On this page we list recent actions in which we have taken part.
BIL'IN EXHIBITION - FEBRUARY
Our Silent Voices photo-exhibition was displayed in the Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead. It is an eloquent and moving set of photos taken by schoolchildren in Bil'in on the West Bank, depicting everyday life in a village living under military occupation.
IRISH FOLK NIGHT - 17 FEBRUARY
We supported an Irish folk night in aid of the Bethlehem Diyar womens football team: Workers, Left-wing, Ireland and Palestine at St Michael's Irish Centre.
REMEMBERING BETHLEHEM - DECEMBER
We gave out leaflets outside carol services to highlight what is going on these days in the little town of Bethlehem.
CAROLS FOR PALESTINE - THREE TIMES IN DECEMBER
We sang alternative carols in the city centre, gave out THIS leaflet and rattled tins to collect for our work with Bil'in.
E'en so here below, below / With guns and bricks and mortar
Israel's colonies do grow / But they need much more water
Gloooooooooooria They've taken someone else's
CULTURAL EVENING - 5 DECEMBER
The University Friends of Palestine group held a packed cultural evening in the Guild of Students and raised funds for the Liverpool International Transplant Initiative that is pioneering kidney transplant work in Gaza.
HEWLETT PACKARD CAMPAIGN - 26 NOVEMBER
We took part in the international campaign against Hewlett Packard's involvement in Israeli apartheid and leafleted shoppers in the city centre. We invited shoppers to sign a pledge not to buy HP products until the company ends its complicity in the Israeli occupation.
THE GREAT PALESTINIAN BAKE-OFF - 6 NOVEMBER
We held our annual social and fundraiser 'Breakfast for Palestine' and our cooks as always excelled themselves. The gathering was addressed by Palestinian lawyer Salma Karmy-Ayyoub.
YAKOV RABKIN - 26 OCTOBER
Yakov M Rabkin, Professor of History at Montreal University, addressed a meeting in the University Guild and introduced his new book What is Modern Israel?
HAMDE ABU RAHMA - 21 AUGUST
We welcomed the photographer Hamde Abu Rahma, from Bil'in on the West Bank, who addressed two packed gatherings at the Open Eye gallery.
THE BIG RIDE FOR GAZA - 5 TO 8 AUGUST
We organised a cycle ride from Liverpool to Manchester as a 'feeder' for the Big Ride for Gaza. Some of us then joined the national ride to Birmingham and the Elbit arms factory at Shenstone.
LIVERPOOL ARAB ARTS FESTIVAL - 24 JULY
We put on a stall at the Arab Arts Festival's Family Day in the Sefton Park Palm House. This was as always a great day out and the headline music was provided by the Palestinian band 47SOUL.
GAZA PUBLIC MEETING - 8 JULY
We supported a public meeting organised by Friends of Sabeel UK to mark two years since Israel's last full-scale invasion of Gaza. The speaker was Dr Lesley Dawson. The touring art exhibition Through Young Eyes, made by teenagers in Gaza, was on display at various venues during that week.
FREE SPEECH ON ISRAEL - 14 JUNE
We held a lively public meeeting on issues raised by the current antisemitism within the Labour Party. The speakers were barrister Salma Karmy-Ayyoub and labour activist Tony Greenstein.
SINGING AT THE CO-OP BANK - 11 JUNE
Liverpool Socialist Singers sang loudly as they closed their Co-op Bank account in protest at the Bank's treatment of Palestine solidarity groups. "Israel built a wall around Jericho, but that wall will come tumbling down".
HEWLETT PACKARD CAMPAIGN - 4 JUNE
We gave out leaflets outside Liverpool's John Lewis store urging customers not to buy HP products. This was a national campaign day.
LIVERPOOL MOSQUE - MAY/JUNE
We leafleted outside Liverpool's largest mosque before the start of Ramadan, urging those fasting during Ramadan not to break their fast with Israeli dates.
NAKBA ACTION - 14 MAY
We held an outdoor demonstration on Church Street to mark the anniversary of Palestine's Nakba (catastrophe) and gave out a leaflet that also highlighted Israel's use of imprisonment against Palestinians.
PUTTING MAP ON THE MAP - 8 MAY
Two intrepid members scaled Mount Snowdon and raised money for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
ARTISTS FOR PALESTINE - 6 MAY
Liverpool's Unity Theatre was packed out for Art of Silencing, an evening of comedy, discussion, music and a new short play by Caryl Churchill, presented by Artists for Palestine.
FOOTBALL FILM - 17 APRIL
We showed the film "Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers" at a local sports centre. The film relates a 2014 tour of the West Bank by two British womens football teams (from Bristol and Leeds). The leaflet advertising the event is HERE.
PALESTINE LAND DAY - 30 MARCH
EASTER CHURCH SERVICES - MARCH
We leafleted the principal services at both our Cathedrals over the Easter weekend. Our leaflet (HERE) also went to a number of parish churches.
CO-OP BANK - FEB / MARCH
The Co-op Bank are closing or refusing to open accounts for groups who support Palestine. We handed bank customers THIS LEAFLET to inform them.
BIL'IN QUIZ NITE - 12 FEBRUARY
We put the fun into fundraising with a quiz night in aid of our solidarity work with Bil'in. Which country has refused to accept Israel's choice of ambassador on the grounds that he is a prominent settler? Yep, Brazil. Have you tried the quiz on this site?
REMI KANAZI POETRY EVENING - 10 FEBRUARY
The performance poet Remi Kanazi led a night of spoken word and poetry at the University Guild of Students.
BIL'IN VISITORS - JANUARY
We welcomed two teachers from the West Bank village of Bil'in who spent a week visiting a Liverpool school and addressing other meetings.
SILENT VOICES IN ST GEORGE'S HALL - JANUARY
Our photographic exhibition documenting the lives of young people in the West Bank village of Bil'in was displayed in St George's Hall for a month.
CATHEDRAL SERVICES - DECEMBER
We gave out THIS leaflet to people attending our Cathedral Christmas services.
CAROLS FOR PALESTINE - DECEMBER
A good number of us sang alternative carols in Liverpool's Clayton Square while others gave out THIS leaflet and collected money for our work with Bil'in.
"Once in royal David’s city
Stood a big apartheid wall
People entering and leaving
Had to pass a checkpoint hall..."
The rest of the words are HERE.
BREAKFAST FOR PALESTINE - 15 NOVEMBER
Our annual social and fundraiser saw the cooks among us produce their customary appetising range of dishes. The gathering was addressed by Dr Mona El-Farra, Gaza project director of the Middle East Childrens Alliance.
IJAN BACKLASH MEETING - 28 OCTOBER
We welcomed to a public meeting speakers from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
GHADA KARMI LECTURE - 22 OCTOBER
We held a stall at the John Hamilton Lifelong Learning lecture given this year by Ghada Karmi, a Palestinian exile whose book A Palestinian Memoir: Where next for the right of return? was published this year.
CHURCH STREET DEMONSTRATION - 22 OCTOBER
We held at short notice a demonstration on Church Street to highlight the increasingly desperate position of Palestinians on the West Bank. THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
JEFF HALPER MEETING - 10 OCTOBER
Jeff Halper is director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He addressed a meeting in the Guild of Students and signed copies of his new book War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification.
CARDIFF FOOTBALL DEMONSTRATION - 6 SEPTEMBER
We put on a bus to the demonstration in Cardiff against the Wales-Israel international football match.
MAX BLUMENTHAL MEETING - 2 AUGUST
The journalist Max Blumenthal visited Liverpool and spoke about his new book The 51-day War - Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, based on his visit to Gaza during the invasion of July and August 2014.
THE BIG RIDE - 1 TO 9 AUGUST
We had two riders in the 435-mile sponsored bike ride from Edinburgh to London to to highlight the 547 children killed in the 2014 bombardment of Gaza.
GAZA PUBLIC MEETING - 24 JULY
This packed public meeting was a chance to report on developments in the Israeli invasion of Gaza. THIS was the leaflet advertising the meeting.
GAZA LEAFLETING - 10 JULY
We marked the anniversary of the latest Israeli invasion of Gaza with a leafleting session in the city centre. THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
ELBIT FACTORY DEMONSTRATION - 6 JULY
Two of our members were among those arrested 'for breach of injunction'at the Elbit factory in Staffordshire that makes drones for military use. The use of drones against the people of Gaza is well-documented. All charges were eventually dropped as it transpired that the injunction order had not been properly applied for in the first place.
ARABIC ARTS FESTIVAL - JUNE
We ran a stall at the Family Day on the 7th in the Liverpool Palm House. Our Bil'in exhibition also spent that week on display in the Unity theatre and was the subject of a 'Freedom Hour' discussion on the 10th.
JAMEELA'S KITCHEN - 7 JUNE
Jameela's Kitchen, a group from Halifax who are twinned with a womens co-operative in Gaza, visited to demonstrate 'Recipes for Resistance'.
JENIN THEATRE - 14 MAY
We held a welcome banner outside the Lowry theatre in Manchester to greet the Jenin theatre. Their play The Siege is based on a siege of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002.
GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN - APRIL
PRISONERS DAY ACTION - 18 APRIL
Our famous prison boxes wre once more on display in Church Street to highlight the detention of Palestinian children and young people in Israeli prisons. THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
LAND DAY - 30 MARCH
BIL'IN QUIZ NITE - 20 FEBRUARY
Over 120 crammed into a church hall for an evening of laughter and learning. We raised money for our Bil'in solidarity link and it was a good night out too. In which year did the Israeli army first invade Gaza? It was in 1956 as the Israelis assisted Britain and France in the 'Suez crisis'.
RAJI SOURANI MEETING - 12 FEBRUARY
The human rights lawyer Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, addressed a meeting in the Guild of Students on Human Rights and War Crimes in Gaza. THIS leaflet advertised the meeting. You can see much of the lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBYGkdaJ3sw.
CATHEDRAL SERVICES - DECEMBER
We leafleted services at our two Cathedrals to highlight what is going on in present-day Bethlehem. The leaflet is HERE.
CAROLS FOR PALESTINE - DECEMBER
On three days in December we sang for hour-long sessions in the city centre and collected money for our solidarity work with Bil'in. The words, should you wish to have a go, are HERE.
BEN WHITE MEETING - 11 DECEMBER
The journalist Ben White addressed a packed meeting on the University campus, despite the attempts of Zionist activists to stop it.
BREAKFAST FOR PALESTINE - 16 NOVEMBER
Our annual social and fundraiser was as ever the chance to try out a new dish. After the eating, we listened to the Socialist Singers (who were at most of the summer demonstrations) and heard a talk and slideshow from two University students from Gaza.
SAINSBURYS ACTION - OCTOBER
We leafleted shoppers at a major branch of Sainsburys and gave out THIS leaflet.
PUBLIC MEETING - 7 OCTOBER
This was an open meeting to discuss the recent events in Gaza and the implications for future solidarity work for the cause of the Palestinians.
BIL'IN CEILIDH - 20 SEPTEMBER
An evening of music and dance was a great send-off to the teacher going to Bil'in.
CONCERT FOR GAZA
A massive benefit night was staged by local musicians at the East Village Arts Club, with all proceeds going to relief work in Gaza.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL - 24 AUGUST
We leafleted the International Music Festival in Sefton Park to highlight the involvement there of the security firm G4S. THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
NAMING THE DEAD - 22 AUGUST
In a ceremony outside the Liverpool Echo building we read names of the dead in Gaza (who most of the time are recorded only as numbers).
PALESTINIAN POETRY EVENING - 21 AUGUST
The authors of the new publication A Bird is not a Stone visited Liverpool and read their work at the Brink.
GAZA DEMONSTRATION - 16 AUGUST
We staged a 'die-in' in Clayton Square, followed by a march through the city to protest Israel's invasion of Gaza. THIS was the leaflet given out that day.
GAZA PROTEST - 9 AUGUST
We filled a bus to London again to join a national demonstration against Israel's invasion of Gaza.
MAYOR'S RALLY - 3 AUGUST
We took our banners to a rather vacuous event organised by the Mayor for 'both sides of the conflict' in Gaza.
GAZA PROTEST - 2 AUGUST
We gathered outside BBC Radio Merseyside to demonstrate against Israel's continuing invasion of Gaza.
G4S PROTEST - 1 AUGUST
We demonstrated outside Liverpool Town Hall against G4S' involvement in the International Music Festival. THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
GAZA PROTEST - 19 JULY
We filled a bus to London to join a national demonstration against Israel's invasion of Gaza.
GAZA PROTEST – 15 JULY
We held a rally outside BBC Radio Merseyside to highlight the pro-Israeli bias of BBC news broadcasting. Over 300 of those present signed the PSC open letter.
NEIL YOUNG CONCERT – 13 JULY
Over 200 people joined a lively demonstration outside the Liverpool Echo Arena to decry Neil Young’s willingness to play Tel-Aviv. Demonstrators also showed their support for the people of Gaza facing yet another Israeli offensive. THIS was the leaflet we gave out to people attending Neil Young’s concert.
BIL’IN EXHIBITION – MAY
Our exhibition Silent Voices spent this month on show in the Liverpool Central Library.
NAKBA DAY – 17 MAY
We gave out THIS leaflet in Liverpool City Centre to mark Palestine’s Nakba Day (15th).
EASTER CHURCH SERVICES
PRISONERS DAY ACTION – 12 APRIL
We held a two-hour demonstration – using of course our famous prison boxes – on Church Street to highlight the detention of Palestinian children and young people in Israeli prisons. Over 120 people signed a petition to end the abuse of Palestinian child prisoners. THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR – 10 APRIL
We were pleased to host Dr manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador, on a day visit. He met with Liverpool’s Lord Mayor at the Town Hall and addressed a packed and lively meeting at the Quaker Meeting House in the evening. THIS was the flyer advertising the meeting. His responses to questions – and the demeanour of some of the critics – can be seen on youtube HERE and HERE.
PALESTINE LAND DAY – 28 MARCH
We leafleted at Lime Street station (two days in advance of Land Day itself which as you know is 30 March). THIS was the leaflet we gave out.
SODASTREAM DEMO – 16 MARCH
We leafleted again outside Liverpool’s John Lewis store against the sale of Sodastream products. The leaflet is HERE and the advertising poster is HERE.
GREEN PARTY SPRING CONFERENCE – 28 FEB TO 3 MARCH
We ran a stall at all four days of the Green Party spring conference in Liverpool
ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK – 24 TO 27 FEBRUARY
The Liverpool University Friends of Palestine group held a highly successful series of meetings on the theme of Israeli Apartheid Week. Speakers included Salim Vally, Adie Nistelrooy and a showing of the film Roadmap to Apartheid (narrated by Alice Walker)
SODASTREAM DEMO – 23 FEBRUARY
We leafleted outside Liverpool’s John Lewis store against the sale of Sodastream products. The leaflet is HERE and the advertising poster is HERE.
BIL’IN QUIZ NITE – 7 FEBRUARY
The church hall was fairly bursting at the seams at our Bil’in quiz nite. In which year did Britain announce its intention to leave Palestine? Not early enough, you may say, but 7 February 1947 is the answer. We raised money for our solidarity work with the people of Bil’in and had a good night out as well. If you couldn’t get there, try the quiz on this site!
MEDICS FROM GAZA – 28 JANUARY
We were pleased to entertain a visiting team of doctors from Gaza who are on a ‘transplant exchange’ with the Royal Hospital in Liverpool. A shared meal at a Middle Eastern restaurant was a good chance to hear more about their work.
CATHEDRALS AT CHRISTMASTIME
We leafleted a number of services at our two Cathedrals to remind churchgoers of what is going on in present-day Bethlehem. The leaflet is HERE.
CAROLS FOR PALESTINE – DECEMBER
We sang three sessions of carols for Palestine in Liverpool City Centre and collected in all over £500 for our solidarity work with the people of Bil’in. Thanks to members of the Socialist Singers group for turning up the volume! If you want to have a go, the tunes are familiar and the words are HERE.
LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT – 27 NOVEMBER
A number of us went to take part in PSC’s national Lobby of Parliament. We made contact with local MPs Bill Esterson and Louise Ellman. We may or may not have changed their minds about anything but they know we’re still out there!
BREAKFAST FOR PALESTINE – 17 NOVEMBER
There was a great turnout for our annual fundraising meal and many thanks to all who attended, cooked, washed dishes and so on. We were honoured to receive two speakers from Defence for Children International – Palestine, who described the predicament of Palestinian children in Israeli courts and prisons.
ARNA’S CHILDREN – 14 NOVEMBER
We showed this important film as part of the Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival. The showing attracted one of the highest attendances of the festival: it documents the resistance of the people of Jenin to the Israeli occupation and a brief intro can be found HERE.
GAZA PUBLIC MEETING – 16 OCTOBER
A public meeting was held in the University Medical School entitled “Health Crisis: Occupied Gaza”. Principal speaker was Abdul Hammad, a Palestinian consultant surgeon at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, who earlier this year carried out the first-ever organ transplant in Gaza. Other speakers were health visitor Norma Turner and retired physician Chris Burns-Cox. 100 students and public heard about the struggle of Palestinians under siege to maintain health services.THIS poster and THIS leaflet advertised the event.
SAINSBURYS ACTION – 14 SEPTEMBER
We were back outside Sainsburys in Woolton, Liverpool as part of the campaign against Sainsburys trade with firms that profit from the occupation and specifically from settlement goods.Thanks to the Socialist Singers for some musical assistance!
SILENT VOICES EXHIBITION – 12 TO 24 AUGUST
Our exhibition of photographs documenting life in Bil’in has been shown in various places recently. For two weeks in August it was in a side chapel at Liverpool’s Catholic Cathedral.
BDS PUBLIC MEETING – 8 JULY
A public meeting was addressed by Rich Wiles, editor of a recent book Generation Palestine: voices from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods and Helen Marks from our group. THIS flyer advertised the meeting.
SAINSBURYS ACTION – 6 JULY
We held a demonstration and leafleting outside the Woolton (Liverpool) branch of Sainsburys as part of a national day of action. Despite its aspirations to ethical policies, Sainsburys does business with Israeli companies that profit from the occupation and specifically from produce grown in illegal settlements. The campaign calls for Sainsburys to follow the lead given by the Co-op. We gave out copies of the campaign leaflet to shoppers, many of whom signed the petition.
LIVERPOOL ARAB ARTS FESTIVAL – 7 TO 16 JUNE
We ran stalls at the two Saturday events and led the discussion that followed the showing of the film Five Broken Cameras.
VISIT OF MAHMOUD SARSAK – 28 MAY
We were pleased to welcome the Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, who is in Britain for a short time speaking for the campaign against Israel’s hosting the mens under-21 European championship this summer.He was interviewed by a local journalist and you can see the report HERE. After a tour of the Anfield stadium, Mahmoud addressed a public meeting at the Al-Ghazali Centre.
NAKBA COMMEMORATION – 18 MAY
We held a stall and leafleting on Church Street to mark the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe). We gave out THIS leaflet and took signatures on our ‘dodgy firms’ petition. Our megaphone was also used to good effect!
PALESTINE PRISONERS DAY – 20 APRIL
We held a demonstration on Church Street to mark Palestine Prisoners Day. We gave out THIS leaflet, a statement from Palestinian hunger-striker Samer Issawi, together with THIS leaflet which highlights the role of the security company G4S. Over 175 people signed our ‘dodgy firms’ petition.
EASTER LEAFLETING – END OF MARCH
We gave out THIS leaflet to people attending Holy Week services at both our Cathedrals.
PALESTINE LAND DAY – 27 MARCH
We leafleted commuters at Lime Street station in support of Palestine Land Day. We displayed our banner ‘Disappearing Palestine’ and gave out THIS leaflet.
THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND IS NOT CHARITABLE – 21 MARCH
We helped to present a petition to the Charity Commission asking that the Jewish National Fund (established 1901) be stripped of its charitable status. The detailed paper arguing the case is HERE.
DODGY FIRMS PETITION - MARCH
We launched a petition addressed to the City Council, urging them not to do business firms that profit from the Israeli occupation, engage in 'blacklisting' or other human rights abuses. THIS leaflet introduced the petition.
QUIZ NITE FOR BILIN – 22 FEBRUARY
True or False: the first ever organ transplant in Gaza was carried out by a volunteer medical team from the Countess of Chester hospital. False of course: the medics were from the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the lead surgeon was among the 180-plus people that crammed into our Quiz Nite for Bil’in. The event raised much-needed money for our Bil’in solidarity work and was a good night out as well!
PUBLIC MEETING ON PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS – 18 FEBRUARY
Sahar Francis is the director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Ramallah. She spoke about Israel’s use of imprisonment of Palestinians as a political weapon and described the work of Addameer, in particular the campaign against administrative detention (arbitrary imprisonment without charge or trial). We will be campaigning further on this issue in coming months. THIS leaflet advertised the meeting.
GAZA BOOK LAUNCH – EYEWITNESS REPORT - 31 JANUARY
We were pleased to welcome Musheir El-Farra who introduced his new book Gaza – when the sky rained white fire. The book is based on interviews with survivors of the Israeli invasion of four years ago. Musheir updated us with a description of how things stand in Gaza after (yet) another Israeli incursion last November. THIS leaflet advertised the meeting.
CAROLS FOR BILIN – THREE FRIDAYS IN DECEMBER
Over 30 of us braved the elements to sing ‘carols for Bilin’ in Liverpool City Centre on three afternoons in December. We collected money for our solidarity work with Bilin and put some new words to traditional tunes.
ALANIS MORRISETTE PROTEST – 30 NOVEMBER
Members of the University Friends of Palestine group leafleted the concert of Alanis Morrisette, whose concert in Liverpool was her last stop before performing in Tel-Aviv. They gave out THIS leaflet to concert-goers.
LONDON GAZA DEMONSTRATION – 24 NOVEMBER
Around 15,000, including a busload from Liverpool, joined a national demonstration on 24 November, assembling on Whitehall and marching to the Israeli embassy in Kensington. The march began with the release of over 160 balloons to mark the deaths of that number of Palestinians during the recent Israeli offensive. Speakers at the concluding rally saluted the courage of the Palestinians and warned that the British government must change course from its uncritical support of Israeli aggression.
LIVERPOOL GAZA DEMONSTRATION - 16 NOVEMBER
Over 200 gathered outside the BBC Radio Merseyside building in Liverpool to protest against Israel’s attack on the people of Gaza. The demonstration was called at short notice by Liverpool Friends of Palestine and Merseyside Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Speakers were called from local organisations including the Mosque and Merseyside Jews for Peace and Justice. They saluted the resistance of the people of Gaza to the latest attacks and called for better coverage of these events in the British media. The role of the BBC in spreading Israeli propaganda was hghlighted: it had taken nearly 24 hours to report the death of the 11-month-old son of one of its own employees in an Israeli air strike. A letter was handed in to the BBC news editor calling for more impartial reporting. Liverpool Socialist Singers also contributed with the song ‘In Gaza Tonight’ (see HERE). THIS was the leaflet given out at the demonstration.
MANCHESTER PROTEST AGAINST BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY – 2 AND 3 NOVEMBER
In November the Batsheva Dance company, described by the Israeli government as their best global ambassadors, performed at the Lowry theatre in Salford. We joined the protest outside on these two nights.