Witch Hunt – film about threat to democracy

Witch Hunt is a film about the attempt to smash the most hopeful movement of our lifetime.

In 2015, while the far right was gaining ground around the world, socialist MP Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the UK Labour Party in a landslide victory. Accusations of antisemitism within the party immediately began to circulate. Well-known anti-racists and left-wing Jews, such as Jackie Walker, were amongst the chief targets.

WitchHunt sets out to investigate the stories and the people behind the headlines, examining the nature of the accusations. Is this a witch hunt, as some claim? If so, who is behind it, and what is the political purpose of such a campaign? Has the media failed in its duty to fairness and accuracy in reporting on such serious allegations?  Through a series of interviews, analysis and witness testimony, WitchHunt explores the connections between the attacks on Labour, the ongoing tragedy of Palestine and the wider struggle against race-based oppression. It argues that if it is to mean anything at all, the fight against racism must  be a shared one that includes all peoples.

To see film online click https://witchhuntfilm.org.

Contact the team at witchhuntfilm1@gmail.com to arrange screenings and discussions.

 

Occupied Hebron: Stories from the Ground

Speaker: Sundus Azza.

Venue: The Melting Pot 5 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Time: 18:30

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.

March events

There are a number of events organised in March. These are not listed chronologically, rather grouped according to organisation, mainly in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Throughout the month Edinburgh Action 4 Palestine will be holding  regular Saturday stalls from 11:00-13:00 at the corner of Castle Street and Princes Street,
And on the 24 March  will be holding the monthly Reflections of Justice & Peace, by the Awda Key, Palmerston Place, EH12 5AW , 6:15-6:30 
On Sunday 10 March at 6:30 EA4P are delighted to host Sundus Azza, a Palestinian activist from Hebron, at The Melting Pot. (4th floor, 5 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR) – there is lift access to the meeting room. https://www.facebook.com/events/2268346603438694/?ti=icl
You can also hear Sundus in Glasgow on Monday 11 March, 6.30-8.30. University of Glasgow, University Avenue, G12 8QQ. Hosted by Glasgow University Palestine Society.  https://www.facebook.com/events/801106766905747/?ti=icl
On Saturday 16 March at 7:00 EA4P are holding a Film Night, From Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace. Edinburgh. EH1 2JL. https://edinburghaction4palestine.org/2019/02/11/from-balfour-to-banksy-divisions-and-visions-in-palestine/
The event is free, but tickets can be obtained from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-balfour-to-banksy-divisions-and-visions-in-palestine-tickets-55981753933?aff=efbneb&fbclid=IwAR0uELIDRD0RQDqeS1INw3aD7t0Llci3XphGsyl7uGv0sRiNW0k6ulZSv8w
As part of the Palestine Alliance, EA4P are supporting the Scottish demonstration to mark Land Day: Equality, Freedom and Justice for Palestinians, Saturday 30 March, Assemble Foot of the Mound, Princes Street, Edinburgh at 2pm. https://m.facebook.com/events/608760759594953/

 

Also on Land Day, Hadeel (the Palestinian Fair Trade shop in Edinburgh) are holding an evening event: Land, Loss & Longing – A Celebration of Palestinian Culture. Saturday, 30 March from 7-10 pm , at Broughton St Mary’s Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent, EH3 6NE.
Tickets & further information from  https://www.hadeel.org/news/land-loss-and-longing-a-celebration-of-palestinian-culture/?fbclid=IwAR2K3_uddoczkg_eaYuyq06Bzri2UA5FT2ktITRhJlG2HvOeg-FlsL3Ep9c

 

On Wednesday 6 March from 6-8pm Hadeel & Zaytoun are co-hosting two Palestinian speakers in the Hadeel shop, 124 George Street, EH2 4JN. The speakers will talk about Fair Trade in Palestine and the challenges local farmers must overcome for their craft.  https://www.hadeel.org/news/fair-trade-evening/?fbclid=IwAR3JkSSHeHVmhyWU2V71sKnYkestLrlS5Gox-oKzY9FoTN9s1mE-JnqFxoo
There are a number of events organised by Zaytoun to mark Fair Trade Fortnight. Check that out on Facebook (you don’t have to be on Facebook to access this)  https://www.facebook.com/ZaytounUK/
The Balfour Project http://www.balfourproject.org/  are holding two events in Scotland in March. The events are free but tickets are available through eventbrite.
Glasgow on Thursday 14 March, 7.30-9.30.  Britain Palestine Israel:The News from Gaza, Dispelling Myths and Telling the Truth.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/britain-palestine-israelthe-news-from-gaza-dispelling-myths-and-telling-the-truth-tickets-55401341905
Edinburgh on Sunday 17 March, 1-6.30  Tragedy in Gaza, Britain’s legacy, Scotland’s role.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tragedy-in-gaza-britains-legacy-scotlands-role-tickets-55146565863

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?

Walking to Palestine: a talk by Benjamin Ladraa

Benjamin Ladraa is a human rights activist from Sweden.  He recently walked 5,000 km from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness about the human rights violations taking place under the military occupation of Palestine. Traversing 13 countries in 11 months, on arrival in Israel he was interrogated for 6 hours by the Israeli military, then refused entry.

Hear Benjamin talk of his experiences and the human rights situation in Palestine.

7pm, Friday 18 January 2019 at 46 The Pleasance Edinburgh EH8 9TJ.

Reflections at the Awda Key

The key is a symbol of the Right of Return (Awda in Arabic) for Palestinian refugees – a right enshrined in International Law.

Edinburgh Action for Palestine hold a short period of Reflection at the Awda Key, Palmerston Place (beside St Mary’s Cathedral), Edinburgh, at 6:15 on the 24th of each month.

We are there in sunshine and rain!

Visitors to Edinburgh – Palestinian, Israeli and others – also visit the key, see our gallery below.

Remembrance & Resistance: How we can Build a Just Future

Edinburgh Action for Palestine were delighted to welcome Nadia Hijab, a well known political analyst, author and journalist to Edinburgh on Sunday 28 October. Hijab is co-founder and board president of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network (https://al-shabaka.org/en/)

In her talk titled Remembrance and Resistance: How We Can Build a Just Future, Hijab acknowledged that in the midst of the various actions by the Trump administration like the move of the embassy to Jerusalem, the closure of the PLO office in Washington, the ‘deal of the century’, it is easy to feel despondent. She acknowledged the worrying alliances between Israel and anti-semitic politicians in Europe like Hungary (1) and Poland (2)  and the willingness of the Gulf States to ally with Israel, but she reminded the audience that there is also much to be positive about.

The international solidarity movement is strong, and getting stronger. After Oslo it became weak, but once it became apparent that Oslo was a dead end, particularly after 2000, the movement began to grow in strength again.

Hijab spoke of the many alliances forged particularly in the US with the Black Lives Matter movement and with the Native American movement and said that it was important to forge these links in Scotland as well. The Palestinian solidarity movement is part of a global solidarity movement for human rights.

Hijab spoke of Israel’s attempts to control the discourse in the US and Europe but she does not believe that is working well. In the US many, particularly young, Jews are questioning the increasingly right wing policies of the Israeli government. Attacks on, and attempts to outlaw, the BDS movement are being challenged by those campaigning for free speech.

Within Europe, she continued, the European Union has resisted pressure from the US and Israel to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, instead working to secure EU-Iranian trade in the face of US sanctions.

Hijab also reminded her audience about Khan al Ahmar – it is a very small Bedouin village, the halt to the demolition and transfer of the population is only temporary, but it is important to recognise that the EU can exert some pressure on Israel.

Looking to the future, Hijab told her audience that the sources of power that Palestinians have are too weak to be able to negotiate a just settlement. She said that the question should not be one-state or two-state, but the issue is one of human rights based on international law.

Solidarity groups should be promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, (BDS) movement and their call for freedom, justice and equality, upholding the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity. We should demand our politicians uphold the law.

 

1  lhttp://1 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/netanyahu-orb-n-israel-welcome-hungary-prime-minister-antisemitism-

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/poland-antisemitism-israel-netanyahu-holocaust-law-europe-populism-a8504281.html

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-is-yielding-to-poland-s-holocaust-narrative-1.6219825