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.”
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?
- Write to your MP: (writetothem.com) Demand an end to arms sales to the Israeli Government until it complies with international law.
- 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.
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>
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)
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
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?
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.
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.]
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