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.



                                                 Reem Kelani: in concert at ACE Centre, Nelson

Reem Kelani appearance in Sir Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater last week before a packed Royal Albert Hall in London, Reem will be in concert at the ACE Centre in Nelson, Lancashire, at 7pm this coming Thursday 12 November.

                                                               “The West Bank: bearing witness”


Nell Griffiths and Ros Walters, two Colne Valley residents, have just

returned from Palestine where they have been visiting the West Bank.

They’ll be talking about their experiences at the

Red & Green Club at 7.30pm on

Thursday 12 November


Red & Green Club, 42 Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge

Huddersfield HD3 4LU





Please circulate this information to people you think might be interested to

hear these first-hand accounts of the current situation in the West Bank

                                                                 Silent Voices Exhibition

Tuesday 3rd November
Free Entry

If you put a camera in the hands of children in Palestine, and invite them to show people what their lives are like, what happens? In this project initiated by Liverpool Friends of Palestine, the children of Bil’in speak for themselves and show images of their own lives. The Trades Club will be showing the resulting photographs alongside images taken by the photographer who helped the children, and information giving the historical and political context. This launch event will give a moving and powerful insight into how the exhibition came about. The exhibition continues throughout November.

This exhibition takes place at the Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge. HX7 8EE





Huddersfield Stall


Thursday 15 October 7.30pm £4 (£2 concessions)

Red & Green Club

42 Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge HD3 4LU

Jonathon Romney gives this film his Top 4 Star rating in The Observer

Omar (is) about a young man caught between love and his commitment to the Palestinian cause...Sharply and sensitively acted, largely by newcomers, vibrantly shot by Ehab Assal (lots of Middle Eastern shades of terracotta and orange) and very briskly edited, Omar has the intimacy of a star-crossed romance and the political and moral complexity of a le Carré story. It's a lean, controlled film and most compelling.




                                                                                Palestine in Crisis

Palestine is ‘on the brink’. That’s how human rights organisation Al Haq has described the current escalation of violence against Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers have repeatedly opened fire on crowds in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The military is raiding villages, refugee camps and neighbourhoods all over Palestine. Over 1,300 Palestinians have been injured, and 27 have been killed.

We have to act now to prevent more killing. Our government must impose sanctions on Israel.

Palestinians in East Jerusalem and inside Israel are facing violence from police and vigilante groups. The mayor of Jerusalem has publicly called for Israelis to carry weapons daily: “One advantage that Israel has is that there are quite a few ex-members of military units with operational combat experience," he said. Police and vigilante attacks often happen together. This was the case on 4 October, when 19-year-old Fadi Alloun was shot and killed by police as he ran, unarmed, from a mob yelling ‘shoot him’ and ‘death to Arabs’.  

This spike in violence is a stark reflection of the structural conditions which keep Palestinians oppressed and deprived of their rights. Meanwhile, the UK government continues to lend unconditional diplomatic and military support to Israel.

Please call your MP today at their constituency office, and tell them to demand from Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond that sanctions be applied on Israel. Our government needs to hear from us that UK support for Israel’s aggression must end now.

You can find your MP and the phone number of their constituency office here: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

This Saturday (17 October), join us outside the Israeli embassy in London from 12-2 at a protest to show our opposition to Israeli policies of aggression. 





                                                  Palestine Marathon & Half Marathon 2016

Join Team Amos and run the Palestine Marathon or half-marathon in Bethlehem in April 2016. Tuesday 29 March 2016, Sunday 3rd April, 2016

"Everyone has the right to freedom of movement”


As part of raising awareness of the right to movement approach I ran a half marathon in Bethlehem earlier this year to raise monies for two charities- Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and the Amos Trust. Thanks to those people who donated so far, I just need a bit more to reach my target and help MAP and the AMOS Trust work especially as the situation in Palestine is deteriorating. Therefore if you can help please donate (any amount is welcome) via https://www.justgiving.com/Isobel-Duckworth1/ or contact me if you want to send cheques etc (isobelduckworth@hotmail.com)

On this webpage you can also see more information and photos of the event which though a hot day (26C) was a great occasion with support from local communities.


The Right to Movement Marathon is to help awareness of the right to movement. The right to movement is a basic human right as stipulated in Article 13 of the UN Human Rights Charter. I have run before including the London Marathonand half marathons, including the Great North Run and decided to take up the challenge and be part of a team to raise monies for two charities I have been involved with before. The running team was a mix of people working for and or supporting these charitiesand included MAP staff from Gaza.

As part of the trip there were visits to projects and places including a hospital where they are building a new burns unit through MAP. This wasn’t my first trip to Palestine and Bethlehem but running the half marathon enable me to see Bethlehem from a different perspective. Starting and finishing in Manger Square, near the Naivety Church, in Bethlehem I was one of over 3,000 international and local runners. Not an easy task but I completed the half marathon in around three hours, with temperatures reaching 26c so a great achievement for me.

Thank you for any donations in advance. If you want to make your own contribution by taking part in the 2016 Palestine Marathon and raising further monies then contact them for more details katie@amostrust.org or see their webpagehttp://www.amostrust.org/events/palestine-marathon-half-marathon-2016/



If you do enjoy the experience and together we can help support Palestine and Palestinians





Bradford Palestine Solidarity Campaign sponsored walk in aid of  the Abu Bakr Scholarship Fund Sunday 6th September 2015

Bradford PSC supporters will be holding a sponsored walk to raise funds for our very own Abu Bakr Rauf Scholarship Fund, which supports Higher Education students at the University of Applied Sciences in Gaza.


We are holding our 5th annual sponsored walk on Sunday 6th September. We have walked Ingleton Waterfalls in 2011, Bingley St Ives in 2012, Baildon Moor in 2013 and Ogden Water in 2014. We've been challenged, supported, enjoyed sun, ice creams and friendship and are keen to make 2015 walk a big success.


Can you help? fancy the walk? sponsoring a walker? Asking your family and friends to support you with sponsorship?


This year we will be walking form Haworth to Top Withins and the Bronte Waterfalls. The walk will be about 6 miles. We never look to break records in terms of the distance or speed of the walk! Sunday 6th September, 10.30 at Haworth Tourist Information Centre is the start.


The sponsorship form is attached - by talking to friends and family, colleagues and neighbours, to ask them for sponsorship, you will be spreading the word about the issues around the illegal occupation of Palestine and the difficulties of daily life of the 5+ million Palestinian refugees in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian diaspora around the world.


Please join us – 10:30am at Haworth Tourist Information Office, for an 11am start and/or help by sponsoring a walker. We are planning on a couple of routes which will make the walk suitable for all.

See http://happyhiker.co.uk/MyWalks/WestYorkshire/BronteWaterfallsandTopWithens/Hiking%20Pages%20-%20Bronte%20Waterfalls%20and%20Top%20Withens.htm for the route details

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign works for peace & justice for Palestinians, in support of human rights & against all racism - See more at: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/#sthash.oCdXqmf9.dpuf

Since 2004 Israeli settlers have carried out more than 11,000 attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. According to Israeli human rights group, Yesh Din, 85.3% of police investigations into Palestinian complaints are closed without resolution. The ultimate conviction rate for Palestinians’ complaints against Israeli settler attacks is just 1.9%. Read the new PLO report on settler terrorism>

Governments including our own are failing to uphold international law and human rights, and refusing to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements – allowing gun-toting extremists to engage in a war of terror against Palestinians. Please join us to express your opposition to oppression of the Palestinian people and to support our small project supporting education for people of Gaza.


This Sunday - please act now.


Many thanks and hope to see you on 6th September for a fun day out with friends and fresh air.

Peace and solidarity







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









House of Lords debate on Gaza - Monday 6 July 2015


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







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.









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








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 will be on Wed 7th October, 2015

Halifax Friends of Palestine meeting will be on Wednesday 7th October, 2015

in Perveen Hussain's house


3 Savile Park Villas, Halifax HX1 2XW. 7:00pm.


Savile Park Villas is a cul de sac of detached houses, which runs off Savile Park Gardens, which itself is a turning off Savile Road, about 100 yards from St. Jude’s Church. You may find it easier to park on Savile Park Gardens and then walk down.


We are going to review what events and activites have been done and take the advantages and disadvantages of that and then give plans for the next activities for the next month or so.



“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




of Bradford Quaker Meeting


Free Admission



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.



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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