Saturday, 10 July 2021
Sunday, 23 May 2021
180,000 plus people took part in a notably youthful and internationalist march for Palestine on May 22nd. Many thanks to everyone who attended from Brent and Harrow who were dispersed amongst the huge crowd. This is something we must build on to give the cause of justice for Palestinians a higher profile in our boroughs and beyond.
Brent National Education Union wait for the march to start
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
We, at Harrow & Brent Palestine Solidarity Campaign, condemn the antisemitic, misogynistic and abusive language used by those in a convoy of cars last Saturday in the Finchley Road area.
The Palestinian Solidarity Movement is an anti-racist movement and we oppose all forms of racism including antisemitism.
With that said, the Palestinians are facing a violent, systemic form of racism and we will not stop campaigning until the Palestinians are able to live in complete freedom & dignity. Members and sympathisers are urged to join us along with family and friends at the National Demonstration on Saturday May 22nd. Meet at 1pm on the Victoria Embankment to march to Hyde Park.
One group is meeting at Willesden Green station at 12.30 on Saturday to travel to the demonstration and you are welcome to join them. Others are making their own way there.
Kamel Hawwash, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign has written about the Finchley Road incident in the Middle East Monitor. LINK This is part of what he said:
“As an anti-racist who is also Chair of an anti-racist solidarity organisation, I distance myself and the organisation from any attempt to blame British Jews for the actions of Israel. The latter are driven by its extreme right-wing leadership's policies and the Zionist ideology that planted Israel in my homeland Palestine, aided and abetted by Britain.
Neither I nor the PSC or our partners want racists taking part in our demonstrations and rallies. More importantly, the Palestinian people do not want the support of racists who attempt to use our cause to spew their hatred of Jews.
I was really shocked and troubled, therefore, when I saw a video shared extensively on social media on Sunday in which the flag of peace, the Palestinian flag, covered vehicles in which some anti-Semites drove through Jewish areas in London and shouted racist obscenities. This was not done in the name of the Palestinians, and I condemn it unreservedly and ask the authorities to take all measures necessary to deal with these racists.”
Monday, 17 May 2021
National PSC issued the following statement via Twitter last night:
The vile anti-Semitism shouted today from a convoy of cars has no place in the Palestine solidarity movement. We condemn it and all anti-Semitism, on its own account and also as it serves to undermine the anti-racist struggle for Palestinian rights.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Brent and Harrow PSC urge you to join us on Saturday 12 noon at Marble Arch to march to the Israeli Embassy to protest at Israel's actions in East Jerusalem and the bombing of Gaza.
We attendeded the Rally of more than 3,000 people at Downing Street yesterday and need you to increase the numbers so that the world (and the media) take notice.
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Tulip Siddiq condemns violence towards worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque and calls on Israel to defuse tensions
Responding to a constituent troubled by events in East Jerusalem, Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead & Kilburn made the following statement:
Thank you very much for writing to me about the appalling violence and unlawful eviction of Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem.
I share your deep concern at the violence taking place in East Jerusalem and the attempts to evict Palestinians from their homes by Israeli settlers. Such evictions are a breach of international law and the Israeli authorities must step in immediately to bring this to an end.
I strongly condemn the violence towards worshippers who were attempting to celebrate Ramadan peacefully outside the al-Aqsa mosque. The Israeli authorities have a responsibility to defuse tensions in Jerusalem and ensure religious rights are upheld and holy sites protected.
I will be working closely with the Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP and my other Labour colleagues to ensure that this message is heard and that UK Government Ministers are clear with their Israeli counterparts that they must bring an end to the violence and evictions taking place in East Jerusalem.
Saturday, 12 December 2020
From BDS Movement LINK
Welcome news of the success of international soldiarity
In a press release issued today by the City Council of Seville, the Councilor of Urban Housing, Tourism and Culture, Antonio Muñoz, announced the cancellation of the Electronic Warfare Europe arms fair which was scheduled to take place at the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Fibes in Seville in May 2021.
The same fair had been cancelled in Liverpool, UK, where Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest private weapons manufacturer whose arms are regularly used by the Israeli military to kill and maim Palestinian civilians, was a partner. The Liverpool cancellation came after a strong local coalition - Liverpool Against the Electronic Arms Fair, in partnership with Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) - urged Liverpool’s City Council to cancel the unethical event promoting violations of human rights.
Citing the cancellation by Liverpool and predicting negative repercussions for the city, the Seville City Council said the government's decision responds to the "inconvenience of linking the city's image as a major congress venue to a controversial event with national and international repercussions."
The Platform Stop Ferias de Armas celebrated Seville’s cancellation of the arms fair saying:
We do not want to be complicit in the weapons used to repress oppressed peoples such as the Palestinians or the Yemenis. Spanish institutions must not allow arms fairs in their spaces.
We hope [the Seville] City Council will be consistent and also cancel the Aerospace and Defense Meetings Seville 2021, sponsored by Airbus, a company that profits from war crimes in Yemen.
In a very short period of time, the Platform Stop Feria de Armas en Sevilla, formed by over twenty organizations, had mobilised strong social opposition, sending a letter to the Mayor of Seville, organising a public webinar on militarism, with wide coverage in the mainstream press, and had coordinated with local political parties that also opposed the arms fair.
Speaking for the BDS movement for Palestinian rights that has organized boycott and divestment campaigns against Elbit Systems and other Israeli military companies, Alys Samson Estapé said:
Progressive, anti-war and anti-racist groups are chasing arms fairs out of Europe, first Liverpool and now Seville. There is no place for weapons in our cities. Instead of allowing arms fairs, institutions should end all arms trade with oppressive regimes like Israel, which test their weapons on Palestinians, and then sell them for use in repressing dissent all around the world.