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Massacre in Palestine, 1948 – commemoration 27 Oct

Commemoration of Al Dawayima massacre Palestine, October 1948

1-1:30 pm Sunday 27 October 2019 

Memorial stone – Regent Road Park, EH1 3DG
Regent Rd is a continuation of Princes St at the east end. From Waverley Station the road curves round to the right along the base of Calton Hill. The Park is to be found on your right.

 “As we got up on the roofs … we saw a vast plain stretching eastward … covered by thousands of fleeing Arabs … The machineguns began to chatter & the flight turned into a rout.”
Account from an Israeli soldier present at massacre, quoted by Israeli historian Benny Morris in ‘The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited’ (Cambridge University Press 2004) 

Flight

 

Ethnic Cleansing / access to Water

The event has now taken place but the organisers of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival filmed the talk – https://youtu.be/a_O-tEjMdXw.

 

Water as a tool of ethnic cleansing in Palestine

Dr Eurig Scandrett
Senior Lecturer in Public Sociology at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, previously Head of Community Action at Friends of the Earth Scotland

Thursday 3 October 2019 – 7pm to 9pm

The Dome, Potterrow (5/2 Bristo Place, EH8 9AL)

Dr Eurig Scandrett will argue that Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine has used access to water as a mechanism for the expulsion of the Palestinian population.

“180,000 – 200,000 Palestinians living in rural communities have no access to running water … [they] have no choice but to purchase additional supplies from mobile water tankers at a much higher price.”
Amnesty International, Troubled Waters: Palestinians denied fair access to water.

Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival

 

 

Concert tour by Palestinian musicians

This concert tour in Scotland is produced by Palmusic UK in partnership with the Scottish Friends of Palestine and Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association. It has also been generously supported by The City of Glasgow, which is officially twinned with Bethlehem since 2007.

Our ensemble of exceptionally talented young musicians from Palestine continue their summer tour in Scotland this year over the first weekend of July.

Concert details 

Friday 5 July 1pm Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB

Saturday 6 July 3pm St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Sunday 7 July 7.30pm St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1 High Street, Dundee DD1 1TD

Concert entry is free, with donations welcomed.

The musicians

Guest artist and rising star Iyad Sughayer, pianist, will join Omar Saad on viola, Tibah Saad on cello, and Lourdina Baboun on violin for an uplifting programme of Mozart and Mahler piano quartets, and Arabic folk music arranged by the ensemble. Speaking of the programme, Omar says,

“These are celebrated works that we have all wanted to perform for a long time. The folk music is a reflection of our roots that we believe complement the western classical repertoire… With every group you have a different storytelling of the same piece and that is what makes these works great.”

Palmusic is supporting Omar, Tibah and Lourdina with scholarships to study at top British conservatoires. Omar has just completed his master’s degree in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, (RCS), in Glasgow. His sister, Tibah Saad, is also studying at the RCS with two more years to complete her bachelor of music degree. Lourdina is also a bachelor student of music performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Omar, Tibah and Lourdina have all performed with the Palestine Youth Orchestra at prestigious venues internationally.

Iyad Sughayer is a Jordanian-Palestinian pianist who is regarded as one of the Middle East’s most promising young artists. He completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 2018, and returned there in September on the International Artist Diploma course to study with Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo and Graham Scott.

Iyad has received numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Medal Award at Trinity Laban. Winter 2020 will see the release of his debut disc under the BIS Label, featuring the solo works of Aram Khachaturian.

Witch Hunt – film about threat to democracy

Witch Hunt is a film about the attempt to smash the most hopeful movement of our lifetime.

In 2015, while the far right was gaining ground around the world, socialist MP Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the UK Labour Party in a landslide victory. Accusations of antisemitism within the party immediately began to circulate. Well-known anti-racists and left-wing Jews, such as Jackie Walker, were amongst the chief targets.

WitchHunt sets out to investigate the stories and the people behind the headlines, examining the nature of the accusations. Is this a witch hunt, as some claim? If so, who is behind it, and what is the political purpose of such a campaign? Has the media failed in its duty to fairness and accuracy in reporting on such serious allegations?  Through a series of interviews, analysis and witness testimony, WitchHunt explores the connections between the attacks on Labour, the ongoing tragedy of Palestine and the wider struggle against race-based oppression. It argues that if it is to mean anything at all, the fight against racism must  be a shared one that includes all peoples.

To see film online click https://witchhuntfilm.org.

Contact the team at witchhuntfilm1@gmail.com to arrange screenings and discussions.

 

Occupied Hebron: Stories from the Ground

Speaker: Sundus Azza.

Venue: The Melting Pot 5 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Time: 18:30

Date: Sunday 10 March 2019

Sundus Azza, 25, is an activist from Hebron, Palestine. She lives a few metres away from an illegal Israeli settlement and faces regular harassment from extremist Israeli settlers. Her house has been vandalized and her and her family violently assaulted by settlers as well as soldiers. She has been a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements since 2008, documenting human rights violations as a media and activity organizer. She has a degree in English from Al-Quds Open University in English Language Teaching Methodology. She currently works in the Hebron Governor’s office to attend to the needs of the Old City – the primary target of the Israeli occupation in Hebron. In 2015, her brother was arrested and falsely accused of possessing a knife – he was subsequently released after a DNA test proved him innocent.

Youth Against Settlements is a Palestinian grassroots initiative to promote non-violent community resistance against the Israeli occupation. The Open Shuhada Street campaign is an annual call to end the closures, restrictions, human rights violations, and occupation in the city of Hebron and all of Palestine.

From Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine

Film event: From Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine

7pm, Sat, 16 March 2019 at The Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL

100 years ago Britain’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour set in motion the vision of Israel……..

His ‘Balfour Declaration’ had another, disastrous impact: the dispossession of the Palestinian people.

This film looks at other visions — including a wide range of views from occupied Palestine today, ranging from anger to attempts at envisioning a future. It also shows the vision of another Englishman: the contemporary artist Banksy, who has created in Palestine a hotel that is also a remarkable satirical art installation.

How do today’s Palestinians live behind the ‘security wall’? What change must come?