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
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
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.
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 email@example.com
All proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Protest: Balfour Declaration -100 Years
£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.
Our account details are
The author, Chris Khamis is a British Palestinian who has been active in the Palestinian solidarity and labour movements for many decades.
The article was first Published in The Organiser Newsletter of Momentum supporters and Trade Unionists in Birmingham
This year, 2017, is a year of significant but unpleasant anniversaries for
Palestinians. It is 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, usually seen as the origin of the Israel/Palestine conflict, which said that the British Government “view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” thereby promising a land they didn’t own and where Jewish people were a small minority to the Zionist movement, supported at the time by a minority of Jewish people worldwide.
It is also the 60th anniversary of the Six Day War when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian territories which remain under occupation to this day.
At a personal level, this year is the 69th anniversary of the newly formed Israeli state telling my late father that he could not return from his studies in Britain to the town near Nazareth where he was born and brought up.
They told him he was a refugee, ignoring his valid study visa on his British Mandate of Palestine passport. Unfortunately, my father was a Palestinian Arab; if he had been Jewish from any part of the world he would have
had the right to enter Israel. My father’s predicament was just one of the same faced by over 700,000
Palestinian Arabs who fled the fighting in 1947 and 1948 or who were driven out by Zionist forces. All have been denied the internationally recognised human right of refugees to return to their homeland. Palestinian
refugees now number perhaps 7 million, many living in poverty in refugee camps.
The refugees’ and my father’s predicament goes to the nub of the Israel/Palestine conflict. The Zionist answer to a vicious, mainly European history of antisemitism culminating in the Holocaust was to create a state where Jewish people had rights denied to others of a different ethnic or religious background, even if these people had been living there for hundreds of years. In response to racism, Zionism proposed and delivered a state which discriminated and continues to discriminate on racist grounds. It’s as simple as that. And the consequences, not just for Palestinians
but for Jewish Israelis and for Jewish people around the world who still face antisemitism, have not been pleasant.
Solving the conflict is not so simple. Israel’s continued building of settlements in the Occupied Territories and brutal treatment of Palestinians who live there is perhaps well known, less is written on the plight of Palestinian refugees, on discrimination faced by Palestinians who are Israeli citizens or the attempts at ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Jerusalem. International institutions and the western powers occasionally issue condemnations but have singularly failed to stop the medieval siege of Gaza, the growth of settlements in the West Bank that is making the concept of a two-state solution a non-starter, the increasing discrimination against Palestinian Israeli citizens and the rising racism in the Israeli population.
That is why we need the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This non-violent movement was launched by 170 Palestinian civil society groups in 2005. Inspired by the success of a similar campaign against apartheid South Africa, they called for BDS until Israel:
1. Ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the Wall.
2. Recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
3. Respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
These are demands for basic human rights backed by international law,yet for being active in this movement, I am denied the right by recent Israeli legislation to visit my Palestinian relatives and my father’s grave.And in a display of amazingly twisted logic, there are people who claim that BDS is anti-Semitic. (So the campaign against apartheid South Africawas anti-White?)
The Israel/Palestine conflict has gone on for too long. Too many people have died and too many continue to suffer. Britain has an historic responsibility to try and find a just, peaceful and sustainable solution based on human rights and democratic principles. We need to pressurise our government to live up to its responsibilities but we can also do something by supporting the BDS movement.