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An Evening with Palestinian Footballer Mahmoud Sarsak at the Saffron Restaurant Manchester

An Evening with Mahmoud Sarsak Monday 27th May 5.30pm onwards


Join Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
at the Saffron Restaurant Manchester

107, Cheetham Hill Road

M8 8PY


Food can be ordered for a relaxing chat with an heroic Palestinian Footballer

Come along, bring friends and family


Mahmoud Sarsak is a talented midfielder for the Palestinian national football team whose career was destroyed by three years detention without charge or trial in an Israeli jail .
His incarceration only ended in July 2012 after a three month hunger strike and an international outcry on his behalf by individuals and organisations including former French international and Manchester United star Eric Cantona, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the international professional footballers’ federation FIFPro.

In April-June this year the sportsman and former detainee is touring Europe to thanks those who campaigned for his release and to highlight the experience of Palestinian prisoners and of Palestinians dealing with discrimination in sport and in other areas of their working and personal lives.

His tour in the UK from mid-May to the end of June will take him to London, the northwest and northeast of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where he will meet footballers, fans and officials, members of parliament, student and faith communities and members of anti-racist, human rights organisations.

Mahmoud will be in Manchester briefly and we are inviting people to come and meet him on Monday May 27th from 5.30 onwards. While Mahmoud is in Manchester we want him to meet with prominent people in the football world so that they can hear his story directly. also those who are in a position to add their names in support of the Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign and to influence UEFA to withdraw their decision to allow Israel to host the under-21 European Championship.  If you know anyone who might be interested ask them to come along.

For more information contact Norma 07903668500

Public Meeting with Journalist Ben White

“Israeli Apartheid: Palestinians and a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state”

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7:30pm, Friday 17th  May 2013

A special talk to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Palestinian “Nakba”

“Israeli Apartheid: Palestinians and a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state”

Ben White.

Ben White is a freelance journalist, writer and activist. He is a researcher at the Journal of Palestine Studies, and the author of two books, ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide’ and ‘Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy’. Ben’s articles have been widely published by the likes of Al Jazeera, The Guardian online, and Electronic Intifada.

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

Manchester PSC Discussion Group Meetings Programme

Leah Levane “On Being An Ecumenical Accompanier”  
Thursday April 18th
Ben White
Friday May 17th
To Be Confirmed
Report Back From Trip To Palestine Speakers To Be Confirmed.
Thursday August 15th
Paul Kelemen “The British Left And Zionism A History Of A Divorce” Thursday September 19th
All meetings at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street,
Behind Manchester Library
Starting at 7pm
Further details from Linda 07985624968


This year’s speaker


(Professor of Visual Cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London)

He will speak on ‘The fields and forums of political action’.

Since 2011 Eyal Weizman directs the European Research Council funded project, Forensic Architecture – on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law. Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at the Bartlett (UCL) in London at the Stadel School in Frankfurt and is a Professeur invité at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs world wide and was member of B’Tselem board of directors.

Tom Hurndall was a student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He was fatally wounded by the Israeli Defence Force whilst protecting Palestinian children in Gaza. He died on January 13th 2004. Since 2005 MMU has hosted a Memorial Lecture which has attracted prestigious figures willing to speak out against what was done in 2004 and what is still being done now by the Israeli State. For more details about this lecture and previous lectures, visit the Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture page on Facebook. The organising group for the lecture is from MMU and Manchester University.

Please circulate the updated leaflet, which is at

22 Apr 2013 18:00 – 19:30

Manchester Metropolitan University John Dalton Building Lecture Theatre C0.14 , Oxford Road , Manchester

Discussion Meeting:Internationals in Palestine: Help or Hindrance?


7PM, THURSDAY 21st  MARCH 2013

Internationals in Palestine: Help or Hindrance?

Tanzil Chowdhury

Are Internationals inherently regressive in their roles, despite good intentions, or are there ways of navigating around the problems of soft-colonialism often levelled at non-domestic organisations?

Do they risk usurping the role of Palestinians in determining their future?

Tanzil Chowdhury is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Law, University of Manchester. He has recently returned from three months volunteering in Abu Dis, East Jerusalem, with Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association (, working in schools, universities and the Dar Assadaqa Community Centre.                 He is also Commissioning Editor of e-International Relations ( “the world’s leading website for students of international politics”.


For more information, contact Linda on 07985624968




FEBRUARY 21st 7pm


Annie and Paul are retired teachers and members of Halifax Friends of Palestine. They have visited Palestine a number of times investigating the provision of education for Palestinian children as well as the difficulties experienced by the children and their families in accessing education. They will also talk about the innovative ways the Palestinians overcome the problems in order to learn and develop their full potential.


Book Launch: GAZA: When the sky rained white fire by Musheir El-Farra

Public Meeting & Book Launch

GAZA: When The Sky Rained White Fire


Musheir El-Farra

Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 7.00pm


Friends Meeting House (behind Central Library) Manchester

“This is a moving and careful account of the effects of the Israeli treatment of the people of Gaza. The stories are of families, in their own words, who have lost children, relatives, land and property, by deliberate Israeli attacks on civilians. It is a human story, told with deep integrity by a son of Gaza. It is a story that cries out for justice. All who think there is a case to defend Israeli actions should read it.” Clare Short (Former Secretary of State for International Development in the Blair Government who resigned over Iraq)

 Leaflet for Book Launch



Speaker: Victoria Brittain

According to Defence of Children International about 300 children between the aged 12-17 are held in detention by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and IDF temporary detention facilities.

Palestinian child prisoners are routinely:
. Shackled, blindfolded, beaten and arrested at night
. Humiliated, strip searched,threatened until they ‘confess’
. Held in Israel up to 90 days without access to a lawyer
. Judged in military courts and held in adult prisons
. Some are held in solitary confinement for months and threatened by dogs

Israel has been condemned by Israeli human rights organisations such as B’tselem and Breaking the Silence for its treatment of child prisoners. In July 2012 the UN Special Committee on Israeli Practices in Occupied Territories noted “the proliferation of cases of detainment, mistreatment – even torture – of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities”.

In July 2012 the UK Foreign Office agreed that “imprisoning Palestinian children inside Israel violates international law “

Victoria Brittain is a former associate foreign editor of the Guardian and a tireless campaigner for human rights throughout the developing world. She speaks and writes regularly to publicise the truth about Palestine.

17 Jan 2013 19:00 – 21:00

Friends Meeting House , 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library , Manchester

Show Solidarity with the People of Gaza! Speak out for Palestine!

Rally for Gaza this Friday from 5pm – Picc Gds (Manchester Palestine Square)

Show Solidarity with the People of Gaza! Speak out for Palestine!

From 5pm Friday 23rd Nov : Rally in Piccadilly Gds in Central Manchester

Called jointly from the recent meeting organised by Stop the War, PSC, and Mab

Donate at this rally towards the collection to help pay for the mobilisation to London on Saturday for the national demonstration.

See short 3 min video of our last meeting here

National Gaza Demonstration: Stop Israel’s War on Gaza!

Transport from Manchester to to the National Gaza Demonstration

National Gaza Demonstration: Stop Israel’s War on Gaza!
Saturday 24th November

Manchester Coach tickets £20.00 waged £10.waged. Children free

Coach from Chorlton Street, opposite Chorlton St Coach station Manchester 6.30 am.

To book please or Text Penny on 07966632027 with the number of tickets you require and your mobile phone number by end of today Thursday at the latest.