Press Release from the Palestine Solidarity Committee

Last week the PSC (Palestine Solidarity Committee) put out a call to all of our networks and friends requesting donations so that we can continue our solidarity work. Meanwhile, the genocide in Palestine rages on.

As you are probably aware the current crisis in Gaza seems to go from bad to worse, daily. With over 900 dead and over 3500 people in Gaza wounded (over 80% are civilian victims); it's hard to look for a light at the end of the tunnel.

Two-and-a-half weeks into the tragedy; memories begin to recede and the constant onslaught of violent and heart breaking images in the media places us in the very real danger of becoming paralysed with grief. So, now more than ever we must be vigilant in our commitment to support Palestinians living in "holocaust" conditions and enable the public along with the Palestine Solidarity Commitee (PSC) to maintain the momentum that has been achieved in South Africa thus far.

For those of you who have braved the heat and rain to stand with us in solidarity at our events we thank you, wholeheartedly. For those of you who have done whatever you can behind the scenes, either by sending the message across cyber space, sms, for your donations and/or your logistical support; we salute you. Without your commitment and ability to channel devastation and sadness into affirmative action, we couldn't exist.

The PSC are receiving regular messages from friends and comrades in Palestine/Israel (who see us shouting slogans and holding placards on their TV sets), congratulating ordinary South Africans for coming out in large numbers to support their liberation movement.

Many claim that it helps just to know that South Africa hasn't forgotten about them. There is a distinct soft spot in the hearts of all Palestinians when South Africa and South Africans are mentioned. Perhaps this connection emanates from a shared history in the struggle against Apartheid?

Many of you made pledges of support to the PSC last week in our drive to raise funds for transport to the demonstration in Pretoria (outside the Egyptian embassy), for that we wish to give a big thanks for the commitments made.

However, it has come to our attention that a large number of donations didn't reach their intended target due to technical issues with the PSC bank account. The PSC would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused and wish to rectify the situation immediately.

For donations via Internet transfer, please send to:

Palestine Solidarity Committee
Standard Bank
Internet Branch code: 051001

Account number: 008 130 795

For bank donations, please send to:

Palestine Solidarity Committee
Standard Bank
Branch name: Melville
Branch code: 610529
Account Number: 008 130 795

*Please send an SMS with a name and the amount donated to 073 906 0017.

*Note: All donations will be kept in the strictest of confidence. No individual members of the PSC or other organisations/parties will profit from or gain access to these monies,.

The PSC wishes to acknowledge you all for your continued solidarity and support and also send a reminder that our fight is far from over.

Any and all help with donations with be greatly appreciated.

For those of us who need a reminder of why we do the work that we do, please click on the link below for a short video sent by comrades in Palestine.

For further information or technical difficulties, email this address or phone +27 73 906 0017.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

In solidarity,

Melissa Hoole
Palestine Solidarity Committee

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Last week the PSC (Palestine Solidarity Committee) put out a call to all of our networks and friends requesting donations so that we can continue our solidarity work.

Date published: 
Tuesday, 13 January, 2009
Organisation: 
Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC)

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