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Campaign against Israel's illegal settlements.

Israel builds these towns and cities on stolen Palestinian land – displacing Palestinians, taking away their livelihoods, and attempting to build Palestine out of existence.
Our partners in Palestine have made it clear they want us to take action. So that's exactly what we’re going to do.

The UK Government calls Israeli settlements illegal and a barrier to peace. And yet in spite of their words, they have taken no action. We are campaigning, with partners in Palestine and the UK, to demand the UK government takes decisive and effective action against Israel in order to stop the continual building of illegal settlements.

new introductory factsheet on settlements explains, in basic terms, what settlements are, why they are harmful and what can be done to stop them. https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/settlements-factsheet-2016-v6.pdf



 90-second video showcasing the #StolenHomes campaign, which is working around the world to get Airbnb to stop hawking rentals in illegal settlements.
Airbnb has shown that we’re going to need to really work for this change. And our assessment is our next step is to ramp up the public conversation on their settlement profitteering.
make sure this story gets out,  watch - and share - it today.

Airbnb is, in the end, just another corporation looking out for their bottom line. But they are sensitive to their public image and PR - and if we can get enough eyeballs on this video, we’ll be in a better position to drive them to the negotiating table.

 

Previous activity:

Sat 9th December  2017 despite the heavy snow, eighteen people came and we raised £200 or so to plant olive trees
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 The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is fast approaching. As you know, the Government has made it clear that it has no intention of apologising for Balfour. Indeed, last month Sajid Javed, the Communities Secretary said “here in Britain we will not merely mark the centenary, we will celebrate it with pride.”
Now more than ever we need you to take that message with us to the streets.
Get your friends and your colleagues and the groups to which you belong onto the streets of London on November 4th as we rally for Palestine.
Be with us as we deliver two clear messages:
to the Palestinians, your cause is not forgotten and we in the UK in this year of the centenary of Balfour know our responsibilities; we will keep fighting, keep marching, and keep lobbying until you enjoy equality, justice, and rights in your homeland.
To the UK government - acknowledge Britain’s historic complicity but recognise also your responsibilities now to put pressure on Israel to abide by international law and cease its violations of human rights.
 

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Key information about Hewlett Packard campaign

 HP is the second largest investor in Israeli Information Technology (IT).  Its technology and equipment facilitate both the illegal Israeli occupation and apartheid, particularly through the development of its biometric system used for population and territorial control and surveillance of Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territory.

 The Checkpoints. HP’s Basel system is installed at the Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. These deprive Palestinians freedom of movement in violation of international law. When the Presbyterian Church wrote to the company about this, it replied saying that their system: ‘reduc(es) friction between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers at barrier checkpoints while expediting the passage process’.

 The Israeli Military. HP provided the IT infrastructure for the Israeli Navy, thereby helping to enforce the blockade of Gaza, and supplies the computer systems for the Ministry of Defence.

 The Settlements. HP employs settlers in Beithar Illit and provides services and technologies to two of the largest settlements in the occupied West Bank (Modi’in Illit and Ariel).

 Biometric ID cards:
Occupied Territories - HP facilitates Israeli control of the Palestinian population of the occupied West Bank with its biometric identification of Palestinian civilians. The ID numbers for these Green cards that bear the Palestinian National
Authority (PNA) insignia are assigned by Israel, which controls the Palestinian population registry. 
Citizens of Israel - HP facilitates Israeli apartheid with the development of its biometric system that differentiates between Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, among other ethnicities and religions. In other words, as the American Friends Service Committee puts it, “this system takes to a new level of technology the stratification of citizenship rights.”

 HP Labs at Technion University. In 2012, the HP Labs based at TechnionUniversity (Haifa) was its largest center for research and development. Technion itself is considered highly complicit in the occupation, siege and attacks on Gaza as it is a base for research and development for a wide range of military equipment, with close links to Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Elbit Systems. (working mainly on surveillance and attack drones).

Further information is available from ‘Who Profits’. http://whoprofits.org/company/hewlett-packard-hp

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Over 1,500 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel have been participating in the hunger strike led by senior Fatah official Marwan Barghouthi since April 17 to protest the torture, ill treatment, and medical neglect of prisoners at the hands of Israeli authorities, as well as Israel’s widespread use of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges. The hunger strike is largely being ignored by the western media.

Read their demands here: http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776379

 

Write to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, request it urgently raises the hunger strike with Israel, and ends its violations of international law and human rights conventions in the treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

  http://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/hungerstrike

PALESTINE HUNGER STRIKE solidarity Protest Vigil FRIDAY 19th May, Queens sq, Wolverhampton

 

 

Friday 12 May 2017 
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Film Night  - Friday 4th November 2016

WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY 60 mins.
Where Should The Birds Fly is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.
Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report. But it is so much more.
It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population.
FREE ADMISSION - collection for expenses.

'Popular Protest in Palestine'
Speaker: Marwan Darweish, (Principal lecturer in Peace Studies at Coventry University)
Date: Tuesday 7th June 


Marwan Darweish talks about his recent book, co-authored with Andrew Rigby, which examines the role of the unarmed civil resistance movement in the Palestinian liberation struggle. Marwan and his colleagues work informs a contemporary readership about this under-emphasized dimension of the Palestinian struggle, arguing that at the present juncture the popular resistance movement, especially in the West Bank, is the most significant form of struggle against the ongoing occupation.

Popular Protest in Palestine also addresses the international dimensions of the Palestinian struggle, focusing in particular on the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaign, the role of international solidarity activists in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and beyond, and the changing forms of engagement developed by international agencies seeking to work on the roots of the conflict whilst fulfilling their humanitarian aid mandates.


Supported by  Wolverhampton University UNISON Branch and Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

PSC Film Night - Friday 6th May 2016 at Friends Meeting House WV1 4PR
 @ 7.15pm Refreshments @ 7.30pm film: The Lab - an acclaimed film detailing the Israeli arms industry & its effect on the lives of Palestinians.
 'The Lab', Directed by Yotam Feldman. Documentary. 60 minutes.
Discussion & refreshments
'The Lab' is a 2013 documentary film about the Israeli military industry, the international arms trade and the occupied Palestinian territories.
The film is an award winning Israeli, Belgian, French co-production directed by filmmaker and journalist Yotam Feldman. It is 60 minutes long and was shot in Hebrew and has English subtitles. It shows how Israel makes profit by testing weapons in the occupied territories that are then sold worldwide with the marketing that they were tested in combat.

The film reveals how the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank is a marketable, highly profitable, national asset so valuable that the State of Israel cannot afford to lose.

 G4S have finally announced they'll be selling their subsidiary "G4S Israel" - their stake in the Israeli occupation.

PSC, together with our partners and friends across the world, we've stood up to this mighty conglomerate and won! G4S are a massive company with huge profits. But by standing together and never giving up, even after years of campaigning - we've shown them that propping up occupation and profiting from apartheid is not an acceptable business model. Thank you!
We are part of a Palestinian-led world wide movement that uses the simple, peaceful protest of boycott, divestment, and sanctions. We know that together we will end the Israeli Government's occupation and human rights abuses.
So let's set our sights on the next big challenge... Hewlett Packard.
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Case against anti-drone protestors collapses - All charges against 19 anti-drone protestors have been dropped, after the Crown Prosecution Service admitted there was no realistic prospect of conviction.  The 19 were arrested for protesting at UAV Engines Ltd, in Shenstone, Staffordshire, on 6 July 2015, one year after Israel's attacks on Gaza in 2014.

UAV Engines Ltd is wholly owned by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company manufacturing military drones used to attack Gaza.

Speaking after the charges against her were dropped, Hilary Smith, said:
“The Crown Prosecution Service has finally conceded they had no case. Taxpayers' money has been wasted on a police operation and prosecution, all based on a bogus injunction.
“We protested peacefully at a factory owned by this Israeli company involved in drone wars against Palestinians. It is Elbit who should be in the dock.”

Ryvka Barnard, Senior Military and Security Campaigner at War on Want, said:
“It would have been a scandal for people to have been made criminals for protesting the manufacture of weapons used in war crimes. This is a victory for the right to protest.
“It doesn’t end here. As long as the UK continues its deadly arms trade with Israel, it remains complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people and the brutality of Israeli Apartheid. We will continue to fight for the rights of Palestinians.”

On 1 July, UAV Engines obtained an injunction to prevent any demonstration within 250 metres of the site entrance. On 27 October, the Birmingham High Court removed the injunction “ab initio”, with the Judge declaring that it “had never existed”, asthe company had failed to disclose the history of peaceful protest at the site.

 

Co-op Bank have closed Cuba Solidarity and Palestine Solidarity accounts without warning. No longer an ethical bank as was taken over by U.S. hedge fund who are now exerting political on a British institution. Unity trust bank which was set up by the TUC is the bank to trust for political accounts. Wolves trades council always used Unity Trust.

  

Labour Party announced they are no longer going to be using G4S [1] for their conference security. This decision by the Labour Party, which now represents 330,000 members and many more supporters, sends a clear message: our political parties can stand up and act ethically and responsibly, and this can be at the centre of how politics works.

It tells G4S loud and clear that we won’t stand for their involvement in the ongoing occupation of Palestine [2]

1) http://www.leftfutures.org/2015/11/labour-party-will-boycott-g4s-security-services-over-repression-of-palestinians/
2) For information on G4S' involvement in the Israeli occupation: http://whoprofits.org/company/group4securicor-g4s

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Veolia has announced (Aug 2015) that it is completely pulling out of its contracts with Israeli apartheid! This is a huge victory for solidarity with Palestine and the BDS movement and sends a clear message to other companies – doing business with Israel risks your reputation and profit.

The campaign against Veolia notched up major successes with Veolia losing major contracts. The pressure from campaigns like ours was too much and today they announced they’re selling the Light Rail shares too! That means Veolia has completely withdrawn from Israeli apartheid, exactly what our campaign wanted them to do.


A victory like this only happens because of the people involved, the dedication of PSC activists and supporters, all of the other campaigners in the UK, in Palestine, and people around the world.

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Saturday, 19th September 2015 Wolves PSC outside the new Wolverhampton Sainsbury's between 11am and 1pm 

Sunday 6th September 

show israel the red cardShow Israeli racism the red card in Cardiff! Don't Play Israeli Apartheid

Wales drew Israel in the qualifying round of the 2015/16 UEFA Championships.

Wolves PSC arranged transport to Cardiff 

Israel engages in these sporting competitions to appear as a credible European nation, with the aim of diverting attention away from the blatant violations of human rights exacted by the Israeli state on Palestinians. It uses sport to whitewash its racism against the Palestinians, just as South Africa did under apartheid. And just as people in South Africa did, activists are taking a stand.

We need to send a message that we will not let Israel's crimes go unnoticed, just as activists protested the participation of South Africa in similar sporting events during apartheid. 

A major rally in Cardiff is being organised, with people traveling from around the country to protest this match.

The Israeli national team will be playing Wales in Cardiff in the qualifying round of the men's Euro 2016 competition on Sunday 6th of September.

Why should they not be allowed?

  • There is no fair play in Israel, a country which is illegally occupying Palestine. Wales will be playing against a country which routinely prevents Palestinian people from playing football and competing in tournaments, a team which should be kicked out of UEFA and FIFA. The rules of FIFA and UEFA are clear that there should be freedom of movement for all players around the world and no racism in football. But Israel violates both principles with' impunity.
  • This year Palestine made it through to the 16 finalists in the Asian Cup in Australia despite: player Sameh Maarabeh not being allowed to travel from the West Bank; player Haitham Deeb not being allowed leave Israel; two Palestinian FA officials not being allowed to travel from the West Bank; no Gazan players were able to travel.
  • At the September 2014 Philippines Peace Cup Israel prevented six Palestinian players from Gaza from competing, leaving the Palestinian squad with only three reserves.
  • Palestinian facilities and stadiums have been bombed and players imprisoned. Palestinian national team player Mahmoud Sarsak was held in an Israeli prison for three years without charge until July 2012. An international campaign for his release included Eric Cantona .
  • In 2014 Israeli armed forces invaded the headquarters of the Palestinian Football Association. The Israeli FA did not condemn the raid.
  • Racism is common on the terraces with 'regular chants of "death to Arabs". The Israeli FA does not exercise due control over its clubs and the racism amongst fans deepens.
  • Israel imposes apartheid on all aspects of Palestinian life. Just as in apartheid South Africa Israel should be suspended from international sport until it observes international law and respects the human and national rights of Palestinians.

Israel's apartheid wall both imprisons the Palestinian's within their own country and locks the majority of Palestinian's out

 

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for info on British arms sales to Israel click here....    or see https://www.stoparmingisrael.org
 
Informing and pressuring our representatives in Parliament is central to our campaign. We need to make sure that our voice is heard in Westminster, and to do that we rely on people like you. This is the first lobby for Palestine that has taken place in this new parliament, so its crucial we send a strong message. Please take action to make Palestine a key issue in this coming parliament, and contact your MP and send one of the following letters to them.
 
 

Scientific research is an extremely lucrative form of Israeli cooperation with the EU. Israel takes part in over 800 schemes with European universities and companies, with a total value of £4.3 billion. By 2013 it's expected that Israel will have received more than £500 million worth of EU grants. People should be outraged that Ireland's European Commission representative, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, is administering these grants. Among the beneficiaries are arms-makers like Elbit and IAI, who produce the pilotless drones and warplanes regularly used in attacking the people of Gaza. David Cronin advices us to get involved with your nearest Palestine solidarity group, get active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We can't rely on politicians to deliver justice, so it falls to ordinary people to take action. Click here for details

 

 Palestine garden party

The National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine  on Tuesday 23 June 2015

 

Wolverhampton Fair Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign Zaytoun event  26 February  Palestinian farmer speaker

St Andrew's Church Hall St Andrew's Close, Hunter Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0QZ

Mohammad Rsheid, a farmer of olive and almond trees & Taysir Arbasi, the Palestinian Director of Zaytoun.

 

 

Last August, amid Israel's bloody onslaught on Gaza, nine members of London Palestine Action occupied and closed the Elbit Systems factory at Shenstone, Staffordshire.

Days before they faced trial for aggravated trespass at Newcastle under Lyme.  The CPS said it had been forced to discontinue the case after it was informed that two witnesses from the company were no longer prepared to give evidence, and that documentation – understood to be the arms export data – would not be forthcoming.

so no demo on 9th Feb outside court!

For 2 days nine Roof Top Protesters Closed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle plant in Shenstone, Staffordshire run by Israeli Arms Manufacturer Elbit Systems. The action of the Shenstone 9 Highlighted the UK Arms Trade with Israel. All the protesters were charged with Aggravated Trespass and could face custodial sentences.

 

Letter campaign to Cllr Bert Turner the chair of West Midlands Pensions Fund

Read more: West Midlands Pension Fund - divest from Israeli companies.

response: 

The Pensions Committee has agreed in its December meeting to maintain its position that the Fund should not disinvest from the named companies. However, as a responsible long term investor, the Fund will engage with the named companies regarding their alleged misdoings where appropriate to express its concerns.

Yours sincerely Councillor T H Turner

 

 

16 Jan 2015 Wolves PSC 

Iron Wall
free film show @ Friends’ Meeting House, Wolverhampton Friday 28th November

Iron wall 2006 documentary by Mohammed Alatr, follows the timeline, size and population of the settlements and their impact on the peace process.
They are, the film argues, a deliberate strategy by Israel to make its occupation of the West Bank permanent.
The peace process is based on a simple premise – land for peace. Settlements destroy that premise.

 

Boycott Israeli Goods
- leafleting of customers outside the new Wolverhampton Sainsbury's St Marks Saturday 1st November 2014 11am until 1pm to explain why they should boycott Israeli products.

Solidarity with those arrested for Roof top protest at Israeli arms factory

For 2 days nine Roof Top Protesters Closed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle plant in Shenstone, Staffordshire run by Israeli Arms Manufacturer Elbit Systems. The action of the Shenstone 9 Highlighted the UK Arms Trade with Israel. All the protesters were charged with Aggravated Trespass and could face custodial sentences.

Wednesday, 20th August Good turnout from all parts of the country in solidarity with the 'Shenstone 9' who stood outside court for 2 hours from 9am before they appeared before magistrates. They were bailed and are due to appear in court again on October 6th.

 
 

by the Israeli committee Against a house Demolition

On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. 

 Israel's actions in the month after the ceasefire:

1. Annexed another 1500 acres of West Bank land

2. Seized $56 million of PA tax revenue

3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire)

4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions

5. Detained six fishermen

6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding

7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head

8. Tortured a prisoner to the point of hospitalisation

9. Refused 13 members of the European Parliament entry into Gaza

10. Detained at least 127 people across the West Bank, including a seven-year-old boy in Hebron and two children, aged seven and eight, taken from the courtyard of their house in Silwad – and tear-gassed their mother

11. Continued to hold 33 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in prison

12. Continued to hold 500 prisoners in administrative detention without charge or trial

13. Destroyed Bedouin homes in Khan al Ahmar, near Jerusalem, leaving 14 people homeless, and unveiled a plan to forcibly move thousands of Bedouin away from Jerusalem into two purpose-built townships

14. Destroyed a dairy factory in Hebron whose profits supported an orphanage

15. Destroyed a family home in Silwan, making five children homeless

16. Destroyed a house in Jerusalem where aid supplies en route to Gaza were being stored

17. Destroyed a well near Hebron

18. Set fire to an olive grove near Hebron

19. Raided a health centre and a nursery school in Nablus, causing extensive damage

20. Destroyed a swathe of farmland in Rafah by driving tanks over it

21. Ordered the dismantling of a small monument in Jerusalemto Mohamed Abu Khdeir, murdered in July by an Israeli lynch mob

22. Continued building a vast tunnel network under Jerusalem

23. Stormed the al Aqsa mosque compound with a group of far right settlers

24. Assisted hundreds of settlers in storming Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus

25. Prevented students from entering al Quds University, firing stun grenades and rubber bullets at those who tried to go in

26. Earned unknown millions on reconstruction materials for Gaza, where 100,000 people need their destroyed homes rebuilt. The total bill is estimated at $7.8 billion

 
 
 

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign organising meeting Wednesday 27th August

GAZA VIGIL Queens Square Wolverhampton

SATURDAY 16th August 12 - 2pm. As part of PSCs weekend of local action around the country we organised a Gaza vigil in Queens Square.


 £12,000 raised ' FUNDRAISER FOR Medical Aid for Palestine
Sunday 10th August 1pm - 7pm
Dunstall Hill Community Centre, Dunstall Ave, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton WV6 0HN
Food, Bouncy Castle, mehndi, live auction, clothes stalls, Car Wash & more
In support of Medical Aid for Palestinians MAP
Donations/information Contact Kasim or Daud 07771572095 /07834457699

9 August 2014: The biggest ever UK demonstration for Gaza

£7,500 raised at Saturday 9th August  2pm - 7pm at Madina Masjid & Islamic Centre 213 Newhampton Road East WV1 4BB entry £2 Food, Bouncy Castle, arm wrestling, car wash and more 

'Dump Veolia’
A protest (Saturday 2ndAugust) against Wolverhampton City Council’s waste disposal contract with Veolia who are complicit with Israel’s illegal occupation turned into a victory celebration.

 The Wolverhampton PSC group received this letter from Wolverhampton Labour Council leader Roger Lawrence prior to the planned protest: 

I can assure you that I and my fellow councillors had no knowledge of this contract. The Art Gallery entered into this contract without our knowledge.  It appears that Veolia operate as “Holland Recycling” in the case of the Art Gallery.  I believe that the contract is a very small one, for something like trade waste collection.
 
As soon as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign kindly brought this contract to our attention on Thursday 31 July, the relevant Cabinet member Elias Mattu and I took up the issue, and instructions have been issued that that there should be no renewal of the Art Gallery’s Veolia contract when it expires in March 2015, and that Veolia should be notified that the council will not be renewing the contract, and waste service procurement for will in future be undertaken through the new Corporate Landlord arrangements.”
 
The council will be speaking to other institutions such as schools, bearing in mind that they have the right to let their own contracts separately from the council or the council's position.  I am concerned that two schools have similar contracts, although obviously these are not council contracts.
 
Roger Lawrence

For more background information go to: http://www.dumpveolia.org.uk/

Regional march for Gaza  Saturday 26th July 2014 marched Farm park, Sparkbrook, to the Birmingham Mailbox for a rally outside the BBC offices  to deliver a letter of complaint to the BBC. The protest was supported by community organisations in Birmingham and by pro Palestinian supporters in areas surrounding Birmingham, including Walsall and Wolverhampton.


Friday 18th July 2014 several hundred took part in an assembly 5-6pm@ Queens Sq Wolverhampton,  organised by Wolverhampton branch Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Saturday 19th July 100,000 strong national demo London transport from Wolverhampton.  Called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of El Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament & Palestinian Forum in Britain. March to Israeli embassyfrom Downing Street.

Thursday 17th July speaker on latest situation 8pm civic centre wolverhampton

 
 
 
FRIDAY 27th June 2014AFTER KERRY: WHAT NEXT FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN PALESTINE? Public Meeting.
SPEAKERS:  Kamel Hawwash (West Midlands Palestine Community Association and Vice Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
Rob Marris (Prospective Labour Party Candidate for Wolverhampton South West)
The meeting will reflect on the end of the Kerry-led failed peace talks in the light of the US Secretary of State concluding remarks 'Israel could become an Apartheid state'.  Kamel Hawwash is a leading Palestinian in the West Midlands will report on what is happening inside the occupied territories and examining how the solidarity movement should respond.
 
Rob Marris campaigned relentlessly for Palestine when he was last an MP and will be exploring Labour Party policy in the Middle East if the Palestine Solidarity Movement can influence a future Labour government.
Friday 10th January 2014 public meeting on West Bank visit and migrant workers.
 
 
 

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