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Walls separate the Israeli and Palestinian peoples (photo: Wikimedia).

Hastings PSC prepares for action

Following their inaugural meeting earlier this month, the Hastings branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign has sent HOT the following statement and details of their next meeting.

In January 2014 twenty people came together to inaugurate Hastings’ new Palestine Solidarity Campaign group. We aim to support the Palestinians’ struggle against the occupation of their lands by Israel, for justice and for self-determination.

We will use lobbying, posters and leaflets, stalls in the town centre, films, talks, exhibitions and street events to raise awareness locally, focusing on:

* illegal settlements: they use stolen land and water, drive on segregated roads, live under different laws and get away with bullying, terror, arson and theft;

* the Occupation’s regime of military law, the constant raids and the imprisonment of teenage boys and even younger children, the 500-plus military orders that govern every detail of people’s lives;

* demolitions of homes and workplaces and destruction of crops by the security forces;

* the drafting of new laws for displacement of up to 60,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel and the bulldozing of as many as 36 of their villages;

* restrictions on movement using the apartheid wall, passes and permits, hundreds of checkpoints and roadblocks affecting daily trips to school, to work, to get medical treatment or visit family and friends and dividing up towns and villages;

* lethal bombing raids and sniper fire against Gaza and the blockade that destroys lives and livelihood.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign supports the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to isolate Israel and bring pressure on its government to abide by international law. We are looking at targeted actions we can mount in Hastings.

We will also be planning events to coincide with the global ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ during February and March.

The next meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 5 February at White Rock Hotel, when we meet a young graduate from Al Quds University who will talk about the situation in Jerusalem where whole districts have been walled off from both Jerusalem and the West Bank. And we will hear the new Song For Palestine written and recorded in Hastings.


Hastings PSC has a Facebook page under preparation.


Posted 12:17 Monday, Jan 27, 2014 In: Campaigns

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