Students and Palestinian solidarity activists marked the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by holding a rally outside Sheffield Hallam University. Demonstrators backed the international boycott campaign which calls for action against companies that profit from discrimination against Palestinians and from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Yazan Khader, of the University of Sheffield Palestine Society.
Sheffield Council Deputy Leader Olivia Blake has said the city will bring forward a motion to recognise Palestine as an independent state. If passed, Sheffield could become the first UK city to recognise Palestinian statehood. The announcement followed the presentation by Palestinian solidarity campaigners of a petition with over 15000 signatures. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Palestine campaigners in Sheffield commemorated the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, when over 700,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes in the war that led to the formation of the State of Israel. Dozens joined the gathering outside Sheffield Town Hall in solidarity with the Palestinian people including those who continue to live in refugee communities in the occupied territories and neighbouring countries. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Campaigners from Sheffield were among those observing the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The day marks the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution in 1948 to partition Palestine into two independent Arab and Jewish states. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Annie O’Gara of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Protestors from Sheffield’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign gathered at the Town Hall on Saturday to demonstrate against what they describe as Israel’s on-going attack on Gaza. In the last eight months more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli troops. Baillor Jalloh reports for Shefield Live!
Dozens joined a solidarity protest outside Sheffield Town Hall to raise awareness of the Israeli occupation and killings of unarmed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protest was organised by the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Dozens of Palestine solidarity campaigners mounted a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall to condemn the killing of Palestinian demonstrators marching near the Gaza border with Israel. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Members of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign picketed the Staples store, Eyre Street, in a call to stop the sale of HP products, part of a wider boycott campaign to defend Palestinian rights. Campaigners claim HP is providing technologies to the Israeli government that are used in oppressive practices and in breach of international law. Invited to comment, an HP spokesperson said: “HP has been strongly committed to socially responsible business practices throughout its 75 year history. It is not our policy to take sides in political disputes between countries or regions. Instead, we focus on making the best products we can to help improve the lives of people around the world.” Sham Powell reports for Sheffield Live!
Human rights campaigners in Sheffield observed international Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Held annually on 10 December, this year’s Human Rights Day campaign calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Musheir El- Fassa, chair of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Group, and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.
Sylvester Stallone was in Sheffield on Sunday for his sole UK appearance of an international tour. Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised a silent demonstration outside City Hall to protest against his fundraising for the Israeli Defence Force.