Zara Rivzi visited Palestine as an Ecumenical Accompanier. Based in Bethlehem, her talk will reflect on her experiences as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Bethlehem, with a particular focus on the experiences of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.
Like many areas throughout the West Bank, Bethlehem has seen an escalating number of child arrests, night raids and detentions. Zara will share some of the painful experiences of the young people she met who were subjected to this. What does it take for an adult soldier to harm a child? What rhetoric is fuelling the Israel’s dehumanising treatment of Palestinians, including children? The talk invites us to face the painful reality of childhood under occupation and to be a voice for the voiceless.
15th Nov 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, M2 5NS
Film of 2017 women’s football tour to Palestine with introduction and Q&A with film maker and footballer.
This documentary film follows a group of women footballers from the UK and Germany on the football trip of a lifetime to Palestine.
Whether playing organised matches in West Bank refugee camps or informal kick-arounds on the rock-strewn pitches of hill-top villages of South Hebron, football is the common language as cultural barriers are crossed and new friendships established.
The film’s poignant testimonies highlight cultural issues surrounding local women’s participation in sport as well as the struggle to remain steadfast on their homelands.
8th Nov 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
Join us on Sunday 4th November (2-5pm) to help raise funds for the Scholarship Fund. Our aim is to bring people together for an update on the work of the fund alongside an afternoon of music, shopping opportunities, lots of good food and company.
Saddleworth Sunday Social
Music – Food Stall – Company
Friezland Church Hall, Church Road, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7LQ
4th November 2-5 pm
Entertainment: Featuring music by Late Start Wind Band & Jazz Singer Haley Morris
Refreshment: Tempting treats, Palestinian savouries, cakes galore! hot & cold drinks
Shopping & raffle: Perfect presents: Palestinian wares, local craft, homemade jams, vintage goods, Browse our second-hand books and pre-loved clothes
Update: Event will include a brief annual update on the work of the group
Raising money for Saddleworth Palestine Women’ Scholarship Fund
SPWSF Social Leaflet
4th Nov 2018 2-5 pm
Friezland Church Hall, Church Rd, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7LQ
Starting 1pm Saturday 27th October
Piccadilly Gardens, Central Manchester
Since March 205 Palestinian have been killed and more than 18,000 injured protesting against the siege of Gaza and for the right of return.
Last week Protest the killing of Aisha Al-Rabi, the Palestinian 47 year old mother of 8 who was stoned to death by illegal Israeli settlers .
Last week Israeli army destroyed the Palestinian Village Khan Al Ahmar using Caterpillar bulldozers . HSBC has £99 million invested in the company Caterpillar.
27th Oct 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Piccadilly Gardens, City Centre, Manchester,
Join us in Manchester Piccadilly 15th September for the National Day of Action against HSBC and it’s investments in Israel’s Arms manufacturers and suppliers. Stand with Palestinians facing the horrors of Israel’s military machine every single day, and hold complicit companies to account.
HSBC holds shares several arms companies including Elbit Systems which manufactures and supplies the Israeli military with drones, used regularly in attacks on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was recently revealed that Elbit drone Hermes 450 was part of an attack in 2014 in which four Palestinian children were killed on a beach in the Gaza Strip while playing football. In total, HSBC holds over £800m worth of shares in, and is involved in syndicated loans worth over £19bn to, companies that sell weapons and military equipment to the Israeli government.
In recent weeks Israel has intensified its bombing campaigns against Gaza yet again. HSBC is complicit with these attacks.
There have been actions and protests up and down the country at HSBC branches and it is important we grow the movement now to pressure HSBC in to ending their complicity with Israel’s arms trade
Come and take action at Manchester Piccadilly gardens at 1pm Saturday 15th September
Join the campaign to expose and end HSBC’s investments in Israel’s arms trade.
See here for other National Actions:
In September 2017 Susannah O’Sullivan left her job to cycle 4,000 kilometres from Bristol to Palestine, before spending 3 months working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Hebron, the Jordan Valley and 2 months teaching in Nablus. During this time she met environmental activists working to support the boycott of Israeli produce by growing organic vegetables. When not working, she also took the opportunity to cycle in the Palestinian country side. Susannah will give a presentation about her time whilst in Palestine and her experience of riding there.
Susannah O’Sullivan in Montenegro on her way to Palestine
In response to ‘Operation Protective Edge’, the devastating assault on Gaza in 2014, the first Big Ride for Palestine took place in August 2015. It has since become an annual event, with over 200 cyclists riding from Coventry to London this year. We will be showing a short film of this year’s ride made by Jess Hutchinson, a young film maker who also rode this year’s Big Ride. Owen Cooper, coordinator of the Big Ride for Palestine, will lead a discussion on cycling and solidarity. Owen was one of six Big Riders who visited Palestine in 2017 joining eight others on the Zyara for Palestine. Twelve of the fourteen cycled The Big Ride for Palestine in 2018.
This Friday (3rd August) the 4th Big Ride for Palestine starts . This years ride is a three day event from Coventry to London via Northampton, and Luton.
The Big Ride for Palestine is raising funds for sport equipment used in rehabilitation in Gaza, a project in partnership with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). Money is being raised using the Global Giving charity fund raising platform.
Details of the Project & How to Donate
For more information Big Ride Information Leaflet or go to the Big Ride Web site www.thebigride4palestine.com.
- Fri 3rd August Coventry to Northampton
- Sat 4th August Northampton to Luton
- Sun 5th August Luton to London
For more information on the ride see the Big Ride Folded A4 Leaflet, email the Big Ride at email@example.com or go to the Big Ride Web site www.thebigride4palestine.com.
The Occupation of the American Mind Film Show + Discussion
Narrated by Roger Waters Directed by Sut Jhally 1h 22min
Thursday 12th July Start 7:00 pm Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
This replaces a meeting with Hassan Muamer from the West Bank village of Battir scheduled for the same evening as he has not been able to get a visa to travel to the UK.
Summary of Film
Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.
Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favour.
From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s Continue reading Film Show “Occupation Of The American Mind”
Rev. Brian Brown was administrative director of the Christian Institute of Southern Africa when he and it were banned in 1977 by the apartheid regime. His talk will compare apartheid in South Africa and the ongoing search for freedom of the Palestinian people.
He was involved in the Institute’s opposition to apartheid and civil religion, its engagement with Black Consciousness, and its calls for civil disobedience and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
In exile Brian held appointments as Africa Secretary of the British Council of Churches and the Methodist Missionary Society where he continued to promote his belief in the indivisibility of freedom.
Brian is now a member of Kairos-Britain and his autobiography Born to be Free contrast apartheid in South Africa with the struggle for freedom of the Palestinian people.
21st Jun 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, M2 5NS
The Great Return March is culminating in a huge mobilisation in Gaza on Tuesday June 5th to mark the 51st anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West bank.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign have called a national day of action in solidarity with the Great Return Match on that day that we are supporting.
Join the Vigil & Protest in St Peter’s Square
Bring Flags & Keys
Free Palestine – Stop the Killing – Stop Arming Israel
Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Manchester Palestine Action
Manchester Palestine Forum
Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine
Join Us and Show your Solidarity with the Palestinian People!!
5:30 – 6:30 pm Tuesday 5th June 2018
St Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 3AE