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FoE call for Sheffield City Region climate declaration

October 2019

Sheffield Friends of the Earth (FoE) are calling for Sheffield City Region to declare a Climate Emergency. As global warming and extinctions rise, the UK Parliament and Sheffield City Council (among many others) have already declared a Climate Emergency.

FoE have an online petition to Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis MP, asking him to bring the four South Yorkshire local authorities together to produce a Climate Action Plan.

Sheffield Friends of the Earth petition

Palestine Solidarity Campaign objects to "anti-Semitism" vote

October 2019

Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) have objected to Sheffield City Council adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. They state that although the actual definition is OK, some of its examples of anti-Semitism are not. Believing or saying that Israel is a racist state comes under this. Sadly Israel gives only second-class citizenship (and many other oppressions) to non-Jews, surely an example of racism.

The Council could now, in theory, say that solidarity with the Palestinians is somehow anti-Semitic, and start to cancel venues and speakers. The SPSC comments during the Council debate in October are online here (from 59:44 mins into the video). There is a full, useful explanation at the link below.

Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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