Free entry, but please use link to reserve a space: link for ticket
For those of you who cannot make it to London, there will be another Vigil for Palestine in Woking, between 1-3 pm on Commercial Way, corner of Mercia Walk, outside the Luciano restaurant (now closed).
Bring your own placards,flags and banners.
There will be two vigils this Saturday, as part of PSC's Local Action events
Towards the bottom of the High Street, at the junction with Quarry St.
Commercial Way corner of Mercia Way by Lucianos.
The purpose of the vigils is to stand with banners and placards. Engaging with the public where we can, to hand out leaflets, talking about what is really going on, and seek their support for the people of Gaza and the demand for an immediate ceasefire..
Please come and join us.
If you have a placard please bring it along.
The turnout on Sunday in Woking was fantastic. Thank you all for showing your support to the Palestinians.
We estimate that we had around 350 people at one point.
A peaceful, good natured show of support.
We are planning another local vigil, this time in Woking.
Note that this is a vigil, rather than a march through Woking.
Location: Commercial Way, between Mercia Way and Church Path (googlePin)
In you’re local, please come and show your support for the Palestinians.
Bring your own banners, flags etc. if you have them. Otherwise simply join us to show that we are many.
Thanks to all those who joined us on Saturday. I think it was a really successful vigil, with some good engagement with passers by. There were of course a few people foaming at the mouth, but that's to be expected!
As you know we often hold information stalls in Guildford High Street. But this Saturday we are planning to hold a silent vigil. Simply holding banners that make it clear what we are saying. Starting at 11:00am.
If you are in Guildford and would like to take part - even if it's only for 10 mins - that would be great. It will allow people to have a short break and stretch their legs. And as it's silent, there is no action/verbal engagement required.
Or simply pop by to show your support.
West Surrey PSC is appalled and horrified at the severe escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine since October 7th.
International law makes it clear that the deliberate killing of civilians, hostage-taking and collective punishment are war crimes. It also enshrines the right of a people to resist oppression and military occupation.
Any claims of respect for international law and human rights only carry weight if they are applied without discrimination, and it is from this perspective that West Surrey PSC pledges solidarity with the people of Palestine.
The current war can only be understood in the context of Israel’s decades-long occupation, colonisation and oppression of Palestine, a system that meets the legal definition of apartheid, a crime against humanity.
Gaza, with a population of over 2 million, of whom 50% are children and 80% refugees, has been subjected to an Israeli-imposed blockade for the last 16 years, a collective punishment in absolute defiance of international law.
The Great March of Return, 20 months of peaceful demonstrations in 2018-19, was met with Israeli gunfire, killing 223 and badly injuring over 9,000 of whom more than half are expected to never walk, or walk normally, again. In 2023 alone, up to the start of this war, 240 Palestinians were killed in Gaza by Israeli forces, including 45 children.
These crimes are all aspects of a system of rule established over Palestinians since the foundation of the Israeli state via a process of ethnic cleansing that saw over 750,000 forced from their homes, without the right to return. Since that Nakba of 1948, Israel has enacted a system of violent, oppressive rule, designed to deny the rights of Palestinians.
We wish to see an end to all violence, especially violence against civilians of both sides, but recognise that this requires the root causes to be addressed. We support the right of the Palestinian people to freedom, self-determination and return to their homeland.
1) an immediate ceasefire;
2) humanitarian aid to be allowed into Gaza immediately;
3) UN protection for Palestinians in Gaza.
On Tuesday Asa Winstanley gave a presentation, followed by questions, based on his recent book
“Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Jeremy Corbyn”
A terrific presentation, and excellent turnout
For those that missed it, please see the details of the book below, and a link to sign up to his newsletters
Asa has been writing about Palestine and the Israel lobby since 2005. He spent two years living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank as an activist and writer. He has been an associate editor and reporter with the award-winning website The Electronic Intifada for more than a decade.
Drawing on new interviews with many of those victimized in purges the Labour leadership claimed were necessary to tackle anti-Semitism, Winstanley exposes a plot by the Israel lobby, in alliance with the Labour right and Israeli and British intelligence agencies, to prevent a socialist entering Downing Street.
An essential historical corrective, Weaponising Anti-Semitism shines light into the murkiest corners of the British state and those who work with it. It is meticulously researched, and is written more in the style of a thriller than a dry academic thesis … making it very readable. And at a time when the force of the Israeli lobby is trying to close down all discussion, this is an important contribution to the debate.
The Global Struggle for Environmental Justice in the Context of Palestine
Thursday 14 July, 7.30 pm
Zero Cafe (14 – 16 Friary Street, Guildford GU1 4EH)
Prof. Qumsiyeh is founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability. He currently teaches and conducts research at Bethlehem University after previously holding senior positions at Yale University as well as Birzeit University and Al-Quds University in the West Bank. He has published several books on environmental issues. As a Palestinian biologist and a human rights activist, Prof. Qumsiyeh is uniquely positioned to explore the impact of the Israeli occupation on the natural ecosystems of the West Bank and strategies for protecting its rich biodiversity.
Arranged by West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Amnesty International Guildford
Mazin’s blog: http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com
Those of you who have heard him in the past know that, not only does he have a wealth of knowledge, and a terrific speaker.
Join the protest on Monday July 18
Say NO to the arms fair!
Stop Arming Apartheid Israel!
Attending the fair will be companies supplying weapons and military technology used in Israel’s militarised repression of Palestinians, this includes Elbit Systems, Rafael, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin
Who: PSC and Campaign against the arms trade
PSC is supporting Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and Greater Rushmoor Action for Peace in opposing the Farnborough war show.
West Surrey PSC and local Quakers groups will be represented.
Please come and join us! Any time you have helps add to the protest. Just look for the flags.
Bring banners, flags, posters to say NO to Farnborough International Airshow if you wish.
From 10.30am -11.30am Quakers will be holding a meeting for Worship, candle lighting silent vigil, witness testimony, and speakers.
Time / Location: 9:00-17:00
Peaceful protest from 9.00am till 5.00pm
Assemble from 9am on the public area of the junction of Government House Rd and Queens Gate Rd (near Queens Roundabout), Farnborough
Parking at Napier Gardens GU14 6EF or Peabody Road Car Park GU14 6ER
What is Farnborough International Airshow?
For more details
Hope to see you on the 18th!
Many thanks to Nawal, from Women in Hebron, who gave an inspiring talk about “Life under Occupation”.
In order to give context, before the talk we showed the short film:
It's only 4:13 mins, and well worth a watch...
Another interesting stall in the High Street yesterday.
Traffic a little slower, but the comparison with the situation in Ukraine struck a chord with many people.
View and Buy beautiful Tatreez embroidery
Hear about the history of this craft and learn about the lives of the women who create these items.
Tatreez is designated a UNESCO cultural heritage asset
18th March from 1 until 4pm
at the Quaker Meeting House
(opposite the Rose and Crown pub)
Mint Lane, Godalming GU7 1HB
At 2pm, Nawal, from Women in Hebron will give a talk about “Life under Occupation”
Women in Hebron gained Fair Trade accreditation in 2018.
Refreshments will be provided
Amnesty International have produced have produced a 280-page report, which finds Palestinians in Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel are forced to live with ‘cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion’ amounting to crimes against humanity
Palestinians treated as ‘inferior racial group and systematically deprived of their rights’
Dispossession and displacement of Palestinians from their homes is a crucial pillar of Israel’s apartheid system
‘There is no possible justification for a system built around the institutionalised and prolonged racist oppression of millions of people’ - Agnès Callamard
Call for ‘major re-assessment’ of UK’s foreign policy position on Israel
‘For too long the UK has tried to sit on the fence when it comes to Israel’s shameful human rights record’ - Sacha Deshmukh
links: PRESS RELEASE FULL REPORT
Other similar reports
We held two event in support of this:
Saturday 12 February: International #BoycottPUMA day of action
Puma continues to sponsor the Israel Football Association (IFA), which operates in illegal Israeli settlements on land stolen from Palestinian people.
Puma’s sponsorship brings international legitimacy to the IFA and helps sustain the infrastructure of illegal Israeli settlements, and Israel’s ongoing dispossession of the Palestinian population.
The four year contract is up for renewal this year... so action now could send a clear message.
PACBI (The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel) - supported by PSC - have called for another PUMA Day of Action. PACBI BDSmovement
..There are two actions where we need your help:
LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT
You can make a difference. We regularly hold briefing sessions in Parliament about Palestine... but often MPs need to be lobbied by their constituents before taking action.
This is why we're organising an online national Lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 7th December. You'll have the opportunity to join other constituents on a zoom meeting with your MP, and let them know why Palestine is important to you.
Anyone can take part. Once you register to join the Lobby Day, you'll receive a full briefing pack on what to expect and what to discuss. You don't need to be an expert to let your MP know Palestine matters.
Every meeting will have a trusted PSC expert in it, and all participants are invited to a pre-lobby training session. We'll be there to support you throughout the Lobby. Lobby your MP
Grassroots pressure is vital in creating political change. Replicating the framing of PSC's Summer Lobby, we saw Labour Party members overwhelmingly pass a significant motion calling for sanctions against apartheid Israel at their Autumn conference.
Now is the time to build upon this momentum and take the same message to all parties.
Last week Israel moved to criminalise 6 well respected Palestinian human rights organisations. Our politicians need to condemn this outrageous attack on civil liberties, and the broader system of apartheid imposed on Palestinians. Join us in calling for action.
INVITE YOUR MP TO A PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFING
PSC is hosting an important online Parliamentary briefing on the decision of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) to allocate 100million NIS to use discriminatory laws to claim ownership of hundreds of Palestinian properties, in an attempt to forcibly expel the residents from their homes.
KKL-JNF will use a similar procedure to that being deployed in attempts to remove Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. Israeli organisation Peace Now estimates that over 2000 Palestinian properties in annexed East Jerusalem alone are threatened.
To invite your MP simply click the button and fill in your postcode ...
We're going to hold another on our (nearly monthly) stalls in Guildford High Street this Saturday
Please come and join us, even if it's only for 5 mins.
And if you don't have 5 mins: just come and say "hello"!
NOTE: At this stage the weather looks good for Saturday. But if it changes substantially then we'll postpone. We'll make the call on Friday morning, so check the website later Friday/Saturday...