Category Archives: Palestine Background

WebinarS: Apartheid, Moving to Freedom, Justice

Since its foundation, Israel has built and maintained a system of institutionalised racist discrimination against all parts of the Palestinian people, whether living under occupation, in Israel, or as refugees and exiles. 

The seminal United Nations report by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley in 2017 clearly laid this out, contributing to a shift in discourse. Israel’s passage of the nation state law, followed by its publicly stated aim of annexing at least 30% of the West Bank – following its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights – has further exposed its apartheid reality. 

The question for the movement for Palestinian rights is how to transition from the ugliness of the present day to a future of freedom, justice and equality? What would this look like on the ground, irrespective of political frameworks?

This weekly series of webinars throughout October will tackle – but also go beyond – the way in which Israel’s practices meet the definition of apartheid under international law and their effect on Palestinians in all areas of their lives. 

Thursday October 1st / 6pm / Apartheid within Israel: Sami Abu Shehadeh, Palestinian member of the Knesset for the Joint List. Sawsan Zaher, Lawyer and Director of Social and Economic Rights Unit at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. 

Thursday October 8th / 6pm / Apartheid in the Occupied Territory: Diana Buttu, Palestinian-Canadian Lawyer and renowned analyst. Yara Harawi, Policy Fellow at al-Shabaka – the Palestinian policy network. 

Thursday October 15th / 6pm / Apartheid in Exile: Lubnah Shomali, Advocacy Unit Manager, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights.Sarona Bedwan, writer & works in education

Thursday October 22nd / 6pm /The Movement for Palestinian Rights: Setting the Agenda – Moving to Freedom: Hazem Jamjoum, policy member at al-Shabka. Marwa Fatafta, Palestinian writer, researcher and policy analyst based in Berlin.Time

Oct 1, 2020 06:00 PM
Oct 8, 2020 06:00 PM
Oct 15, 2020 06:00 PM
Oct 22, 2020 06:00 PM
Time shows in London

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sde-vrjkvHdVLijP3nGgbpSwHDYSI4koX

Stop the Jewish National Fund UK – Webinar Series

First Saturday of Month at 4pm BST

Register herehttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OjQeU6oqSE

Join guest speakers and experts in a monthly webinar series to explore the role of the Jewish National Fund in the historic and ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. From the Nakba to today, the JNF has been a key agent in the colonization of Palestine. We will also explore how the JNF has helped to forge the racist ideology of the state of Israel, financing a discriminatory system whilst, at the same time, being accorded charitable status across the world. The campaign against the JNF likewise reaches across the world – we invite you to join us , wherever you are, in this campaign for justice.

You will receive instructions on how to join via e-mail. 

Meetings
(First Saturday of Month at 4pm BST)

Saturday 2nd May: What is the JNF (Jewish National Fund)?

The JNF functions as an arm of the Israeli state, yet presents as a charity in scores of countries. Our expert guests will discuss the JNF as a pioneer of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and its ongoing activities to expel Palestinians from their homes. We’ll look at the JNF’s claims to act on behalf of Jews worldwide and show how this racist organisation can be challenged wherever you are.

Saturday 6th June: The JNF as a Pillar of Israeli Apartheid (1948-1967)

This webinar will reveal the part played by the JNF in this momentous period: the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the seizure of Palestinian land, the erasure of evidence of this land theft and the prevention of Palestinians’ Right of Return. With eminent authorities, we will also explore the ways in which the JNF helped to forge the racist ideology and practices of the emerging state of Israel.

Saturday 4th July: The JNF as a Pillar of Israeli Apartheid (1967-present)

Once established as a parastatal organisation, the JNF has continued to facilitate Israel’s apartheid system. This webinar will focus on the Naqab, and the JNFs role in contemporary land confiscation.

Saturday 1st August: From Prawer to the JNF 2040 Plan

The JNF was involved in ethnic cleansing of the Negev through the Prawer Plan. Now, the JNF has an ambitious 2040 Plan to settle 1.5 million Israelis in the Galilee and Negev through the development of hi-tech industries. In the Negev, where destruction of Bedouin villages continues, the 2040 Plan involves collaboration with IDF Technology Units, including the notorious Unit 8200 which spies on Palestinians.

September 5th 2020: Nexus of Forces Allied with the JNF

To advance the Zionist movement’s conquest of land strategy, the JNF has relied on extensive fundraising among Jewish communities abroad, allowing the Israeli state to shift more of its resources to its military sector. In this session we examine the methods deployed by Western governments, the JNF and pro-Israel lobby groups to shield the Israeli state from criticism and actions coming from the BDS movement. We aim to explain how the JNF and its extensions in various countries pass off ethnic cleansing as charitable and explore ways to oppose them.

October 3rd 2020: Greenwashing and the JNF

Environmentalists beware. The JNF, which was established for the purposes of colonial dispossession, and has been executing ethnic cleansing for over 100 years, has re-branded itself as the “oldest green organization in the world” and is infiltrating the environmental movement. From biodiversity conservation to energy generation, from water conservation to climate change, the JNF has been causing environmental devastation and greenwashing crimes against the Palestinian people.

Please note: the running order of the webinars after July may be subject to modification.

Speakers Include:

Salman Abu Sitta, groundbreaking Palestinian researcher and historian

Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

Jonathan Cook, journalist based in Nazareth

Ilan Pappé, Israeli historian and activist.

Ghada Karmi, Palestinian doctor, author and academic.

Joseph Schechla, coordinator of Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network.

Kholoud al-Ajarma, Palestinian activist

Aziz al Touri (pre-recorded), activist from al-Araqib

Shir Hever, economic researcher and author

The Great Return March

Since Land Day in March 2018, Palestinians have gone to the separation fence to demand an end to Israel’s draconian blockade of Gaza and for the right of return to the homes & land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

Israel has responded to unarmed protestors with live fire.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs over 200 demonstrators have been killed and over 8,000 wounded by live fire.

In March 2019 a UN Human Rights Council Commission of Enquiry found,

“the use of lethal force …. was rarely necessary or proportionate. The ISF [Israeli military] violated international human rights law.”

https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIOPT/A_HRC_40_74.pdf

Many protestors shot by Israeli forces undergo amputations.

Gaza’s healthcare is in crisis after Israel’s 11 year blockade & questions have been raised over the type of ammunition used.

“What is unusual is the lesions and … that the wounds are very wide and the bones can be in many fragments.”

Maria-Elisabeth Ingres, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

What can you do?

  1. Write to your MP: (writetothem.com) Demand an end to arms sales to the Israeli Government until it complies with international law.
  1. Boycott Israeli goods: Support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. https://bdsmovement.net/

Boycott is a traditional, peaceful form of protest. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr & Nelson Mandela all used boycotts.

Women In Hebron, 12 March

Public meeting on Thursday 12 March at 6:30pm at 59 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9ES.

Speaker Laila Hasan from the Women in Hebron cooperative.

Founded in 2005, Women in Hebron is a Palestinian non-profit fair-trade cooperative that was established as part of the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts’ efforts to supply women in Hebron district with the resources necessary for the women and their families to provide for themselves through the production and sales of Palestinian handicraft items. Having grown from a small table along the main thoroughfare of the market to a permanent fixture in the Old City, the ICA has been able to open a small community center in the village of Idna, where members can gather together for educational and recreational purposes.

Travelling from Hebron specially to speak to the British public, Laila has made an arduous journey traversing Israel’s occupation barriers to be here with us and tell us her story: one of suffering and oppression, but equally rich in hope and vitality. An opportunity to hear about settler violence in the world’s most segregated city and resistance through craft, while helping to support the livelihoods of Palestinian women by browsing their handmade embroidery – this is a talk not to be missed.

Voices of Palestine is PCF’s national campaign to amplify the voices of Palestinians in the UK. We seek to re-centre Palestinians at the heart of their struggle for liberation, giving a platform to Palestinians to champion their own story, articulate their own discourse and reclaim the narrative through a series of events and videos. EUJPS is extremely excited to collaborate with PCF for this event! Click the ticket link to save yourself a spot at the event! We hope to see you on March 12 at the Muslim Welfare House.

Check #VoicesOfPalestine to follow the campaign. www.palestinefoundation.org.uk/campaigns/voices-of-palestine <http://palestinefoundation.org.uk/campaigns/voices-of-palestine%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>

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

 

 

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?

Al Dawayima massacre 1948: commemoration and public meeting

Edinburgh Action for Palestine are organising two events on Sunday, 28 October 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most brutal massacres of the ethnic cleansing carried out to create the state of Israel.

On 29 October 1948, the villagers of Al Dawayima were the target of an attack by the Israeli army. It was particularly brutal with up to 100 peaceful villagers slaughtered. The children had their heads beaten with ’sticks’ – adults were blown up in their homes or in the local Darawish Mosque. Some, seeking refuge in caves, when ordered to leave by this ‘first wave of conquerors’ were machine gunned. There were reports of rape followed by death. Bodies were stuffed down the village well. As with Deir Yassin, some months earlier, these acts of slaughter terrified the area and stimulated the flow of refugees, the abandonment of their land, as they sought refuge.

What’s happening on 28 October?

First, at 1pm, there will be a gathering at a memorial plaque in the Meadows, just off Melville Drive.

Al Dawayima plaque

Then, at 2pm there will be a public meeting “Remembrance and Resistance: How We Can Build a Just Future” with speaker Nadia Hijab.  Details here.

Also note the Scottish Friends of Palestine will shortly have erected a memorial stone to Al Dawayima and intend to conduct a memorial event the following day – which is the exact 70th anniversary of the massacre.  SFP have provided the following information:

Al Dawayima memorial, Monday 29 October 2018 1pm at Regent Road Park, Edinburgh EH1 3DG

[Directions: Regent Road (the A1) is a continuation of Princes Street at the Waverley Station end of Princes St. From the station the road curves round to the right along the base of Calton Hill. The Park is to be found on your right. Please note that the stone will only be in place a few days before the memorial.]

Remembrance and Resistance: How We Can Build a Just Future

Edinburgh Action for Palestine have arranged a public meeting at 2pm Sunday, 28 October 2018.  The speaker will be Nadia Hijab, co-founder & board president of Al-Shabaka: the Palestinian Policy Network.  The meeting follows the commemoration at 1pm on the same day of the Al Dawayima massacre in 1948.

Nadia Hijab is co-founder and board president of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. She served as its Executive Director between 2011 and March 2018. A writer, public speaker and media commentator, Hijab’s first book, Womanpower: The Arab debate on women at workwas published by Cambridge University Press and she co-authored Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel (I. B. Tauris). She was Editor-in-Chief of the London-based Middle East magazine before serving at the United Nations in New York. She is a co-founder and former co-chair of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and now serves on its advisory board.

Talk & discussion 2 – 4 pm

History of the Nakba display can be viewed from 1pm & after the talk

Summerhall (TechCube), Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL