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

 

 PSC AGM 2017

 

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:

 

JUNE

Until Saturday 24th - Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour has an exhibition at the Bluecoat entitled In the future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, a new work drawing on themes of archaeology, science fiction and politics. It includes a 28-minute film that shows every half hour. See more about it HERE.

 

JULY

Saturday 1st, 12 noon to 2pm - our monthly stall with leaflet and petition at the bottom of Bold Street. We will be highlighting the role of HSBC in supporting the arms trade between Britain and Israel

Wednesday 5th, 7.30pm - our regular monthly meeting is in the Methodist Rooms above News from Nowhere bookshop. Agendas etc go out separately to members.

Friday 7th, 8pm - the 16th Liverpool Arab Arts Festival opens at the Bluecoat on School Lane and runs until Sunday 16th. The full programme is HERE.

 

SETTLEMENT POLITICS

We are all used to the United States using its veto on the UN Security Council to block resolutions critical of Israel. So it was a welcome surprise to see the US only abstaining when resolution 2334 passed on 23 December, declaring settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem  to be a 'flagrant violation under international law'. You can read the full text of the resolution HERE.

However, it is business as usual when Israel's settler-led government passes legislation that allows for legalisation of settlements built on Palestinian-owned land. There is plenty of international condemnation but United States silence gives a green light to further land-grabbing.

 

A YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES

2017 is a year of anniversaries for the Palestinians. It is 100 years since the British government issued the 'Balfour declaration' that promised the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine; 70 years since the United Nations outlined its partition plan; 50 years since Israel occupied the West Bank, Golan Heights and Gaza and 10 years that Gaza has been under siege. There's a strong statement from over 250 European organisations that calls on the EU and European states to 'make 2017 the year that the rights of the Palestinian people become a reality'. The full statement and list of signatories is HERE.

 

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS

We often forget that Palestinians living in 'Israel proper' are treated as second-class citizens. But see what happened when 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, watch THIS TRAILER for the documentary 'Forever Pure' on the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem. It is a withering critique of a club that prides itself on 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 May.

As Israeli football clubs take part in European competition, the protests follow them. The biggest demonstration 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

 

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 last year left both injured. As the Palestinian man lay immobile on the ground, another soldier shot him in the head. Palestinians would say this is nothing new and indeed the other soldiers there did not bat an eyelid. But this time the shooting was filmed and the youtube clip (HERE) went viral. Cue senior Israeli politicians agreeing that this soldier must be punished to preserve the army's integrity.

The soldier, one Elor Azaria, was charged with homicide. But while he awaited trial (detained in an open prison) he became 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 criticising the prosecution! The most important quotes are linked from THIS ARTICLE. And now that the soldier has been convicted and sentenced to (only) 18 months imprisonment, there are widespread calls for a pardon. 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 last year 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.

 

THE ISRAEL LOBBY

Apologists for Israeli apartheid have been well and truly caught out by THIS DOCUMENTARY made by Al-Jazeera. A six-month investigation by an undercover reporter produced compelling footage of an Israeli embassy official openly discussing setting up pro-Israel groups and 'taking down' politicians up to and including a Government minister.

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 last year 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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