15 October, 2010 

PSC Weekly update

15th October 2010 

War criminals not welcome

Convoy to sail to Egypt this Sunday

Israel’s racist Loyalty Oath

No OECD meeting in Jerusalem

Veolia demo and more…


Also in this week’s update: 

DUMP VEOLIA DEMO: SATURDAY 23 October, 3 – 5pm, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD – Join us for an ‘Alternative Exhibition’. 

BDS French activist update – case dropped!

Thank you for responding to last week’s action alert

MEMO/PSC meeting with Professor Richard Falk: The Israeli assault on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Dec 1st – plus interview 

Israel’s loyalty oath: Discriminatory by design 

Gideon Levy: The Jewish republic of Israel 

Breaking the silence nominated for Peace prize 

Ireland PSC victory – Irish government scraps ‘Israeli bullets’ deal

BDS Success: Unilever to Move Factory out of West Bank

No to Stolen Beauty – Ahava demo, Sat 23rd, Covent Garden

Can you run 100 metres for Gaza?Gaza 100: World Record Run, 23rd October £25 and FREE entry to Global Peace and Unity event



UJ: War criminals not welcome – Take two minutes to send an email to your MP


No change to Univesal JurisdictionFollowing the successful issuing of an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni last December for committing war crimes during Operation Cast Lead, the Conservative government made an election pledge to change the law on Universal Jurisdiction.


PSC has set up an easy to use e-tool that allows you to send a model letter to your MP, urging them to sign EDM 108 ‘Human Rights and the Law’ – calling on them to make public their opposition to any change in the law on Universal Jurisdiction. The new proposals adds a political dimension to a legal decision and introduces a source of delay when urgent action may be required to stop a suspected war criminals escape justice.


Email your MP now:


Follow up your email by arranging a meeting with your MP at their next surgery. You can find your MP’s contact details at:  

For more information on Universal Jurisdiction, and why we are calling for ‘no change’ to the law, read the PSC briefing at:  

Convoy to Gaza prepares to sail to Egypt this Sunday


PSC to Gaza Following week long negotiations with the Egyptian government, the Viva Palestina convoy has been given permission to sail to Egypt and logistical preparations for travel to Al-Arish are now underway.


The ship will pass the exact place in international waters where Israel boarded the Mavi Marmara in May and killed nine Turkish humanitarians on board as they attempted to sail to Gaza to deliver aid.


Those on board the ship, including 40 survivors of the Mavi Marmara attack, will throw a wreath into the sea to commemorate those killed by Israeli troops.


For regular updates and news on when they are on the high seas, keep visiting the PSC to Gaza blog  and follow @pal_s_campaign on twitter. 

Action Alert : Demand The OECD Cancel Their Planned Tourism Conference in Jerusalem

Between the 20th and 22nd of October, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) plans to hold its bi-annual tourism conference in Jerusalem – a city whose indigenous Palestinian residents suffer from systemic discrimination and expulsion.

Despite Israel’s persistent violations of human rights and disregard for International law, the OECD – whose member countries include the majority of the world richest countries – granted Israel membership on May 27th of this year.

Tourism plays an important role in Israel’s colonization of occupied East Jerusalem. The state and right wing settler organizations cooperate in expelling Palestinians residents from East Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah for the creation of colonies and biblically theme parks for tourists.

Please follow this link to send an email to Angel Gurría, the Secretary General of the OECD, and demand that his organization respect International law by canceling the planned OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem.

Read the full update here >>

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