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Anti-Semitism and anti-Palestinianism PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 15:40

 

Over the past few months the mainstream media have been awash with stories of anti-Semitism whether in the Labour Party, on student campuses, or within the Muslim community. Although these stories have highlighted a handful of incidents of real anti-Semitism, many have conflated anti-Semitism and anti Zionism or equated criticism of Israel and activism for the Palestinians with anti-Semitic views. These accusations are part of a systematic attempt to close down debate and to shield Israel from criticism and political action in response to its treatment of Palestinians. Here is an excellent article by Ben White which exposes this agenda https://opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/ben-white/shifty-antisemitism-wars .

Other aspects of this campaign are the pressure on universities to ban speakers who oppose Israeli policies. For instance in 2015 the Board of Deputies of British Jews lobbied to have an international Conference at Southampton University on Zionism and International Law closed down. Under pressure the University postponed the Conference citing Police advice that the safety of attendees could not be guaranteed. Another thrust is the recent coordinated and malicious attacks by Jewish groups against the new President of the NUS Malia Bouattia. According to the Guardian (22/04/16) the new President of the NUS Malia has also come under attack from 50 heads of Jewish university societies because of her views on Zionist politics. One of them said ".. when someone attacks Zionism they're indirectly attacking Judaism as a religion because the two go hand in hand". Is this not indirect anti-Palestinianism?

PSC had a full page advert in the Guardian on 22nd April 2016, rerun in The New Statesman, highlighting our right to Protest. See link here http://www.palestinecampaign.org/palestine-is-being-built-out-of-existence/ .

Last week Zac Goldsmith had an interview with JTV in which he not only described Israel as "a shining light in an area of darkness" but described BDS as a cover for "a much older form of hatred", clearly meaning anti-Semitism: see link here https://cfoi.co.uk/zac-goldsmith-israel-a-shining-light-in-an-otherwise-dark-part-of-the-world/ . Ben Jamal of Kingston & Richmond PSC has written to Zac asking him to reconsider and withdraw these remarks.

PSC as an organisation has the commitment to anti-racism as its core. Israel is embarked on a clear strategy, utilising its allies across the world, to reframe us and all human rights activists campaigning on this issue as extremist, racist and divisive. We must challenge this but also not be deterred in our campaigning work. These attacks are occurring because Israel has identified BDS as its key strategic threat, because of the successes of the campaign.

Thank you all for your continued support and activism on behalf of the people of Palestine.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 15:46
 
Stop the criminalisation of the BDS movement PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:37
The European Centre for Coordination ref Palestine has sent us a report about how Israel is organising its opposition to BDS which is displayed below and includes a petition on the subject.
 

We have signed this important petition on behalf of our branch. You may also wish to sign it as individuals - just enter "Individual" in the field asking "Organisation/Individual".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:47
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Crawley anti-arms demo at Thales PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 06:32

West Surrey PSC took part in the anti-arms demo at Thales.

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Woking Council finally gives in PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 06:20

Since 2012 we have been harassed by private security guards from the Woking Shopping Centre which is partially owned by Woking Council every time we have distributed leaflets in adjacent public spaces like Jubilee Square and Commercial Way in Woking. We would write to the Council and to the local Press complaining on each occasion but it kept maintaining that the guards were entitled to interfere under the terms of their Public Realms Usage Policy (PRUP) and that we should provide to the security company a month's notice, copies of the leaflets and evidence of public liability insurance for their prior approval. We held the terms of the PRUP were in breach of established rights regarding the distribution of political, charitable and religious pamphlets as also reflected in the Guidance to Councils issued by DEFRA in April 2013.

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A Surgeon in the Siege of Shatila PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:54

Public Meeting in Guildford with Dr Christos Giannou

Tuesday May 3rd 2016, 7.30pm
St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW


Chris Giannou, a leading Canadian battle-surgeon expert, spent a horrific year as the only doctor in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut during its siege in 1985/6 by Shiite militias. His book “Besieged” gives an account of it.

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Open Bethlehem

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WOKING & POLITICAL LEAFLETING

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Anti Racism Statement

West Surrey PSC opposes all racism, including anti-Jewish prejudice

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Keith Taylor Local MEP

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