More than 2,000 people massed outside the gates of Downing Street yesterday in protest at David Cameron’s welcome for Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu flew into London for a two day visit, which will include a meeting with Cameron. He is also scheduled to meet with other MPs.
Protesters blocked the road and pavements outside Downing Street, as speakers including SNP MPs Tommy Sheppard and Stewart McDonald addressed the crowds. Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which organised the protest, also spoke and said it was a disgrace that the British Prime Minister was welcoming a war criminal to London.
Baroness Jenny Tonge, Richard Kuper, from Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and Kate Hudson of CND, were also among the speakers.
Protestors blocked the roads and pavements outside Downing Street.
PSC’s letter to David Cameron, calling on him to impose immediate sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel until it ends the occupation and the siege, rather than welcoming its Prime Minister to the UK, was also delivered this week. The letter was signed by nearly 10,000 people.
On a bright and sunny afternoon last Sunday, over 1500 people marched through Cardiff to call for Israel to be kicked out of UEFA, just before the match kicked off between Israel and Wales. Israel uses sport as a way to present itself as a “normal” country. It uses sport to whitewash its racism against the Palestinians, just as South Africa did under apartheid. And just as people in South Africa did, activists are taking a stand.
Many thanks to Cardiff PSC for organising the demonstration, and to the PSC branches and activists from around the country – including Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Liverpool, West Midlands, Bradford and London – who travelled in coaches to the protest.
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Stop the Arms Fair!
On Monday, activists from across the country came together in London to start the week of actions to #StopDSEI, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs. Each day this week has a different theme, including days on the impact the arms trade has on the environment and on the refugee crisis.
Monday was devoted to the #StopArmingIsrael campaign, working with campaigners from Campaign Against the Arms Trade, War on Want, and the Boycott National Committee. The ExCel centre in London is the perfect place for an arms fair; soulless, corporate and concrete. Arriving early in the morning on Monday, we were delighted to find that the huge police presence had closed many of the roads to the site for us; they were so concerned about our actions, this seemed to be their response.
For the rest of the day the police looked on in confusion and occasionally in support as activists set up alternative tents explaining the arms trade; performed street theatre in character as Israeli arms dealers; and blocked a truck carrying tanks from entering the site. While the truck was blocked, we held a workshop on Hewlett Packard and its involvement in Palestine; talks on BDS victories, and our personal favourite: a dabke workshop – a perfect symbol of people power: dancing in front of tanks.
Join our fun and friendly sponsored walk along a beautiful section of the River Thames from Putney to Richmond.
This sponsored walk is to raise funds for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. We rely on funding from our members and supporters to carry out our work, and all money will be used towards our campaigning activities.
Please help make a difference – help build solidarity with Palestine – and help raise funds for the PSC. This event is kindly organised by Kingston & Richmond and West London PSC.
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