The Palestine Solidarity Campaign Lobby of Parliament will be on Wednesday 23rd November (from 2pm to 6pm)
The lobby is to advocate Palestinians’ civil, political and human rights, in accordance with international law.
The aim of the lobby is to build support amongst MPs for Palestinians, including ending the siege on Gaza and for an end to the arms trade with Israel.
By Frances Davis
Britain’s current detention of Sheikh Raed Salah, the high profile and well-respected Palestinian political leader, represents a serious attack on the right to political expression and an attempt to suppress the views of a popular representative who opposes Israeli state policies against the Palestinians. Britain’s arrest of him, essentially because of his political views, is a stepping up of cooperation with Israel’s attempts to suppress the growing solidarity movement.
By Andrew Williams
The unity agreement signed this week in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah marks a significant step forward in the Palestinian struggle. Under the deal there will be an interim government running the West Bank and Gaza Strip whilst preparations are made for parliamentary and presidential elections within the year. Elaboration of the agreement will unfold over coming weeks, but initial steps are already being implemented, such as on TV broadcasting where the principal Fatah-controlled station is transmitting again in Gaza and Hamas is back on air in the West Bank.
Saturday 14 May 2011 Assemble 12 noon opposite Downing Street on Whitehall London SW1 Speakers include: Andy Slaughter MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Baroness Jenny Tonge, Reem Kelani & Jody McIntyre Called by [Read more]
By Andrew Williams
Photo: Walt Jabsco
The direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that began in early September will go nowhere. Presented by the US as negotiations to create a Palestinian state, in fact the objectives of the US and other participants are not this at all. For the US and Israel the current framework of talks allows them to set an agenda that reinforces the occupation – as happened in the Oslo talks (1992-3) and subsequent negotiation processes – simultaneously settlements expand, more Palestinians are displaced, and Israeli missiles are fired on Gaza, whilst Palestinians are told they must not resist. The objectives are to weaken Palestinian resolve, deepen the internal Palestinian divisions, enhance the US’s image in the region and rehabilitate Israel’s battered international reputation. For Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s chosen negotiating partner, it is hoped the international stage can bolster his reduced standing. Amongst Palestinians there is widespread understanding of, and consequently little support for, this framework.