Following the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers at the end of last week, Israeli soldiers have rounded up and arrestedhundreds of Palestiniansin the West Bank, shot dead a 20-year-old man, and injured bystanders, including children, and protesters. 300,000 Palestinians are being held under siege or closure. Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem, East Jerusalem and Hebron are among the towns that have been subjected to night raids and ransackings. Israeli soldiers are on the streets of almost every population centre in the West Bank. Read more
A scene from ‘5 Broken Cameras’ – showing an Israeli raid of a Palestinian area
A former Speaker of the Israeli Parliament, Avraham Burg, says the Israeli response shows that “we [the Israelis] are incapable of understanding the suffering of a society, its cry, and the future of an entire nation that has been kidnapped by us”. Western media too, seem only interested in the missing Israelis, not in the fate of Palestinians, including children who are regularly abducted by the Israeli army Read more>
In the last ten days, Israel has also stepped up its air strikes against Gaza. Seven-year-old Ali al-Awwar died on Saturday following an air strike the previous Wednesday which killed his uncle. Israel’s ongoing air strikes against Gaza, affect all Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip, and again constitute collective punishment – which is illegal under international law. These strikes must stop immediately.
PSC has called on the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, to tell the Israeli Government to end its collective punishment against Palestinians following the disappearance of the three Israelis. The international community must step up and speak out against the desperation and instability created by Israel’s illegal and inhumane actions. See more here.
Please write a letter to your local newspaper, making the points in this article. If they publish your letter please send us a copy (contact details below).
More than 1400 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli Forces since 2000. Ask your MP to sign the parliamentary motion – drafted by Action 4 Palestinian Children – calling for an end to Israel’s killing and injury of Palestinian children.
Israel’s “administrative detention” policy and theplight of Palestinians onhungerstrike
Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (UK) are holding a joint meeting in central London to address the dire plight of nearly 200 Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike (for over 50 days), protesting against their detention without charge or trial under Israel’s “administrative detention” policy. Shackled and tortured, many are on the verge of death.
Support for administrative detainees on hunger strike is now more urgent than ever. As part of their collective punishment against the Palestinian people, Israel is now worsening conditions in its jails, and still refuses to discuss releasing those it holds without charge. To add to prisoners’ suffering, Israel is rushing through legislation making it possible to force-feed them, a contravention of international law.
This is a call to the international community to give voice to the voiceless and victims of human rights abuses in Israeli jails.
Speakers: former Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker, Mahmoud Sarsak, Clare Short, Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Lawyer Toby Cadman, writer Victoria Brittain, PSC’s Sarah Colborne and Mohammed Jamil – Arab Organisation for Human Rights (UK).
Sainsbury’s – taste the indifference!
Israeli settlements are built on stolen Palestinian land and are illegal under international law.
Sainsbury’s uses suppliers that trade in products from illegal Israeli settlements.
In April 2013, The Co-operative stated that in line with its ethical policy it would ‘no longer engage with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements’.
Please take action to pressure Sainsbury’s to follow the Co-operative’s good example and to stop trading with suppliers which profit from Israeli settlements.
Three things you can do:
1. Sign our letter calling for Sainsbury’s to stop using suppliers that profit from settlements
2.Join one of the campaigning events taking part outside Sainsbury’s stores on Saturday 5 July
In order to impact on Sainbury’s we need to make sure that lots of their customers are contacting them. Ask your friends to contact Sainsbury’s and ask them to stop trading with companies that do business with Israel’s illegal settlements.
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Palestinian anger against Red Cross over silence on hunger strikers, killings and arrests | EI
Saturday 21 June – Weekly Protest Against Sodastream – Brighton
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