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Practising English on the West Hill. English lessons for young refugees in East Sussex are safe for another year.

EAL service for school-age refugees reprieved

Following a change of mind by maintained secondary schools, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) service provided to schools by East Sussex County Council has been saved – at least for a year. The news has been widely welcomed, as Nick Terdre reports.

Gill Knight, far left, with some of the audience at her talk (photo: Laurie Holden).

Activist gives eye-witness account of life in Palestine

Hastings resident and activist Gill Knight spoke at a packed Hastings Against War meeting on 5 February about her recent solidarity and fact-finding tour of Palestine. John Enefer reports.

Posted 20:47 Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: , , , , , , ,
Jenny Tonge delivers a clear message on Israel's apartheid state.

Despite Israel lobby’s efforts, Tonge delivers clear message

Despite an extensive campaign of intimidation, abuse and vitriol by the pro Israel lobby, Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign succeeded in holding its planned talk by Jenny Tonge on Israel’s apartheid state – a victory, as HPSC says, for freedom of speech. The group’s Laurie Holden reports on the meeting, and describes the strenuous efforts which preceded it to overcome the attempts to disrupt it by the faceless defenders of an unacceptable Israel. Photos by Russell Jacobs.

Constructing a community centre in the Jordan Valley.

Building for peace: first-hand news from Palestine

On Tuesday 5 February Gill Knight, of the Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Hastings against War, will give an account of an eventful 10 days she spent in Palestine last October on a solidarity and fact-finding tour. HAW’s John Enefer sets the scene.

Campaign poster from SaveEALS Facebook page.

Dismay as ESCC proposes to close English language service for school-age refugees

East Sussex County Council’s move to close the English as an Additional Language service, a vital resource for school-age refugees, has provoked widespread concern among refugee families and support groups. While possible alternative ways of providing the service are being explored, they are calling on the community to respond to the consultation on the issue, which remains open until Sunday 3 February. Nick Terdre reports.

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Israel lobby launches malicious attack on Hastings PSC event

When Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign planned a public meeting with Dr Jenny Tonge on Everyday Life in Apartheid Israel, they arranged to hold the event at the White Rock Hotel. But the hotel found itself the victim of a malicious attack by the pro Israel lobby, forcing a switch of venue, as HPSC’s Laurie Holden explains. 

No-go area: Hastings pier is expected to remain closed until March.

Come and support the pier!

Supporters of the pier are invited to a community gathering on Saturday morning to “demonstrate that we love Hastings Pier!”The event follows on the announcement that the pier will be closed until March for repair work. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.

Posted 11:57 Friday, Jan 11, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: , , ,
Banksy's Christmas card on display at the PSC information stall in Hastings town centre (photo: Hastings PSC).

How to support Palestine

As life under Israel’s occupation becomes intolerable for Palestinians, Laurie Holden of the local Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) gives a few pointers as to how the local community can show solidarity.

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