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LOCAL READING Demonstration

End the siege now!

An opportunity for those who cannot attend London Demo but wish to support Gaza.

Opposite H&M/River Island, Broad St, Reading




If you can, please get in touch via: our website, by email or call 0118 307 0037

Gaza National Demo: Travel With Us From Reading!

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National Demonstration

End the siege now!

Travel with us from Reading!

  • Meet-up BY 11am at Information Stand at Reading Station

  • Contact phone number on the day: 07702 456034
  • We’ll travel together and assemble at 12 noon at Downing Street
  • Joining our fellow supporters for the march to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington


Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, CND, British Muslim Initiative, Palestinian Forum in Britain

Supported by: The national trade unions PCS, RMT, and FBU; Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Islamic Forum Europe, Association of Palestinian Communities, Amos Trust, Pax Christi, GUPS UK, Lib Dem Friends of Palestine, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Midlands Palestinian Community Association, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Boycott Israel Network(BIN), War on Want, Zaytoun


  1. Help with Stalls midweek and weekends?
  2. Help with MAP and other fundraising?
  3. Availability for Demos in London and Reading?
If you can, please get in touch via: our website, by email or call 0118 307 0037

PSC’s Annual Lobby of Parliament: 28 November

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We are asking everyone to get involved in lobbying their MPs. There are 650 MPs and we want as many of them as possible to be lobbied directly by their constituents. Let’s make sure they know that Palestine is one of the biggest issues for our Government and Parliament.

Find out more at the PSC website…

This lobby will focus on the need for UK and EU policy to support the implementation of international law by:

  • Ending UK support for the occupation and settlements: the UK and EU have failed to stop settlements from benefiting from EU benefits. The EU also funds Palestinian welfare because of the impact of the occupation; these costs should be borne by the occupier. The government should be implementing policies which will lead to the dismantling of all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
  • Action against Israel’s forced expulsions of Palestinians from their lands and homes: The UK and EU must develop robust policies in response to breaches of international law and human rights, to ensure Israel stops committing further violations.
  • Insisting on the rights of all Palestinian prisoners under international law.
  • Action to protect child prisoners: the UK Government must press Israel to meet its international obligations on the treatment of Palestinian children.

Action not words

As more and more of us become aware of the injustices against Palestinians denied their basic rights, the situation is becoming even more desperate on the ground.

It has never been more important for us to make our elected representatives aware of the growing and unstoppable pressure for peace and justice.

Our government should be playing a leading role in implementing policies to ensure that Israel ends its illegal occupation and respect Palestinian human rights and international law.

FILM: Salt of This Sea

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The Palestinian film Salt of this Sea, shown at Cannes in 2008, is screening in London at the French Institute from May 21-30 – Book your tickets here…

The first feature film by a Palestinian woman, Salt of This Sea tells the story of Soraya, a third-generation, working-class Palestinian refugee living in Brooklyn, New York. Soraya discovers that her grandfather’s savings have been frozen in a bank account in Jaffa since he was expelled in 1948. Determined to reclaim what is theirs, she fulfills her life-long dream to return to Palestine, but is rebuffed by the bank. It is then she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, in contrast to hers, is to leave Palestine forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, Soraya and Emad know that in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even it means breaking the law…

“This film is my personal voice, intimate,… it’s the voice of my family, of my village, of my people. It’s the voice of every refugee…” – Saleh Bakri, actor

“Annemarie Jacir’s filmic vision is brilliant, emotional, intense and fresh. Salt of this Sea is absolutely one of the best films I’ve seen in years” -Michael Moore, Director

National Day of Action – London Sat 15 May

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LONDON EVENT: Free Palestine!

Saturday 15 May, 12–2pm

Opposite 10 Downing Street, London SW1 (nearest tube Westminster)
We demand the government:

  • End Israel’s violations of international law, including ending its illegal occupation and building of settlements
  • Support bringing Israeli war criminals to justice — no attack on universal jurisdiction
  • End the siege on Gaza
  • Ban settlement goods
  • Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement
  • End the arms trade with Israel

Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative, Stop the War Coalition, CND, Palestinian Forum in Britain

Click here for more information…

Gaza Boat Convoy Event: April 16, London

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Reading PSC is planning on fundraising events for the boat convoy organised by IHH and FGM (above), but here’s one coming up next week in London:

7pm Friday 16th April
at St John on Bethnal Green

  • LIVE VIDEO LINK UP with GAZA musicians and speakers
  • from London side:

  • Caoimhe Butterly (eyewitness to Gaza massacre as volunteer on ambulances)
  • Sameh Habeeb (journalist and speaker from Palestine)
  • Viva Palestina convoy members
  • +more to be confirmed


Proceeds to the siege-breaking campaign, so come and have dinner anyway… donations also to be gratefully received.

St John on Bethnal Green is located on the corner of Cambridge Heath Road and Roman Road, next to the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Bethnal Green underground station is next to St John on Bethnal Green.  Buses: 106, 388, D3, D6, 8, 309, 254.

Please come and please forward info to anyone you think would like, appreciate or be interested.  If you’d like to donate food to sell please also get in touch.

Contact Laura via

London Palestine Film Festival 2010

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UPDATE: Full program online now…

April 30 – May 6, 2010 at Barbican Film, London

The 2010 programme has recently been finalised and will be richer than ever. Highlights will include Elia Suleiman’s latest feature The Time That Remains (below) – followed by a discussion with the director.

The UK premier of Eyal Sivan’s new documentary Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork followed by an expert panel discussion, and a session dedicated to the late poet Mahmoud Darwish – including a premier screening of Nasri Hajjaj’s documentary As The Poet Said. Plus much, much more new fiction, documentary, and art – from Palestine and further afield… check back here in mid-March for full programme details.

Human Rights and Justice for the Palestinians after the Goldstone report.

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MEMO and PSC presents Karen Abu Zayd Koning (Former Commissioner-General of UNRWA)

Date: Wednesday 24 March 2010

Time: 6.30pm

Venue (Map)

Cayley Theatre, Luxborough Building, Westminster University, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Read more at the MEMO website…

PETITION! Justice for Gaza protesters

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The Guardian:

Sent to jail for throwing a single bottle

Last year, during protests against the attack on Gaza, a mixed group of demonstrators clashed with police. But when the alleged culprits were arrested in dawn raids, nearly all those taken were young Muslims.

Badi Tebani and his wife were sleeping peacefully when all hell broke loose. He shudders at the memory. The front door was forced open, and then came the screaming. “Wah, wah, wah, get down, get down, you are under arrest.” Any number of voices. He thought it was a nightmare – that he was back in Algeria in the bad old days before he was granted political asylum in Britain, and that the military had broken into the house. When he opened his eyes, his bedroom was full of police officers. “I have diabetes and high blood pressure,” he says quietly. “It was worse than Algeria, even. I became very depressed.”Read more…

Sign the petition demanding:

  • The release of all those imprisoned
  • that all further charges are dropped
  • an independent investigation into the many complaints about police behaviour at the demonstrations which have all the been rejected by the IPCC
  • an end to the intimidation of the Muslim community
  • the right to protest for all
  1. Sign the petition online

  2. Download the petition and collect signatures (pdf)

  3. Ask your MP to sign EDM 1093: Demonstration and Gaza

I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother

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A play by Amir Nizar Zuabi

Before it happened I didn’t know those people existed. Now I’m not certain that we do…

I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother

Direct from a tour of Palestinian villages in Israel and the West Bank, a powerful story of life in 1948 at the moment of ‘the catastrophe’.

1948. The British Mandate is ending. The United Nations votes on who will control what part of Palestine …

Ali is in love with Nada but her father won’t let them marry because his brother Yusuf is ‘odd’.

War begins. The villagers become refugees. The secret that kept Ali and Nada apart is revealed.

19 January 2010 – 6 February 2010 @ Young Vic Theatre, London (map) – Tickets £10-15 or call 020 7922 2923

From the frontline, a poetic exploration of loyalty and love by the director of Alive from Palestine ‘an astonishing testament to the power of theatre.’ (5-stars, The Guardian review)

Plus, a special event at St John’s Waterloo on Monday 01 February 2010:

The Role of Theatre in Conflict & War

Amir Nizar Zuabi, director of I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother, will talk about his experiences of writing and making theatre in Galilee and the West Bank. There will be a question and answer session with Amir Nizar Zuabi and Young Vic artistic director David Lan.

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