Previous activity:
Remember Gaza   Candlelight Vigil - Tuesday December 29th 2009
 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, organised by Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign
 
Half day conference ‘On War Crimes in Gaza ’
Saturday 28th November, Carrs Lane Church Centre in Birmingham City Centre.
The speakers included the solicitor Phil Shiner who has been instructed by the Palestinian Human Rights organisation Al Haq and addressed the United Kingdom Governments responsibilities under International Law for Israel's breaches of international law in Gaza . 
 Also. Professor Keith Hammond of Glasgow University spoke; his interests include the postcolonialist writings of Edward Said and the general issue of the political representations of oppressed peoples in the United Nations and Europe .
 
This event marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the forthcoming first anniversary of Israel’s attack on the people of Gaza . Israel's war crimes under humanitarian and international law remain unpunished.
Organised by West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Sponsored by Birmingham Trades Union Council
 
 
PSC Week of supermarket Boycott actions 7-15 November 09
 
Morrisons, Bilston - crossing from Bus Station and market, 
Friday 13th 9.30am-11am & Saturday 14th November 11am-2pm  info: 01902 450640
 
Friday 19th June 09. 7.30pm9pm at 213 UKIM Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton
Film.   Jerusalem: the East Side Story.
This powerful documentary film exposes Israel’s policy to gain supremacy and hegemony over the city and its inhabitants, past, present and future.  Essential viewing for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the city that fell under Israeli control in 1967.  The city is the key to any future settlement of the peace process, and as the film makers say, “Jerusalem is the key to peace”. Directed by Mohammed Alatar (2008) - 57 mins.
 
The film will be followed by a short discussion, and light refreshments
This event is being organised by Wolverhampton PSC together with the local community. We would welcome your support to keep alive an awareness of the plight of the Palestinians Saturday 11th July 09, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham
 
PSC Educational Conference -This is a national PSC all day workshop /conference being held in Birmingham aimed at new members and experienced activists.  It is being jointly organized with West Midlands PSC. Speakers include: Karma Nabulsi, Rita Giacaman, Samia Botmeh, Daniel Machover, and Victoria Britain.

 Israel Out of Gaza,   END THE BLOCKADE,

STOP ARMS SALES TO ISRAEL,  FREE PALESTINE,

BRING THE WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE

Local contacts for activity:

Wolverhampton UK Islamic Mission (Wolverhampton) or Wolves PSC  01902 450640    or Wolves TUC     07932 797139     

Dudley, Walsall, Darlaston  Martin    07941 834125 

Birmingham    07812 172885   

Smethwick & West Bromwich    0777 833 2029  
Coventry  07732 030231 


Saturday 16th May 2009 NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION - Wolves PSC delegatio attended
Remember GAZA... End the Siege...Free Palestine  Central London - Rally Trafalgar Square.

Called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, Palestinian Forum in Britain and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. CLICK HERE for details of national leaflet.

 

Wolverhampton activity raises over £10,000 in support of Gaza 

 A magnificent £10,200 has so far been raised for Disaster Emergencies Committee - no thanks to the BBC  -  over double the initial target!

 

Gaza Humanitarian Appeal Bazaar was a huge success with hundreds packing out the Bilal Mosque community Centre from 10am to well past the scheduledCall this phone number in United Kingdom with Skype: +441902450640skype:span class=nbsp;skype:span class= 4pm finish.

Saturday 7th February - Boycott Israeli Products - leafletting of major supermarkets including Sainsburys, Waitrose, Asda etc

 Friday 6th February 6pm - No Arms Sales to Israel - Lobby of Pat McFadden MP at his surgery All Saints Community Centre, Wolvespan style=nbsp;834125,rhampton - took place before constituents attended the surgery to urge him to call for an embargo on British arms exports to Israel.  He said that he agreed Britain should continue to arm the Israeli state. Ken Purchase and Rob Marris, the other two Wolverhampton MPs both disagree with that view.

 Saturday 24th January  -   End the Blockade of Gaza, Boycott Israeli Goods Wolverhampton 10-30am to 12noonFive-Ways Island, Stafford Road A449  mass vigil. We hope to build on the success of last Friday's vigil when over 200 people took part at short notice. Ring  07932 797139 

 

National DEMONSTRATION, FOR GAZA - London: others from Wolverhampton went to London in support of the national rally with speakers in Portland Place from 2pm before the demonstration set off.  The demonstration went to Downing Street and rally at Trafalger Square.  

Monday 19 January Demonstration outside UAV Engines, of Lichfield, Staffordshire - evidence that has been revealed that the company is building engines that are used in Israel's military drones that are aiding the attacks on Gaza.

UAV engines (known as UEL) is owned by the Israel drone specialists Silver Arrow, a subsidary of the Israeli defence contractor Elbit systems. One of its rotary Wankel engines is used in Elbit's Hermes 450 drone. A version of the 450 makes up a squadron of the Israeli air force and has been seen over Gaza in the current conflict, being used for surveillance and targeting for Israel's F-16 strike fighters. Elbit's own website suggests that the Lichfield factory produces engines for the Hermes.  The demonstration called for an end to arms sales to Israel and an end to Israeli violent repression of the Palestinian people. The factory is situated on Lynn Lane, Shenstone, Litchfield, WS140DT

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY BIRMINGHAM DEMONSTRATION

2000 joined this march and rally in Victoria Square, Birmingham. Called by Stop The War Coalition, West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Muslim Association of Britain.  

Friday 16th January 2009 ' Silent Vigil' Stop the Gaza Massacre
Venue: Queens Square, Wolverhampton 
4.30 to 6pm, around 220 protesters gathered with candles, wearing black clothing, carrying placards - a fantastic turnout, called at short notice.

Called by UKIM,Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Wolves TUC

FRIDAY 16 JANUARY 5PM SANDWELL - FREE GAZA DEMONSTRATION IN OLDBURY

Sandwell FREE GAZA Demonstration, outside Sandwell Council in Oldbury

There will be a peaceful demonstration outside Sandwell Council House in Oldbury.
on Friday 16th January from 5.00 pm till 6.30pm. Please bring candles in memory of all those women and children killed in the last fe441902450640skypespan style=Shenstonew weeks by the Israeli Army(IDF)THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 8 PM , PUBLIC MEETING IN WOLVERHAMPTON

Thursday 15th January 2009 'Holocaust in Gaza' Public Meeting Venue: UKIM Masjid 213 Newhampton Road East.
Time: 8pm. For more information phone 07813 784044/07965 630580

THURDAY 15 JANUARY 5.PM PROTEST VIGIL IN WALSALL

THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 7.30 P.M. PUBLIC MEETING IN WALSALL

Speakers: Kamel Hawwash (Palestine Solidarity Campaign) Cllr Mohammed Arif (Conservative) Cllr Mohammad Nazir (Labour) Phil Bennion (Liberal Democrat) Speaker from Friends of Al Aqsa (tbc) Chris Nineham (Stop the War Coalition)

Two full coaches went to each of the GAZA NATIONAL EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATIONS, 3rd and 10th of January went from Wolverhampton. People were turned away as spaces ran out.  40 coaches went from the West Midlands on the latest demo.

 

The second national emergency demonstration in London was by far the largest ever in support of
Palestine, it seems over 100,000.  Wolverhampton TUC joined forces with the local UK Islamic Mission and other mosques along with the local Palestine Solidarity Group.

We never saw the beginning or end, it was so big. We marched from Hyde Park to the Israeli Embassy, though most of us never reached there as the police cut the demo in half and blocked off side streets.  We were stuck for over an hour hemmed in until side roads were opened and we managed to cut around to the front. By this time the rally was over.  The hunt for coaches was reminiscent of the Poll Tax demos when coaches were parked far and wide luckily mobile phone communication saved a few more hours hunting than it did in the old days!

 


The greater the outcry against Israel's war crimes, the quicker governments will be pressured into a concerted demand that Israel end its inhuman attack on a defenceless population. 

Half of Gaza's population of 1.5 million Palestinians are children, dozens of whom have been killed or injured in the past week. Hospitals in Gaza are overflowing with dead and wounded while facing severe shortages of essential medical supplies. Hospitals have no electricity and say their

emergency generators are close to collapse. United Nations representatives say the horror unleashed by Israel is "inhuman" and Gaza's population is "trapped, traumatised and terrorised".

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed and over 3000 injured, which is what happens when the fourth most powerful military in the world unleashes its arsenal of terror on a defenceless people trapped in one of the most densely populated territories on earth.

No wonder across the world there have been demonstrations of anger and outrage at this barbarity and at the inaction of governments in making Israel stop the carnage now. The British government, for all Gordon Brown's insistence that he wants an immediate ceasefire, has been complicit with the United States in stopping a UN resolution calling on Israel to end the carnage.

The first national demonstration of 60,000 in London far outstripped expectation, as did the number of local demonstrations around the country that brought protesters onto the streets in their hundreds and thousands, in towns big and small.  Large demonstrations took place in cities and towns in every continent.

Midlands Palestinian Community Association statement:

" Palestinians in the UK are shocked and horrified at the unfolding events in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces have launched tens of missiles on Gaza resulting in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of people. This follows a prolonged and immoral siege on Gaza which has lasted for months and which has denied Palestinians food, clean water, electricity and medical supplies. We are concerned for the safety and well-being of relatives and friends who are again suffering under the collective punishment being meted out by Israel, a state that continues to operate above the Law and in defiance of accepted human rights conventions. The Midlands Palestinian Community Association (MPCA) condemns Israel's actions and calls on the British Government to do the same and to call for an immediate end to the military operation in Gaza and for the unconditional lifting of the siege." 
Kamel Hawwash, Chair of the MPCA said: "Israel's cruelty against the helpless Palestinian people knows no bounds. It continues to kill, maim and destroy at will while the world watches in silence.
Its action seems to have been deliberately timed to coincide with the end of the school day in Gaza to cause as much terror, death and destruction as possible".
"Kamel continued "Israel still does not get it. It cannot break the will of the Palestinian people through death and destruction. It must recognise the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and negotiate a programme of withdrawal from the occupied territories including East Jerusalem and the dismantlement of the illegal settlements. Israel's crimes will only serve to strengthen the resolve of Palestinians to remain in their land and to resist the Israeli occupation until it has ended and a free independent Palestine has been born".

public meeting `Palestine What Now` Fri 16th May 08, 

speakers Kamel Hawwash , Midlands Palestine Community Association & Charlotte Marshall, Christian Aid
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Say ENOUGH to the Israeli occupation of the Palestininian Territories.
local coach sent to 
National March & Rally called by the ENOUGH campaign
Saturday 9th June 2007.
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`Justice for Palestine Peace in the Middle East`
PUBLIC MEETING Friday 23rd March 2007
Speakers:
Husam Zomlot, Political Counselor, 
Palestine General Delegation to the UK
Ken Purchase M.P. W`ton North East

2007 marks the 40-year anniversary of the Six Day War, in which the Israeli army took military control of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Since that time the government of Israel has built `settlements` in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and assisted its citizens in setting up homes and businesses using land and resources stolen from the Palestinian people. This situation has continued to the current day despite Israel being in violation of international humanitarian law and over 60 UN resolutions. 

The Occupation has created serious poverty for the Palestinians, as well as severe human rights violations. But Palestinian suffering dates back further to 1948, when the state of Israel was created and 750,000 Palestinians were driven or fled from their homes. The United Nations asserted the refugees` right to return home in 1948, but Israel has refused to allow this. Meanwhile the refugee population has grown to over four million, one of the largest in the world, many of whom live in camps waiting for international law to be upheld.

Britain bears a particular responsibility for this suffering. From 1917 to 1948 Britain controlled Palestine. Along with the US and many EU countries, the UK government is today involved in a close military, economic and political relationship with Israel, and fails to stand up for the rights of the Palestinian people. Critics of the state of Israel however are being are described as `anti-semitic` in an attempt to silence public debate and prevent the exposure of human rights abuses. Despite the breaches of international law the international community remains an idle bystander as it lacks the courage to face down the Zionist lobby who hide behind the charge that to criticize Israel is anti-Jewish. This meeting will discuss these issues and the future for the Palestinian people in their struggle for justice.

Ken Purchase MP is a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and has traveled widely in the Middle East including Palestine. 

Husam Zomlot is a Palestinian Political Counselor based in London, representing the Palestinian Authority in the UK. Husam believes in the right of Palestinians to resist the occupation and has first-hand expertise in the history of the ill-fated diplomatic agreements between Israel and the PLO.

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Rally in Birmiungham 22 July 06

Wolverhampton PSC members travelled to London on May 20th
March and Rally for Palestine: End the Israeli Occupation! Free Palestine!

EU / ISRAEL STOP STARVING THE PALESTINIANS
RECOGNISE PALESTINIAN DEMOCRAC END ISRAELI OCCUPATION
March and Rally in Trafalgar Square, London.
Organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Association of Palestinian 
Community, Palestinian Return Centre, British Muslim Initiative, Friends of 
Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian Forum in Britain.
Supported by: Just Peace UK, Muslim Association of Britain, Pax Christi, 
Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for 
Freedom and Justice for Samar and Jawad, War on Want, Arab Media Watch, 
NUJ, NUM, PCS, GMB, CWU, RMT.

www.palestinecampaign.org

Palestinian Workers Challenging the Occupation 
Saturday 11 March 2006 attended by local delegates
Speakers included 
Shaher Saed, General Secretary, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) 
Willie Madisha, President, Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) 
Diana Buttu, Legal Adviser to the PLO 
Keith Sonnet, Deputy General Secretary, UNISON 
Barry Camfield, Assistant General Secretary, Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) 
Dr Karma Nabulsi, Nuffield College; Oxford University 
Dr Daoud Abdullah, Senior Researcher; Palestinian Return Centre 
His Excellency Dr Manuel Hassasian, Palestinian Delegate to the UK 
Ruth Winters, President of the Fire Brigades Union 
Jafar Farah, Director of Mossawa, The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel 
Billy Hayes, General Secretary; Communication Workers Union 
Jeremy Corbyn MP 
Abla Masrujeh, Women`s Officer PGFTU 
Hugh Lanning, Deputy General Secretary, PCS 
Dan Judelson, European Jews for a Just Peace 
And many more… 

Some of the issues covered were: 
Palestinian Workers in Israel; Refugee Rights and the right of return for 
Palestinians; The Wall, Checkpoints and Palestinian Workers; Strategies for 
Solidarity Campaigning, After the elections: the roadmap? And more… 

Sponsored by: UNISON, T&G, GMB, UCATT, SERTUC, FBU, RMT, CWU, TSSA, NATFHE, PCS, ASLEF, NUM, CYWU... 
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After Gaza What Next for The Palestinians? 
A public meeting was held on 26th November 05 with speakers
Dr. Komel Hawwash, Midlands Palestine Community Associotion
Pete Kelsall, Christian Aid
Chaired by: Rob Marris, MP
Over 40 people turned up on a Saturday night to hear excellent visual presentations on the current situation and how the ordinary way of life for Palestinians is being disrupted by the Israeli state. "It can be described as like being in Big Brother, but without the fun" said Dr Hawwash.
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16TH APRIL 05
RALLY FOR PALESTINE AND MOTORCADE TO STOP CATERPILLAR, 

These events are very important for Palestinians as they will be taking place
when the media is perpetuating the myth that a just peace is coming closer. 
In reality, Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank, continues
to build its apartheid wall ripping up houses and agricultural land as it does
so, and continues to kill and maim Palestinians. At the same time it is
refusing to negotiate until it has pulled out of Gaza and consolidated the
West Bank settlements. Western governments' approach is to put pressure on
the Palestinian National Authority to make further concessions and to repress
any resistance. (Note it is not just suicide bombings that the West wants
stopped - as does the PNA - but all forms of resistance to the occupation.) 

We need to be saying to our government and all those supporting Israel that
pressure should be put on Israel, and not the Palestinians, to end their
illegal occupation and to negotiate for a just peace. We will be putting out
press releases and mobilising across the whole country to make these events as
big as possible. The events are also likely to take place in the middle of an
election campaign so we want to make Palestine an issue in this.

The first event is a motorcade past Caterpillar's Northern European Finance
Headquarters in Hockley Heath, Solihull. This is part of the campaign for
economic sanctions on Israel and for Boycotting Israeli Goods. As part of
these, PSC is focusing on certain products, a method which was very successful
in the boycott of South African apartheid (for example, around Barclays Bank). 

Caterpillar is still exporting bulldozers to Israel which are used to destroy
houses, rip up olive groves and other agricultural land, and occasionally kill
people. Rachel Corrie is an example of this and PSC members laid a wreath at
the Caterpillar offices on 16th March, the anniversary of her murder.

Drive past Caterpillar 3 times (outside of which there will be a
photographer and a stationary picket) before Birmingham
City Centre and the rally. 
rally in Victoria Square, central Birmingham people to speak at the rally, including a
representative from the Palestinian Delegation in Britain, Richard Burden MP,
Dr. Naseem from the central mosque, a representative from the churches, a
representative from the Muslim Association of Britain, a trade union
representative and representatives who support Palestinians' rights to
self-determination from political parties. 

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Executive of Caterpillar calling for the company to stop selling products to
Israel. We will also be collecting items that are symbolic of house
demolitions.

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Silent Vigil Over 40 people turned up on a Saturday night to hear excellent visual presentations on the current situation and how the ordinary way of life for Palestinians is being disrupted by the Israeli state.

economic sanctions on Israel and for Boycotting Israeli Goods. As part of