PSC welcomes PLO support of BDS

Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes the joint statement from the Embassy of the state of Palestine to the Republic of South Africa and BDS South Africa.  The statement is published in full below:  Clarification regarding comments made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas whilst in South Africa on boycott of Israeli settlements and products Recent comments made…

PSC update: Gaza crisis

Help PSC campaign for an end of the siege on Gaza Floods in Gaza – image from Globovision (cropped) – creative comms licence. Please help us get one of the longest blockade’s in human history lifted. Following floods and freezing temperatures, the situation in Gaza is now catastrophic. UNWRA have called for the immediate lifting…

Parliament Update 16 December 2013

THURSDAY  19  DECEMBER  2013 1. Andrew Selous: Calls for urgent debate on West Bank, with “olive groves being cut down and very badly polluted by sewage and industrial waste”. 2. Cathy Jamieson: What recent assessment has DfID Secretary made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and will she make a statement? 3. Cathy Jamieson: Will DfID Secretary take steps to…

PSC update: guidelines on settlements

Guidelines on Israeli settlements published Government guidelines on business involvement with Israeli settlements are a step forward, but much more needs to be done New advisory business risk guidance warns of the “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity”. The…

Parliament update: tributes to Mandela

THURSDAY  12  DECEMBER  2013 1. Caroline Lucas: Pursuant to the answer of 3 December, how many times have Foreign Secretary and his officials called on Israel to open up legal trade for Gaza in each of the last three years; will he make an assessment of whether the Israeli restrictions are compliant with the human rights conditions in Article 2 of…

Eastern MEP candidates

We asked all European candidates for their views on 4 key issues: Do they oppose Israel’s violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and do they support Palestinians’ right to self-determination? Will they oppose any upgrade of European agreements with Israel until Israel abides by the human rights clause in the EU Israel Association…

Remembering Nelson Mandela

“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians. “ Nelson Mandela, photo credit South Africa – the Good News Nelson…

PSC update: End injustice

Stop the inhuman treatment of Palestinians in Gaza Don’t let the inhuman treatment of Palestinians in Gaza go unnoticedJoin the protest on Saturday 18th January from 12-2pm outside the Israeli Embassy A revealing and heartbreaking blog in the Independent reveals just how unbearable – and unsustainable – life in Gaza has become: most of the…

Parliament update: 2 December 2013

THURSDAY  5  DECEMBER  2013 1. Adjournment debate: Water shortages in OPTs – tabled by David Winnick: – David Winnick: Average Palestinian water consumption is half that recommended by WHO; average Israeli’s is over four times as much; nearly 10% of WB Palestinian communities not connected to water; buying it is expensive and difficult due to travel restrictions; some spend 40% of income on water; Israel has a veto on Joint…