January 15, 2009

Day 19 – Gaza Update from PSC and info on the next demonstration – 17 January 2pm London

Posted in demonstration information, PSC Updates tagged , , , , at 12:50 am by Alexia

1000 Dead and Nothing Said – End the Slaughter of Gaza



National Day of Protest


PSC, along with the British Muslim Initiative and Stop the War will be holding a national day of protest against the continuing slaughter in Gaza on Saturday 17th January.


Demonstrations are taking place across Britain.


In London there will be a rally in Trafalgar Square at 2pm, followed by a march of women and children to Downing Street.


In Birmingham, the demonstration assembles at 12noon at Victoria Street.


For other actions, check our website: www.palestinecampaign.org


These demonstrations are crucial to maintaining the momentum we have created with the vast majority of the British public over the last three weeks. Localising this week’s action means that PSC members and supporters can work within the communities they know best, making sure the pressure is kept on the British and Israeli Governments to bring about a lasting and just peace for the people of Gaza and Palestine. 



The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is calling on all its members and supporters to help out with our activities and in our office – we are campaigning around the clock on the massacre in the Gaza and, due to our limited resources, we are relying on the invaluable work of volunteers, members and supporters who want to do all they can to support the people of Palestine in this hour of need.  If you can spare time during the week, evenings and/or at weekends, or can help on our forthcoming activities including protests and demonstrations, please email info@palestinecampaign.org  Volunteers and stewards play an invaluable role in ensuring the effective and smooth running of  our various initiatives, from stewarding and helping to organize demonstrations, leafleting to get the message out about the massacre in the Gaza, to helping maintain our office.  

  • Briefing meeting for volunteers at 5.30-7pm on Thursday 15th January at UNISON headquarters, 1 Mabledon Place, (nearest tube Kings Cross) please RSVP on the email address below if you are able to attend

This will give you and overview of the campaigns that we are organizing at the moment around the Gaza, and details of how you can help out with these campaigns at weekend events, during evenings and during office hours.

  • We will need stewards and volunteers for the public event in central London on Saturday 17th January. 


If you are able to help with these or other events please email your name and contact details and availability to info@palestinecampaign.org  or call Denis at the PSC office on 0207 700 6192


For 18 days the Israeli Government has justified to the world that their decision to unleash a massive military campaign against the people of Gaza was as a direct result of Hamas’ breach of the ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian Government.

Hamas has always stated that between June 2008 and November 2008 they did not fire a single rocket into Israel.

In a recent interview given to Channel 4 News, the Israeli Government’s official spokesman Mark Regev finally admitted that Hamas did not break the ceasefire.


So by their own admission the Israeli Government broke the terms of the ceasefire first. They have wantonly destroyed the infrastructure of Gaza – that is a breach of international law and a war crime. And the Guardian has just announced that the death toll of Palestinians is now over 1,000, with 4,700 injured: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/gaza-city-fighiting-israel-un


War Crimes – Pressure Mounts on Israel


The momentum for war crime prosecutions and crimes against humanity is growing internationally. It seems that when the General Assembly of the UN meets to discuss the ongoing human tragedy in Gaza there will be moves to ask the International Court to take a preliminary look to see if international law has been broken.

According to Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, “There is a well-grounded view that both the initial attacks on Gaza and the tactics being used by Israel are serious violations of the UN charter, the Geneva Conventions, international law and international humanitarian law,”

“There is a consensus among independent legal experts that Israel is an occupying power and is therefore bound by the duties set out in the Fourth Geneva Convention,” Falk added. “The arguments that Israel’s blockade is a form of prohibited collective punishment, and that it is in breach of its duty to ensure the population has sufficient food and healthcare as the occupying power, are very strong.”

Read more by clicking this link



And today a group of eminent barristers has sent a letter to the Guardian setting out what they believe to be the legal responsibilities of the British Government. To read the full text of their letter click this link


Bolivia breaks diplomatic ties with Israeli government

PSC welcomes the decision by the Bolivian Government to break diplomatic ties with the Israeli Government – Their decision, along with that of the Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan Government offers real and practical solidarity with the people of Gaza.
To read more, click on this link



Write to Your MP – 93 MPs sign EDM on Gaza

It is not critically important that everyone who opposes the war Israel is waging against the people of Gaza writes to their MP given today’s latest casualty figures that show that over 1000 people have been killed.

So please, if you’ve not done so, click on the link below and fill out the letter – it takes just a couple of minutes to complete and it is vital that we keep the pressure on Gordon Brown and the British Government.

If you have already completed it, then please pass the link on to friends and family.


So far, 93 MPs have signed Richard Burden MP’s Early Day Motion number 408 on Gaza – check whether your MP has signed and if not, urge them to do so: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37423&SESSION=899


If they have signed EDM 408, they may be prepared to sign further EDMs including:

EDM 400 tabled by Bob Russell on British arms sales to Israel: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37415&SESSION=899


EDM 423 on Terror in Gaza, tabled by Mark Durkan: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37443&SESSION=899


And 72 MPs have signed Martin Linton’s EDM on the launch of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East:  http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37408&SESSION=899




The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK. Join PSC today!



Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Tel:   020 7700 6192
Fax:  020 7609 7779

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org

Web: www.palestinecampaign.org


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