13 February: AGM and No Way To Treat a Child

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.

A Refugee’s Story

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.

24 May: Palestinian film ‘Wajib’ at the Hive in Shrewsbury

Wajib_(film)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.

More details at  https://www.hiveonline.org.uk/film#1093 and on Wikipedia.  Image: IMDB

18 May: A party for Palestine


A Party for Palestine

PaloVision: Eurovision? No Contest!

On Saturday May 18th The Eurovision song contest will be held in Israel. As an alternative, we are hosting a Party for Palestine, with music, food and films. There will be Palestinian produce and crafts for sale. It is in the centre of Shrewsbury, at Central, Claremont Street. Doors open 7.15 for 7.45pm start. We do hope you will be able to join us for a celebration of Palestinian culture.

Email  for tickets- £5 to include a glass of wine.