Cafe Palestine 17 on Sat 28 Nov with Az Theatre

Café Palestine Seventeen on Sat 28 November

15.45pm (UK time) / 17.45pm (Pal time)

Az Theatre

Discussion with

Jamal Al-Rozzi, Hossam Almadhoun, Jonathan Chadwick

linking UK and Gaza


The next Café on Saturday 28th November (4pm UK / 6pm Palestine) presents an exciting project that has cultural, therapeutic and political importance. Jonathan Chadwick, director of Az Theatre in the UK, has for many years collaborated on projects with Gaza’s Theatre for Everybody run by Hossam Madhoun and Jamal Al Rozzi. Hossam and Jamal coordinate drama and other therapy programmes for traumatised children. Jonathan, Hossam and Jamal will speak about their plans to rebuild the Al Mishal Cultural Centre in Gaza and perform The Emigrants, a play by Stanislaw Mrozek, in a special Gaza adaptation of Mrozek’s play designed for young (18-30 year olds) audiences in Gaza. The Al Mishal Cultural Centre was the only independent, fully equipped theatre venue in Gaza. It was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on 9th August 2018.

The Cafe will open with live music
at 3.45pm (UK time) / 5.45pm (Pal time)
The discussion will start at 4.00pm (UK time) / 6.00pm (Pal time)
The whole event is expected to last about 90 minutes

نوفر خدمة الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية في مقهى فلسطين لمن يحتاجون إلىها، سيكون هناك  ملخص حصري ومتداول باللغة العربية للعرض والأسئلة والإجابات.

إذا كنت تحتاج إلى الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية، أرسل رسالة إلى الإيميل التالي:

ستتوفر الترجمة من خلال الانضمام إلى مجموعة في تطبيق الواتساب

ARABIC TRANSLATION AT CAFE PALESTINE: Throughout Cafe Palestine there will be a rolling Arabic text summary of the presentation, questions and answers available via Whatsapp. Please contact if you would like to be added to the Whatsapp Arabic translation group.

Read the speakers’ bios
Find out more about our THE EMIGRANTS in GAZA project
Find out more about the Gaza Cultural Centre Coalition

UKPalMHN recommends the following article, featuring work by two former speakers at Cafe Palestine, Weeam Hammoudeh and Samah Jabr.

Towards an Advocacy and Solidarity Approach to Pandemic

Mental Health and Covid-19: ‘Resilience’, ‘Trauma’, Social Inequality and Oppression, Liberation Psychology…
WEEAM HAMMOUDEH, SAMAH JABR AND MARIA HELBICH, CINDY SOUSA offer their reflections on communal and professional responses to the pandemic, and what we can learn from the Palestinian experience.

Mental health researchers often engage with Palestinians as traumatized victims or take for granted their resilience… Such representations miss the messiness and imperfections of struggle; the nonlinear oscillations between ease and disease; and the subtle and not-so-subtle forms of communal agency and resistance that are essential to the contextually relevant conceptualizations of mental health.” [WH]

Mental health professionals have therefore been urging international organizations working locally to base their approaches on human rights and social justice, instead of solely on medical indicators, and to emphasize the role of cultural, socioeconomic, and political factors that perpetuate and reinforce social injustice and human suffering. In an environment of prolonged conflict and crisis, it would be negligent to focus solely on a diagnosis that individualizes and victimizes people suffering from collective trauma.” [SJ]

The ability to foretell disproportionate health consequences of disease—and have those assertions met with silence from governments and the global community—is itself a form of mass trauma. This profound silence is, in the language of our times, a collective gaslighting with ramifications not only for the physical health of entire communities (as risks of disease are downplayed and ignored) but also for the mental health of populations… Daily acts of survival in Palestine have always reflected and built agency, power, and connection. These factors—solidarity and action—underlie healing, as liberation psychology instructs.” [CS]

Cafe Palestine Sixteen recording

The recording of Cafe Palestine Fifteen with the Hands Up threatre group plus music from the Edward Said National Conservatory for Music in Ramallah is now available on our website: