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To develop awareness of the situation in Jenin, the West Bank and Palestine as a whole, particularly in the London borough of Tower Hamlets and to promote the human rights of Palestinians through:

Promoting, supporting and developing links between individuals, groups, communities and organisations in Tower Hamlets and Jenin.

Working to officially twin Tower Hamlets Council with Jenin Municipality.

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Recent News

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:

Events for February: Joint TH PSC and THJFA Meeting and Stall

Thursday 5th Feb at Unite Community Centre, basement of St George’s (old) Town Hall, 236 Cable St, Shadwell, E1.

7 – 9 pm
We will discuss:
1) Following up on success at Council: next steps for challenging G4S and Veolia.
2) Feedback from PSC Conference.
3) Organising the visit of Palestinians in May.
4) Update on Freedom Theatre Tour.
5) Fundraisers for Theatre Tour.

On Saturday 7th February from 11am – 1pm THJFA, together with Tower Hamlets PSC, will be holding a stall to raise awareness about our work within the Borough, to talk to Tower Hamlets residents about the ongoing BDS campaigns, and to sell beautiful Palestinian produce!

All are welcome to join us!

Meet outside Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:

After a successful local petition demanding that G4S be disqualified from contracts in Tower Hamlets was presented to Tower Hamlets Council last night, both Tower Hamlets First and the Labour Party agreed with the demand made at full council to adopt a tight ethical procurement policy for council contracts. Click here to read more about our BDS victory!

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Events for February

Events for February: Joint TH PSC and THJFA Meeting and Stall

Thursday 5th Feb at Unite Community Centre, basement of St George’s (old) Town Hall, 236 Cable St, Shadwell, E1.

7 – 9 pm
We will discuss:
1) Following up on success at Council: next steps for challenging G4S and Veolia.
2) Feedback from PSC Conference.
3) Organising the visit of Palestinians in May.
4) Update on Freedom Theatre Tour.
5) Fundraisers for Theatre Tour.

On Saturday 7th February from 11am – 1pm THJFA, together with Tower Hamlets PSC, will be holding a stall to raise awareness about our work within the Borough, to talk to Tower Hamlets residents about the ongoing BDS campaigns, and to sell beautiful Palestinian produce!

All are welcome to join us!

Meet outside Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road.

 

BDS Victory in Tower Hamlets!

After a successful local petition demanding that G4S be disqualified from contracts in Tower Hamlets was presented to Tower Hamlets Council last night, both Tower Hamlets First and the Labour Party agreed with the demand made at full council to adopt a tight ethical procurement policy for council contracts. Click here to read more about our BDS victory!

 

BDS Victory as Tower Hamlets Council Agrees to Ethical Procurement to Exclude Occupation Profiteers

After a successful local petition demanding that G4S be disqualified from contracts in Tower Hamlets was presented to Tower Hamlets Council last night, both Tower Hamlets First and the Labour Party agreed with the demand made at full council to adopt a tight ethical procurement policy for council contracts.

The petition, demanding that G4S be disqualified from future contracts on the basis of its far reaching complicity with the illegal occupation reached 1,953 signatures and was presented to councillors and lead members after an hour-long lobby outside the council building where a coalition of groups chanted slogans in support of Palestine.

In the occupied West Bank, G4S provides security systems for Israeli prisons, equipment for military checkpoints and security services for illegal settlements.

G4S currently runs caretaking and school maintenance in twenty Tower Hamlets schools. Information recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the council uses G4S to provide catering services for  its ‘Signs of Safety’ child protection training courses in Mile End , and that in 2014 it spent close to 100k on procuring a service from a G4S children’s home.

The agreement to amend the ethical procurement policy should see the end to any further contracts with G4S, Veolia and other companies on the basis of their ‘grave misconduct’, profiting from the illegal occupation of Palestine and the suffering of Palestinians against international law.

Tahsin Ahmed of Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign who launched the petition against G4S and presented it to the packed council meeting said, “This evening, we challenged Tower Hamlets council to improve its procurement process to enable it to exclude companies which are guilty of grave misconduct in Palestine.

They agreed to do this. We have been invited to meet soon with the lead cabinet member Cllr Alibor Choudhury to discuss taking further action.

We are pleased to note that there was full support for the proposal from both the major parties in the Council chamber.”

The campaign was run by the newly formed Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association, who have run a long-term campaign against the multinational Veolia which presently runs street cleaning and waste services in the borough. The procurement process for new contracts covering these services is about to begin and could well be affected by this new development.

Campaigners have hailed the adoption of a new policy as a significant step towards a Boycott Divestment Sanctions victory but have vowed to keep up the pressure until ‘genuinely ethical’ procurement is successfully in place in the borough.

Sybil Cock of Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association and Tower Hamlets PSC said, “We would like to thank everyone who signed our ongoing petitions against G4S and Veolia, especially those who have been involved in this divestment campaign over the last months, weeks and years. We will continue to work to challenge the existing contracts and sponsorship deals with these unethical companies until they completely divest from business with the Israeli occupation.”

You can also sign out petition against Veolia operating in the Borough – click here.

 

Petition for Tower Hamlets Council to disqualify G4S from bidding for contracts

Find the petition here.

 

December Dates for your Diary

THJFA, together with Tower Hamlets PSC, will be running a series of stalls throughout December to support Palestinian farmers by selling their produce, and to raise awareness of our local campaigns for twinning, against the renewal of Veolia’s contract with Tower Hamlets council, and for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign (BDS).

Sunday 7th December from 11.30am Stall selling Palestinian hampers at St Barnabas church, Roman Road, Bow
Saturday 13th December Joint TH PSC/ THJFA Palestine Stall outside Ideas Store from 11am
Sunday 14th December from 11.30am Stall selling Palestinian hampers at St Barnabas church, Roman Rd, Bow
Saturday 20th December Joint TH PSC/ THJFA Palestine Stall outside Ideas Store from 11am

 

4th November – Inaugural Meeting – Tower Hamlets PSC

This will be the inaugural meeting to set up our local branch of Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity campaign, which will run in conjunction with Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association.
Speakers:
Kiri Tunks (Action for Palestine Children)
Salim Alam (PSC National Executive, Campaigns Officer)
Caroline Day (Tower Hamlets-Jenin)

The meeting will be open to all. We will be doing two things:

1) Electing officers
2) Planning actions in the borough

All are welcome along to the meeting. In order to vote for officers, you will need to be a member of PSC.

We look forward to seeing you there. Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG

 

Upcoming BDS Stall and Action: 11th October

BDS Stall & Action: Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian!
Saturday 11th October
Meet 11am outside Whitechapel Ideas Store – 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU
Find out more details on the facebook event page.
 

THJFA Stage Boycott Action: Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian!

Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association & others team up with clear message: Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian!

On Saturday, Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association teamed up with other local groups including Tower Hamlets Stop the War Coalition, Hackney PSC and Haringey Justice for Palestinians on the streets of Whitechapel to ask the public to refrain from buying Israeli produce and support Palestine by buying Palestinian!

Members of THJFA and Tower Hamlets Stop the War made speeches about the military aggression in the Middle East and its consequences for the civilians who live there.

We spoke to local people about Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s ‘Taste the Indifference’ campaign and gave out postcards for people to send requesting that Sainsbury’s join the Co-operative supermarket in refusing to stock goods from illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

After this, some local activists took this message straight to Sainsbury’s and unfurled banners reading ‘End Israeli Apartheid’ and ‘Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian’. You can see some of the photos of this Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions action here.

Sainsbury’s decided that they didn’t want their customers hearing this message and used eight security guards to physically prevent activists from entering their Whitechapel store, which can be seen in this video. Plain clothes police then arrived and claimed local people who were protesting about the illegal goods were trespassing and would be arrested. At this point, local people who joined the protest decided to leave and marched out of the store with their banners, chanting.

It was a really successful day and thank you to everyone who came along to the stall and/or the BDS action. We will be organising more stalls and BDS actions – keep posted on our website and Facebook page

 

Support Jenin’s Freedom Theatre’s UK Tour

Jenin Freedom Theatre, based in Jenin Refugee Camp, is a hub of Palestinian cultural resistance. The Freedom Theatre hopes to tour the UK next year, for the first time ever, with a brand new production ‘The Siege’, about the 2002 Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in Occupied Palestine.

They are appealing for donations to make this groundbreaking tour possible. You can find more information about the Freedom Theatre, their proposed tour, and make a donation here.

 

An Open Letter to Trinity Mirror Group

THJFA members have written to the Trinity Mirror Group regarding the editorial in The Wharf on 7th August, which attacked the decision of the Borough of Tower Hamlets to fly the Palestinian flag from the town hall in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Read the letter by clicking on the link below:

THJFA Letter to Trinity Mirror