Stand up for Palestine

Stand up for Palestine

17 April 2024
Whitworth Hall Arch, M13 9PL

The UoM Senate will vote on a motion calling for the University to cut its ties with three institutions complicit in Israel’s ongoing atrocities in Gaza.

Join students and staff outside the Senate meeting to pressure UoM to end its partnerships with BAE Systems, Tel Aviv University, and HSBC.

The University has repeatedly ignored and rejected calls to address its unethical investments, research, and partnerships. It is time to make them listen!

Free All Palestinian Political Prisoners

All out in Manchester on Saturday 20th April to demand an end to the Gaza genocide and the freedom of all Palestinian political prisoners! Meeting at Piccadilly Gardens – 12pm

Over 6 months have passed and the genocide being committed in Gaza is as relentless as ever. The Zionist regime continues to slaughter Palestinians remorselessly and with impunity. Zionist forces have also been continually detaining Palestinians in Gaza and subjecting them to torture, brutalisation and physical violence on a daily basis, as well as premeditated murder and systematic executions whilst in detention.

The Zionist regime has historically used indefinite detention as a tactic to further its colonial hold over Palestine, and to ethnically cleanse Palestinians through carceral practices.

There are currently around 10,000 Palestinians imprisoned across Occupied Palestine, and the number is increasing day by day. Since 1967, 251 political prisoners have been killed in Zionist prisons, not least because of the brutal conditions they are subjected to.

The most recent example is 62-year old Walid Daqqa, a Palestinian activist and novelist. Walid was murdered last week by the Zionist regime by infliction of torture and denial of medical treatment. He spent 38 years imprisoned. Walid was a renowned writer and intellectual and though his physical being was incarcerated, his mind remained unshackled, using his words to express the spirit of Palestinian resilience and maintain calls for the freedom of his land and people.

We honour Walid as a martyr, alongside all those who have given their lives for the cause. We must carry and amplify their voices and continue the fight for liberation.

More clearly than ever, we are witnessing the deep-rooted active participation of the British government in 75 years of apartheid, oppression, and now the Gaza genocide. We cannot let this continue and we must do everything in our power to unequivocally demand every complicit crevice of British economy be cleansed of profit made from the oppression of Palestinians.

So raise your voices for Palestine and join us on Saturday 20th April. Meeting at Piccadilly Gardens – 12pm.

Banner Drop on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

Join the banner drop on Palestinian Prisoners’ day this Wednesday April 17th, at Hulme Arch Bridge, 5.30pm

Palestinian political prisoners form the backbone of the movement and the compass of the fight for Palestinian liberation. Over 10,000 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by the Zionist regime.

Many prisoners have spent years in Israeli prisons without formal charge or trial. Israel detains Palestinians indefinitely on a continuous basis.

The conditions in Zionist prisons suffered by Palestinian prisoners are maliciously and intentionally brutal and degrading. The prisons are overcrowded, with poor sanitation, and there is little to no access to medical care.

Palestinian prisoners also face abhorrent physical and psychological abuse during interrogation and throughout their incarceration.

Last week, 62-year old Walid Daqqa became the 251st Palestinian to be killed in Zionist prisons since 1967, after 38 years of incarceration. Make no mistake, the Zionist regime murdered Walid through infliction of torture, and deliberate denial of medical treatment.

We must do everything in our power to honour Palestinian prisoners and demand their freedom. This is part and parcel of the demand for a free Palestine. As we call for cessation of the genocide in Gaza, we also call for the dismantling of the Zionist regime and the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners shackled by the Zionist state.

Join us on April 17th in honouring our martyrs, in commemorating the sacrifices made by Palestinian political prisoners, and calling for a free Palestine – from the river to the sea!

Court Support #BnyMellon4

Activists from Palestine Action occupied the Manchester offices of Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, which invests over £10million in Israel’s biggest weapons firm, Elbit Systems. The front of the offices were covered in red paint whilst two activists occupied the top of the front doors and another two attached themselves to lock on devices to block the car park entrance. A tip off confirmed Joanne Cash, a senior New York executive of the bank, planned to visit the offices that day.

Joanne Cash is the Head of Control Management for Operations and Services at BNY Mellon, who invest over £10million in Israel’s biggest weapons firm, Elbit Systems. Repeated protests and actions have taken place at the bank’s premises in both New York and Manchester, in a sustained bid to pressure the bank to stop funding genocide. Due to ongoing pressure from Manchester activists, BNY Mellon cancelled a recruitment event.

Elbit Systems provide 85% of Israel’s military drone fleet and land-based equipment, as well as bombs, missiles and other weaponry. The Israeli weapons maker market their weapons as “battle-tested” after they are developed during bombardments on occupied Palestine. Elbit’s CEO Bezalel Machlis explained in a video how crucial Elbit was to the ongoing genocide and how the company has received gratitude by the Israeli military for their lethal services.

Read the full press release on the Palestine Action website:

Their trial starts on April 17th 2024 so gather at the court for 09.30am.

NOTE: These court cases are being postponed, rescheduled or cancelled at very short notice, so please keep watching our Facebook page and other social media channels for last minute changes.