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The PSC Branch Forum was held in Manchester last Saturday. It was a very successful forum that provided for a lot information and discussion. This is a brief summary of the event but I am sure that the PSC will provide a  more thorough report in due course.

There is a number of links in the email. If they don't appear as links then the same text is available on the home page of our website at www.westsurreypsc.org.uk


It was very motivating to see the amount of work done by different branches. Halifax Friends of Palestine was once again one of the branches at the forefront of this with some inspirational work. Read about their Discover Palestine Event here.  They had one of their embroidered wall hangings on display at the forum - very impressive. I was also taken by the range of different groups of people involved in the Discover Palestine event.



Branches are encouraged to build links with local trade union branches, as well as with students, and churches.

 

A number of branches have been involved in the Gaza Children's Art Exhibition. I am going to make some enquiries as to whether this is still touring and if so, whether it would be possible to show it somewhere in Surrey.There is to be a petition organised as part of the supermarket campaign against the stocking of settlement produce. There was some debate as whether it would be targeted at one, two or all supermarkets. This decision will be made shortly with the aim of collecting signatures October/November time. The unions have increased their commitment to the Palestinian cause and one union, the GMB, is to increase pressure on supermarkets by putting the onus on the supermarket to prove that they are not selling settlement produce. Read more about the union decisions on Palestine at the PSC.

There has been an immense amount of work done on the Veolia camapign by many people and everyone is encouraged to contact their local councils to inform them of the way in which Veolia profits/contributes to the illegal occupation, to demand the termination of existing contracts and the prevention of future ones. More information about how Veolia profits from the occupation can be found from the following links on our website here.

Thank you to Anna for providing an example of a complaint letter.

There will be demonstrations planned outside the National History Museum in London in October when a Veolia sponsored exhibition opens.

The ongoing demonstrations outside Ahava in Covent Garden are being seen as very successful. The recent no show of the store mangaer at a court trial of 2 demonstrators was an indication of the extent to which the company needs to avoid this sort of publicity and its reluctance to answer questions in public about the source of itheir products. Please look out for Ahava products being sold in shops in your area. They are also marketed as Dead Sea Treatments, Dead Sea Laboratories etc. More information and links to information on Ahava can be found on our website here.
If you find any, inform us all. We can complain to the store and the local trading standards office.

Corporate Watch provides some good and up to date information about companies profiting from the illegal occupation.

The PSC will be sending a delegation to Brussels to lobby for a "written declaration" against the sale of settlement produce in Europe. I believe that a written declaration is stronger than an EDM and if it gets more than 50% support it will be acted upon.

Members are encouraged to contribute to the PSC's Viva Palestina vehicle. It was also noted that the convoy gets very little publicity until something negative happens.

 

 

 

John