Greater Manchester Pension Fund, the Occupation and the Gaza Genocide

The GM Pension fund is the pension fund for all local govt employees and is the biggest in the country. It invests over £700m in companies complicit in the illegal occupation and over £19m in arms companies that make parts for F35 jets and munitions used by Israel to bomb refugee camps, schools and hospitals slaughtering over 34,000 people, mainly women and children. It also invests £1.6bn in fossil fuel companies such as Shell and BP.


Public Campaign Planning Meeting Thursday 20th June 6.30pm for 7pm start

Cross St Chapel Manchester M2 1NL


Hala Marshood – Palestinian activist and student
Pia Feig – GM Friends of Palestine, Scheme Member and Unison Retired Member
Ameen Hadi – Manchester Palestine Assembly and NW Unison Black Members Committee
Magda Sachs – Fossil Free GM

Followed by discussion and planning groups

All GM Pension Fund Members, Council tax payers, Trade Unionists and concerned residents welcome.

Supported by Manchester Palestine Assembly

Book tickets:

Keep Rising Up for Palestine

All out in Manchester on Saturday 15 June, 12pm, Piccadilly Gardens. Stop Gaza genocide. Free all Palestinian prisoners!

There are no limits to the ways in which the Zionist entity works to crush the Palestinians, both physically and mentally. Those who are not bombed are dragged into prisons and detention centres that have turned into actual slaughterhouses.

Bader was a beans vendor in Gaza who recounts how during his detention they hadn’t left one inch of his body unbruised, how they cut his fingers, beat his head with a metal stick and insulted him in every way possible. He couldn’t even get a safe release as they threw him and 23 others in Beit Lahia, where they had to walk for days looking for shelter until they reached the sea. 

Other detainees are reporting sexual abuse, being blindfolded and handcuffed for the entire time and having medical treatment done to them by unauthorised personnel, to name only a few of the atrocities.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested 5,000 Palestinians from Gaza since October 07.  46 of the detainees were tortured to death under Israeli detention in “Sde Teiman” concentration camp.

The endless testimonies coming out about the barbaric ways in which soldiers have been treating detainees are yet another manifestation of Zionist brutality that knows no limits.

In addition to the detainees from Gaza, Israeli forces have arrested over 8000 Palestinians from the West Bank since October 07, joining the 5000 Palestinian prisoners already incarcerated. Prisoners have described the last 8 months as the most difficult period in the history of the prisoners, as they face torture, starvation, humiliation and a ban on any contact with family and lawyers. 15 prisoners were martyred in prison during this time.

We rise up again to honour Palestinian prisoners, the compass of the struggle, and to demand their freedom and the end to the ongoing genocide in Gaza. We reaffirm our unwavering solidarity with the Palestinians as they fight for freedom and justice. So join us on Saturday, 15 June, 12pm, Piccadilly Gardens.

Stand With Palestine

This Wednesday 19th June weekly vigil at Brooks Bar 5-6pm. Our government is actively supporting war criminals and we say “Not in our name!”

Join us at:

Brooks Bar, Whalley Range for our weekly vigil 

19th June ⏰5-6PM 


Palestine, Militarism and The Race to War: An Election Special

Public meeting hosted by Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition, Greater Manchester and District CND,  Greater Manchester Friends of Palestine and Manchester Palestine Assembly.

With a general election just weeks away, the Palestine movement has already had a huge impact with many pro-Palestine independent candidates  standing. Instead of pledging the end of arms sales to Israel, both the Tories and Labour are pursuing a warmonger’s agenda, pledging billions more in ‘defence’ spending.

Join us to discuss the situation in Gaza, the impact of the general election, where the Palestine movement goes from here, and how solidarity with Gaza is key to defeating the militarism of the UK and US governments.


Shabbir Lakha  – Stop the War Coalition National Officer

Jenny Clegg –   CND International Advisory Group and National Council

Norma Turner –   Greater Manchester Friends of Palestine Chair

Samira Ali –   Student Activist

The tickets are free but if you can, please make a donation to help with the costs of the room hire etc.