Palestine Solidarity Campaign

The PSC logo: No reference to Israel on the map

The PSC logo. Note that Israel does not appear on the map.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign was established in the United Kingdom in 1982. The national umbrella organization includes a series of local groups around the country and a Scottish chapter named the SPSC.

This is Mick Napier – head of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign – addressing a demonstration in 2010.

The PSC is active in the promotion of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) through its BIG (Boycott Israeli Goods) campaign, with its members frequently organizing demonstrations at retail outlets and cultural events .

The PSC collaborated with George Galloway’s ‘Viva Palestina’ convoy to Gaza in 2009 and its  director Sarah Colborne took part in the 2010 flotilla aboard the ‘Mavi Marmara’.  Here is the PSC’s General Secretary Betty Hunter speaking at a demonstration in London just hours after the incident aboard the ship on which her colleague was sailing and long before the details became clear.

Some 17 British Trade Unions are affiliated  to the PSC.  Its patrons include Baroness Jenny Tonge, Ghada Karmi, Karma Nablusi, Ilan Pappe, Jeremy Corbyn MP, former MPs Tony Benn and John Austin, ‘War on Want’ president Rodney Bickerstaffe, trade unionists Bob Crowe and Keith Sonnet, writers Victoria Brittain, William Dalrymple and Ahdaf Soueif, play-writer Caryl Churchill  who wrote ‘7 Jewish Children’ and rap singer Lowkey.

Recently the PSC has been the subject of much criticism due to some of its members engaging in racism and Holocaust denial.

Citing ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem, the PSC’s director Sarah Colborne has called for a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London on March 30th.