, and is available for the price of £9.99

Please see this flyer for more details about the book.

Balfour flyer (1)

There is also a 3-act play script based on the book available for groups to use, with no charge or copyright.

To order a copy of either the book or play script, please contact w.bardsley39@btinternet.com

All proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Lobby Council Free Speech on Israel

Birmingham City Council Conservative councillors re putting the resolution to the Council that will severely restrict our ability to campaign for Palestinian rights and aspirations. WMPSC has written to the Council’s member responsible for Equalities about our concern. I am urging all of you to write to individual councillors also about your concern.

This resolution, if passed by the Council, would prevent Palestinian voices being heard in the city. We urge you to turn up in large numbers to impress on the Council the strength of our feelings for Palestine.

It would be good if you can contact your councillor by monday afternoon as they will be deciding group policies before Tuesday’s council meeting. Join us for a lobby on Tuesday

Copy Letter below and send it to your council – email addresses can be ob

I am writing to you as a Labour Councillor about our concern regarding how the resolution proposed by Conservative Councillors Ewan Mackey and Matt Bennett would impact social cohesion in multi-cultural Birmingham. 
 
Instead, I would support adopting the key aspect of the resolution on Anti-Semitism in line with what has been adopted by the Labour Party – see pages 11-12 of the Race and Faith Manifesto 2017.
 
You will see that the party has adopted only the formal 40 word definition, and not the accompanying guidance and examples which are included in the resolution to be put to the Council. These conflate criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism, and need to re-considered, as they could restrict freedom of expression that is legally protected. 
 
West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign is already finding difficulty in booking venues in the city. If this resolution is adopted it would be likely to make it even more difficult for us to promote discussion on legitimate Palestinian rights and aspirations. 
I have grave issues with three particular aspects of the resolution  
    Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is  a racist endeavour. (No faith as a whole has rights of self determination. People living in a particular country jointly have the right of self determination. Muslims, Christians or Hindus do not have the right of self determination in the countries they live in. Instead all faiths have the right to practice their faiths where they live. Palestinians claim they are victims of racism in Israel. They should be able articulate their claims without being accused of Anti-Semitic) 
 
    Applying double standards by requiring of it behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation. (We are free to criticize the behaviour of all countries that violate internationally accepted standards. Not been critical of similar behaviour by another state does not make the critic an anti-Semite)
 
    Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.(If any state uses methods or laws that has historical precedence than we should be able to point it out without being accused of Anti-Semitism.)
I would ideally urge the Birmingham City Council to suspend the adoption until the various communities in Birmingham are consulted on the issue.  Failing that, removing the three objections pointed out above would answer our concerns. 
West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign as part of the National Palestine Solidarity Campaign prides itself in taking a lead against all forms of racism including Anti-Semitism.  PSC aims – Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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Centenary Protest 4th November 2017 – Coaches from Birmingham

Protest: Balfour Declaration -100 Years

Balfour Declaration…. 100 years..
National mobilisation –  Coaches leave Birmingham around 8 am.
 
Coventry Friends of Palestine are putting on a coach to London for the national Rally
There will be limited seats available on a first come first served basis.
£10 waged, £5 unwaged and children under 14 (unless can sit on a lap, then free)
Pick up will be from Coventry Swimming Baths, Pool Meadow. 9am and we will return approx 6/7pm to the same place.
Coach will leave from Walsall Abu Bakr Mosque 150-156 Wednesbury Road Walsall
Coach will leave from Birmingham Central Mosque 180 Belgrave Middleway, Birmingham B12 0XS at 8:15 am on Saturday the 4th November – ,
 
Coach will also leave from Carrs Lane Church Carrs Ln, Birmingham B4 7SX at 8:30 am on Saturday the 4th November
 
National Demonstration in London for Saturday the 4th November. Coaches will be arranged to take us from Birmingham to the National Protest.
 
The charges are 15.00 waged and 10.00 unwaged
To confirm your seat on the coach please deposit the money into our account when done please text me on 07721 427690

Our account details are

Unity Trust Bank, account no 20364276 sort code 60-83-01
Use your mobile number as reference where possible.
Please pay as soon as you can to confirm your seats. Early booking would allow us to book additional coaches if needed. 
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