Cafe Palestine Five

Café Palestine Five on Sat 13 June from Jerusalem
at 3.45pm (London) 5.45pm (Palestine)
Please note the new time
In Dialogue with Rana Nashashibi:
A Palestinian Perspective on International Solidarity number of participants has been increased since the last Cafe was full)

Rana Nashashibi is probably best known overseas as the Director of the Palestine Counselling Centre. She is speaking to us as a founder member of the Palestine Global Mental Health Network. However, her role as clinician, writer, lecturer (at Birzeit University for over twenty years), as a leader in the women’s movement and as community activist, is too rich and varied to summarise here.
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The Cafe will open with live music from 3.45pm (UK time) / 5.45pm (Palestine time) organised with PalMusic UK.
Rana Nashashibi will speak at 4pm (UK time) / 6pm (Palestine time).
This is a special event linking up with Palestine Global and USA MH Networks.
NOTE change of time:  3.45pm (London) 5.45pm (Palestine)
10.45am (New York) 7.45am (Los Angeles).
1.    Recording of Café Palestine Four with Dr Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim
We apologise to those who were unable to get into this café event: we quickly reached 100 participants, which was the maximum. From now on we will be able to include a much larger number, and this problem should not happen again.If case you missed our last event, here is a link to a recording of Dr Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim, and her contribution to the critique of mainstream perceptions of trauma, with an insistence that the findings of Palestinian clinicians and researchers are integrated into clinical thinking.

2.    Recording of Palestinian music from Café Palestine Four

Also on the Cafe Palestine web page, we have a recording of the music that introduced the meeting, played live from Gaza by Seraj Alsersawi on Oud and Feras Alshrafi on Qanoun, playing music by Marcel Khalife. Many thanks to Pal Music for making this collaboration possible.

See the last item below for information on an international appeal for the Edward Said Conservatory, “a lighthouse to Palestinian society”, based in Gaza.

3.    Women, Political Prisoners, and Mental Health
a) “How Israel exploits gender roles to discredit Palestinian female activists” Another short but profound reflection from Samah Jabr:

b) “Political Prisoners and Israeli Military Justice” Video of a webinar with Samah Jabr and two other specialists organised by PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture – Israel) and HaMoked (Center for the Defence of the Individual). Excellent, informative: it concludes with an affirmation from Samah of the value of international solidarity from professional groups such as the mental health community.

4.    From Staying to Returning Home: why Palestinian health is linked to their liberation
Webinar recording of a brilliant conversation that integrates history, politics and health in the challenges that Covid 19 poses for the Palestinian community. Osama Tanous a specialized pediatrician and Bram Wispelwey, an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

5.    A Woman Surgeon with the Palestinians
A moving testimony by Dr Swee Ang. Malaysian orthopaedic surgeon Swee reflects on her decades of work with the Palestinians in Gaza and the Lebanon.

6.    Police murder Iyad Hallaq, 32, a man with autism
The world is rightly shocked at the murder of George Floyd. Like black Americans, Palestinians live with the reality of repeated murders committed by the Israeli police and military. The BDS movement has issued a statement in solidarity with the victims of US police violence:

See also this article by Tamara Massar in the Electronic Intifada:;
and Gideon Levy’s piece, emphasizing how what is unacceptable in the USA excites little reaction within Israel (requires disable ad-blocker and join the Ha’aretz mailing list)

7.    Love and Resistance in the films of Mai Masri
This is the title of a new book by Victoria Brittain about the work of the Nablus-born director Mai Masri, the Director of a succession of brilliant films that highlight in particular the roles of Palestinian women and children. The link is to an interview with Victoria and Mai organised by the South African BDS Committee: we need to see more of Mai’s films made available online:

8.    The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music: international appeal.
The conservatory is facing a financial crisis. The UK Network is pleased to share this appeal for this prestigious institution, which makes a profound contribution to Palestinian culture.
Full details can be found at this link: