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.

 

 

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Halifax Town centre stall - Saturday 27th September

Halifax Friends of Palestine stall 11am to 1.00pm on Saturday 27th September outside top entrance of Borough Market. Anyone who would like to volunteer to go on our Town Centre stall rota, where we talk to people, give out leaflets, and get them to sign any current petitions, could they please give Jenny a ring on 07801 275674. So far it has proved very positive and enjoyable, and if we can get enough people to volunteer, then we are only talking about a couple of hours a month.

 

Sainsbury’s campaign - Sat 4th October Mytholmroyd

More boycott action at the Mytholmroyd store  on Saturday 4th October at 11am - 12.30pm. Campaigners right across the UK have pledged to take action to make sure that Sainsbury’s management get the message that it’s time they really lived up to their claims to be an Ethical Trading company  which sources its products responsibly. At the moment, Sainsbury’s still trades with Edom and Mehadrin, two of the companies which profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the illegal settlements.Good turnout last time- let's keep up the pressure

 

Gaza war 2014

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Gaza Sea

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Have a look through our website to learn more about us and our projects. If you're interested in our work and would like to support us, read about us and the projects we've contributed to in the past. If you'd like to contribute to our organisation, please don't hesitate to contact us, new members are always welcome.

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