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Liverpool Friends of Palestine is affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which campaigns for justice for Palestinians.

 

 

Welcome to the website of Liverpool Friends of Palestine.

On other pages you will find out more about what we do. You’ll also find some recommendations of books, films and so on and some links to other organisations. There’s a ‘basic history’ in the ‘Palestine’ section and there’s even a quiz to test your knowledge!

Elsewhere on the net, we have a Facebook page and you can just follow this link. You can also follow us on Twitter at @Livfop.

On this page we list some events coming up shortly, at which you are welcome to join us:

 

DECEMBER

Wednesday 7th, 7pm - our Annual General Meeting followed by regular monthly meeting is in the Methodist Rooms above News from Nowhere bookshop. Agendas etc go out separately to members.

Friday 9th, 1 to 2pm - Carols for Palestine: join us in Liverpool's Clayton Square as we offer seasons greetings with updated words and collect money to support our solidarity work with the people of Bil'in on the West Bank. All welcome to sing, rattle tins or give out leaflets. All together now: "Once in Royal David's City Stood a big apartheid wall".

Wednesday 14th, 12noon to 1pm - Carols for Palestine.

Thursday 22nd, 4 to 5pm - Carols for Palestine.

Thursday 22nd, 7.30pm - Windows for Peace (UK) meeting on how Israeli and Palestinian youth see the future. In Aigburth Cricket club L17 7BQ, admission free.

Carols for Palestine 11 Dec

 

JANUARY

Saturday 7th, 12 noon to 2pm - our regular monthly stall and leafleting is at the bottom of Bold Street. Come and help out for half an hour. We'll be continuing the campaign against Hewlett Packard who are a major supporter of Israeli apartheid.

 

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS

We often forget that Palestinians living in 'Israel proper' are also treated as second-class citizens. So much so that in November a Palestinian member of the Israeli Parliament, Jamal Zahalka, put up a Bill to recognise Palestinians as a national minority. The Justice Minister countered with this: "National rights for Arab minorities can be attained in our neighbouring Arab countries. Whoever wishes to realise his national rights as an Arab is invited to leave to these countries. I can’t promise that he will be continue to enjoy the conditions he receives in our villa.” Zahalka replied in kind: "We are citizens and will fight for full citizenship and for our full rights despite the efforts of racists and fascists like Shaked.” Zahalka's Bill was predictably defeated with all the major Israeli parties voting against.

 

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

If you need any reminding of why racism has no place in sport, go to the BBC's iplayer collection (HERE) and watch the documentary 'Forever Pure' about the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem. It is a withering critique of the club that makes a virtue of having no Arab players.

Elsewhere in the footballing world, the Israeli FA is under pressure to exclude six of its member clubs that are based in illegal settlements. See HERE for a detailed investigation by Human Rights Watch. A ruling from FIFA (the international federation) is expected in the New Year.

As Israeli football clubs take part in European competition, the protests follow them. The biggest demonstration came at Celtic Park where demonstrators held Palestine flags aloft in defiance of UEFA officialdom (and later raised over £150,000 for Palestinian charities).

Celtic Park Aug 2016

 

NAKBA DAY - 15 MAY

'Nakba', or 'Catastrophe' is the Palestinian term for the Israeli military campaign that ethnically cleansed large parts of Palestine and turned 750,000 inhabitants into refugees. The date of 15 May is marked each year and these pictures show our most recent demonstration on Church Street

 

Nakba 2016 B

Nakba 2016 A

 

G4S TO QUIT PALESTINE - THEY SAY

The big security company G4S say they have decided to sell up and get out of Palestine. They have been centrally involved in the Israeli state's control of the Palestinians, so this must be classed as a big move. You can read more about it HERE. PSC and some British trade unions want to be sure and are pushing for some further answers in an open letter that you can read HERE.

 

MOST MORAL ARMY AND ITS SUPPORTERS

An incident between a Palestinian civilian and an Israeli soldier on 24 March leaves both injured. As the Palestinian man lies immobile on the ground, another soldier shoots him in the head. Palestinians would say this is nothing new and indeed the other soldiers there do not bat an eyelid. But this time the shooting is filmed and the youtube clip (HERE) goes viral. Cue senior Israeli politicians agreeing that this soldier must be punished to preserve the army's integrity.

The soldier, one Elor Azaria, is charged with homicide. But while he awaits trial (detained in an open prison) he becomes a folk hero. You can see HERE a disturbingly large and vociferous rally held in his support on 19 April in central Tel-Aviv. Cue the same Israeli politicians now criticising the prosecution! The most important quotes are linked from THIS ARTICLE. As so often, extremism is becoming the Israeli norm.

ATTACKS ON THE LABOUR PARTY

A vigorous witch-hunt has been going on inside the British Labour Party. The immediate target is quite clearly Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, but the longer-term aim is to expand the definition of 'antisemitism' to include any criticism of Israeli apartheid.

It may be that a similar 'definition creep' will also find its way into Government policy as THIS ARTICLE from the Institute of Race Relations explains.

Maybe the report from the party's Chakrabarti inquiry will instil a sense of order into the debate. It was published (on time!) on 30 June and the full text is HERE.  See also HERE a basic Q and A from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Some of the most thorough submissions to the inquiry appear on the website freespeechonisrael.org.uk.

We believe that support for the Palestinians requires opposition to all forms of racism. We see Israel's treatment of the Palestinians as a form of apartheid racism, which we will continue to oppose without apology.

ANOTHER PROPAGANDA STUNT

Liverpool University has been caught out promoting an Israeli propaganda tour. Lecturers have been told to circulate an invite to postgraduate students to join a 'unique project' with all expenses paid. "The aim of the project is to take 180 people aged between 22 and 35 years, from all walks of life, from all over the UK to Israel in November for 5 days on a fact-finding tour with the hope that on their return they will advocate on behalf of Israel. We wish to target mature Masters students or Research students".

This was all too much for one student who replied "Should the University really be promoting the attempts of a foreign state to whitewash its policies of ethnic cleansing, discrimination, military occupation, theft of land and resources, imprisonment (including of children) without charge or trial, torture, family separation and attacks on civilians?" 

 

PALESTINIAN CHILD PRISONERS

Israel's treatment of Palestinian children is an international disgrace. In 2012 the UK government sponsored an investigation which made over 40 recommendations. These have been almost entirely ignored and a planned follow-up trip by the same legal team was refused entry.

On 6 January there was a very full and informative debate on the subject in Parliament's Westminster Hall (THIS is the link, scroll down to page WH77). Of our local MPs, Peter Dowd (Bootle) expressed outrage at the blindfolding of nine-year-olds when arrested. Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside) made more than one intervention in favour of the Israeli state.

On 21 July the House of Lords debated this motion: "That this House takes note of the conditions in which Palestinian children are living and the impact on their health and wellbeing". There were a number of sympathetic contributions including from Baroness Jenny Tonge. You can read the official record HERE.

ETHNIC CLEANSING

Our recent leafleting has highlighted the Israeli plans to demolish the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran: you can read a bit more about it HERE. But the forced removal of Palestinians from their homes is also happening in the West Bank as THIS STATEMENT from the United Nations shows.

 

CURRENT  PETITIONS

PayPal - the services of Paypal are available to Israeli settlers but not to Palestinians. The petition HERE tries to put that right.

Google maps - the petition HERE asks google to put Palestine literally on the map!

 


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