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The year that was – British solidarity with Palestine in 2014, by Hugh Lanning, PSC Chair

2014 was a terrible year for Palestinians. We all saw scenes of horror in Gaza, but we also witnessed the courage and resilience of Palestinians. There was a seismic shift in solidarity with Palestine – driven by horror at the unfolding massacre in Gaza, and rooted in the solidarity activism that PSC, its members and branches have carried out for many years.
Solidarity with Palestine has grown to incredible levels – but we cannot forget that this is a result of the suffering and resistance of the Palestinians. Read PSC’s annual report now>
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Imad Abu Shtayyeh
Picture credit: Imad Abu Shtayyeh

 Why won’t the media report on Israeli violence in East Jerusalem?

picture credit: Tal King
Picture credit: Tal King
Israel operates a regime of control and violence across East Jerusalem. The Israeli army, police and settlers all play their part in the daily aggression against Palestinians, whose very existence in East Jerusalem is becoming increasingly precarious.
But this large-scale violence goes unreported in the mainstream Western media. PSC’s last update on East Jerusalem at the beginning of November – What the media won’t tell you about East Jerusalem – detailed Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies in the city.
Our new update details some of the violence Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have faced in November and December, all against a resounding media silence.
Boycott Hewlett Packard
In just under two weeks, an amazing 6,500 people have signed the Hewlett Packard Pledge, committing themselves to boycott all HP products until the corporation ends its complicity in the oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people.
You can sign the pledge right now by clicking on this link and filling out your name.
HP makes products including printers, laptops and ink cartridges. By signing the pledge you can join the thousands of others who are declaring they won’t buy HP goods while it helps to maintain Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and its siege on Gaza.
Read Hugh Lanning’s Morning Star article on why you should boycott HP.
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Support PSC – message from Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake
Actor Maxine Peake emailed PSC members and supporters to explain that she supports PSC because “of the genuine and long-lasting change it is making. The seismic shift in public and political opinion that we have seen this year has come after years of work that PSC and its supporters have been doing.”
Please give generously to keep pushing Palestine to the forefront of the agenda and bring justice and freedom to the Palestinians.

Families of the Nakba

Neil Kirtlan (PSC’s bookkeeper) has produced a photobook, Families of the Nakba, in the form of an album of Palestinian refugee families living in Beirut. In each family, the oldest member can recall being forced to leave Palestine in 1948 and is photographed with their extended family.
The book is being launched on Wednesday, 14th January 2015 from 7.00pm at SOAS, London (details here) and Prof Manuel Hassassian, who wrote the foreword to the book, will be attending. All members and supporters are welcome
News and events
20 year old killed by Israeli troops | Telegraph
20-year-old Mahmoud Adwan was shot dead by Israeli soldiers this morning as he stood on the roof of his home in the Qalandia refugee camp near East Jerusalem.
Court turns down rights group’s appeal to allow father to see infant son ‘for first and last time’ | Haaretz
A father is denied the right to travel from Gaza to the West Bank to see his dead child and his wife.
Children under detention and house arrest | DCI Palestine
Othman, 15, is sitting at the top of a narrow staircase in the front porch of his family’s home in the Old City, Jerusalem. He almost never smiles or laughs, and he doesn’t speak much.
Israel resisting end to occupation | Guardian
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said he will tell the US secretary of state, John Kerry, that Israel will rebuff any moves at the United Nations to set a timeframe for a withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for their state
Until January UK wide film screenings : Open Bethlehem by Leila Sansour Read More
Saturday 20 December Tower Hamlets PSC- Final Street Stall of the Year! Whitechapel Road, London
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Tuesday 6 January “Social and Environmental Change in Palestine – What can you do?” Milton Keynes Read More
Wednesday 14 January Book Launch: ‘Families of Nakba’ SOAS, London Read More
Saturday 24 January PSC AGM 2015 (for PSC members) London Read More
Friday 27 March Marathon Bethlehem
Amos are looking for marathon and half marathon runners Read more
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