There was a meeting on Friday 27th at the Showroom. .
Sadly, due to the chaos in London Louise Haigh, MP for Heeley, could not attend. She did send a message of apology to the meeting and a strong supporting statement.
According to International Law, a child is defined as a human under the age of 18 years. Under Israeli military detention, Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:
• Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers. • Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
• Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
• Put into solitary confinement.
• Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).
The treatment of Palestinian children is in marked contrast to the treatment settler children. There are separate courts, separate treatments and separate laws for Palestinians and Israelis.
See here for more information.
The following films were shown.
As Netanyahu campaigns for re-election, he is displaying a huge poster of himself shaking hands with Modi of India. The parallels between Israel’s occupation of Palestine and India’s occupation of Kashmir are huge. Both leaders use ethnic nationalism to promote their own popularity. They both ignore the wishes of the UN. Netanyahu of Israel refuses to let Palestinians return. Modi of India refuses to let the people of Kashmir decide their own future in a referendum. Both leaders are using military power to inflict a violent occupation on a largely powerless people.
Modi has just abolished article 370, which gave Kashmir a small degree of autonomy. He has increased size of the occupying army and arrested 800 Kashmiris. There is a demonstration against the occupation of Kashmir next Saturday, 31st August at 12.30pm in the Peace Gardens. Come, join this demonstration in support of self-determination and against sectarian oppression.
Labour Friends of Palestine have organised a photographic in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. It started today 8th July, and is on for a week. Please try to see it.
Small Park Big Run
At the end of the Small Park Big Run, some of the runners posed behind the huge Palestinian flag (on their way to tea and cake.). One runner was given a special welcome, Becky had walked the whole 24 hours!!. After the run there was a telephone greeting with co runners in Palestine. A special moment was shared when Palestinians in Gaza wished their friend and comrade Graham well. His health has prevented his running. At the end of the run there was a fun run/walk open to all. Naturally the kids set it off. We were very pleased to have Sheffield Lord Mayor, Tony Downing, attend and start the fun run.
On Saturday 1st June we protested outside HSBC on Fargate. HSBC ptofits from the arms industry. Specifically it profits from arming Israel. A presence on the street enables us to talk to members of the public and explain the nature of the oppression of Palestinians, and the British Government’s support for Israel. Join us the first Saturday of each month.
On Saturday 18th of May there was a rally outside Sheffield townhall to commemorate 71 years since the Naqba.