Screening and Q&A with director Hind Shofani
University of 8th Dec 2016 6:00 pm University of Manchester
Trip Along Exodus is a feature-length documentary exploring the last 70 years of Palestinian politics through the prison of the life of Dr Elia Shoufani, a leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, an academic and left intellectual and author of 25 books. He is also the father of the filmmaker. ‘I had very little idea what occupied my mysterious father so intensely while we grew up in Beirut, Damascus and Amman. We had bodyguards and drivers escorting us everywhere and metal bars around the balcony. Hushed whispers of political manoeuvrings were abundant instead of normal social and familial community. An absent father whom we Continue reading FILM SHOWING: TRIP ALONG EXODUS
Members of the Oldham campaign to Stop Arming Israel held a vigil in Oldham town centre on Thursday 1st December this week. It was one of many events across Europe and America. The vigil, promoted by Mesarvot, the Israeli Political Refusal Network, was in support of two 19 year old Israeli women who are in prison because they refuse to fight in the Israeli Defence Force, (the Israeli army).
The two women are part of a small but growing number of young Israelis who are refusing to do National Service in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The two women are refusing to serve in the army because they know that this will be supporting the occupation of the West Bank and the repeated attacks on Gaza.
Tamar Alon (pict. M Rachlin) Tamar Ze’evi, (pict. Y Boytner
Sandy from the campaign said, “These Israeli women are very brave and it’s great that Oldham people are supporting them. They’re standing up in support of Palestinian human rights against the Israeli state and in so doing have already faced two terms of imprisonment.“ She added that a past refuser she had met in Israel had been put in prison without trial then released and after 48 hours rearrested and imprisoned again. This is likely to be what will happen to these women.
Waqas from Oldham said,” Israeli conscientious objectors refuse to serve the occupation of Palestine and we’ve got to do our bit by refusing to arm Israel. If Britain trades arms with Israel it’s supporting the occupation. We must push for a two way arms embargo on Israel.”
The Oldham based ‘Stop Arming Israel’ campaign is going from strength to strength. Starting with a demonstration outside Ferranti/Elbit factory in September, since then there are have been four stalls in Oldham town centre. Continue reading Update on Ferranti/Elbit Campaign in Oldham
17th Nov 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker: Kamel Hawwash (PSC Vice-Chair)
Israel’s illegal settlements are not a victim-less crime. Perhaps more appropriately described as colonies, Israeli settlements are villages, towns and cities built illegally on Palestinian land. With the continual building of more and more settlements Israel is building Palestine out of existence. Continue reading Public Meeting on Israel’s Illegal Settlements
This summer has seen the sporting spectacle of the Olympic Games. Palestine sent it’s biggest team ever to Rio 2016, competing in both the Olympics and Paralympics. Palestine was also represented in the Olympic equestrian event for the first time. Continue reading Palestine, Sport & the Olympics.
Members of Manchester Palestine Action (MPA) and the Manchester branch of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) held a flash demonstration outside Oldham’s the former Ferranti factory in Waterhead on Saturday (17th September). The demonstration is Continue reading Campaign Against Elbit in Oldham Kicks-Off
Speaker by Anandi Ramamurthy from Sheffield Hallam University
During July‒August 2014 it is estimated that Israel dropped 18‒20,000 tons of explosives on Gaza, which led to the deaths of over 2,100 people, with homes, hospitals, schools and whole districts obliterated to rubble. Continue reading Contesting the Visualization of Gaza
11th Sep 2016 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
On 11 September 2016 join Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund on a guided walking tour taking in some of the most well know sites associated with Manchester’s social and political history. Continue reading Guided Walk – Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund Raising Event
The Big Ride Manchester Send Off
Sat 6th Aug 10-11am Whitworth Park, Oxford Road.
End the Siege of Gaza – End the Arms Trade with Israel
- The second Big Ride is taking place 6-8th August 2016 to mark the second anniversary of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in 2014 .
- Four rides, starting from London, Bristol, Manchester, & Sheffield, will meet in Birmingham, before heading en-masse to Shenstone, where Israel’s largest arms company Elbit Systems manufactures engines for the military drone aircraft used to attack Gaza in 2014.
- More information including details of how to join the Big Ride is available from www.redspokes.co.uk/thebigride.
“By Dr Mustafa Barghouthi and the Palestinian National Initiative. The Palestinian situation from 1947 to the present day with special focus on the Apartheid Wall. Critical source of information for scholars, journalists, students, and anyone seeking a balanced narrative on the Middle East conflict.” (Palestine Solidarity Campaign) http://www.palestinecampaign.org/films/films-about-palestine/
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti was born in Jerusalem in 1954. He is a is a Palestinian physician, activist, and politician. In June 2002, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Palestinian National Initiative, which aims to unite Palestinians in Israel/Palestine & in the Diaspora.
After the film there will be time for an informal discussion on the current situation in Palestine, the Apartheid Wall, and the use of Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) as a form of international, non-violent resistance to Israeli Apartheid against the Palestinian people.
21st Jul 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5NS