Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
1) Two people to volunteer to help with Stall this Saturday (25th April), 12-2pm at Tesco, Leyton High Road just along from Baker's Arms. If you can do this, please let us know asap (firstname.lastname@example.org). You would be encouraging the public to come to our film night, join in with various fantastic community events (like the Interpal Football Match on 4th May) and come to the big national Palestine rally in May. We have a couple of people already but it's more fun and effective to have a lot more.
2) Join in fundraising shop-hop this Sunday 26th April! We're popping in and out of local shops collecting donations and support in Palmerston Road area. Please email us (email@example.com) asap if you can join in with this - should be very entertaining and there's already 3 people but the more the merrier. All funds go to political campaigning by WFPSC.
3) This coming Tuesday 28th "Film Night" at 7.30pm at the Hornbeam Centre, Hoe Street (near Baker's Arms) - flier downloadable on the post below. We're showing "The Iron Wall", a documentary film from 2006 about the illegal Israeli Settlements and the building of the illegal segregation Wall to protect the illegal colonisations which are systematically destroying indigenous Palestinian lands. Do come along with your friends and family. We'll have a discussion and enjoy refreshments. Small donation to cover costs.
4) Twinning is go! If you are interested in participating in any way, building friendship links initially with Beit Lahiya (in north east Gaza) and moving towards formal council twinning gradually, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will respond to you about how you can join in. First meeting in early May.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Israeli exporters have been “losing foreign markets and customers because of the global economic crisis and a growing anti-Israel boycott of locally made products following Operation Cast Lead.”
The findings were made available by the Israel Manufacturers Association on Sunday, and published in the Jerusalem Post the following day. According to the report, 21 percent of Israeli exporters face difficulties selling abroad, particularly to the UK and “Scandinavian countries.” The boycott and the financial crisis were cited as the issues behind a forced price cut by 66 percent of Israeli exporters.
The report emerged as boycott campaigners announced that they are stepping up their efforts in Palestine and internationally.
On Monday in Ramallah, a press conference was held by the Palestinian National Boycott Committee (BNC) in Ramallah, which urged local and international parties to continue their boycott actions. They called the boycott a “tool to realize long-denied Palestinian national rights.” Representative of the BNC and the Palestinian NGO network Allam Jarrar called Land Day an appropriate time to call a Boycott and Divestment Day because both events shared the same goal.
“In Palestine the boycott of Israeli products, institutions and companies is once again gaining ground. Increasing numbers of students, women and ordinary people see the boycott of Israel as an effective form of resistance and are beginning to make it a part of their daily lives,” Omar Asaf, another representative of the BNC and a member of the National Higher Committee for the Defence of the Right of Return said. “In the last month,” he continued, “regional and local committees have been formed to promote the boycott of Israeli products and an end to ties between Palestinian organizations, and their Israeli counterparts.”
According to BNC more than 75 demonstrations, protests and festivals were held in 19 countries to promote the Global BDS day of action.