|1. MARCH STUDY TOUR: Last chance to enquire about our 8-day pre-Easter specialist mental health tour of Palestine/Israel. Contact Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Aida Refugee Camp is one of the places that we shall visit – see item 6 below.
2. “BEHIND THE FRONT LINES” at the Keswick Film Festival. Screening on Sunday 1st March at 11am, a powerful documentary film exploring the occupation through the eyes of Dr Samah Jabr and other Palestinian commentators, which focuses on psychological aspects of the Palestinian responses to oppression. With Q&A
3. PALESTINE TRAUMA CENTRE – Annual Report and Public Meeting 25th Jan, Hatfield
A report detailing the creativity and commitment of The Palestine Trauma Centre, engaging with the challenges of providing effective services in Gaza, can be found at this link:
Flier for their public meeting in Hatfield at the end of this month:
4. PUBLIC LECTURES: ‘One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel: It’s Time’. London/Coventry JEFF HALPER, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, a well-known Israeli academic, activist, and strategist, and MOHAMMAD SABAANEH, prominent Palestinian activist and award-winning political caricaturist, AT THESE TWO VENUES:
a) LONDON: The Irish Cultural Centre, 7.30pm on Tuesday 28 January: 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT. Sponsored by ICAHD UK and West London PSC. Tickets £3 with a collection.
b) COVENTRY: The Friend’s Meeting House, Hill Street, CV1 4AN, Thursday 30 January at 7.30pm. Meeting sponsored by ICAHD UK and Coventry Friends of Palestine. Free admission with a collection.
c) Public Discussion with Jeff Halper: A Conversation on Vision, Plans and Strategy
Wesley Hotel & Conference Centre, 7pm on Wednesday 29th January. 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ. Sponsored by ICAHD-UK and Jewish Voice for Labour.
Palestine/Israel is also an issue, a conflict, a source of oppression and division, one that has eluded efforts at resolution for decades – indeed, for more than a century. What should we do about it? Not only in terms of reaching a resolution, albeit that is a crucial political goal, but in terms of how it has affected, even poisoned, our global political discourse, as evidenced in the last election. Jeff will lead a wide-ranging discussion reflecting the extensive areas of concern and opinion that this “conflict” raises. Together we will try to clear the air, go beyond slogans, bring clarity to our strategic thinking and deal with the many political matters raised by the Palestine/Israel issue.
Tickets are £5 or £3 for students/unwaged (available here) and there will be a collection at the end of the evening to contribute to the Jeff’s travel costs. Entrance through the Savannah Bar.
5. PALESTINIAN CHILDREN: THEIR RIGHT TO A SAFE AND JUST FUTURE
Dublin, 22 – 23 November 2019: Conference REPORT by Gwyn Daniel
Several members from our network steering group attended this conference which was sponsored by the Ireland Trade Union movement.
6. “BEAUTIFUL RESISTANCE, TEENAGE ANGST” is the title of a short article describing a visit to Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp by Dr Alice Rothchild. She describes the work of Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour, who
“has devoted his life in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem to creating what he calls “beautiful resistance,” developing theater, dance, photography, playing, and other activities to build cultural expression and resistance for children, youth, and women.”
Further articles by Alice Rothchild can be found here: https://mondoweiss.net/author/alice-rothchild/ She writes of her journey from Zionism to her role in Jewish Voice for Peace, about the campaigns to smear Palestinian activism, and her participation in the Lancet Palestine Health Alliance. Further work undertaken by the Lancet Palestine Health Alliance, active since 2009, can be explored here: