Israeli settler addresses the British Parliament

Settler addresses UK Parliament The  speaker of Israel’s Knesset – an Israeli settler living in occupied Palestinian territory –  is due to address both houses of the British Parliament on Wednesday (2nd March). The invitation to Yuli Edelstein, extended by the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has been condemned by Palestine Solidarity…

Parliament update: 22-25 February 2016

FRIDAY  26  FEBRUARY  2016   Helen Goodman: What meetings have (a) the Minister for the Cabinet Office and (b) Ministers of his Department had with (i) arms manufacturers, (ii) tobacco manufacturers and (iii) representatives of the Israeli embassy since the period covered in his Department’s most recent ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings data release? http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-02-22/27634/…

Parliament update: 1-4 February 2016

THURSDAY  4  FEBRUARY  2016 1.Craig Whittaker: What discussions has Foreign Secretary had with the Israeli government on tackling the spread of Daesh in the Middle East? http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-01-28/24661   Bob Blackman: What assessment has Home Secretary made of policing on university campuses following the violent protests and criminal damage by demonstrators at an Israel Society event at…

Tweet for Al Qeeq – 23 February at 7 pm

Mohammed Al Qeeq Today marks the 90th day of Palestinian Journalist, Mohammed al-Qeeq’s hunger strike. He is held under Administrative Detention, without charge or trial. Israel’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this month to temporarily “suspend” al-Qeeq’s detention due to his deteriorating health, but the conditional suspension required that he remains in Israel’s HaEmek hospital in…

Parliament update: Friday 19 February 2016

FRIDAY 19  FEBRUARY  2016 Andrew Percy: What assessment has BIS Secretary made of the implications for freedom of speech in universities of recent reports of violent protests at an Israeli Society event at King’s College London? http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-02-09/26522 Shabana Mahmood: What information is held by the FCO on the number of Palestinian children imprisoned in (a) Palestine…

Israel boycott ban will not deter Palestine supporters

Media release The government has published guidance (17 February, 2016) for councils and other public bodies on boycotts and procurements. The guidance aims to prevent what the government has called “inappropriate procurement boycotts by public authorities”. Commenting on the publication of the Procurement Policy Note, Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “It is…

PSC condemns UK Government attack on ethical divestment and democracy

Today, 14 February 2016, the UK Government announced, via the media, that it would be setting out guidance to prevent public bodies from supporting Palestinian rights through their procurement and investment policies Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, has condemned this move as ‘a gross attack on our democratic freedoms and the independence of public…

Action alert: protect local democracy for Palestine

Only a few days left… You have just under one week left to take part in the consultation to stop the government’s attack on support for Palestine in local government. If you haven’t already, please send a consultation response today – it only takes a minute. Over 12,000 people have already signed! Resistance is rapidly growing…

Newcastle Council reafirms its commitment to ethical divestment

On Wednesday 4 February, Councillor Mick Bowman and Councillor David Stockdale took a Labour motion through Newcastle City Council, opposing the Tories plan to curb the power of Councils to divest from unethical companies or countries. The motion passed and was adopted as policy by the Council. Text of the Motion Notice of Motion – ethical policy…