Islamophobia, Antisemitism and Israel Today

d9f4af_564c2d71fa51456b9ff2df05b5334067.pngShropshire Friends of Palestine hosted a talk by Glyn Secker, an Executive member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) on Tuesday, 21 April 2016.

In 2010, Glyn captained a Jewish boat which sailed to Gaza to break the seige.  All on board were arrested by the Israeli Defence Force and one of the activists, an Israeli former helicopter pilot, Jonatan Shapiro, was tazered at close range by the soldiers.  Fortunately, he survived.  Glyn was deported from Israel in chains.

Glyn gave the audience a history of the Zionist project which challenged many of the common myths propagated by the State of Israel and its supporters.  There followed an account of his seige-breaking voyage.Glyn’s firm belief is that peace will only follow when the USA (and others) stop funding the Israeli state and the EU stops giving Israel special trading status.  He urged audience members to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, something to which Shropshire Friends of Palestine has already commited itself (see our ‘Take Action’ tab).

The Olive and The Wall, 2 February 2017

d9f4af_c6f1871ed7da422182bf2fb7f289e591_mv2.pngAfter our AGM, Sylvia Ruxton , SFOP chair, gave a talk with photos of her recent visit to Israel and Palestine.  Her trip included tours of East Jerusalem, refugee camps in Bethlehem and Palestinian date growers operating with difficulty in the Jordan valley. She also spent time with olive growers harvesting their crop and was particularly impressed by the support for olive cooperatives to develop and by the passion people had for their products.

After the talk, as well as Palestinian food products, there were crafts for sale from a number of organisations supporting women and the disabled that Sylvia had visited, including Oasis in Beit Sahour, which gives work to people with learning difficulties as does Ma’an lil Hayat in Bethlehem.