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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.

 

Protesting against Hewlett Packard’s role in oppressing Palestinians

ea4p-december-stallOn 26th November and 3rd December, Edinburgh Action for Palestine protested outside Currys in Princes Street, urging them to stop selling Hewlett Packard (HP) products.  The protests formed part of an International Week of Action, which saw more than 90 different events worldwide, 30 of them across the UK.   See here for more details of the campaign against HP, who provide electronic biometrical equipment for illegal Israeli checkpoints in the Palestinian West Bank.

Café Palestine: Commemoration of massacre at Al Dawayima

On Sunday, 30th October, Edinburgh Action for Palestine held a commemoration of the massacre of over 100 inhabitants of the Palestinian village of al-Dawayima on 29th October 1948.  It was held meet by a memorial plaque for al-Dawayima which was laid by the the Lord Provost in 1998 on Melville Drive.

Earlier this year,  a letter by one of the Israeli soldiers who had taken part in that massacre was published in full.  It stated: “There was no battle and no resistance (and no Egyptians). The first conquerors killed from eighty to a hundred Arabs [including] women and children. The children were killed by smashing of their skulls with sticks. Is it possible to shout about Deir Yassin and be silent about something much worse?”   See here for a Mondoweiss article with more details.

 

Cafe Palestine, Sunday, 25th September

arnachildren1Edinburgh Action for Palestine will be holding its regular Cafe Palestine on the last Sunday of September, from 4-6pm, at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN.

We will be showing the film “Arna’s Children”, produced in 2004. The film is set in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. It focuses on a theatre group for children in Jenin, set up by Arna Mer Khamis to help the children express everyday frustrations, anger, bitterness and fear. The film then returns to Jenin after the Israeli’s massacre of 50 Palestinians there in 2002. Click here to read a review of the film.  There will be time for discussion and for refreshments, too.

Palestine Solidarity Groups call for peaceful protest against Fringe Festival event organised by defenders of Israel’s illegal military occupation

Press release

The banner protest will start from 6 pm, with a photo opportunity from 6.30 pm. It will take place outside the Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

15th August 2016 – Edinburgh Action for Palestine [1] will be holding a peaceful silent, banner protest outside the pro-Israel ‘International Shalom Festival’ on the evening of Wednesday, 17th August. They will be demonstrating against what they regard as a whitewashing of the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and the well-documented systematic abuses of human rights and international law by the Israeli government.

Edinburgh Action for Palestine supports the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israeli institutions [8], which is backed by over 100 UK artists, including Liz Lochhead, Alexei Sayle, Mike Leigh, Miriam Margolyes and Michael Rosen [9], and which is directed exclusively at Israeli institutions and at non-Israeli bodies that serve political propaganda purposes in favour of the Israeli government policy. Cultural boycott is not targeted at individual Israelis because of their nationality, and it respects the universal right to freedom of expression.

The International Shalom Festival is organised by the UK branch of the US organisation StandWithUs [2], whose slogan is ‘Supporting Israel Around the World’, and by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland, who are funded by and affiliated to StandWithUs [3]. StandWithUs publicly defend the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Israeli wall built on occupied Palestinian territory, and Israeli military attacks on Gaza [4], all of which breach international law.

The ‘International Shalom Festival’ Exhibition and Gala feature Israeli companies and musicians, without any mention of Palestine and the millions of Palestinian people, most of whom have been either forcibly evicted from their homes or are living under an illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Exhibitors include a cosmetics company which is exploiting salts from the northern shores of the Dead Sea, located in the occupied West Bank – a breach of international law [5], and an exhibition that promotes Krav Maga, a deadly martial art, used by the Israeli Military [6].

Evelyn McGregor from Edinburgh Action for Palestine explains: “Calling this festival ‘Shalom’, the Hebrew word for Peace, is a travesty because it is a blatant celebration of a state which consistently violates the human rights of Palestinians and breaches international law. Such breaches include the cruel blockade of Gaza, repeated military aggression against civilian populations, illegal Israeli settlements on occupied West Bank territory, and the impunity with which Israeli soldiers and armed settlers can kill and injure Palestinians, including children. This festival is using the arts as a tool for normalising human rights violations”.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi from Artists for Palestine UK, who delivered a letter of protest to the Fringe organisers [7], noted: “There is no mention by name of the Palestinians who make up one fifth of Israel’s population as well as the entire population of the occupied territories, besieged Gaza and numerous refugee camps across the Middle East, nor of those in exile around the world. Israel’s “cultural bridges” bypass the people it has dispossessed, seeking “international friendship” with those prepared to ignore a decades-long injustice to collaborate in an empty dance of dialogue.”

ENDS

Notes:
[1] Edinburgh Action for Palestine is an Edinburgh-based group affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which works locally to raise awareness of and campaign against the injustices suffered by Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli government and to support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. See edinburghaction4palestine.org
[2] See www.standwithus.co.uk and www.standwithus.com/ .
[3] See apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends29/0001151
329_AC_20150930_E_C.pdf
[4] StandWithUs main public resource, to which both their US and UK websites link can be
downloaded from www.standwithus.com/booklets/i l101/ .
[4] See www.btselem.org/jordan_ valley/other_resources , written by the Israeli human  rights organisation B’Tselem
[5] www.kravmagainc.com/Imi-Lichte nfeld-History.html
[6] artistsforpalestine.org.uk/201 6/07/19/artists-for-palestine- uk-protests-brand-israel-onthe-fringe/
[7] See www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id =1047
[8] www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1. 642471
[9] https://artistsforpalestine.or g.uk/introduction/signatories- statements/

Palestine Solidarity Groups call for peaceful protest against Fringe Festival event organised by defenders of Israel’s illegal military occupation

Press release covered by The Sunday Herald

Palestine Solidarity Groups call for peaceful protest against Fringe Festival event organised by defenders of Israel’s illegal military occupation

15th August 2016 – Edinburgh Action for Palestine [1] will be holding a peaceful silent, banner protest outside the pro-Israel ‘International Shalom Festival’ on the evening of Wednesday, 17th August.  They will be demonstrating against what they regard as a whitewashing of the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and the well-documented systematic abuses of human rights and international law by the Israeli government.

Edinburgh Action for Palestine supports the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israeli institutions [8], which is backed by over 100 UK artists, including Liz Lochhead, Alexei Sayle, Mike Leigh, Miriam Margolyes and Michael Rosen [9], and which is directed exclusively at Israeli institutions and at non-Israeli bodies that serve political propaganda purposes in favour of the Israeli government policy.  Cultural boycott is not targeted at individual Israelis because of their nationality, and it respects the universal right to freedom of expression.

The International Shalom Festival is organised by the UK branch of the US organisation StandWithUs [2], whose slogan is ‘Supporting Israel Around the World’, and by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland, who are funded by and affiliated to StandWithUs [3].  StandWithUs publicly defend the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Israeli wall built on occupied Palestinian territory, and Israeli military attacks on Gaza [4], all of which breach international law.

The ‘International Shalom Festival’ Exhibition and Gala feature Israeli companies and musicians, without any mention of Palestine and the millions of Palestinian people, most of whom have been either forcibly evicted from their homes or are living under an illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Exhibitors include a cosmetics company which is exploiting salts from the northern shores of the Dead Sea, located in the occupied West Bank – a breach of international law [5], and an exhibition that promotes Krav Maga, a deadly martial art, used by the Israeli Military [6].

Evelyn McGregor from Edinburgh Action for Palestine explains: “Calling this festival ‘Shalom’, the Hebrew word for Peace, is a travesty because it is a blatant celebration of a state which consistently violates the human rights of Palestinians and breaches international law. Such breaches include the cruel blockade of Gaza, repeated military aggression against civilian populations, illegal Israeli settlements on occupied West Bank territory, and the impunity with which Israeli soldiers and armed settlers can kill and injure Palestinians, including children. This festival is using the arts as a tool for normalising human rights violations”.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi from Artists for Palestine UK, who delivered a letter of protest to the Fringe organisers [7], noted: “There is no mention by name of the Palestinians who make up one fifth of Israel’s population as well as the entire population of the occupied territories, besieged Gaza and numerous refugee camps across the Middle East, nor of those in exile around the world. Israel’s “cultural bridges” bypass the people it has dispossessed, seeking “international friendship” with those prepared to ignore a decades-long injustice to collaborate in an empty dance of dialogue.”

ENDS

Notes:

[1] Edinburgh Action for Palestine is an Edinburgh-based group affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which works locally to raise awareness of and campaign against the injustices suffered by Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli government and to support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. See edinburghaction4palestine.org

[2] See www.standwithus.co.uk  and www.standwithus.com/ .

[3] See http://apps.charitycommission. gov.uk/Accounts/Ends29/0001151 329_AC_20150930_E_C.pdf

[4] StandWithUs main public resource, to which both their US and UK websites link can be downloaded from www.standwithus.com/booklets/i l101/ .

[4] See http://www.btselem.org/jordan_ valley/other_resources , written by the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem

[5] www.kravmagainc.com/Imi-Lichte nfeld-History.html

[6] artistsforpalestine.org.uk/201 6/07/19/artists-for-palestine- uk-protests-brand-israel-on- the-fringe/

[7] See www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id =1047

[8] www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1. 642471

[9] https://artistsforpalestine.or g.uk/introduction/signatories- statements/