Hand by hand to help Palestinian people
Hand by hand to help 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.

 

 

BDS@10: Ten years of effective solidarity with the Palestinian struggle

One year ago, Israel launched a brutal military attack on the Palestinian population of the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip. More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, including 551 children. More than 10,000 people were seriously injured and hundreds of thousands were made homeless, forcibly displaced and trapped inside Gaza. Israel has still not been held accountable. 

Palestinian oppression and dispossession continues to intensify under Israel’s brutal regime of apartheid and settler colonialism.

But ten years after its launch on July 9 2005, BDS is a key and growing source of inspiration for the Palestinian people. Our grassroots movement is more widely supported than ever and it is having a real impact.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee has published a number of items marking the 10th anniversary of the BDS call: 

1. A new interactive resource showcasing some of the key achievements of the movement so far. 

2. A report from a press conference we held this morning in Ramallah for international and local journalists. 

3. A statement titled One year since Israel’s Gaza massacre and ten years since the launch of the BDS movement: building the boycott is more important than ever. 

Please join us in marking BDS@10 by viewing and sharing these new publications.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee deeply appreciates the tireless efforts of BDS activists and BDS supporting organisations around the world. You inspire us and give us hope. 

Ten years after the launch of BDS, isolating Israel’s regime has become more crucial than ever and more realistic than ever. We shall overcome. 

- The Palestinian BDS National Committee

 

http://bnc.believe.in/appeal/help-the-bds-movement-reach-new-heights-2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of Lords debate on Gaza - Monday 6 July 2015

Gaza

Question for Short Debate

 

6 July 2015 : Column 48

Baroness Bakewell (Lab): This has nothing to do with the BBC. This is an attack on people who are old and who are living lonely, isolated and unhappy lives. They depend on broadcasting more than any other segment of the community. That has been provided by the BBC for decades to the satisfaction of the older part of the population, which we know is increasing. This is a government benefit being cut and dumped on the BBC because the BBC is being targeted for political reasons by the Government.

The Earl of Courtown: My Lords, the noble Baroness has great knowledge of these matters. I am sure that what she says will be noted. The fact is, we have the charter renewal and all matters raised by noble Lords will be looked at.

Lord Berkeley of Knighton (CB): Is the Minister aware that very considerable cuts have already been made? He will know that recently it was discovered that the BBC is already going to lose a huge proportion of the licence fee. Do the Government feel happy about seeing the squandering of a national asset through 1,000 slashes? As I say, cuts have been made and I am prepared to reveal to the House as an example—and here I declare an interest—that I was asked to take one-third of the fee that I used to get for my programme on Radio 3. I did so happily in the interests of cutting costs.

The Earl of Courtown: My Lords, the noble Lord also has great experience in the BBC. I and my colleagues will no doubt listen very carefully to what he has to say.

Question for Short Debate

 

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/150706-0002.htm#15070616000123

 

 

 

 

UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (Gaza) — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair. in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 8th July 2015.

Hansard Report - UN - GAZA - Holly Lynch MP

 

for more details the following link will take you to the text of the debate that Holly secured in Westminster Hall.

 

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2015-07-08a.117.1&s=speaker%3A25434#g117.2     

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM FLOTILLA 2015: BREAKING THE SIEGE OF GAZA

what, why, and how you can help this civilian mission

 

Monday 29th June @7pm, Saltaire Canteen, 

79 Victoria Rd, BD18 3JS, 1 min from Saltaire train station

 

Speaker James Godfrey, Campaign Team,

International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza

 

This month, a flotilla of boats carrying volunteers from around the world is meeting, ready to sail to Gaza and break Israel's blockade. In previous similar attempts, boats have been rammed and stolen, volunteers have been kidnapped or killed by commandos boarding from helicopters – and yet five times, boats have successfully reached welcoming crowds in Gaza port. Can your help from here in the UK aid boats, cargo and volunteers to arrive safely to where they are so desperately needed?

 

James will be introduced by writer and midwife Sharyn Lock, author of “Gaza: Beneath the Bombs” and winner of an Iolanthe Midwives Award to support her return to Gaza

 

In 2008, Sharyn was on the original Free Gaza boats that were the first to reach Gaza from international waters in over 40 years; she went on to blog from Gaza when Cast Lead attacks began. Now a midwife, she hopes to return to Gaza this year to learn from midwives and mothers about birth in Gaza, and would be delighted to involve anyone interested. “Gaza: Beneath the Bombs”,  plus “Freedom Sailors”, and “Here We Stand: Women changing the world” will be on sale for £5-£10 to help cover James' costs.

 

Saltaire Canteen will have drinks on sale, plus snacks on their usual “pay as you feel” basis :)

 

https://ff3.freedomflotilla.org/ - meet those on board, track the boats now

www.midwifetogaza.wordpress.com- check in ready for trip

http://saltairecanteen.co.uk/ -  for “pay as you feel” meals reducing waste

 

 

 

 

 

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- Not confirm the next meeting date yet.

“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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