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Palestinian Child Prisoners

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian boy as he was taking photographs during a weekly demonstration.

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Sign the Child Prisoners Petition here

Write to your MP here

Write to Boris Johnson here

Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts – between 500 and 700 each year. The Israel Prison Service revealed that an average of 204 Palestinian children have been held in custody every month since 2012.

Ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalised throughout the process”. These were the conclusions of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report ‘Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations‘.

Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:

  • Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers.
  • Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
  • Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
  • Put into solitary confinement.
  • Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).

 

For more information:

PSC Factsheet on Child Prisoners

Defence for Children International Palestins (DCI-P) website

Free Ahed Tamimi Briefing, Poster & Graphics

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Weekly Saturday Stalls

Please join us any Saturday between 11am and 1pm at our weekly stall.  We’re on Princes Street, at the corner of Castle Gate.  Anyone is welcome to help or drop even if it’s for a short time only.

Palestine Film Night – Shireen of al-Walaja & Children in Chains

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Thursday, January 25 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Quaker Meeting House  (accessible venue, lift to meeting floor),

Victoria Terrace, (off George IV Bridge, opposite National Library of Scotland), Edinburgh

‘Shireen of al-Walaja’, an intimate portrait of one of the village’s most prominent activists, presented by Daz Chandler (Australian filmmaker) on UK tour . ‘Children in Chains’, portraying Israel’s brutal treatment of school-age Palestinians, presented by Jon Pullman (UK filmmaker).
Screening followed by commentary from Palestinian academic, Dr Majdi, a specialist in child resilience.

Public Meeting with Iyad Burnat: Practising Nonviolence in a Violent World

Iyad BurnatEdinburgh Action for Palestine is delighted to welcome Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat to Edinburgh.

When: Thursday, 4th May, 7.45 pm

Where: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Background:

Iyad Burnat is a native of Bil’in in the occupied West Bank, and a founder of the Bil’in Popular Committee. This citizen’s group was formed in 2004 to deal with the regular raids by the Israeli forces and sought to slow down the theft of Bil’in’s olive trees and the confiscation of farmland. The village’s fight for survival was documented by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat, in the Oscar nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras”.

Iyad Burnat has been a leading proponent of a non-violent peace protest against the Separation Wall.  Under his skilful eye he has captured the images of occupation and documented the ensuing violence meted out to the protesters, young and old. Iyad was the recipient of the James Lawson Award for Achievement in the Practice of Nonviolent Conflict 2015. 

This will be his fourth tour of the UK having travelled worldwide previously.  His beautifully written book with stunning photographs “Bil’in and the Nonviolent Resistance” will be available to purchase; it tells the story of the struggle. We are delighted to have him joining us and telling us his story.

Please sign petition calling for a public inquiry into the actions of the Israeli Embassy

Palestine Solidarity Campaign has launched a petition calling for a public inquiry to determine the extent of improper interference in UK democratic politics by the Israeli Embassy and to demand from the Israeli government that it is brought to an end.

The petition was initiated after revelation that an Israeli embassy official plotted to ‘take down’ Alan Duncan, a critic of Israeli policy and the UK’s Deputy Foreign Minister.  The embassy official’s words raise significant concerns about improper interference in UK domestic politics, echoed by Labour, the SNP and several Conservative MPs.

There have been calls from all major parties and party members for further investigation of the concerns raised by this footage.

Please click here to sign the petition.

Cafe Palestine January 2017

Hospital in GazaWhen: Sunday, 29th January 4-6 pm

Where: Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN

What:

Colin Cooper will be presenting about his recent visit to Gaza during October 2016. Colin was formerly a GP in Edinburgh, and has been a member of Edinburgh Action 4 Palestine. He has visited Gaza six times since 2009. His recent visit, as a member of Edinburgh Direct Aid and Medical Aid for Palestine, focussed on palliative care in Gaza, where hospitals are struggling to provide end of life care in the face of brutal sanctions, which deprive patients of many essential medicines.

There will be tea and coffee and an opportunity for discussion.