If you need any reminding of why racism has no place in sport, watch THIS TRAILER for the documentary ‘Forever Pure’ on the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem. It is a withering critique of a club that prides itself on having no Arab players. Just to make the point, the club recently renamed itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem!
Elsewhere in the footballing world, the Israeli FA has been under pressure to exclude six of its member clubs that are based in illegal settlements. See HERE for a detailed investigation by Human Rights Watch. A ruling from FIFA (the international federation) has let them off the hook but the issue remains live.
As Israeli football clubs take part in European competition, so the protests follow them. See here the crowd at Celtic Park where demonstrators held Palestine flags aloft in defiance of UEFA officialdom (and later raised over £150,000 for Palestinian charities).
The banking giant HSBC has come under a lot of pressure for the loans it makes that prop up the Israeli arms trade and finance the oppression of the Palestinians. So it was good to see that the bank has withdrawn its financial support for the Israeli arms firm Elbit (which has factories in Britain). That is however only one small step. HSBC continues to do business with over a dozen companies selling military equipment and technology used in human rights violation, including Caterpillar (whose bulldozers are used in demolition of Palestinian homes and properties) and BAE Systems (whose weapons are used in war crimes by Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other repressive regimes). The campaign to end HSBC’s links with these companies continues.
On other pages you will find out more about what we do. You’ll also find some recommendations of books, films and so on and some links to other organisations. There’s a ‘basic history’ in the ‘Palestine’ section and there’s even a quiz to test your knowledge!
Elsewhere on the net, we have a Facebook page and you can just follow this link. You can also follow us on Twitter at @Livfop.
We have events on 4th, 6th, 12th, 14th and 19th – details here:
Wednesday 4th, 6.45pm – our regular monthly meeting is at Jack Jones House (the Unite building), Churchill Way. Agendas etc go out separately to members.
Friday 6th 1 to 2pm – Carols for Palestine (first of three), in which we set Palestine-related words to traditional carol tunes. Come and sing for up to an hour with us in Clayton Square or rattle a tin to collect for our solidarity work with the West Bank village of Bil’in.
Thursday 12th 3 to 4pm – Carols for Palestine again in Clayton Square.
Saturday 14th, 12 noon – our regular stall is outside HSBC at the bottom of Church Street. Leaflets will highlight Puma as sponsors of the Israeli FA (that operates in illegal settlements) and HSBC as supporting Israeli apartheid through the loans it makes.
Wednesday 18th 4 to 5pm – our final Carols for Palestine session in Clayton Square.