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Israel’s denial of rights:
a global story for Palestinians
Israel’s apartheid and racism, its brutal occupation, its siege on Gaza, and its refusal to abide by international law manifests itself in the increasing suffering of Palestinians worldwide.
A look at just a few events of the last week alone shows the appalling crisis point reached due to Israel’s ability to violate Palestinian human rights with impunity.
In Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian fisherman in the coastal waters, and also on farmers on 26 and 28 April. They additionally fired smoke bombs onto farmland. This is a near daily occurrence in Gaza. In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR). Israeli planes continue to spray crops along the eastern Khan Younis border with poisonous pesticides that burn crops. Israeli jets also regularly fly over Gaza, breaking the sound barrier and causing sonic booms which terrorise Palestinian children already suffering from the trauma of last summer’s Israeli massacre. On 24 April, a 14-year-old boy was hit by a stray Israeli bullet while studying in his home, and is now in hospital in a critical condition.
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In the West Bank, 17-year-old Muhammad Abu Ghannam was shot dead by Israeli forces at an East Jerusalem checkpoint on 24 April. The next day, soldiers stormed a neighbourhood Palestinian Martyrs’ Centre, firing tear gas canisters. They then fired rubber-coated steel bullets at youth who protested the invasion of the centre, injuring 26. Most were hit in the upper body. On 29 April, the Israeli army kidnapped 19 Palestinians in dawn raids across the West Bank, raids which are regular and ongoing. Meanwhile, on 27 April, Israeli authorities invited tenders for new settler homes in East Jerusalem. Earlier in the month, the Israeli Supreme Court approved the application of a law allowing the Israeli state to seize Palestinian property in East Jerusalem where owners live in the West Bank or Gaza. Last week, extreme right- wing Israelis entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound under armed guard, while settlers raised the Israeli flag by the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron (Al Khalil).
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In Israel, Israeli police demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al Araqib for the 83rd time. The village stands in the Negev (Naqab) desert, where Israel is attempting to force Palestinian Bedouin from their ancestral land and into designated townships, freeing up the land for Israeli Jewish settlement. On 28 April, Palestinian citizens of Israel staged a general strike to protest against a wave of demolition of Palestinian homes in Israel.
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Amongst the diaspora, Palestinians are increasingly present among those attempting to cross the Mediterranean by boat, fleeing horror in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Those who are caught and returned to Syria have been arrested and imprisoned by the Syrian government. And many die – Palestinians were among the 500 who drowned near Malta when their boat was rammed by traffickers. Israel refuses to abide by international law, which stipulates that refugees have the right to return to their homeland, condemning millions of Palestinians to languish in refugee camps in foreign countries.
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PSC campaigns for the end of the Israeli occupation and siege, for self-determination for the Palestinian people, and for the right of return of refugees, so that the Palestinians can live in freedom and peace. Please help our work. Donate now
Cameron: Israel right to attack Gaza
In a disgraceful dismissal of Israel’s occupation and oppression of Palestinians, David Cameron has robustly defended Israel’s attack on Gaza last summer, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians – including 44 who were killed whilst sheltering in UN shelters. Read more
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Strong support for Palestine at NUS Conference
There was a brilliant step forward for the National Union of Students (NUS) in August 2014 when it passed a motion against the onslaught on Gaza and in support of BDS. So it was really important to keep that support strong at this year’s conference. An excellent amended motion was put forward by SOAS Student Union after their recent victory with the academic boycott referendum, calling on the NUS to fully back the BDS call. It was not possible to discuss this motion at conference due to time constraints, but it will be voted on in June this year by the NUS National Executive Committee. If this passes, it will be another huge victory for the campaign for a free and just Palestine. Read more>
NUS Conference
One of @PSCupdates tweets from NUS Conference
CWU Conference target Veolia, support PSC
At its conference last week, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the UK adopted a policy targeting Veolia due to its complicity in the illegal Israeli occupation.
The motion (text below), tabled by Harrow and District branch of CWU, was endorsed by the National Executive Council of the CWU and was passed unanimously after several speakers addressed conference in support of Palestinian human rights. Ian Ward speaking on behalf of the National Executive Council reiterated the union’s commitment to working with Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and to press employers, like Royal Mail, to end their contracts with Veolia. Read more>
CWU Conference
Yazid Rimawi, a telecommunications worker from Ramallah, spoke to conference about the hardships faced under occupation.
News and events
BBC: Israeli Lies go unchallenged | EI
PSC’s Amena Saleem’s incisive analysis of the unfair treatment meted out to Palestinians interviewed on the BBC Today programme
UN’s weekly report | UN
Read an account of the human rights violations that occurred in the West Bank and Gaza

Free Khalida Jarrar says Haaretz editorial

‘Judging by all the evidence, Jarrar is not a terrorist but rather a nonviolent activist who is working to liberate her people from the occupation.’

Thursday 30 April – Haringey Justice for Palestinians: BDS for Palestinian Rights – West Green, London Read More

Thursday 30 April – Sheffield PSC General Election Hustings – Meersbrook Read More


Sunday 3 May – Birmingham: Palestine Awareness Day – Birmingham,
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Saturday 9 May – Walk for Palestine –
Limehouse, London Read More


13 May to 20 June – Freedom Theatre UK Tour – Read More


Tuesday 2 June – In conversation with Susan Abulhawa – in central London
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