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WMPSC AGM and launching books on Palestine & Israel

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

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.

Centenary Protest 4th November 2017 – Coaches from Birmingham

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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. 
Thanks

Haneen Zoabi speaking in Luton on the occupation and its treatment of Palestinians

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Yudit Ilany speaking to the UK audience on the occupation and treatment of Palestinians

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

A young student returning from Palestine sharing his experience with Birmingham audience

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Palestine: Time for Action In a Year of Anniversaries

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

 

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.

 

Stop Arming Israel Week of Action

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Bernard Regan – Historian and Author on Balfour Declaration

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

#Vote Palestine

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

As we enter the last week of the election campaign, we need to make  a concerted effort to ensure every candidate within West Midlands is aware of our campaign and its objective of peace and justice in Palestine.

So far, very few of the West Midland candidates have responded to the questions put to them. You could help by sending them a reminder by following the link below.

Click Here to email your constituency candidates

You can also view the responses from the candidates we have received so far by following the link here

Click Here to view responses from West Midland candidates

 

Solidarity Fast and Vigil Cancelled Tuesday, 30th May 6-7pm with the Hunger Striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Vigil outside the Mail Box B1 1 Birmingham

Tuesday 30th May 6-7pm

Cancelled

Yesterday after 41 days on hunger strike , Palestinian prisoners suspended the strike after Israeli authorities yielded to the demand to enter negotiations with the prisoners’ chosen leaders.

Issa Qaraqe, director of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission , speaking on May 28th declared that “80 percent of the demands” of the prisoners were achieved in the strike, calling it “an important achievement to build on in the future on the basis of the protection of the prisoners’ rights and dignity

In recognition of this victory PSC and organizing partners have called off the actions planned for Tuesday May 30th including a solidarity fast and rally outside of the BBC

It is appalling that over 1500 people had to place their lives at risk to be granted basic human rights such as proper medical care and family visits. But the hunger strike was of course about more than that. It was an assertion of the broader Palestinian struggle for freedom equality and justice. The hunger strike has been an action which has galvanized Palestinian society and emphasized the centrality of the Prisoners movement to the struggle of the Palestinian people as a whole.

So we salute the courage of the strikers their families and all of those groups in Palestine and beyond who campaigned in support for their action, and also commit ourselves to continuing efforts in our broader campaign for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people and the achievement of a just peace.

In the UK our immediate focus must now turn to the election campaign and to ensuring that we all put every effort into ensuring that the cause of Justice for the Palestinians is not lost in the fog of election debate. To date over 1000 have contacted your candidates in our vote Palestine campaign. Please add your voice by sending an email to your candidates here

Let us remember the words Marwan Barghouti sent out to the world as he entered the 6th day of the hunger strike : “I call on you to stand up for those thrown into dark cells to be forgotten. I call on you to support the legitimate demands of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement and to uphold international law. I call on you to support the freedom and dignity of the Palestinian people, so peace can prevail.”

Ben Jamal, Director Palestine Solidarity Campaign

28/05/17