From 6pm, Fri 18th – 12noon, Sun 20th February 2011;
New Lanark Youth Hostel
Re-thinking Palestine Solidarity - Moving forward during the Arab Revolutions
The revolutions in the Arab world are transforming the political landscape across the entire region. For five years SPSC had to fight to win the argument for the centrality of BDS as the key form of solidarity. Now we need to link BDS and our wider activity to an Arab democratic revolution that will spread from the Atlantic to the Euphrates and includes Palestinians.
The Arab revolution for democracy already confronts the US, the EU and Britain as defenders of restructured dictatorship. Palestinians inside Israel, Gaza and the West Bank are already demonstrating for democracy, in solidarity with Egypt and Tunis, are growing in confidence by the day, and confronting Zionist racism as well as repression from both the PA and Hamas.
We have no ready-made manual to steer us through the exhilarating rapids of this revolution. The weekend in New Lanark will be your opportunity to join in a discussion and shape the consensus that will enable us to continue to provide effective solidarity to the Palestinian people.
Friday: from 6pm
Short films & discussion
Saturday: sessions 1½ hour each
Palestine solidarity in a time of revolutions
Economics of BDS (Shir Hever)
Learning the lessons of activity - A BDS case study: the SPSC Veolia campaign in Edinburgh
Local groups & fresh ideas for future campaigning - break out sessions where people could join in small groups to discuss, then come back for chat.
With half hour to hour to sum up day.
Campaigning & our rights
Working with the media
Results 2010 & Prospects 2011
Donation towards food: min £5
£20 registration fee for event (includes Frid & Sat accommodation; SPSC have exclusive hire of the hostel)
REGISTER FOR THE WEEKEND
Use the link below to pay online. Alternatively send a cheque enclosed with your details to:
c/o Peace & Justice Centre
Cheques should be made payable to 'Scottish PSC'. Please mark the envelope 'Scottish PSC Residential Weekend'.
Friday 13th August 2010; NO EMBARGO
13-15 August, Glen Prosen youth hostel / camping in Scottish highlands
‘Ideas for a Successful Palestine Solidarity Campaign’
7.00pm Israel & Palestine - introductory discussion
11.00am Palestine solidarity in Britain
2.30pm Campaigning issues
4.30pm Reflections on the event so far
12-1 Reflections on the event
Suggested reading list for those in a hurry!
Israel: a settler colonial state
Is Israel guilty of ethnic cleansing and/or genocide?
The US-Israeli relationship – Is Israel still a strategic asset to the USA?
Palestine solidarity and the wider drive to war
Palestinian resistance – civil society & the BNC
Palestinian self determination, solutions
What is the Palestinian Authority?
Palestine solidarity in Britain: What is our role?
Are we a human rights campaign only?
A peace campaign?
How do British political formations line up on the issue of Palestine?
How do we relate to the Media?
Zionism – before the rise of Hitler
Zionism – right & left
Zionism & anti-Semitism
BDS Weekend: 26-28 March 2010 REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
Building on the success of the Wooler BDS weekend, the Coalbrookdale weekend workshops will bring together activists from all over Britain and abroad. This will be a key event where we can share best practice, discuss tactics and develop a co-ordinated boycott divestment and sanctions strategy for 2010.
The accommodation will be in Youth Hostel with en-suite facilities in all rooms. We will have sole use of the building. Simple meals will be available.
BRICUP (British Committee for Universities in Palestine)
French Coalition Against Agrexco
Friends of Al Aqsa
Dutch BDS Coalition
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
Northern Palestine Solidarity Network
Norwegian Committee on Palestine (Bergen)
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
United 4 Palestine
War on Want
endorsed by Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
Time and Location
The workshop will take place at the Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel which is located half a mile from Ironbridge village. The hostel can be reached by an hourly bus from Telford Station (6 miles away) which has a direct train service from London and Birmingham. Car parking for 12 cars is available at the hostel. Other cars can park in the nearby museum car park. This is locked overnight, but still allows continued access to your car.
The workshop will commence at 7pm on Friday evening (with a social event) and end at 3pm on Sunday.
*** The event is now fully booked ***
Welcome and housekeeping: Plan for the weekend
Saturday 9am - 10.30am: Session 1
Moving forward from Cairo Declaration:
- The Cairo Declaration - the outcome of international co-operation during The Gaza Freedom March – an important step forward for BDS.
- Building BDS: expanding the network and campaigning to a wider constituency – activist groups, including faith groups, grassroots trade union members, on campus, other societies/campaigns/NGOs, etc.
Saturday 11am - 12.30pm: Session 2
An integrated approach to the boycott of Israeli goods:
- How the trade union movement, activist groups and consumers can work together to build a co-ordinated approach for the prevention of the import, handling and sale of Israeli goods throughout Europe, e.g. Carmel-Agrexco campaign.
- Maximising involvement: direct action, filming etc.
- How to deal with legal issues: private/public property etc.
Saturday 12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
Saturday 1.30 - 3pm: Session 3
Acting against Israeli war criminals:
This session will discuss how to defend Universal Jurisdiction and intensify and broaden its targets in order to extend the threat of legal action deeper in to Israeli Society.
Saturday 3.30 - 5pm: Session 4
The International Campaign against the JNF (Jewish National Fund):
- Looking toward the international JNF conference, May 8/9 in Edinburgh.
- Challenging the JNF in the UK.
Saturday 5 – 5.30pm
Reflections on the day.
Sunday 9 - 10.30am: Session 1
Best practice in the academic, cultural & sports boycott:
- Practical application of boycott consistent with PACBI guidelines.
- The academic boycott on campus: for students and academics.
- Dealing with cultural visits to and from Israel.
- The sports boycott.
- Questions on ‘normalisation’.
Sunday 11am - 12.30pm: Session 2
- How best to go about developing divestment campaigns.
- Research, building up a data base and developing ideas for a sustained campaign.
- Grassroots street activism: public awareness raising, targeting the company, its shareholders, those with equity through pension funds which include the churches, universities, trade unions, financial institutions etc.
- Lobbying politicians, working/forming alliances with other BDS campaigners/NGOs etc, options for legal actions, taking complaints to the OECD, Human Rights Commissions etc.
Sunday 12.30 – 2.00pm
Working Lunch: Dealing with the counter-attack to BDS:
- This session will pool experience and advice on how to counter attacks on the BDS campaign & activists.
- Attack on Palestinian activists.
- Dealing with organised Zionist groups on campus and in trade unions.
- Use of media and the law against BDS campaign.
- Dealing with branding of BDS as part of the ‘new anti-Semitism’.
- Responding to arguments for Palestinian/Israeli partnerships vs. BDS, e.g. Histadrut, One Voice.
Sunday 2 – 3.30pm
UK & International Co-ordination for BDS action:
- International South African/Palestinian trade union speaking tour
- Co-ordinated actions: Israeli Apartheid Week, Week of Action Against the Wall, Nakba commemoration, etc.?
The struggle between Israel and the Palestinians is not unique -- whatever the news media may suggest. Lorenzo Veracini argues that the conflict is best understood in terms of colonialism. Like many other societies, Israel is a settler society. Looking in detail at the evolution of other colonial regimes -- apartheid South Africa, French Algeria and Australia -- Veracini presents a thoughtful interpretation of the dynamics of colonialism, offering a clear framework within which to understand the middle east crisis.