PSC Update: UNESCO fall-out shame
Israel resorts to further illegality following UNESCO vote 
photo of the late Samira Hassassian  
This week countries voted overwhelmingly to admit Palestine as a full member of UNESCO, the first time Palestine has been recognised as a full member of a UN body. Shamefully, the UK abstained on the vote but a number of MPs have welcomed the move>>
The fall-out was immediate with the US withdrawing its funding for the organisationBan Ki-Moon, rather than point the finger of shame at the US, has urged Palestine not to push its case further>> so as not to jeopardise funding for other UN bodies. 
Israel responded by announcing further illegal settlement building and the witholding of Palestinian tax revenues they are obliged to pass on. Ban Ki-Moon did criticise this saying Israel’s actions ‘prejudiced final status negotiations’ – yet no international action seems forthcoming. To read more about this story click here>>
Tell your MP: the UK must not assist the US and Israel’s attempts to block Palestinians’ right to self-determination
What you can do 
1.   Ask your MP for a meeting at our national lobby of Parliament using our email tool>>
The NUT has joined the campaign to release child prisoners>> To write to your MP about this please use our e-tool>>
BDS success: Edinburgh students have voted overwhelmingly to block their union from contracting G4S
The South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will be live streamed from 8am on Saturday 5>> 
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Events info click here >>

Remi will be performing in: London, Cambridge, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester.
Freedom waves to Gaza 
Two boats carrying medical supplies from Canada and Ireland have set sail towards Gaza. Israel is preparing to attack the boats in order to prevent them breaking Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza. Gazans are demonstrating to urge protection for the ships.
The situation in Gaza remains chronic: the siege continues preventing people from rebuilding their homes, their lives and their futures. 
To follow on twitter use #FreedomWaves
Gaza: Britain must act to end the siege on Gaza – MPs must press for international law to be upheld. Join the Lobby of Parliament>>
Why supporting Palestine is supporting an anti-racist struggle 
New Statesman carried a blog highly critical of PSC entitled ‘Anti-Semitism is the new black’. This is part of the ongoing strategy, articulated by the Reut Institute, that identifies the PSC as the ‘hub of hubs’. The New Statesman have now issued a reply piece from Hugh Lanning, Chair of PSC, setting out why anti-racism is at the core of our strategy.  
  Hugh Lanning speaking at rally
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