Shropshire Friends of Palestine Free PUBLIC MEETING
Thursday February 25th 7.30pm by Zoom
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kamel Hawwash, National Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Kamel is a British-Palestinian engineering professor based at the University of Birmingham. He is Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and a founding member of the British Palestinian Policy Council (BPPC). Kamel will argue why Palestine is still an important cause to follow and support. He will give an update on the current situation in the Palestine/Israel conflict and will summarise some of the campaigns PSC is promoting. This will be followed by a short AGM.
Our planned showing of the documentary Gaza and the talk by Kamel Hawwash (Palestine Solidarity Campaign chair) both had to be postponed due to lockdown. We hope these can be rescheduled when the situation permits.
Our AGM will be on 13 February 2020 at 7.30pm, followed by an evening highlighting the treatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners, with two short films including testimonies by ex child prisoners and discussion.
Free entry and refreshments. Palestinian goods for sale.
7.30pm Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting House, Corporation Lane, SY12NA.
Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting House, Corporation Lane, Shrewsbury SY1 2NU.
Saturday 25 January 2020: we shall be on Pride Hill, Shrewsbury from 11am to noon and in Church Stretton from 1.30 to 3 pm. We shall be leafleting and advertising the AGM and films on 13 February. Please come along, even if you can only spare a few minutes or just want to introduce yourself.
Thank you very much to those of you who came to our talk on 11 November 2019. Over 70 people braved the cold and wet weather to hear our guest speaker, Kholoud Al Ajarma, tell the story of how her family was expelled from the village of Ajjur by the Israeli army during the Nakba (or Catastrophe) of 1947-1949. The village was then destroyed and is now part of an outdoor recreation facility for Israelis. It is ‘owned’ by the Jewish National Fund UK (JNF UK), a registered charity. Like many of the approximately 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled from their homes during the Nakba, Kholoud’s family still hold the title deeds to their property and the keys to their home.
Kholoud told us that, after being expelled, her family made their home in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, where they still live. Initially they lived in tents, during blisteringly hot summers and very cold winters. She explained how, as refugees, they have the right, under international law, to return to their home. However, this right is denied to them and millions of other Palestinian refugees by the State of Israel.
Kholoud’s talk featured a filmed interview with her grandmother, Fatima, who was a young mother at the time of being expelled from Ajjur. She spoke lovingly of her, now destroyed, village and of her struggle to raise her children in Aida Camp. Fatima is now 101 and her greatest desire is to return to her ancestral home.
Annie O’Gara from Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign then spoke about the work she is leading to ask the Charity Commission to initiate an inquiry into the suitability of the JNF UK to be a registered British charity. This is based on the charity’s past and current actions, including its support of the Israeli army.
A packed house heard Cath Shaw (secretary of SFOP) and her husband Quentin give an excellent, detailed talk on their cycling trip through the West Bank with a group for Medical Aid for Palestinians. The talk helped highlight everyday difficulties experienced by Palestinians living under occupation. £440 was raised for MAP.
Saturday 23 November: we shall be on Pride Hill from 11am to 1pm, leafleting and advertising the talk on 5 December. Please come along, even if you can only spare a few minutes or just want to introduce yourself.
Saturday 28 September: we shall be on Pride Hill from 11am to 1pm, leafleting and advertising the talk on 10 October. Please come along, even if you can only spare a few minutes or just want to introduce yourself.
Friday, May 24th, in collaboration with Shrewsbury Film Society, there will be a Palestinian film Wajib: The Wedding Invitation at The Hive in Belmont, Shrewsbury.
Abu Shahi is a retired school teacher living in Nazareth. When his architect son returns from Rome after years abroad for his sister’s wedding, the tensions between their very different lives come to the fore. This is a fabulous combination of drama, comedy, and politics which gives a fascinating insight into contemporary Palestinian culture.
Cert 15. £6 on the door or in advance / £3 for under 25s.