The report has two very clear messages: the year was a terrible one for Palestinians, but a great one for the Campaign.
PSC chair (and former trade union leader) Hugh Lanning wrote:
“Both in the UK and internationally – not least with the Palestinians – PSC has further established its credibility, that brings with it a responsibility to be even more effective, and to organise the growing support for Palestine.”
The numbers touted by PSC make chilling reading for supporters of peace and a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.
PSC claims a 20% growth in membership over the year, an email list of 180,000 addresses, nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter, and over 400,000 people liking them on Facebook. The last two figures are publicly verifiable, and accurate.
The PSC logo (see above) continues to show the Hamas map of a single Palestinian state stretching from the Jordan River to the sea. This presumably is their vision of the future.
The organisation supports the “right of return” for all Palestinian refugees and their descendants and the destruction of what they call “apartheid Israel”. This is the vision of the terrorist organisations including Hamas and Islamic Jihad; it is rejected by moderate Palestinians.
None of this even remotely resembles the Trades Union Congress’ traditional position in support of a negotiated two-state solution, and yet the TUC continues to encourage its affiliate unions to join (and therefore fund) the PSC.