Manchester PSC meeting: The European Elections & Palestine: Elections Hustings.

Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign public meeting: The European Elections & Palestine:  European Elections Hustings.

7pm, Thursday 15th May 2014,

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

In the run-up to the European Elections, come and hear politicians’ views on Palestine.

If elected as an MEP, what will they do about the European Trade Agreement with Israel, and what do they intend to do to support Palestine in the European Parliament?

This is particularly relevant as our meeting will take place on the 66th anniversary of Nakba Day. (The State of Israel came into being on 15th May 1948. This was a Nakba {Arabic for “Catastrophe”} for the Palestinian people who were either killed or forced to flee by Zionist terrorists before & after Nakba Day).

Come & ask Labour’s Julie Ward & Afsal Khan, the Green Party’s Peter Cranie and the Liberal Democrats’ Chris Davies.

Discussion Meeting:Palestine 101: Debunking Misconceptions

Palestine 101: Debunking Misconceptions Discussion lead by  Adie Mormech. Have you ever asked yourself or been asked… “Why boycott Israel? It won’t make a difference” “Doesn’t Israel have the right to defend itself?” “Is this a religious conflict?” Have you ever wondered why Stephen Hawking, Stevie Wonder, and Pink Floyd are part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement? Following the recent controversy around Scarlett Johansson and Sodastream, come along and find out what the fuss is all about! Join Adie Mormech (Manchester based BDS activist) in challenging common misconceptions about Palestine. Share your experiences or learn from others. Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. 7pm, Thursday 17th April 2014 For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

Play: My Name is Rachel Corrie

One-woman show about  the Life of Rachel Corrie The play tells the true story of Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist who lost her life working for peace in Palestine in March 2003. Based on her emails and diary entries, this one-woman play deals with cultural identity, humanity and courage. Part of  the Contact Theatre’s 2014 Palaver Festival Performances: Tuesday 25th March – 8 pm & Wednesday 26th March 2pm & 8pm Contact Theatre Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA   Supported by University of Manchester Action Palestine

Photographic Exhibition: Silent Voices

A thought-provoking photography exhibition showing everyday life in the village of bil’in in the occupied west bank of Palestine as seen through the eyes of the children who live there. The Eighth Day Café, All Saints, Oxford Road, central Manchester      1st – 29th April 2014 Launch on Tuesday 1st April 5 -7pm at the café: Speakers are from Liverpool Friends of Bil’in, sponsors of the exhibition, followed discussion.

Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture 2nd April 2014

This year’s  speaker Daniel Machover (Head of Civil Litigation, Hickman & Rose Solicitors, London) Are Some Or All Palestinians Victims Of Israeli Apartheid? Daniel Machover specialises in international human rights law, civil actions against the state and representing bereaved families at inquests into deaths in custody. Daniel’s work for victims of war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity has placed him at the forefront of the movement for universal criminal jurisdiction over the most serious human rights violations and equal application of the rule of law in all circumstances. In 1988 he co-founded Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and is now one of the trustees of the LPHR charitable trust, which runs ground-breaking legal projects. Daniel was also one of the legal advisers to the jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Daniel’s talk will focus on the matters discussed by the RTOP in Cape Town, namely the question of Israeli apartheid. 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. 6.00, 2 April 2014 Lecture Theatre C0.14 John Dalton Building, MMU location map: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

Film showing: “Tears of Gaza”.

Tears of Gaza is a Norwegian anti-war documentary from 2010. It looks at Operation Cast Lead, (Israel’s massive, 22-day military assault on the Gaza Strip killing some 1,400 Palestinians), through the eyes of a group of Palestinian children.  “Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record–presented with minimal gloss – of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population.  Tears of Gaza makes no overriding speeches or analyses. The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned. Similar events certainly occurred in Dresden, Tokyo, Baghdad and Sarajevo, but of course Gaza isn’t those places.Tears of Gaza demands that we examine the costs of war on a civilian populace.” (from http://tearsofgazamovie.com)Perhaps the ultimate anti-war film. A compelling film about war.” – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

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

7pm, Thursday 20th March 2014

 For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

“The Quiet Deportation” – Palestinian Residency Rights in Jerusalem

By Megan Driscoll,  Jerusalemites Campaign.

Since 1967, more than 14,000 Jerusalemites have lost their residency IDs and, as such, their right to live in their city of birth. Termed the quiet deportation, Israel’s intricate web of discriminatory policies in Jerusalem – including ID revocation, the ban on family unification, and barriers to child registration – are too often ignored in the discussion of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem. This presentation will delve into these measures, examine their far-reaching consequences, and focus largely on what steps can be taken at the international level by policy-makers and solidarity activists alike to pressure Israel to end its efforts to ethnically cleanse the city.

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

7pm, Thursday 20th  February 2014

  For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

Film: “And Still They Dance”

By Musheir El-Farra In 2005 a group of young Palestinian folk dancers from the northern refugee camp in Jabalia toured the north of England. They entertained and educated raptured audiences. This is their story, the product of 7 years’ work. The film, “And Still They Dance” takes you from the unbridled joy of their performances to their accounts of life in a refugee camp under Israeli occupation. Musheir El-Farra, Chair of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign and director of “And Still They Dance”, will introduce the film and take questions after it’s screening. Copies of the DVD will be available to buy on the night. All proceeds go towards supporting children’s projects in Gaza, Palestine.  As Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s website explains, “We currently support three childrens’ projects, and a mobile library, each project based in one of the many refugee camps which are found in the Gaza Strip. The four projects try to provide the children and young people who live in the camps with a safe place to play, socialise and to learn.” Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. 7pm, Thursday 21st November 2013 For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

The Action Palestine Society invites you to ‘Right to Education Week 2013’ (11th- 15th November).

The Right to Education campaign in Palestine is a grassroots movement that seeks to document, research and raise awareness about the issues facing Palestinian students, teachers and academic institutions under the Israeli occupation. It is a campaign of international awareness raising and lobbying to isolate and put pressure the Israeli government. R2E Palestine was founded in 1988 in Birzeit University during the 1st Intifada when 11 universities and 1194 schools (plus nurseries) were forced to close. Birzeit University opened in 1973, since then it has closed 15 times. The longest period of closure was from 1988-1992. During this time, students and academics showed strong acts of defiance, including holding lectures outside the university gates or in lecturers’ houses. Events 1. Monday 11th Stall Time: 12-4pm Venue: Outside the SU For more information about the stalls and how you can participate, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11SlR8Otkw72ERH4dA6zPj0uT8Lk5oOeXjWodu3Vw4mE/edit?usp=sharing Film Screening Time: 4-6pm Venue: Club Academy (SU) Price: Free For more information about the film screening, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N8rQzfR0Z5pzuscfjIiP3esv55M50cb3Vr5iMmbBZmo/edit?usp=sharing 2. Tuesday 12th Stunt Time: 12-2pm Venue: University Place Direct Action and Stunts put across a strong visual message and are an effective way of reaching out to a wide audience. If you would like to participate in the stunt, please follow this link for more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H4HWb9VGfqNw4sTZk8_fFTUIG2w10H8t2jLlzVxrbEU/edit?usp=sharing 3. Wednesday 13th Stall Time: 10-12pm Venue: Outside the SU ‘Voices from Palestine’ event: Video link with students at An-Najah University Time: 4-6pm Venue: Room 2 (SU) Price: Free This event will comprise of a talk by a guest speaker from ‘Friends of Al-Aqsa’ and a Video Conference with academics and Palestinian students from An-Najah University, allowing them to tell us first-hand about the barriers to education that are imposed by Israel, and to answer questions about life in Palestine as a Palestinian. 4. Thursday 14th Stunt Time: 12-2pm Venue: University Place Technion Debate Time: TBC Venue: University Place, Lecture Theatre 1 Price: Free 5. Friday 15th Talk, Photo Exhibition and meal Guest speakers including Malaka Mohammad (student from Gaza) Time: 6:30pm – 10pm Venue: Lal Qila (Curry mile) Price: £8 Includes 3 course meal Tickets can be found at our stall outside the student union Monday and Wednesday. Alternatively you can contact the Action Palestine society to reserve a ticket. If you would like to volunteer at any of our events, please attend our ‘Right to Education Week Volunteers Meeting’. Date: Wednesday 6th November Time: 5:30 – 7pm Venue: Room 7 Please join us at some of our events throughout the week to show your support to the Palestinian cause as well as highlighting the educational struggle of children all across the world in countries of conflict and war. A timetable of events can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SkT-AKrGCiMfk0xBBbcj0n0jM5D9rFhReHGNNp6l30k/edit?usp=sharing We hope you have had a lovely week. See you soon! From, Your AP committee May Peace and Blessings be upon you. For any queries, contact Huma: 07557090180

Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign