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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Silencing Dissent - Zoom Meeting Monday 18th May



Public Meeting by ZOOM Call Monday 18 May 2020 at 7.30pm
‘Silencing Dissent: Israel’s Role in the Global Business of Repression, the Security State and Surveillance’
Speaker: Chi-Chi Shi - Campaigns Officer for Militarism & Security, War on Want

Israel exports weapons, technologies, training, and techniques of violence and surveillance systems for use by governments and corporations against populations around the world. The expertise on which it relies has been developed through its occupation of Palestine.

Admission ONLY by ticket in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/psc-west-london
You will receive full instructions on how to join the Zoom call (by PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet after you have got your ticket.)
Organised by West London Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Palestine Solidarity Campaign defeats UK Government over pensions divestment

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has won a landmark case in the Supreme Court after challenging UK Government rgulations which restrict Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) from divesting contrary to UK foreign and defence policy, thereby limiting the possibility of divestment from companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations.

In bringing the legal case, PSC – the UK’s largest organisation campaigning for Palestinian human rights – had raised concerns about threats to freedom of expression, government overreach in local democracy, and the right of pension holders to have a say in the investment and divestment of funds.
In 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued guidance which prohibited Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) from pursuing divestment from foreign nations and UK defence industries. This included a prohibition against disinvestment in companies on the basis that they trade in products produced in the occupied Palestinian territories, for example, even if this was the will of the LGPS members.

In June 2017, PSC brought a Judicial Review challenge which resulted in the Administrative Court ruling that the decision to prohibit LGPS funds from this kind of disinvestment was unlawful. The Court of Appeal then overturned the Administrative Court’s decision at a hearing in May 2018. In November 2018, PSC was granted permission to appeal this judgement at the Supreme Court. It was announced today that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of PSC.

The ruling comes just months after the UK Government announced its intention to introduce legislation to prohibit public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycott divestment or sanctions (BDS) campaigns against foreign countries – a move that was widely condemned by human rights campaigners as an attack on civil liberties.

PSC has asserted that the UK Government’s defeat in the Supreme Court demonstrates the illegitimacy of its attempts to suppress BDS campaigns.

Kamel Hawwash, Chair of  Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: 

“This historic victory represents a major win not just for the campaign for Palestinian rights, but for the fundamental principles of democracy, freedom of expression and justice. The Supreme Court ruling sends a decisive message to the UK Government that they should not be dictating how Local Government Pension Schemes choose to invest their funds, including choosing not to invest in companies complicit in Israel’s human rights abuses. At a time when Israel is continuing to ramp up its oppression of the Palestinian people and its illegal acts, including annexing large swathes of the illegally occupied West Bank, the Government should be acting to uphold international law and defend human rights, not attacking peaceful campaigns which seek to do precisely that. PSC will continue to resist any attempts to suppress BDS activism, and I extend deep thanks to all our members and supporters who have stood by us every step of the way in this legal case. We have shown how powerful this movement is.”

Jamie Potter, Partner in the Public Law and Human Rights team at Bindmans LLP, and solicitor for PSC said: 

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s confirmation that the Government went too far in imposing its political opinions onto the management of the money of LGPS members. LGPS members now have the freedom to pursue their own principles in respect of the role of the arms trade and foreign countries in violations of human rights around the world, when determining how their pension monies are invested.”

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Silencing Dissent: Israel’s Role in The Global Business of Repression, the Security State and Surveillance



Silencing Dissent: Israel’s Role in The Global Business of Repression, the Security State and Surveillance

Speaker: Chi-Chi Shi, Campaigns Officer for Militarism and Security at War on Want, 
focusing on Palestine
Admission is ONLY by ticket purchased in advance (£3, £1 concessions) via Ticket Source 

Israel exports weapons, technologies, training, and techniques of violence and surveillance systems for use by governments and corporations against populations around the world. The expertise on which it relies has been developed through its occupation of Palestine .

When: Tuesday 24 March 2020, Doors open 19:00 hrs , meeting starts prompt at19.15 hrs.
Where: Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT
(1 minute walk from Hammersmith Tube)

There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A and discussion.

Admission is ONLY by ticket purchased in advance (£3, £1 concessions) via Ticket Source
Event Details
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:15PM



Sunday, 29 December 2019

PSC statement on Government's anti-BDS proposals



The Conservative party announced in its manifesto an intention to introduce legislation to prohibit public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycott divestment or sanctions (BDS) campaigns against foreign countries . The accompanying statement by Robert Jenrick , Communities Secretary that such boycotts fuel antisemitism made it clear that this policy was solely targeted at BDS campaigns aiming to hold Israel accountable for its violation of Palestinian rights.

Now Eric Pickles , UK ‘s special envoy for post holocaust issues has  added more meat to the bones of the manifesto commitment in a speech he made this week in Jerusalem when he suggested that the new law would not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel. This indicates the proposed law may mirror legislation introduced in more than 20 US states some of which seeks to prohibit public bodies from contracting with any company or institution that has divested from Israel, or expressed  support for the BDS campaign.

Here in the UK , The government has already tried to prohibit Local Government Pension Schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s violations of international law, via regulations  attached to already existing pension Law. PSC has challenged these through the Courts with a final Supreme Court decision expected in the New Year. This latest move appears to be an attempt to bypass any Supreme Court ruling via the introduction of primary legislation.

In response to these moves PSC’s Director Ben Jamal said:
“For a number of years Israel has recognised that it is losing the battle world opinion. In 2010 the Reut institute, an Israeli think tank identified the BDS movement as the number one strategic threat to Israel.  In response Israel has been coordinating a global campaign to fight back against the BDS movement . Central to this has been the attempt to frame the movement as extremist and anti-Semitic and the promulgation of the IHRA definition of antisemitism has been a key tool in this campaign. Within this frame Israel has tried to persuade its allies to introduce anti BDS legislation.

We have seen this happening in France Germany the US and elsewhere. In the past week, as a further development Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively defining Judaism as a nationality in a move designed to prohibit BDS activism on US campuses. Unsurprisingly a Conservative government that seeks to ally itself with Donald Trump and his far right agenda is following suit.

This represents a serious threat to the rights of Palestinian people to call for peaceful action through BDS s to end their oppression and the rights of campaigners to respond to that call including by making ethical decisions about divesting funds from complicit organisations.

The campaign for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) seeks to hold Israel accountable for its violations of Palestinian rights and of international law. It targets complicity not identity. Failing to take action to hold Israel account makes one complicit. The campaign follows the model established by human rights activists from Gandhi to Luther King to Mandela of non cooperation by refusing to offer financial, cultural or political support to institutionalised discrimination.

All those who believe in international law, human rights and freedom of expression must vigorously oppose this legislation.

PSC calls upon the Government to live up to its responsibilities under international law to hold Israel to account, and to abandon these steps which serve to enhance  UK complicity in human rights violations.  We call upon all civil society organisations and public bodies to join us in resisting these regressive and immoral measures designed to repress the Palestinian people’s legitimate strugglefor freedom justice and equality.”