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We now have the responses of more than 800 candidates for voters to browse before deciding how to vote 7 May. The incumbent candidates and/or the main challengers have replied in more than 175 of the critical ‘battle-ground seats’. The high numbers of responses from marginal and highly contested Parliamentary seats demonstrates that Palestine is one of the key issues that could make a difference at this year’s poll.
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BDS is working!
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April has seen significant victories worldwide against key companies that are complicit in Israel’s crimes. In South Africa, 20 companies, including manufacturers and chain stores, ended their contracts with security firm, G4S, “in protest against the company’s links to Israeli prisons and detention centres”. And Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners chalked up an important victory when French conglomerate, Veolia, announced it had sold its “water, waste and energy activities in Israel” to a US firm.
However, Veolia continues to operate the Jerusalem Light Rail, which links illegal settlements in the West Bank to West Jerusalem. It’s clear that companies are feeling the pressure of BDS – so we need to keep the pressure up until they finally end their complicity!
In Conversation with Susan Abulhawa
In conversation with Susan Abulhawa
Tuesday 2 June in Central London
Susan Abulhawa, acclaimed author of Mornings in Jenin will be reading from her new novel The Blue Between Sky and Water, before answering questions from the audience.
Susan Abulhawa
Chaired by author and academic Rachel Holmes. Rachel took part in the Palestinian Festival of Literature and her latest book Eleanor Marx: A Life was published in 2014.
This event is free of charge – Advance registration necessary (venue details will be confirmed upon registration): https://palestinecampaign.org/events/susan-abulhawa/
Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian author, human rights activist and her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water, is published by Bloomsbury on 4th June. Mornings in Jenin, Susan’s hugely acclaimed debut novel, has sold half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 26 languages.
Copies of The Blue Between Sky and Water will be on sale at the event and the author will be on hand to sign your copy.
Presented by SOAS Palestine Society, Bloomsbury Press and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
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Chat 2 Gaza
“There will be a lot of weddings this summer because last summer the bombs cancelled the weddings” – Gaza students on their summer plans.
Last week we had our final Chat2Gaza session this academic year – our virtual chat between students in London and students in Gaza. Read the latest on the Chat2Gaza blog:
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News and events
Children targeted by Israeli Forces | Aljazeera
A report released last week by Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCI-Palestine) concluded that at least 535 of the deaths were the “direct result of Israeli attacks”, and “nearly 68 percent of children killed by Israeli forces during Operation Protective Edge were 12 years old or younger”.
Attacked for shining a spotlight on Israel’s atrocities | Hands Off the Lancet
An ongoing and prolonged attack is being waged against the Lancet, simply for publishing a letter highlighting the atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza last summer. Scientists, clinicians and researchers are encouraged to sign a letter calling for ‘hands off the Lancet’.
Monday 27 April – Election Hustings in CambridgeFriends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge
Thursday 30 April – Sheffield PSC General Election Hustings – Heeley
Carfield School, Argyle Close, Meersbrook
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Sunday 3 May – Birmingham: Palestine Awareness Day – Small Heath Park, Birmingham, West Midlands
Friday 8 May – Grimsby: Open Bethlehem Screening – Oasis Academy, Wintringham,Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire
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