Hand by hand to help the Palestinian people
Hand by hand to help the Palestinian people 

Welcome to Halifax Friends of Palestine in Halifax!

Halifax Friends of Palestine works to raise awareness here in Calderdale in West Yorkshire about the campaign for justice and peace for all the Palestinian people. Ignored by the rest of the world for many years, the plight of the Palestinian people, like that of the people of South Africa under apartheid, is increasingly seen as a mainstream human rights issue, with which people of good will everywhere need to be seriously concerned.

Our organisation was launched at a public meeting held in Halifax in June 2006, addressed by the Revd. Bruce Kent, (national patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign) and Musheir al Farra (who is from Khan Younis in Gaza, and is now Chair of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign). Our movement has grown steadily since then, with several hundred local people now receiving our regular weekly e bulletin, following us on Facebook and Twitter and supporting our various activities.

 

These have included:

·         Regular town centre stalls in Halifax

·         Programmes of discussions, talks and films

·         Palestinian cultural events including concerts by the renowned Palestinian singer, Reem Kelani,  the “Discover Palestine” festival in 2010, the Palestinian Women’s Tour of 2012 and the “Recipes of Resistance” events for International Women’s Day in 2014

·         Actions in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign called for by Palestinian civil society – currently focussed on the campaign to get Sainsbury’s to stop trading with Israeli companies operating on stolen Palestinian land.

·         Impromptu protests against repeated Israeli attacks on Gaza

·         Lobbying of Calderdale Council and local MPs in support of Palestinian human rights.

·         Fund-raising events in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians

 

We meet once a month at the Orange Box youth centre next to the Piece Hall in Halifax. We are affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and work closely with other support groups especially in the North of England. Any surplus funds are donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians.

 

 

LOVE MACHINE.... FRIDAY 15TH MAY,2015.

 

The Love Machine Returns, a night of huge danceable tunes from our favourite DJs, Liz Collier John Knight, Nick Walsh. At our favourite venue - The Hebden Bridge Trades -A fundrasier for Medical Aid for Palestinians (as the fundraiser we had set up in Dec was scuppered by a power-cut - we'll be on full power for this one!)

Hebden Bridge Trades Club

Holme street, HX7 8EE Hebden, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. 15 May at 21:00

Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund Sponsored Walk - Sunday 10 May 2015. Marsden to Saddleworth.

We are walking 6.5 miles (10.5km) from Marsden to Uppermill taking time to stop, enjoy the surroundings and share some short poems. 

The walk is to raise money to enable women in Gaza to access higher education. This is particularly important following the devastation of the bombardment of last summer. We walk in peace and solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza who are unable to freely leave ‘the Strip’, an area of land that is just 25 miles long (45kms) and 6 miles wide (10km). 

 

  • The walk starts at 10.45am from Marsden Train Station (train from Manchester Victoria – 10.12, from Greenfield - 10.37) or car park near the station, HD7 6DH. 
  • The walk ends at 7 Saddleworth Fold, Uppermill, OL3 6EQ at 3/3.30 pm where you are welcome to join us even if you are not able to take part in the walk. There will be tea, cakes and poems. Please park on Church Road as Saddleworth Fold has limited parking.
  • The end of the walk is a mile away from Greenfield Station – lifts will be available to help people return to their cars at Greenfield or Marsden.

 

You can help us raise funds by:

  • Getting family and friends to sponsor you or give a donation (see form attached);
  • Sponsoring us to do the walk (if you are not able to join us);
  • Taking out a monthly Standing Order for £5, £10 or another amount (details below).

 

Description of the walk:

Our walk will take in a variety of landscapes reflecting the essential character of the Marsden and Saddleworth moors, canals, railways and the industrial heritage of the mill towns. It also takes in the first of Simon Armitage’s 'Stanza Stone' poems, intriguingly called 'Snow'. There is an ascent from Marsden and descent into Diggle, passing through small hamlets down to the canal.

Please note:

  • There are hills, muddy uneven ground and we will be walking in some parts on small roads and crossing one major road at the beginning of the walk; 
  • Please wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing and bring a packed lunch and drinks;
  • Those joining us do so at their own risk.

We hope you can join us.

 

Please confirm your participation in the walk and/or post-walk refreshments by emailing saddleworth.pwsf@gmail.com or phone 07975 908409 for more information. Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund Sponsorship and Gift Aid

You can give us the sponsorship money/donations on the day or pay the money direct to our bank account:

Account name:  Saddleworth PWSF; Sort Code:  08-92-99; Account number:  65688933.

 

Halifax Friends of Palestine meeting- Wednesday, 13th May at the Orange Box in Halifax 2015

“Occupied Gaza –            A Liveable Place?”

A Public Meeting on Wednesday 29th April

 

At 6pm, Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, Leeds

 

The Guest Speaker will be

 

HILARY BROWNE

 

of Bradford Quaker Meeting

 

Free Admission

 

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Hilary Browne is a former Ecumenical Accompanier who was working in the West Bank in 2008 at the time of ‘Operation Cast Lead’.  On her return Hilary was determined to visit Gaza to see ‘the other half’ of the occupation.

 

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Light Refreshments – Palestinian Craft & Book Stalls

 

We meet once a month at the Orange Box youth centre next to the Piece Hall in Halifax. We are affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and work closely with other support groups especially in the North of England. Any surplus funds are donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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