With the situation in Palestine deteriorating daily, a global cry for action has emerged to demonstrate unwavering solidarity with Palestinians. Their voices must be amplified, and the world needs to be made acutely aware of their daily battle for liberation. To heed this urgent call, we’ve assembled an extensive resource hub, linking you to invaluable resources and directing you toward impactful avenues for making a difference.
From protests around the world to essential social media accounts delivering real-time updates, thought-provoking reading lists, and eye-opening documentaries, to information for those seeking clarity and legal support for activists on the ground, workplace guidance, and reliable charities to contribute to – we’ve got you covered. Together, we can make a difference and call upon our governments to advocate for a ceasefire that will allow humanitarian aid to reach the people of Gaza. Stand with us, and stand for Palestine.
Here’s a quick reference table:
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led non-violent, peaceful movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity. It’s simple to get involved with the BDS movement today. Discover how to get involved.
URGENT ACTION ALERT for meaningful support for Palestinians
It is important to note that BDS been illegalised in different parts of the world through the efforts of Israel to criminalise it and associate it with anti-semitism which it is not.
Non-stop for almost two weeks now, Israel has been bombing homes, whole neighbourhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques and churches in Gaza, while cutting off electricity, fuel, water, medicine and food supplies to the 2.3 million Palestinians there. LET’S KEEP MOBILIZING TO STOP GENOCIDE: IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
5 more actions YOU can take to make this happen:
Pressure parliaments and governments to call for a UNGA session to debate the US veto and call for a ceasefire; life-saving aid into Gaza; UN protection for Palestinians in Gaza; ICC and other investigations into Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity; and military embargo.
Continue mobilising loud, creative and peaceful actions with a cross-section of civil society and bring with you our messaging cards to amplify Palestinian demands. Make sure your messaging is strategic and morally consistent.
Call on influential writers, authors, sports and cultural figures to join the call for solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Mobilise institutional pressure campaigns (including boycotts or divestment) against Israeli and international companies and banks that are complicit in Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity, including apartheid.
Mobilise your community, trade union, association, church, social network, student government/union, city council, cultural centre, or other organisations to declare themselves Apartheid Free Zones (AFZ), ending all relations with apartheid Israel and companies/institutions that are complicit in its system of oppression, as was done against apartheid South Africa.
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As the crisis in Gaza continues to deteriorate, Islamic Relief are calling on their supporters to demand their governments take action.
Here are a few examples for any other members to replicate:
In the UK, supporters can contact their MP to pressure the Foreign Secretary to protect civilians and ensure aid delivery.
In Canada, supporters can contact their local representative to call for an immediate humanitarian corridor for aid.
In the US, supporters can contact their representative with a call for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid.
Before arresting you the police should explain that you’re being arrested and why. If you’re arrested, say “NO COMMENT” to all questions and do NOT accept a caution until you have legal advice. Seek advice from a solicitor with expertise in protest law (see below). You have the right to:
You are NOT legally required to share your nationality or immigration status when arrested, although police may check this if they suspect you are not a British citizen.
Solicitors Offering Free 24-hour Advice & Legal Observers:
ITN SOLICITORS 020 3909 8100
COMMONS 020 3865 5403
HODGE JONES & ALLEN 0844 848 0222
BINDMANS 020 7305 5638
KELLYS 01273 674 898 / 0800 387 463
MTC 07956 308 127
BPLS @bikprotestlegal / firstname.lastname@example.org
GBC @GBCLegal / 07946 541 email@example.com
Do I Have to Answer Police’s Questions?
If you are stopped and questioned by the police, or they talk to you at a protest, you have the right NOT to respond, unless you are engaging in “anti-social” behaviour (causing, or likely to cause “harassment, alarm or distress”). You shouldn’t provide false information to the police, as this is a criminal offence. You can’t be searched or arrested just because you lawfully refused to answer police questions.
Do I Have the Right To Protest?
Yes. Your right to protest is protected by the Human Rights Act and can only be lawfully restricted by the police for certain specified purposes (such as preventing crime or disorder) and in a way that is proportionate.
For more information and guidance on organising a protest, police powers to restrict or prohibit protests, and your rights if arrested, go to libertyhumanrights.org.uk/advice-and-information and select the topic of ‘protest’.
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. But rather than being a history lesson, this documentary is a primer for the present. It is simply not possible to make sense of what is happening today without an understanding of 1948.
Gaza brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.
In 1948, hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and erased. The film investigates the massacre at the Palestinian village of Tantura in the 1948 Nakba and the dogged work of one Israeli researcher to expose the truth.
Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.
The Iron Wall documentary examines the effects of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. It follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground – the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian people.
A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
7. Jenin, Jenin
Jenin Jenin, directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor and director Mohamed Bakri, includes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army’s attack on Jenin refugee camp in April 2002. The operation ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Palestinians as well as numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war crimes on the camp. Jenin Jenin shows the extent to which the prolonged oppression and terror have affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin.
8. Born in Gaza
Filmed shortly after the 2014 Gaza war, this documentary examines how violence has transformed the lives of 10 Palestinian children. Available on Netflix.
The Law in These Parts is an unprecedented exploration of the evolving and little-known legal framework that Israel has employed to administer its military occupation of Palestine. Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz elicits this story from the very military judges, prosecutors and legal advisors who were responsible for carrying out the orders of the military commanders.
In “Naila and the Uprising”, follow the inspiring journey of Naila Ayesh during the First Intifada in the late 1980s. Through animation, interviews, and exclusive footage, this documentary shines a light on the courageous women who led a nonviolent movement for Palestinian self-determination, a side of history often overlooked.
11. Arna’s Children
Arna’s Children is a 2004 Dutch-Israeli documentary film directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel. The film’s story revolves around a children’s theatre group in Jenin in the Palestinian territories established by Arna Mer-Khamis, the director’s mother, an Israeli Jewish political and human rights activist.
12. Roof Knocking
This harrowing, acclaimed short set in Gaza follows a woman as she prepares a meal for her family to break the fast in the month of Ramadan when a phone call by an Israeli soldier alerts her that her building will be bombed in 10 minutes.
13. The Present
Powerful short film (available on Netflix): Yusuf and his daughter set out to buy his wife an anniversary gift, a gesture demanding much patience and negotiation skills in the West Bank.
Produced by Al Jazeera, this documentary looks at what “Apartheid” means and whether it truly applies to Israel or not.
A brief animated introduction to the history of Israel settling in Palestine. Produced by Jewish Voice for Peace.
A one-hour talk about the history of Palestine by Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian and peace activist.
Embedded with protesters in Sheikh Jarrah who face losing their homes as they wait to hear their fate in a case that’s gone all the way to the Supreme Court.
Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and how it came to cover so much land. From the early settlements to the Nakba to its conquest of the West Bank, Abby Martin reveals the brutally honest root of what is behind the so-called “Israel-Palestine conflict.”
Mehdi Hasan’s incredible conversation with Israeli activists from B’Tselem who document human rights violations and Breaking the Silence who document stories of IDF soldiers who served in occupied territories.
Mehdi Hasan’s conversation with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill who was fired from CNN because he gave a speech at the UN calling for a free Palestine “from the river to the sea.”
A podcast that highlights people, issues, and events around Palestine. A project of the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), this podcast brings you stories from the ground in Palestine, introducing unique perspectives and analysis about Palestine by experts and activists from across the world.
Curated by the Popular University of the Palestinian Youth Movement – All the Walls Will Fall: 2023 Palestine Liberation Resource List
In the wake of the recent escalation of violence in Palestine, it is important that communities are best equipped to respond and advocate, sensibly and safely.
Amnesty International – Protect the Protest
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