14 March: Hebron – An Occupied City

lailaLaila Hasan, a Palestinian woman, will speak about life in occupied Hebron and the work of an embroidery cooperative. The Coop makes beautiful hand embroidered traditional and contemporary products that they sell in Old Hebron market. In doing so they create work and hope for some 120 women and their families. A story of grassroots, peaceful resistance to oppression that does not fail to impress.

Thursday 14 March, 7.30 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Corporation Lane, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury.

7 February: Teaching Palestinian students in Bethlehem

d9f4af_ee0ee47e8d2c44eeac89283b39b66407_mv2Drs Karilyn and Richard Collins share their experiences teaching Palliative Care to nurses being trained in the University of Bethlehem. This talk will appeal to those interested in the medical, religious and political situation affecting both Palestinians and Israelis.

Thursday 7 February at 7.30 pm, Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting House, Corporation Lane, Shrewsbury SY1 2PB. Admission Free

Followed by Shropshire Friends of Palestine AGM.

26 January: Leafleting on Pride Hill

d9f4af_4127134087e14000af2dba2a0ebfe69fOn Saturday 26 January, from 11am to 1pm, we shall be leafleting on Pride Hill. We find this a useful way to engage with the public and raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinians living under occupation. Please come and say hello, and if you have time we would be grateful of your help.

We shall be leafleting again on Saturday 16 March at the same times.

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Palestinian children under Israeli occupation: the imprisonment of Ahed Tamimi and beyond

d9f4af_fa88add8860e4322a75334f0089b5277_mv2A talk by Dr Jason Hart of Bath University

Tuesday 26th June, 7pm at Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting House, Corporation Lane, Shrewsbury SY1 2PB Admission Free. Open to all. Refreshments.

Currently living in Frome and employed as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Bath, Jason is an anthropologist by training. Over the past 25 years he has studied, taught and conducted research in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel and Jordan. In his research and writing he has focused on the situation of children, particularly those affected by political violence and displacement.

In this talk Jason will provide an overview of the key ways in which the Israeli authorities violate the rights of Palestinian children. He will discuss the work of international organisations mandated to work for the protection of children under threat of abuse or exploitation, and will show how the shortcomings of these organisations’ efforts may be attributed to political calculations and fears of loss of financing.

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Jason Hart

Marking the 70th year of the Nakba

d9f4af_59f3016066034157b854b76fbebf8dd6_mv2.pngThere are two events in Shrewsbury in May and June to mark the 70th year of the Nakba in May 1948, “The Day of Catastrophe”, when Palestinians were displaced from their land following the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

The first event is from 10 am to midday  on Saturday May 19th in the Square in Shrewsbury town centre. We plan to hold keys in solidarity with the Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in 1948.  The keys symbolize their house keys still kept as mementos by many Palestinians. There will also be leaflets to hand out to the public.

The second is from 10.30 to 12.30 on Saturday June 23rd. We shall have an information stall on Pride Hill.

Please attend either or both events. Information sheets will be provided. Please bring a key to hold – the bigger the better.

Vigil in the Square

20171102_172346-smShropshire Friends of Palestine held a silent candlelit Vigil in the Square, Shrewsbury on Thursday November 2nd, 2017. November 2nd marked the centenary of the letter written by foreign secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild.

In it he declares his hope for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine  …”it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine….”  Unfortunately for the Palestinian people this has not been the case.

Many individuals and organisations, both secular and religious, are making their voices heard. The quotation below is from the Balfour project website
http://www.balfourproject.org/

It will mean committing ourselves to work for peace with justice in the region on the basis of equal rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. It entails upholding international law, including the Geneva Conventions, without fear or favour. This is a huge, long-term challenge. Governments will only take it on if their citizens do so first. If Britain gives a lead, others will follow.

Pop Up Palestinian café, 27 May 2017

Following on from our Pop up Café at Participate art gallery last year, SFOP held another pop up café event at the Wightman Theatre in Shrewsbury Square. Visitors and regulars to the town centre were invited in for an array of delicious Palestinian food, including fatayers, falafel, salads and a variety of biscuits and cakes, washed down by large amounts of mint tea. There was an information stall, a stall with Palestinian goods and a great atmosphere. 

Film night at the Hive, 19 May 2017

d9f4af_22aac7cbb69c48478f560e582c7f1061_mv2For the fourth year running, we held a film night in collaboration with Shrewsbury Film Society at the Hive in Shrewsbury. This year’s film was a comedy  and satire of the situation in Gaza called ‘When Pigs Have Wings’. About 50 people attended on a very rainy night and there were Palestinian biscuits,  literature about Palestinian issues, as well as Palestinian crafts and food for sale.