Busy week coming up with Nakba day on Friday 15 May. Please note the following events organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
- A lobby of MPs on Wed 13 May – email your MP NOW
- An online rally on Fri 15 May – register NOW for a great event
WE NEED YOUR VOICE IN PARLIAMENT! Please write to your MP and ask them to attend our online briefing for Palestine next week.
Lobby your MP to attend PSC’s online briefing
Israel is gearing up to follow through on its threat to annex vast areas of Palestinian territory, a move which would have dire consequences. Last week nearly 130 cross-party MPs wrote a letter to Boris Johnson demanding the UK take urgent action. Now is the time to build upon this momentum!
At a period when we cannot physically meet with parliamentarians, we’re working extra hard to ensure Palestinian rights are not ignored. But we need your help! Please send your MP a message – using our template e-action – and let them know Palestine is an important issue in your constituency.
We have prepared an expert panel to brief MPs on the illegality of Israeli settlements, and to push for a complete UK ban on trade with them. You can get your MP to attend the briefing!
Write to your MP
This is just one of the activities we have prepared for Nakba week, with the other being a massive online rally on Friday 15th May starting at 7pm. We’ll be hearing from Palestinian speakers, performers and artists, as well as key figures in the solidarity movement. Register now to join us online!
We’re teaming up with Jewish Voice for Peace, BDS movement, and the South African BDS Coalition to bring this exciting global rally.
Special guests will include:
DAM // JANNA JIHAD // DIANA BUTTU // ROGER WATERS // KEN LOACH // TRIO JOUBRAN // GHADA KARMI // REMI KANAZI // AND MORE!
We hope to see you there too!
PSC Campaigns Officer
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
The Palmusic UK Ensemble will give its Edinburgh concert at 3pm on Saturday 6 July 2019 at the St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street Edinburgh EH2 2PA.
For full details of tour see link
Speaker: Sundus Azza.
Venue: The Melting Pot 5 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR
Date: Sunday 10 March 2019
Sundus Azza, 25, is an activist from Hebron, Palestine. She lives a few metres away from an illegal Israeli settlement and faces regular harassment from extremist Israeli settlers. Her house has been vandalized and her and her family violently assaulted by settlers as well as soldiers. She has been a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements since 2008, documenting human rights violations as a media and activity organizer. She has a degree in English from Al-Quds Open University in English Language Teaching Methodology. She currently works in the Hebron Governor’s office to attend to the needs of the Old City – the primary target of the Israeli occupation in Hebron. In 2015, her brother was arrested and falsely accused of possessing a knife – he was subsequently released after a DNA test proved him innocent.
Youth Against Settlements is a Palestinian grassroots initiative to promote non-violent community resistance against the Israeli occupation. The Open Shuhada Street campaign is an annual call to end the closures, restrictions, human rights violations, and occupation in the city of Hebron and all of 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?