Edinburgh 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
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.
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.
When: Sunday, 29th January 4-6 pm
Where: Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN
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.
On 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.
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.
Edinburgh 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.