April 2, 2011

ISM calling for experienced activists to come to Gaza

Posted in ISM Updates tagged , , , , , at 12:12 am by Alexia

**please circulate widely**

The International Solidarity Movement is appealing for activists to join our team in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In recent months numerous people have managed to cross into Gaza through Egypt, so at present, there is a small window of opportunity to enter. ISM Gaza was reinstated in August 2008, when volunteers traveled aboard the historic, siege-breaking voyage of the first FreeGaza Movement boat. ISM has maintained a constant presence in Gaza since that time, for over two years of Israel’s crippling siege. ISM volunteers refused to leave when Israel began bombing Gaza in December 2009. During the devastating 23-day assault, activists accompanied ambulances and provided vital testimony to the international media.

Daily life in Gaza is a harrowing struggle. Israel’s siege has made rebuilding bombed structures virtually impossible, and thousands of Gazans continue to live in tents. The siege deeply restricts Gaza’s food supply, but Israel also prohibits Gazans from producing their own food. In stark violation of international law, Israel enforces a three-nautical-mile fishing blockade. The Israeli-imposed ‘buffer zone’ swallows up a third of Gaza’s farmland, which lies along the Israeli border. Farmers are routinely shot and killed simply for working their land well inside Gaza’s borders.

ISM Gaza volunteers accompany farmers and demonstrators in the ‘buffer zone’, as well as working to strengthen the link between Gazan students and the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Visit http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/category/gaza/  to watch videos and read reports by ISM Gaza. As the international community becomes more critical of Israel’s policies, it is vital to have individuals on the ground that can attest to the conditions inside the open-air prison of Gaza. Their voices lend strength to efforts abroad, as BDS campaigns gain momentum and freedom flotillas become pandemic.

Those interested in joining the ISM Gaza team are required to attend a preliminary training in their home country and have communicate with the volunteers in Gaza prior to arrival. Entering Gaza is an arduous process that requires some time to be spent in Egypt.

Also recommended:

– Previous experience with organizing/ activism, preferably in the Middle-East

– A historical understanding of the Palestine and some knowledge of the current political situation

– Arabic language skills – respect for Palestinian traditions and values

– Ability to stay in Gaza for an extended period of time (over a month)

For more information about where to attend a preliminary training or other questions, please email gazaism@gmail.com

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June 27, 2009

PSC Actions and Events – 25 th July 2009

Posted in PSC Updates tagged , , , , at 4:42 pm by Alexia

PSC Actions and Events
 1. 11 July – national conference in Birmingham ­
Justice for the Palestinians ­ the moral issue of our time
A one-off opportunity to discuss with internationally-renowned speakers ­ including Dr Rita Giacaman, who has pioneered work on Palestinian health and resistance to occupation. She is from the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, and played a central role in the Lancet’s recent study.
The conference will be discussing 1948 and after ­ the refugee question with Karma Nabulsi and Haim Bresheeth; looking at the reality of Israeli occupation with Prof Manuel Hassassian, Samia Botmeh and Rita Giacaman; and lessons from the Anti-Apartheid Movement with Victoria Brittain.
The final session will focus on taking action ­ with Daniel Machover talking on war crimes, and building boycott, divestment and sanctions with Betty Hunter, Hugh Lanning and Salma Yaqoob.
Book your place NOW! For more details: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index9b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=3&l2_id=62&Content_ID=557

 2.  3-5 July ­ PSC Sponsored Walk in Dartmoor

Your chance to meet other activists, get fit and raise money for the PSC! For more details: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index9b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=3&l2_id=62&Content_ID=577

 

3. Get involved in your local branch ­ for branch information, go to http://www.palestinecampaign.org/Index5b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=13&l2_id=56.
If contact details for your branch aren’t there, please email psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org.
And if you are happy for your details to be passed to a local branch, please email psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org and tell us.

 4. Make sure your MP has put their name to Early Day Motions calling for peace and justice ­

 for more details http://www.palestinecampaign.org/Index5b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=51&l2_id=54

 5. Volunteers needed!

PSC is only able to carry out its vital campaigning work thanks to its volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer your time over the summer, helping out with the priority campaigns of the PSC, supporting our activities, events or our magazine, Palestine News, contact denis.fernando@palestinecampaign.org or psc.admin@palestinecampaign.org.

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PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK.

Join PSC today!

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January 17, 2009

17 January 2009 – UK Rallies this weekend

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Saturday 17th January

 

LONDON
2pm Rally in Trafalgar Square

There will be a large rally in Trafalgar Square from 2.00pm followed by a dignified march to Downing Street by women and children.

 

WALES

1pm Demonstration in Castle Square, Swansea City Centre meet at the end of the pedestrianised zone of oxford street and the top of wind street.

BIRMINGHAM

March and rally Saturday 17th January.   Assembles 12 noon in Victoria Square, Birmingham (outside the Council House at top of New Street near the fountain).  Called by PSC, Stop the War and the Muslim Association of Britain. Supported by Birmingham’s Gaza Campaign Coordinating Committee.

BOLTON

Friday 16th January 8.00pm
Public Meeting on Palestine
Brian Iddon MP and Secretary of the All Parliamentary Committee on Palestine
Dr. Asad Khan, campaigner for Palestinian rights, freedom and health
The Socialist Club 16 Wood Street BL1 1DY
for moe info – pscbolton@yahoo.com

BRADFORD

Demo Saturday 17th: Starbucks Centenary Square, 11am & McDonalds Forster Square retail park 1pm.

BRIGHTON
FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH
7.30 pm LIVE VIDEO LINK WITH GAZA /  PUBLIC MEETING
COMMUNITY BASE SOUTH WING, 113 QUEENS ROAD

BRISTOL

Regular Vigils in Town Centre, opposite Hippodrome. Monday – Friday 5pm – 6, and Saturdays 3pm – 4.

Bristol  – Wednesday 28th January, 7pm Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street

Public Meeting: ‘Palestine / Israel – What’s going on?’

BURY

Saturday 17 January

Bury Demo for Gaza  Assemble, 11.00 am  Kay Gardens, Bury

CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE  VIGIL 17th Feb and every Saturday at 12 noon outside the Guildhall while bombardment continues.

DEBATE  Monday Feb 2nd 17:00 – 18:30:  Israel & Palestine One-State vs Two-State Solution.  Speakers: Prof. Ilan Pappe and Prof. Yezid Sayigh.  Moderator Prof. Yasir Suleiman.  Venue:  Law Faculty, Lecture Theatre LG18, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge University.

DONCASTER

Saturday, 17th January:
11 a.m. Rallly at Mansion House, Doncaster town centre.

DURHAM
Vigil every weekday 1-2pm in Durham City Market Place with placards and petition-signing. Come and join us. See Durham PSC website www.durhampsc.org.uk for more details and events

EXETER

12.30 Sat 17th January
Join the march – assemble  Odeon Cinema, Sidwell Street, Exeter


FALMOUTH

Sat. 17th Jan.
Vigil for the people of Gaza  10am-12noon.Falmouth Moor
Bring old shoes

FROME

Benefit concert for Gaza featuring Jazz Legend Pee Wee Ellis and others
Thursday January 22nd
For Medical Aid for Palestinians
Christ Church, Christchurch Street West, Frome. Starts 7.30.  £6 on the door

 

GLOSSOP

Weekly Vigils for Gaza – Every Friday  5.30 – 6.30, Norfolk Square, Glossop

HALIFAX

March for Gaza – Friday 16th January Assemble at Madni Mosque,

Gibbet Street at 1.30pm. March to start at 2.00pm, ending with a rally at Northgate House

HEREFORD

Saturday 17th January 2009
STOP THE MASSACRE IN GAZA – DEMO
meet at 12.20 at Greyfriars Bridge car park (that’s the small car park below the new bridge.  you can park there, or at Sainsburies and walk over)   12.30 p.m. walk to town via Cathedral grounds & on to High Town bring relevant placards etc. 

LANCASTER

11.30am Market Sq, Bring banners, candles, photos, “blood splattered” clothes to join die-in

LICHFIELD
SATURDAY 17 JANUARY
2.30 public meeting
“Gaza in Context”
Boley Park Community Centre Lichfield (next to the Co-op) 
features Rev.Warren Bardsley a human rights observer reports back from Jerusalem
 

LIVERPOOL

4.30 – 6pm Vigil every Wednesday,Church St. Liverpool 2mins from Central Station  Please bring placards, banners, candles, etc.

Saturday 17th January 12 noon
Demonstration St Lukes Church (facing Bold St) Walk along Renshaw St to St Georges Hal

LINCOLN
10am- 12noon Stop the Slaughter in Gaza Protest, War Memorial on Lincoln High Street. For more information 07793682201

MANCHESTER
Vigil every day 5.30-6.30pm outside BBC Oxford road, Manchester.
5-6pm Candlelit protest outside the BBC, Oxford Road

Fri 16th Jan 5.30-7pm Fallowfield Sainsburys Wilmslow Road Boycott of Israeli Goods leafletting

Sat 17th Jan Tesco Market St. Boycott Israeli Goods leafletting

Sun 18th Jan

12 Noon Vigil in Piccadilly Gds

2pm Rally For Gaza – With Shoes – In front of Town Hall, Albert Square, central Manchester

Tuesday 20th January

7pm Manchester University – open organising meeting for all showing solidarity with Gaza

 Thurs Jan 22nd – Milliband at Manchester University  -protest details to follow

Friday 23 January 2009 – 7.00-9.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester

Public Meeting  – Invited Speakers: Dr Mona El-Farrah Medical doctor working for the Palestinian Red Gaza and human rights activist,  Dr Tareq Tahboub
Dr Mushier El-Farrah Palestian human rights activist from Khan Younis in Gaza and others to be confirmed

 

Sunday Jan 25th

Two Manchester Demonstrations – From Cheetham Hill in the North, and from Platt Fields in the South marching to meet in central Manchester for a rally.

For more information visit www.psc-manchester.org.uk

 Boycott Israeli Goods ACTIVITIES

 17:30-19:00 Friday 16th Jan: Outside Sainbury’s Supermarket, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield.

11:00-13:00 Saturday 17th Jan: Outside Tesco’s Supermarket,  Market Street, Central. Manchester  –  Leafleting – Letters – Stickers

  

MIDDLESBROUGH

Saturday 17th January – Demonstration  followed by Rally 11am Assemble at Albert Park gates, Linthorpe Rd

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Saturday 17 January
Rally for Gaza, 12noon Grey’s Monument

 

NOTTINGHAM

Vigil this Friday evening starting at 5.30 p.m. in the Market Square. 

Saturday 17 Jan – march from the forest recreation ground starting at 10:30 which will be led by a funeral cortege with hearse and children sized coffins being carried at the front.  This will proceed to the market square culminating in a rally with speakers.


OXFORD

Saturday street stall:
Volunteers needed 11.30 – 1.30,

Call Jenny on 01865 247730 or email: jenniestanton@googlemail.com

Satuday 17th January

March and rally on Gaza: assemble 1pm Broad Street, rally in Bonn Square about 2pm.
Karma Nabulsi and Avi Shlaim speaking, plus local faith, political, Trade union and student reps.

TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY,
7.30pm, Oxford Town Hall IMPLICATIONS OF THE ISRAELI ELECTIONS Leader of Israel’s Kadima Party, Tzipi Livni, has found herself unable to form a government. As a result an early General Election has been called for 10 February. On the same day we will have a speaker and discussion on the likely implications.

SUNDAY 8 MARCH, 2.30 – 4.00pm, Oxford Town Hall. WOMEN WORKERS IN PALESTINE.

Featuring newly elected President of Palestinian health workers union, Hanan Bannourah

PRESTON

Sunday protest 1.30-2.30 Preston Flag Market (Preston City Centre) Hundreds of children from across Preston are expected to lie down as a show of solidarity with the children of Gaza.

 SHEFFIELD

Friday 16th January

Palestinian monologues: Voices from Palestine

7.30 p.m. Library theatre, Sheffield city centre.
An emergency fund raiser, with all proceeds going towards the wheelchair appeal.

Saturday 17th January,
12 – 2 p.m. Rally outside Sheffield Town Hall.

Saturday 31st January 12.30pm
PSC Day School
Quaker Meeting House, 10 St. James St, Sheffield,
Sheffield PSC has called a day school to discuss strategy and tactics of how to help the Palestinians. It will include workshops on such items as the academic boycott, the boycott of Israeli goods and others. Please come and invite anyone who supports the Palestinians.
www.sheffieldpsc.org.uk for details of all events.

 

SOUTHAMPTON

Saturday 17 Jan – 11.00am in the Above Bar Precinct, then move at 11.45 to the Peace Fountain for candles/release of 1000 balloons representing the at least 1000 dead – And Every Saturday in the Above Bar Precinct for petitioning at 11.00am

Weekday, vigil outside the Civic Centre, (South Side) 5.00pm -6.00pm

Southampton PSC

 

ST MARKS
Thursday 15th January  5-7pm Vigil for Gaza hosted by Amnesty Group  Bring Candles.

STAFFORDSHIRE
MONDAY 19 JANUARY 12 NOON –  DEMONSTRATION AT UAV ENGINES, Lynn Lane, Shenstone, Litchfield, WS140DT (the demo will be outside the industrial unit)
11.15 a.m. meet at Shenstone Railway station  The factory is approximately 11 minutes walk from the station along Lynn Lane, heading out of town (take the first left after Birch Brook lane).

It has been reported that the company is building engines that are used in Israel’s military drones which aid the attacks on Gaza. The demonstration will be calling for an end to arms sales to Israel and an end to Israeli violent repression of the Palestinian people. Transport will be leaving from the Sumac Centre in Nottingham (245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields,NG7 6HX) at 9.30 a.m. for info or to offer to help with transport etc, Tel: 0798 374 3894. Bring banners,things to make noise,etc

http://amnesty.org.uk/news_details_p.asp?NewsID=18004
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/09/armstrade-gaza
http://www.elbitsystems.com/productsDetailsPage.asp?id=579

TRURO

Saturday 17th January in solidarity with the people of Gaza  

12:30pm – 2:00pm, Lemon Quay

with leafleting, petitioning and more

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Saturday 17th January
Assemble at 12 noon at the Millenium clock (opposite precinct) – march at 12.30 through Tunbridge Town Centre- rally afterwards

WORCESTER

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY
Vigil 1pm-5.p.m. The Guildhall, High St Worc Stalls, music, food petitions Bring family, friends & a candle

WOLVERHAMPTON
FRIDAY 16 JANUARY 4.30 P.M. SILENT VIGIL, Queens Square
Bring candles, wear black clothing, bring placards

YORK

Sat 17th Jan  – Rally and march, 1-3pm St Sampsons Square York

January 16, 2009

16 Jan 09 Free Gaza: The Spirit of Humanity

Posted in ISM Updates tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:41 pm by Alexia

As you may know, The Spirit of Humanity was surrounded by Israeli warships in international waters.  The Israeli navy threated to shoot these unarmed civillians unless they returned to port.  This of course is against international law, but that never stops Israel.

The boat has since returned to Cyprus.

If you want to see how far it got or track any future sailings, use this link  http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0T9vIzDuqKd7Vz8WiSrZ73HnzaASECQS1

The list of people onboard were as follows:

Trip # 7: Departure from Cyprus Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Klontzas, George – Captain (Greece)
Cpt. Klontzas is an experienced sailor and human rights activist. This will be his fifth trip to Gaza.

Stylianakis, Zacharias – Captain (Greece)
Greek Captain, qualified to captain cargo ships up to 2500 tons. 

Bolos, Nikolaos – Crew (Greece)
Born in Pireas. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Patray. Graduated Gemologist from Gemological Institute of America. Qualified skipper since 1989 (Panellenic offshore club). Runned personal enterprise in electroplating as an industrial chemist the last 12 years. In solidarity with Palestinian people human rights worker and member of Free Gaza. 

Karipidis, Yiannis – Crew (Greece)

Arraf, Huwaida – Crew (Palestine/USA)
Huwaida is a Palestinian-American, and also a citizen of Israel. She is a human rights activist and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. In 2007 she received her Juris Doctor from American University in Washington D.C. She was present on most of the Free Gaza voyages.

Pissias, Vangelis, University Professor – Crew (Greece)
Greek origin, citizenship and culture. Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1947, living in the Greek milieu, in a large Greek community within a much larger International community. 

Muncie, Andrew, human rights worker and crew (Scotland)
Andrew Muncie volunteered with ISM Gaza Strip from August until mid-November 2008. He arrived to Gaza onboard the SS Liberty, one of the boats that made the first voyage of the Free Gaza movement. During his brief time in Gaza he accompanied fishermen on their trawling vessels and witnessed firsthand the Israeli occupation force Navy violate the cease-fire. He filmed the soldiers shooting at the trawling vessels and also blasting the boats with high-powered water cannons, causing severe damage to the vessels and sometimes injuries to the fishermen and ISM volunteers. He is returning to Gaza Strip to witness and document the current situation.

Caruso, Francesco, former Member of Parliament (Italy)
Activist of social centers on the south of Italy. Has been spokesman of anti-globalization movement in Italy. Member of Italian Parliament until April 2008. 

Gezelius, Mats, Journalist (Sweden/Finland)
Mats Gezelius is a freelance reporter based in Jerusalem. He has for the last 10 years covered the Middle East for Nordic Media. Gezelius is the Middle East correspondent for Hufuudstadsbladet and a stringer for the leading Swedish newspapers Alfonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet. He is a contributing editor to Finlands Radio & TV (YLE).

Giannopoulos, Nikos, human rights worker (Greece)
working in the Institute “Nikos Poulentzas” in the port of editions and member of the Network for the social and political rights. 

Kampani, Chalent, Orthopedic Surgeon (Greece)
Palestinian orthopaedic surgeon and traumatologist. 

Kanellakis, Yiannis, Journalist with Greek Mega TV (Greece)
As a reporter he has covered a lot of stories about the wars all over the world. Would like to believe that this war is the last one on this planet. Believes the International Community will do that very soon and will have peace and solidarity on the whole world. Hopes the democracies will help the stabilities of this peace. Freedom for the Palestinians and every people under occupation. 

Nuet I Pujaus, Joan Josep, Member of Parliament (Spain)
Break the siege that Israel imposes on the Gaza Strip and Palestine. To facilitate the arrival of medicines and food. No government can stop the humanitarian help for a country under war. Food and medicines are indispensable and above any war and conflict. 

Papachristopoulos, Athanasios, Surgeon (Greece)
Member of Humanistic Hellenic organization. Doctor of peace. Directs the dermatological department of Public Hospital Evaggelismos. Hase visited the following countries during WAR: 1999 Serbia, 2001 Afghanistan, 2003 Iraq, 2006 Puget Island (Thailand) (Kailac), 2006 Lebanon. 

Perukis, Petros (Greece)
Architect living in Greece. 

Prieto, Monica, Journalist with El Mundo (Spain)
Reporter working for EL MUNDO, the Spanish newspaper, since 1996. Was working in Russia, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Lebanon, among other countries. Currently correspondent for Middle East based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Robbins, Sonia, Dr., Surgeon (UK)
Consultant reconstructive and hand surgeon working in Middle East last four years. On the boat because of refusal by Israel for entry into Gaza for humanitarian medical work. 

Spartiatis, Theo (Greece)
Historical researcher. 

Synodinoo, Xaritatoo Melina, Journalist with Ethnos (Greece)
Journalist for the Greek daily newspaper “Ethios”, covering International news – war zones.

Tsatsis, Angelos, Journalist with MEGA TV (Greece)

Yvon, Xavier, Journalist with RTL Radio (France)

 

The only thing that is dangerous about these people is the idea they bring.  That people acting together can make a difference.