Sunday, May 01, 2016

Bulletin 24th April 2016


 We are very pleased to have Mahmoud Zawahra as guest speaker at our AGM on the 10th May.
Mahmoud Zawahra is a Palestinian activist and PhD student at Coventry University Department of Peace Studies, one of the founders of the popular struggle co-ordination committee in the West Bank (http://popularstruggle.org) as well as the local coordinator of the popular committee of Al-Ma'sara village, to the south of Bethlehem.
I will be focusing on the Israeli polices after 68 years of occupation and how they change the tactics but not the polices as a settler colonial project 
 aiming to replace the local Palestinians by foreigners settlers
Popular resistance and resilience (sumud) of Palestinians against the Israeli polices in the occupied Palestine, what is missed and what are the challenges and successes




We are keen that newer and preferably some younger people should take on some of the organising roles within Oxford PSC. Don’t be shy. If you wish take on a shared role at first with a more seasoned member if that is what you would prefer.


Dear PSC supporter,

OXFORD PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN ~ AGM 10 MAY 2016

I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Oxford PSC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 May2016 at the Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. All supporters are welcome to attend but only PSC members may submit motions, vote on resolutions or stand for office. Membership forms will be available at the meeting for those who are not already members but who wish to join and fully participate in the meeting.

We are delighted to have a speaker from Palestine at the meeting.

If you would like to submit a motion to the meeting please email it to us at oxfordpsc@yahoo.com  by Tuesday 26 April. Motions will be circulated to members in advance of the meeting or posted on our website.

The following officers will be elected at the AGM for the coming year:

Chair                                                             Secretary/branch organiser                         
Treasurer                                                      Membership secretary
   Student liaison officerTrade union liaison officer
   Communications/Website coordinator        Stall coordinator

The meeting will also elect committee members to work with the officers on campaigns and activities.        

Please think about standing for one of these positions or as a committee member. All officer posts can be job shared. If you would like more information about what is involved please contact me. Also if there are other ways you would particularly like to be involved e.g. helping with publicity, press liaison or coordinating some BDS (boycott) actions.

We look forward to seeing you on 10 May.

Best wishes,

Caroline Raine

Caroline Raine
For Oxford PSC



Take action today!

We have already had over 4 thousand letters sent to MPs this week but we need more. Please take 2 minutes today to take action and share this post.

Two Palestinian villages, Susiya and Um Al Hiran are under imminent threat of demolition. We need to do everything we can to stop the Israeli forces sending the bulldozers in. We know that if there is international protest on a sufficient scale, particularly from European governments, this will make a difference.

Please write to your MP today asking them to take action and demand that the foreign secretary protests in the strongest terms to the Israeli government to save the homes of the Palestinians living in these villages.


 This from Hugh: 
“I have created the @OxfordPSC Twitter account. Please invite all members and supporters who are on Twitter to follow it. Please tell me if you like the icon and header image that I've created.”




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Saturday 21st May, 7PM - 10PM / Stonehill Barn, Drayton, AbingdonOxfordshire OX14 4AA.
An Evening of Music, Culture & Food: Fundraiser for the 2017 Palestine Unlocked Festival. Entertainment from acclaimed musicians using modern and contemporary Arabic instruments, Palestinian food, auction & raffle with a special guest, Fairtrade Palestinian products, handmade crafts from 'Women in Hebron' Cooperative and much more. Not to be missed!
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Palestine Unlocked – May 21st- 23rd 2016

Saturday May 21st

10AM-12PM, St Antony’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF
Attacks on Non-Violent Resistance to Illegal Military Occupation:
The Reasons for the New Uprising
Speaker: Dr Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary, Palestine National Initiative (Mubadara),
Chair: Dr Avi Shlaim, Senior Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

2PM – 4PM / EP Abraham Lecture Theatre Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Rd OX2 6HG
Siege and Survival in Gaza: The Impact on Health and Human Rights
Speakers:
Dr Rita Giacaman, Founding Director, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Palestine
Miri Weingarten, Physicians for Human Rights–Israel

7PM – 10PM / Stonehill Barn, Drayton Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4AA
“Flavour of Palestine” An Evening of Palestinian Music Culture and Food
Entrance: tickets £35 pre-booked or £40 at the door.
To reserve, contact: info@palestineunlocked.com or visit: www.palestineunlocked.com/tickets

Sunday May 22nd
3.30-5.30PM St Margaret’s Institute Polstead Rd, OX2 6TN
The Twice Promised Land
Britain’s Role in Creating 100 Years of Conflict in Palestine
Introductory Speaker and Chair
Karl Sabbagh, British-Palestinian writer, documentary maker, and publisher
Panel members
Mustafa Barghouti, Palestine National Initiative (Mubadara), Ramallah, Palestine
Rita Giacaman, Birzeit University, Palestine
Jeremy Moodey, Embrace the Middle East
▪ Karma Nabulsi, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
Naomi Wayne, Jews for Justice for Palestinians

Monday 23rd May
7PM: The Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College 68 Woodstock Rd, OX2 6JF
Human Rights for Palestinian Prisoners
Short film and Panel Discussion with
Sir Stephen Sedley: one of the authors of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office report ‘Children in Military Custody’

William Parry: journalist/documentary film maker ‘Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails’

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bulletin 24th April 2016
This from Hugh: 
“I have created the @OxfordPSC Twitter account. Please invite all members and supporters who are on Twitter to follow it. Please tell me if you like the icon and header image that I've created.”

We are keen that newer and preferably some younger people should take on some of the organising roles within Oxford PSC. Don’t be shy. If you wish take on a shared role at first with a more seasoned member if that is what you would prefer.
We are sorry to say that Manal Tamini will not now be able to attend our AGM. Her visa has been denied Manal although she was told a few weeks ago that it was fine and all she needed to do was to pick it up today..    …and there have been attempts to smear her reputation, including representations to Oxford Town Hall.
We do however have the pleasure of the presence of Mahmoud Zawahra who has kindly agreed to step in. Please welcome him by ensuring we have a large attendance.



Dear PSC supporter,

OXFORD PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN ~ AGM 10 MAY 2016

I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Oxford PSC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 May2016 at the Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. All supporters are welcome to attend but only PSC members may submit motions, vote on resolutions or stand for office. Membership forms will be available at the meeting for those who are not already members but who wish to join and fully participate in the meeting.

We had been delighted to have a speaker from Palestine at the meeting, Manal Tamimi whohas played a crucial role in coordinating popular unarmed resistance activities against  occupation and land and water theft by Israeli settlers in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. As a result of their resistance activities she and her family have experienced torture and imprisonment and only last month Manal was kidnapped and detained, though we are pleased to say she has now been released. Now however she has been
Mahmoud Zawahra has kindly agreed to step in. Mahmoud Zwahre is a popular resistance co-ordinator

If you would like to submit a motion to the meeting please email it to us at oxfordpsc@yahoo.com  by Tuesday 26 April. Motions will be circulated to members in advance of the meeting or posted on our website.

The following officers will be elected at the AGM for the coming year:

wChair                                                             wSecretary/branch organiser                         
wTreasurer                                                      wMembership secretary
   wStudent liaison officer         wTrade union liaison officer
   wCommunications/Website coordinator        wStall coordinator

The meeting will also elect committee members to work with the officers on campaigns and activities.        

Please think about standing for one of these positions or as a committee member. All officer posts can be job shared. If you would like more information about what is involved please contact me. Also if there are other ways you would particularly like to be involved e.g. helping with publicity, press liaison or coordinating some BDS (boycott) actions.

We look forward to seeing you on 10 May.

Best wishes,

Caroline Raine

Caroline Raine
For Oxford PSC



Take action today!

We have already had over 4 thousand letters sent to MPs this week but we need more. Please take 2 minutes today to take action and share this post.

Two Palestinian villages, Susiya and Um Al Hiran are under imminent threat of demolition. We need to do everything we can to stop the Israeli forces sending the bulldozers in. We know that if there is international protest on a sufficient scale, particularly from European governments, this will make a difference.

Please write to your MP today asking them to take action and demand that the foreign secretary protests in the strongest terms to the Israeli government to save the homes of the Palestinians living in these villages.




Please be aware that there is at present a coordinated campaign to smear anyone who speaks up for Palestine as an anti-Semite. Many of us have had all our tweets and facebook postings trawed through looking for any comment that can be misconstrued as anti-Semitic. There is no real way of avoiding this short of never saying anything. Most people see through this, except the media, but such crying wolf sadly can obscure real racism, which is a real threat to progress not only in Israel.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bulletin10th April 2016

Tuesday12th April, 7.30, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates
Oxford PSC branch meeting
We need to plan our AGM, the many activities coming up over the next months, and see who is willing to take on branch responsibilities over the next year. Make sure we know of anyone who is willing to take on a role so that they can be nominated.
8 April 2016

Dear PSC supporter,

OXFORD PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN ~ AGM 10 MAY 2016

I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Oxford PSC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at the Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. All supporters are welcome to attend but only PSC members may submit motions, vote on resolutions or stand for office. Membership forms will be available at the meeting for those who are not already members but who wish to join and fully participate in the meeting.

We are delighted to have a speaker from Palestine at the meeting. Manal Tamimi has played a crucial role in coordinating popular unarmed resistance activities against  occupation and land and water theft by Israeli settlers in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. As a result of their resistance activities she and her family have experienced torture and imprisonment and only last month Manal was kidnapped and detained, though we are pleased to say she has now been released

If you would like to submit a motion to the meeting please email it to us at oxfordpsc@yahoo.com  by Tuesday 26 April. Motions will be circulated to members in advance of the meeting or posted on our website.

The following officers will be elected at the AGM for the coming year:

wChair                                                             wSecretary/branch organiser                         
wTreasurer                                                      wMembership secretary
   wStudent liaison officer         wTrade union liaison officer
   wCommunications/Website coordinator        wStall coordinator

The meeting will also elect committee members to work with the officers on campaigns and activities.         

Please think about standing for one of these positions or as a committee member. All officer posts can be job shared. If you would like more information about what is involved please contact me. Also if there are other ways you would particularly like to be involved e.g. helping with publicity, press liaison or coordinating some BDS (boycott) actions.

We look forward to seeing you on 10 May.

Best wishes,

Caroline Raine

Caroline Raine
For Oxford PSC







Here are the web/facebook links for Manal's tour.






Tickets for 'Flavour of Palestine' Celebration available now. Tickets limited to reserve now!
Saturday 21st May, 7PM - 10PM / Stonehill Barn, Drayton, AbingdonOxfordshire OX14 4AA.
An Evening of Music, Culture & Food: Fundraiser for the 2017 Palestine Unlocked Festival. Entertainment from acclaimed musicians using modern and contemporary Arabic instruments, Palestinian food, auction & raffle with a special guest, Fairtrade Palestinian products, handmade crafts from 'Women in Hebron' Cooperative and much more. Not to be missed!
Tickets: £35 pre-booked or £40 at the door.
To reserve and book tickets simply contact us using the form below or email: info@palestineunlocked.com



'Flavour of Palestine' Celebration Tickets for 'Flavour of Palestine' Celebration available now. Tickets limited to reserve now! 7PM - 10PM / Stonehill Barn, Drayton, Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 4AA. An Evening of Music, Culture & Food: Fundraiser for the 2017 Palestine Unlocked Festival. Entertainmen…
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Dear friend,

Palestine Solidarity Campaign is launching a series of events and actions commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Manal Tamimi, an internationally renowned activist from the occupied West Bank will give a UK speaking tour, including a date at Parliament on 11th May.

A Day-School Conference will be held on Saturday 14th May, with panels and discussion on the subject of the Nakba and its meaning for Palestinians today.

On Nakba Day, Sunday 15th May, actor Maxine Peake will read from Palestinian author Ahmed Masoud's play the Shroud Maker.

Many other events are taking place around the UK. For details please see:
http://www.palestinecampaign.org/nakbaweek/