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Parliamentary debate -Introduce sanctions against Israel

The motion that the Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms will be debated in the parliament on the 14th June 2021. West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign has organised an online meeting with members of parliament from Birmingham and surrounding constituencies to come and discuss the situation Palestinians are facing in their own homeland and why sanctions are necessary to help alleviate the hardships Palestinians find themselves in their own homes.

West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Meet your MP pre commons debate on Sanctions against Israel
Time: Jun 10, 2021 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting by following the link below

Or the Meeting ID: 895 9664 1124
Passcode: 376094

Following is a copy of a letter you can copy and modify to send it to your member of parliament before the debate.


I am writing to you as a constituent to invite you to an online meeting that has been organized with all the members of Parliament representing Birmingham and surrounding constituencies. The meeting would want to discuss with their members of parliament their concerns over the enduring occupation and oppression of Palestinians and the scheduled debate in the Houses of Parliament to discuss sanctions that can be applied on Israel to force it to abide by international and Humanitarian laws that Israel is able to ignore with impunity so far. The Birmingham meeting is scheduled for 6pm the 10th of June 2021 before the parliamentary debate that is to follow on the 14th of June 2021.

You can visit the website for more information on the debate and Israel’s violation of international Humanitarian law.

Since its establishment, Israeli state violence towards the indigenous Palestinian population has never ceased. This includes a combination of warfare, territorial theft, and violent displacement of Palestinians who had been settled in these lands for centuries. The various UN resolutions attesting to the illegality of Israeli actions and the recent reports by Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem have documented this reality. Many of these violations amount to war crimes. While several countries are faced with immediate censure, Israel continues to enjoy full impunity for its actions. The latest in these atrocities include the attacks on the Al-Aqsa worshippers during Ramadan, the attempted illegal evictions of Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, and the subsequent disproportionate and indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

In the latest attack on Gaza in May 2021, over 256 Palestinians including 66 children were killed. The Israeli government spokesman admitted that the recently supplied F35 fighter planes were used in the latest attack. British contribution towards the 50 F-35s would amount to £ 585 million. This and other arms supplies to Israel means Britain is very much complicit in the lethal attacks Israel launches on civilians living under an unwarranted siege of Gaza.

Given the role Britain played in creating the problem it bears a moral responsibility to engage in actions to bring about justice for the Palestinian people.

I therefore urge you to take concrete steps against Israel’s systematic violations of human rights and war crimes committed against the Palestinians by imposing full-scale sanctions against Israel which should include:

1. Boycotting the Israeli regime on political, military, economic and cultural fronts.

2. Ending the arms trade with Israel.

3. Supporting the trial of Israeli officials responsible for war crimes in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a similar way war criminals of former Yugoslavia and Rwanda were brought to justice.

It has become more apparent than ever that Israel is an apartheid state and will not willingly change itself. Outside measures are the only way that can meaningfully push Israel towards ending the aggression and respect Palestinian human rights.

I am hoping our members of parliament use the sanctions available to them to ensure Israel abides by International law. Also, I am hoping as a constituent you will be able to join us on the 10th June to discuss our concerns and how you hope to address them on the commons debate on sanctions.

I await your reply.

These are some of the Birmingham and surrounding constituency members of parliament you can write to. Please choose an mp who is your constituent as they are more likely to respond.

If you hear from them please let us know by emailing the response to or put it on our facebook group

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Stop Arming Israel – Protest outside ELBIT in Shenstone

Protest outside Israel’s Arms Company in Shenstone near Lichfield 11 am to 1 pm Thursday 20th May 2021

Elbit is a private Israeli weapons company, operating in a wide range of areas including, aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communication, computers, intelligence and surveillance. The company also provides a range of support services.Elbit is the second biggest arms company in Israel and the biggest private arms company in Israel. Elbit’s biggest single customer is the Israeli Ministry of Defence (IMOD). In 2017, sales to the IMOD generated 19% of Elbit Systems 3,377.8 million USD revenue.In January 2018, the Israeli government’s approval the sale of its wholly owned weapons company, the Israeli Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) to Elbit. The 515 million USD deal is to be finalised in July 2018. Established in 1993, IMI is involved in the manufacturing of a range of weapons, munitions and military technology for the Israeli army. The company’s products are used by the Israeli army and exported internationally to 70 militaries and government agencies around the world.This latest Elbit purchase gives it a greater monopoly over the Israeli arms industry’s internal and external market.Elbit supplies 85% of UAVs used by the Israeli army. One of Elbit’s most famous UAVs the Skylark – an intelligence gathering drone, operational in the Israeli army since 2008 – which is used during military operations of house arrest in the occupied West Bank. The Skylark was used during the so-called “Brothers come home” Israeli attacks in June and July 2014, where scores of Palestinian civilians were arbitrarily arrested.During Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza in 2014, Elbit’s 7.5 Skylark, as well as its lethal UAV, the Hermes 900, were used. The Hermes 900, which was assembled jointly with L-3 Communication in a 120 million USD venture, can stay aloft for up to 24 hours at altitudes of up 18,000 feet and has an array of optical, infrared, and laser sensors that allow the operator to identify and track targets as well as to guide munitions in flight. The UAV carries two Spike-MR missiles, produced by the Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.Israeli media routinely reports of the crashing of Elbit’s Skylark UAV during intelligence gathering operations in Gaza. The anxiety-inducing buzzing of Israeli military UAVs has become a permanent soundtrack to the lives of Palestinians in Gaza

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National Demo For Palestine

West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign is taking coaches to London

Coaches will leave the Central Mosque, 180 Belgrave Middleway, Birmingham B12 0XS on Saturday 22nd May at 8 am.

Spaces are limited on the coaches so to avoid disappointment please register early. Also, if people book early we may be able to arrange additional coaches if people book early. Those travelling on the coaches will be socially distanced. For each passenger, the full cost will be £20.00 To book your place deposit the full amount in our bank account as detailed below. Please use reference DEM followed by last 5 digits of your mobile number and email with your name and the reference. For subject of your email use Palestine London Demo. Please include your phone number with the email. Your seat will be confirmed by email.

our bank details are: Bank Name Unity Trust Bank Acct Name West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Sort Code 60-83-21 Account Number 20364276


If you have coronavirus symptoms do not attend. Wear a mask, use hand sanitiser, keep social distance.Israel is relentlessly bombarding the population of beseiged Gaza, many refugees from Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948. So far, more than a hundred Palestinian civilians have been killed, including children.In addition, Israel is pushing ahead with attempts to ethnically cleanse Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied Jerusalem. The plans to forcibly dispossess the families is part and parcel of Israel’s attempt to alter the demographic balance of the city, by ethnically cleansing Palestinians, while simultaneously providing financial and political support for illegal Jewish-only settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.As Palestinians protest in Jerusalem against these evictions, and Israel’s ongoing programme of ethnic cleansing, Israeli forces have responded with brutality, including an assault on worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque.In Israel itself, Palestinian Citizens are being subject to violent armed mobs, attempting to drive them from their homes.This violence is part and parcel of Israel’s regime of institutionalised racist discrimination against the whole of the Palestinian population, amounting to the crime of apartheid.The UK government must take immediate action and stop allowing Israel to act with impunity. It must demand an end to current proceedings to evict these families, and start holding Israel accountable for all its actions ,which contribute to the crime of apartheid.This includes through implementing sanctions, including an immediate military embargo to cut the supply of deadly weapons to Israel, and banning the import of goods from Israel’s illegal settlements.In the face of Israel’s brutal crimes, we can’t remain silent, we must remain on the streets!Come together on the streets to demand our government sanction Israel now!STOP ARMING ISRAEL! STOP BOMBING GAZA, FREE PALESTINE!
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Protest in Solidarity with Palestinians 15th May 2pm Victoria Square Birmingham City Centre
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Emergency Protests against the Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa

Emergency Rallies for Jerusalem have been called in many places including in Birmingham for 3pm Sunday the 9th of May 2021 outside Waterstones

On Tuesday the 11th of May, there will be a rally outside Downing Street 11th May, at 6pm in Downing Street. See information below. If you  have the capacity to organise something in your town/city, do let us know. The rallies is being supported by Stop The War, Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa and Palestinian Forum in Britain.

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Israel is attempting to ethnically cleanse Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied Jerusalem. Four of the Palestinian families face the prospect of being evicted next week.In the face of Israel’s brutal crimes, we can’t remain silent! Come together on the streets to demand our government take action.SAVE SHEIKH JARRAH, FREE PALESTINE 📣

Other protests are being planned. A vigil will be taking place in Victoria Square outside the Council House 10:30 am Saturday the 15th May 2021 as part of the Nakba day event please watch this space for further details.

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Zoom Meeting in the Midlands on Palestine and the Corona crisis from the West Bank 20th April 2020

A zoom meeting organised in the Midlands with Palestinian speakers from the West Bank and Birmingham

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A week of events with young Palestinians visiting Midlands


Saturday 23/11/2019 at 19:00: Centrala: the youth will join a jazz gig and they will sing few folk songs. Address:  Unit 4, Minerva works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RT.

Sunday 24/11/2019 at 17:00. Midland Art Centre. The film will be screened with another film about Gaza. Panel discussion with Clare Short. Address Midlands Art Centre, Cannon Hill,  B12 9QH

Monday 25/11/2019. 17.00-19.00. Ironbridge Institute Lecture, Birmingham University. Aston Webb Building Room WG12.  C19 Aston building

Tuesday 26/11/2019 at 19:00 Walsall friendship association with Kouber. St Paul’s Crossing, Darwall St, WS1 1DA.

Wednesday:  27/11/2019

Coventry University Seminar at12:30-14:00 at Richard Crossman building RC 123

Birmingham at  19:00 Centrala, Digbeth.  The film, music and discussion.  Address: Unit 4, Minerva works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RT

Thursday 28/11/2019: 18:30 The  Yemeni Community Association,  Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley St, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ

Friday    29/11/2019    Bristol  at 18:00,  Bristol Palestine Museum  Palestine Museum Bristol BS1 2HG

Saturday 30/11/2019  Exeter   14:00, Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Sunday 1/12/19 Coventry Palestine solidarity Group, at 2 pm at St Peter’s Church, Coventry.

For further information please contact:

Dr Elly Harrowell, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University,

Dr Marwan Darweish, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University,


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HSBC Stop Arming Israel National Day of Action Saturday 12th Sept 1 pm to 3 pm

WMPSC is supporting the national day of action and has called for a protest outside the New Street Branch, 130 New St, Birmingham B2 4JU of HSBC in Birmingham City Centre. Protesters will be there from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. HSBC invests in and provides financial services for companies providing military technology and weapons to Israel, which the Israeli military has used to commit war crimes and systematically violate international law. This includes investments of nearly £100 million in the company Caterpillar.


Caterpillar supplies the Israeli military with bulldozers which are weaponised and used to assist in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, including the demolition of Palestinian homes, schools, villages and civilian infrastructure – in order to make way for the ever-expanding illegal Israeli Jewish-only settlements.

Since 1967 the Israeli military has demolished nearly 50,000 Palestinian houses, and Caterpillar equipment has been involved at many of these demolitions, which amount to war crimes. Currently Caterpillar Bulldozers are being used by the Israeli military to aid in the demolition of 70 Palestinian homes in the Sur Baher village in East Jerusalem. Over 1000 Palestinians are being displaced from their homes, forcing them to live in exile

Caterpillar also provides equipment used to reinforce Israel’s apartheid infrastructure, including Israel’s checkpoints, seperation wall alongside the West Bank as well as the wall in Gaza, and for the construction of illegal settlements and settlement infrastructure on stolen Palestinian land.

Public pressure led HSBC to divest from Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company, but HSBC remains deeply complicit with Israel’s war crimes.

Mobilise and take creative action at your local HSBC branch, join in with local actions, spread the word on social media and call on HSBC to #StopArmingIsrael!

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Exist! Resist! Return Protest Sat 11th May Coaches from the Midlands

Transport from the Midlands: Please Join us

Walsall – 7.45am, Abu Bakr Mosque, Wednesbury Road
Carrs Lane Church 8-15 am, Carrs Lane Opposite  Moore St Station

Birmingham Central Mosque- 8.30am 180 Belgrave Middleway, Birmingham B12 0XS

Tickets: £15, concessions £10, £20 sponsor a seat

To book children / asylum seekers / refugees / can’t afford £10 please email

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