Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Wednesday 19th June meet 9-15am main entrance Wolverhampton Civic Centre

West Midlands Pension fund invests in genocide. BAE systems makes the
jet fighter F-35, used to drop bombs on Gaza. Pension Fund members and protesters are asking them to Stop investing in genocide.

The Pension Fund agenda and minutes are found here https://
wolverhampton.moderngov.co.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeId=186

for all local Palestine events – check Facebook Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton and for national https://palestinecampaign.org/

14 of the largest trade unions are affiliated to PSC (the Palestine Solidarity Campaign) at a national level https://palestinecampaign.org/trade-unions-uk/ Wolverhampton TUC affiliates too and has Wolverhampton PSC as a standing item on our monthly agendas.

11am Saturday 1st June 2024 Queen’s Square

Every year on 15 May we mark the Nakba, commemorating the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians, three-quarters of the Palestinian population, from their homeland in 1947/8, and the subsequent denial of their right to return. 

Come along to a wonderful evening of songs for peace and other songs from the Howlies’ repertoire and help us raise much needed funds in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians, Wed 22 May 7-9pm.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton (https://www.facebook.com/groups/167943526632859/) organised this event.

Protest outside full council meeting (Civic Centre Mayor’s entrance/outside car park, St Peter’s Square Wolverhampton WV1 1SH)on May 15th to demand the council stop investing its money in arms companies suppling weapons to Israel.

Anti-boycott Bill defeated https://palestinecampaign.org/major-bds-victory-as-anti-boycott-bill-defeated

Why we are protesting against the Council

Wolverhampton City Council administers the Council workers Local Government Pension Scheme. 

The Pension Scheme invests in companies producing arms to Israel.

We are calling on Wolverhampton Council to stop investing our money in Israeli war crimes as part of the global campaign to halt arms sales to Israel. 

The wages of local government workers are being invested in companies complicit with plausible genocide in Gaza.

Employers contributions, funded by Council Tax payers, are being invested in companies making bombs being dropped on Gaza.

The Pension Fund investments includes £12m in BAE Systems and over £10m in Lockheed Martin.

BAE works with Lockheed Martin producing parts for the F-35 combat aircraft used in missile attacks on Gaza.

Bombs manufactured by General Dynamics, another company fund investment, include the BLU-113 5,000–pound “bunker buster” bombs.

We would like to thank all of you, as concerned Council Tax payers and members of the fund, who have written to the Pension Fund and lobbied Councillors.  We held a silent protest in the public gallery at the last Pension Committee on March 20th when we were joined by members of West Midlands and Coventry branches of PSC.

The chair of the Pension Committee Cllr. Jaspal has shown nothing but contempt towards these concerns describing us as ‘time wasters’ and instructing paid officers not to record our emails as official correspondence. Some of his replies were rude and sarcastic using, at times, derogatory language in contravention of the Councillors Code of Conduct. He also forwarded some of our email addresses to a third party outside of the council without our consent. This was a breach of data protection. As a result, we have lodged a formal compliant to the Monitoring Officer about Cllr Jaspal’s behaviour and are awaiting an initial response.

The Council are also blocking an official democratic residents petition, created by one of our supporters, calling on the Council and the Pension Fund to halt these investments in arms companies.

Please join us from 4pm outside the Civic Centre on May 15th to lobby councillors who will be attending the full Council AGM meeting at 6pm. Supporters in Dudley, Sandwell, and Walsall are welcome to join us – its your money too – Bring your flags and banners.




Wolverhampton PSC have joined up with West Midlands PSC and Coventry PSC to expose how the Local Government Pension Fund (LGPF) is investing in Arms Companies sold to Israel. The regional LGPF is the West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF). We have identified that West Midlands Pension Fund is investing 13 arms companies selling weapon systems to Israel and component parts for the F-35 Jet fighter dropping bombs on Gaza.
The West Midlands Pension Fund invests in: Raytheon who produces bunker buster bombs; BEA systems produces parts for the F-35 jet fighter and Chemring who has been granted 19 licenses between 2008 and 2021 by the UK government for the export of military goods to Israel. These are just three of 13 companies who WMPF have shares in companies providing military systems to the Israeli Defence Force.
Wolverhampton City Council administers the Pension Fund on behalf of all the local authorities in the West Midlands County: Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Birmingham City Council, Solihull and Coventry.  Each Council should send representatives to the committee which meets 4 times a year. Each Council – as an employer – make employer contributions and each employee – members of the scheme – pay into the fund each month deducted from their wages.

TAKE ACTION
Wolverhampton PSC, West Midlands PSC and Coventry PSC  are asking all their supporters to send a message to the chair of the Pension Committee Cllr. Jaspal to ‘Stop Investing in Genocide’. 

STOP INVESTING IN GENOCIDE – Please email the WMPF Committee Chair Cllr Jaspal – All you need is an email address to copy and paste one of the following messages.

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Email to: milkinder.jaspal@wolverhampton.gov.uk  Copy to: responsibleinvestment@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Re: STOP INVESTING IN GENOCIDE

A number of unions have issued statements on the situation in the Middle East, including: the TUCFBURMTNEUUniteUnisonPCSASLEFTSSAUCUEISCWUEquityNUJGMBSORRCM,  ProspectCSPNAPOINTO (Ireland)SIPTU (Ireland) and Mandate (Ireland)  

Coach sponsored by Wolverhampton TUC and Wolverhampton PSC

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WOLVERHAMPTON – STOP BANKING ON BARCLAYS


OUTSIDE BARCLAYS BANK Queen Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1DS
Barclays is bankrolling Israel’s genocidal assault on Palestinians. Our research has uncovered that Barclays Bank holds over £1 billion in shares, and provides over £3 billion in loans and underwriting to 9 companies whose weapons, components, and military technology are being used by Israel in its attacks on Palestinians. This includes General Dynamics, which produces the gun systems that arm the fighter jets used by Israel to bombard Gaza, and Elbit Systems, which produces armoured drones, munitions and artillery weapons used by the Israeli military. By providing investment and financial services to these arms companies, Barclays is facilitating the provision of weapons and technology for Israel’s attacks on Palestinians. We’re calling on concerned people to boycott all Barclays services until the bank ends its grave complicity in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians. We need to keep up the pressure. Already 1,500 people have already transferred their account out of Barclays bank. Join us, if you can. on Saturday. Barclays must #StopBankingOnApartheid and #StopBankingOnGenocide

2 March – Barclays Stop Banking on Genocide – Wolverhampton protest:

23 February – event cancelled so no protest against Pat McFadden vice-Chair Labour Friends of Israel.

Barclays Stop Banking on Genocide – Saturday, 10 February 2024, protest outside the bank, Queen Sq, Wolverhampton. Part of another national day of action against Barclays to stop the arms trade to Israel.

https://palestinecampaign.org/boycott-barclays-bank/

Want to hear more about this call from Palestinian trade unions and what you can do to respond? Trade Unions against the arms trade with Israel 
link to watch recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyf7NnVByTw

Followed by a rally at which the speakers included Jeremy Corbyn.


Saturday January 13th 2024 CEASEFIRE NOW Stop the War on Gaza SOLD OUT: Wolverhampton coach pick up

WOLVERHAMPTON Protest lobby CEASEFIRE NOW

Saturday 6 January 2024 Stuart Anderson MP’s office 35 Chapel Ash. Wolverhampton South West Tory MP Stuart Anderson’s position has not changed. He continues to state that he ‘does not believe that a ceasefire is the right approach’.
Keep up the pressure on our politicians. Constituents posted letters calling for a ceasefire to post to Stuart Anderson.

The Party’s over!

Xmas cancelled by LP after Ceasefire protest threat.
David Lammy not to be welcomed in Wolverhampton.

* The Labour Party & venue owners have cancelled their event due to the large planned protest by Wolverhampton PSC
* 📧Keep writing to your MPs and Councillors
🇵🇸 Keep sharing our call for a ceasefire on social media

David Lammy MP Shadow Secretary State for Foreign Affairs, he:

• abstained in the Kings speech amendment for a ceasefire
• does NOT meet with British Palestinian representatives
• Has rowed back on recognising Palestine as a sovereign state.

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 Fri, 15 Dec SOLD OUT- Wolverhampton Fundraising Dinner for Emergency Medical Aid In Gaza

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Ceasefire Now, Stop the war on Gaza
We call on Wolverhampton City Council to add their voice to the call for a permanent ceasefire in Palestine

BOYCOTT PUMA VICTORY!
after years of PSC campaigning, PUMA has been forced to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (12-12-23).  Massive thanks to all of you have have contributed to this excellent result.
see https://bdsmovement.net/news/bds-win-puma-forced-drop-sponsorship-israel-football-association

Puma is the main international sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The IFA operates in illegal Israeli settlements on land stolen from Palestinians. Every settlement is a war crime under international law – pushing Palestinians off their land, stealing natural resources like water and farmland, and denying Palestinians the ability to move around their towns and cities freely. As one of the world’s top athletic brands, Puma’s sponsorship brought international legitimacy to the IFA and helped sustain the infrastructure of illegal Israeli settlements. More than 200 Palestinian teams called on Puma to terminate its sponsorship deal with the IFA.  Puma eventually took notice.

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Wolverhampton Fundraising Dinner for Emergency Medical Aid In Gaza

11 coaches went from Wolverhampton

Wednesday 29th November -The Wolverhampton branch of Palestine Solidarity Campaign is held a drop-in session for anyone who wants to learn more about taking action in support of Palestine. 
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TIME FOR OUR LOCAL LEADERS TO SPEAK UP…..11 Nov saw 800,000 people join the largest demonstration of solidarity with the people of Palestine in British history.

In Wolverhampton, the community sent eleven coaches of people to London on Saturday with many more by train. This followed, as the Express and Star reported, 500 hundred people attending a Wolverhampton vigil for Gaza in Queens square. We thank each and every one of you for attending these events and all the coach organisers for making that happen.

Despite the growing movement, our call for a ceasefire on our elected representatives has yet to be acceded.

1,200 Israelis and more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed and many more injured since October 7th. Over 4,000 of the Palestinians who have been killed were children.

Reports over the last 24 hours, from multiple sources, say that 600-650 inpatients, 200-500 health workers and approximately 1500 internally displaced people are still inside Al-Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital, which has run out of water, fuel and food. This, as with the rest of the dire situation in Gaza, should not be tolerated.

In the UK, the Government under Richi Sunak and the official opposition led by Sir Keir Starmer, refuse to call for a ceasefire allowing Israel to kill and injure thousands in the name of ‘self-defence’.

Meanwhile the call for a ceasefire continues to grow with Dudley Labour Group and Birmingham City Council last week; the Liberal Democrats this morning.

We welcome the three Wolverhampton Councillors and one Prospective Parliamentary candidate who have added their names to the call for a ceasefire.

However, both the leaders of Wolverhampton Conservatives Wendy Thompson and the ruling Labour Group under Steve Simkins have remained silent and complicit, providing political cover for Israel to engage in war crimes in violation of articles 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute.

This does not mean that our politicians should not be given the opportunity to change their minds.

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION

The Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign therefore calls on all our local organisations, trade unions, faith groups and people of conscience in the City of Wolverhampton to press our local elected politicians to:

1. Email your MP to add their name to the Kings Speech amendment here:

https://palestinecampaign.eaction.online/GazaMPaction

  1. Email Wolverhampton City Council Leader Steve Simkins asking the City Council to move a motion to full council on the 6th December calling for a ceasefire. Email address: labourleadersoffice@wolverhampton.gov.uk
  1. Ask members of your organisation to email, phone or write to their local Wolverhampton Councillor to call for a ceasefire here https://wolverhampton.moderngov.co.uk/mgFindMember.aspx

Saturday 11th November national demonstration calling for an end to

the war on the Palestinians. Ten coaches went from Wolverhampton and many others by train.


WOLVERHAMPTON: VIGIL FOR GAZA, CEASEFIRE NOW!  organised by Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign Saturday 4th November, Queen Square, Wolverhampton – speakers, remembrance and poems – to show solidarity with all those who have suffered and been killed in the ongoing attack on Palestine.

Again hundreds came, despite heavy rain all afternoon, with candles bringing children’s toys and shoes, flowers and message to leave in the Square in memory of the near 4,000 children already killed since October 7th.

[Report from Express and Star https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/wolverhampton/2023/11/07/vigil-brings-hundreds-to-pray-for-peace-in-palestine/]


500 rallied in Wolverhampton for Palestine and peace Fri 20 October

Local PSC group contact 01902 450640  or  wolvespsc@gmail.com  or Facebook Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wolverhampton

While hundreds of thousands of people across Britain are demonstrating for an end to the violence, most of our politicians are silent. Even worse, our government is giving Israel a greenlight to commit yet more war crimes. We must put pressure on all politicians to speak out. Take 2 minutes now to email your MP to call on them to urge the British government to take immediate action to de-escalate, including by demanding an urgent ceasefire and the lifting of the siege on Gaza so humanitarian supplies can get in, and by stopping the export of arms and military technology to Israel.

most UK unions have issued statements on the situation in the Middle East, including: FBURMTNEUUniteUnisonPCSASLEFTSSAUCUEISEquityBMANUJ, GMBSORRCMProspect

An Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions  (16 October 2023)

Trades Union Congress statements

(18 October) https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-general-council-statement-gaza-and-israel

(13 Oct 2023) https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-statement-israel-and-palestine

Saturday 14th October coach from Wolverhampton and Walsall to the PROTEST FOR PALESTINE  in London. PSC has called for a massive demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians  150,000 marched for Palestine, End the Violence, End Apartheid.

PSC STATEMENT ON THE ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE (11-Oct23)
“Every humanitarian will be appalled and horrified at the scenes we are witnessing after the severe escalation of violence since October 7th.

International law must be the framework within which we judge acts of violence and their legitimacy. International law makes it clear that the deliberate killing of civilians, hostage-taking and collective punishment are war crimes. International law also enshrines the right of a people to resist oppression and military occupation.

An offensive launched from Gaza can only be understood in the context of Israel’s ongoing military occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land, and imposition of a system of oppression that meets the legal definition of apartheid, which under international law constitutes a crime against humanity.

Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Israel is now at war with Palestinians, but the reality is that Israel has been waging a decades-long war, enacted to enforce a system of occupation, apartheid and colonisation. The immediate context of the attack from Gaza is the intensification of violence by Israel since the election of the most far-right extremist government in its history, elected on a platform of proceeding with the effective annexation of the West Bank.

From the beginning of 2023 up to October 6th, the day before the offensive from Gaza began, Israeli forces had killed 240 Palestinians including 45 children, the highest level of killing since the UN began to keep accurate records in 2005.
Alongside these illegal killings, Palestinians in the West Bank have been subject to intensifying attacks by armed Israeli settlers, enabled and encouraged by Israeli forces. In one week alone 17 Palestinian villages were attacked, homes set ablaze, civilian people killed or severely injured. Applauding these pogroms, Bezalel Smotrich, Israel’s Finance Minister, publicly called for an entire Palestinian village to be erased.

Beyond this immediate context, Gaza, with a population of over 2 million – of whom 50% are children – has been subjected to an Israeli-imposed blockade for the last 16 years. This collective punishment of an entire population is in absolute defiance of international law. It is worth remembering that 80% of the inhabitants of Gaza are refugees.
On October 8th, the Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Galant declared “I have ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed.” Benjamin Netanyahu called on civilians to leave Gaza as Israeli forces intend to turn Gaza “into a deserted island” as “we will target each and every corner of the strip”. Knowing that Israel will not allow the people of Gaza to leave the strip, this can only be interpreted as a declaration of the intent to slaughter thousands of innocent civilians.

These crimes are all aspects of a system of rule established over Palestinians since the foundation of the Israeli state via a process of ethnic cleansing that saw over 750,000 expelled or forced to flee from their homes, and denied them their right to return home. Since that Nakba of 1948, Israel has enacted a system of rule designed to sustain a Jewish majority and grant it privileged rights. Across all of historic Palestine – what is now the state of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank – Israel has maintained a system of control and oppression that is now recognised by a consensus across international civil society as meeting the definition of apartheid, a crime against humanity.

It is in this context that we must measure the response of British political leaders. Those who rush to condemn the violence of Palestinians have no moral foundation to do so while they support the maintenance of this system of apartheid: the root cause of this violence. As Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire reminds us, “with the establishment of a relationship of oppression, violence has already begun.” To cast the events of October 7th as an unprovoked act of terrorism erases both the Palestinian people and the facts of their history, which is British history too. Moreover, the decision by the UK Government and the Mayor of London to emblazon public buildings with the flag of Apartheid Israel delivers a deeply concerning message. Given the context outlined above, and the breaches of international law we all know Israel is about to commit, this cannot simply be read as a statement of empathy and support for civilian victims of violence, but as an endorsement of an ongoing military occupation, support for human rights violations and as a green light for the Israeli Government to proceed with a major military assault which will inevitably lead to a huge number of civilian deaths.

Any claims of respect for international law and human rights only carry weight if they are applied without discrimination. You cannot fly the flag of Ukraine and claim solidarity with its struggle against military occupation, while at the same time pledging political support, and selling arms to a state that has been enacting a military occupation for generations.

Over the next few weeks, as this situation inevitably escalates, we will be leading public demonstrations of solidarity with the people of Palestine. We will do so from a framework of supporting the application of international law and principles of human rights. These principles also lead us to stress with utmost vehemence that our grievance is with the actions of the Israeli state and those governments that are complicit with its crimes – we condemn absolutely any attempt to victimise communities in Britain in this context.

We act from a sincere wish to see an end to all violence, especially violence against civilians, but we recognise that this will never be achieved unless the root causes of that violence are addressed. We will do so from a foundation of our enduring support for the right of the Palestinian people to freedom, self-determination and return.”

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SHENSTONE – The monthly protests are continuing to take place at the site of drone manufacturers for Elbit, Israel’s largest weapons supplier, on the last Tuesday of each month outside the factory 11am-1pm. Please join them if you can. Address: UAV Engines Ltd, Lynn Lane, Shenstone, Lichfield, WS14 0DT.

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updated research showing that Local Government Pension Scheme funds continue to hold at least £4.4 BILLION in companies complicit in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.

This includes companies supplying weapons and military technology to the Israel, and companies active in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.

General Mills, a US food company investment held by the West Midlands Pension Fund has sold its stake in its joint venture in Israel. If you have signed our petition or written to the Pension Committee, you will have contributed to the global pressure on General Mills to pull out of its business venture in East Jerusalem.  This shows that, as we did with Veolia, the Boycott, Divestment, and Divestment campaign works and can be an effective campaigning tool.

Click the first link below to e-mail your local councillors as a member of the public. Or click the second button if you’re a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

LGPS Scheme Member: E-mail your councillors

The research found that 85% of the local authority pension funds we analysed have holdings in companies included in the UN Human Rights Office’s list of 112 business enterprises active in Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank.

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Palestinians have long been using the term apartheid to describe the oppression they face. PSC has been at the forefront of amplifying this message in the UK, and supporting the Palestinian anti-apartheid struggle. Now, after 4 years intensive research, PSC welcomes Amnesty International’s long awaited report ‘Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity’, which provides clear and devastating evidence that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amounts to apartheid. This includes Palestinians living under occupation, those with Israeli citizenship, and significantly, the majority of the Palestinian people who live in exile as refugees.
“Palestinians are treated as an inferior racial group and systematically deprived of their rights. We found that Israel’s cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion across all territories under its control clearly amount to apartheid. The international community has an obligation to act.”
– Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General
 
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Every illegal Israeli settlement built on stolen Palestinian land is a war crime.

However, we know that pressure can make a difference. Earlier this year, after pressure from scheme members and local campaigners, East Sussex Pension Fund divested from Israel’s largest private arms manufacturer, Elbit Systems.

Together we can end complicity in Israeli apartheid. 

Imagine having your home and possessions demolished right in front of your eyes. Then imagine spending months trying to rebuild your life, only to have it bulldozed once again in front of you. This is exactly what is happening to the community of Khirbet Humsah in the Jordan Valley right now. The entire village was razed to the ground in November, and now Israeli forces are back with JCB equipment (Feb21) to destroy the fragile structures and tents which the villagers have since been living.

 
 
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.pdf90-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 profiteering.
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.

 

Rally Wednesday 6th September 2023 outside Wolverhampton Crown court, Pipers Row, WV1 3LQ where campaigners against arms sales to Israel were given suspended sentences and unpaid work.

The Court of Appeal has withdrawn ‘lawful excuse’ from damage to property.

Palestine Action activists have been prevented from explaining their motives in a trial for conspiracy to cause criminal damage to an Israeli arms factory, which makes armed drones carrying out war-crimes against Palestinian civilians. Climate activists have also been prevented from discussing their motives in court. This undermining of the jury system is a huge attack on all of our rights.

SHUT DOWN ELBIT – The judge has made it clear that no evidence will be taken as to the defendants motivation to avert a greater crime of the production of Elbit drones used by Israel Defence Forces against ordinary Palestinians. The trial stills continues as of 9 May. Address: . The defendants are asking for support either; outside the court 9am -10:30am every day; and/or to witness to the proceedings by sitting in the public gallery (Court 2).

Annual Fundraising – Garden Party 2pm-5pm Saturday 15th July 2023

Boycott Puma – Day of Action –  Queen Sq, Wolverhampton, 10:30am  – 12:30pm  Saturday 24th June 2023

NAKBA 75 – NATIONAL MARCH AND RALLY Saturday 13th May LONDON.

In May of this year Palestinians will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, the process of ethnic cleansing, colonisation and dispossession that saw over 750,000 Palestinians driven into exile and more than 500 towns and villages wiped from the map.

We mark the Nakba not just as an historical event but as a continuing process of oppression enacted over the past 75 years though ongoing colonisation of land, enforcement of apartheid and military occupation.  The Palestinian people need our solidarity now more than ever.

Coaches went locally. Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Muslim Association of Britain, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.   Supported by Artists’ Union England, BFAWU, CWU, The MU, NEU, PCS, RMT, TSSA, UCU, UNISON, Unite the Union.

Saturday 25 March 2023 Queen’s Square

FRIDAY 10th February 7pm
A nice hot day in Palestine
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE 8b Summerfield Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4PR

Talk: JENNY KASSMAN. Jenny Kassman PSC member and Morning Star correspondent has been travelling to the West Bank over the last decade to bear witness to the increasingly brutal treatment of Palestinian villagers by Israeli settlers and soldiers during the Olive harvest. Without international pressure she says, the outlook remains bleak. Here from Jenny what is happening on the ground. With contributions from Neil Parkinson.

SATURDAY 21st January 2023 GIVE PUMA THE BOOT national day of action: Queen Sq, Wolverhampton

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PUBLIC MEETING 7pm Friday 23rd September 2022 Friends Meeting House Wolverhampton WV1 4PR
ISRAEL’S APARTHEID AGAINST PALESTINIANS

Wolverhampton Summer fundraising garden party on 17th July 22 raised a record £678

Coach from Wolverhampton and Walsall to National Demonstration and March in London on
Saturday May 14th 2022

 

BOYCOTT PUMA GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

Saturday 12th February 2022
called by the BDS National Committee in Palestine.
Join us for leafleting and protest 11am-1pm Queen Sq, Wolverhampton.
Boycott Puma events will be taking place around the world on the same day

 
 

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Chapel Ash protest Mon 14 June 2021 against UK arms sales used by Israel to kill Palestinians

Rally and protest Queen Square Saturday 15th May 2021 to mark Nakba73 and to show solidarity with the families in East Jerusalem facing eviction.  More than 200 took part.

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  • Wednesday 2nd Dec – VIRTUAL LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT
  • Saturday 28th Nov -NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION –

Saturday 22nd August 2020 END ALL COMPLICITY, STOP ARMING ISRAEL!

TAKE ACTION:
1)  Queen Sq, Wolverhampton from 11am We will adhering to social distancing regulations. Let us know you are coming if you can wolvespsc@gmail.com
2) Take a picture, post across social media and using hashtag #StopArmingIsrael
 
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PSC has  defeated the UK Government in the Supreme Court, wiping out regulations that restricted the right of Local Government Pension Funds (LGPS) to take ethical investment decisions, such as to withdraw money from companies complicit in Israel’s grave human rights violations.
Now these regulations have been defeated, pension funds must live up to their moral duty, and commit to divest from any company or financial institution complicit in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.
 
PSC has won a great victory in the battle to defend the right to take action in the UK in support of Palestinian rights.
 
 
For 3 years PSC fought the UK Government in the courts, protecting the right to undertake Boycott, Diversify, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns in the UK.
PSC won in the High Court, then lost in the Court of Appeal, but now the final verdict from the Supreme Court is in – and PSC has won!
 
For some years Israel and its allies have been engaged in a battle to delegitimise activism for Palestinian rights and, in particular, to attempt to criminalise action in support of the Palestinian call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).The UK Government’s attempts to introduce these regulations must be understood within that context. The Government announced in the Queen’s Speech its intention to bring in further anti-BDS legislation. Our victory in the Supreme Court today should act as a shot across their bows.
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SIX YEARS ago in  2014, Israel concluded its aerial bombardment and ground invasion of besieged Gaza. The assault killed over 2,200 Palestinians, nearly a quarter of them children. Israel attacked densely populated civilian areas, destroying 18,000 residential units, and leaving over 100,000 Palestinians homeless.

Despite widespread condemnation of Israel’s deliberate and systematic targeting of the civilian population of Gaza, including by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Britain continues to arm Israel. According to Campaign against Arms Trade (CAAT) between 2014 and 2018, the UK issued individual licenses for £364 million worth of military equipment and technology for export to Israel, as well as 20 open licenses, allowing unlimited deliveries over a 3-5 year period. In addition, the UK continues to purchase high-tech weaponry from Israel, advertised as battle-tested on the Palestinian people. As Israel continues to murder Palestinians with impunity, Palestinian civil society has called for effective action to hold Israel to account, including for a two-way arms embargo now.
But the chain of complicity runs deeper than the government. As revealed by our research both UK universities and local government pension funds invest in companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes, including companies that supply weapons to Israel.
In addition, financial institutions such as HSBC invest and provide financial services worth millions to companies that supply Israel with weapons. Including BAE Systems and Raytheon. Weapons with both BAE and Raytheon components were used in 2014.
All institutions have a moral duty to end their complicity now. They must all #StopArmingIsrael.

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Sat 15 June HSBC lobby Bridgnorth 43 High St, bus from Wolves 10-30am

National Demonstration for Palestine Saturday 11 May 2019 in London Assemble 12 noon Portland Place, march to Whitehall – Join and support PSC call to action – take to the streets  to demand freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people, and to protest against the attacks on their basic collective rights! #ExistResistReturn

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HSBC AGM, Birmingham International Convention Centre. on Friday 12th April 2019

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Sat 23rd Feb 2019 HSBC bank protest Queens Sq 10-12

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  • Saturday 19th January 2019 – Protest against the UK-Israel Arms Trade HSBC Bank, Queen Square, 10am-12noon

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for info on Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity activity 2014-2018 see https://wolvestuc.org.uk/wolverhampton-palestine-solidarity-campaigns-2014-2018/

for info on Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity activity 2005-13 see https://wolvestuc.org.uk/wolverhampton-palestine-solidarity-activity-2005-13/2/ 

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  4. March 2024 Wolverhampton TUC report – Wolverhampton TUC

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