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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Support needed after Abu Dis students and teacher beaten by Israeli army

From Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association
Dear friends of CADFA

We wrote to you this morning about the Israeli army entering Abu Dis schools, two students being hurt and a teacher being beaten. This is a terrible escalation of the problem of the army around the schools that we have written to you about several times in the past year and we have written again to our MP.

We would be grateful if you could back up this effort by writing to your own MP/ MEP along the following lines.  You can find your MP here and your MEPs here.

Many thanks for your help.


Draft only….

Dear (MP/ MEP)

Israeli army in Abu Dis schools

I am writing to express my horror at the report received this morning from CADFA (Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association), who tell us the Israeli soldiers this morning interfered with the running of three schools in Abu Dis, bursting into two secondary boys’ schools (Abu Dis Boys and the Jawarharlal Nehru School, which are adjacent to each other) and using tear gas and shooting rubber bullets. I understand that they were there before the boys arrived at school and that in the early morning, at least two boys were injured, a teacher beaten, others affected by tear gas and the schools closed. Then the army threw tear gas into the New Generation primary school on the same road.

CADFA’s human rights reports since 2006 show the presence of the Israeli army around the schools is regular and a matter of concern. During this past year, they have often interfered with schooling, throwing tear gas and on one occasion bursting into the school to arrest a student. Today, beating a teacher and shooting inside the school take the unacceptable to a new level, and this letter is to ask you to raise this matter with the Foreign Office and ask them to raise this with the Israelis.

This is an important issue on two levels. One is immediate: how to protect the children and make a safe space for them in school?  The army invading schools and attacking students is not only a contravention of the rights of the children but it is building problems for the future. The second issue is how to move forward on the issue of on-going violations of human rights by the Israelis in Palestine, which are creating suffering for generations of Palestinians and related problems for the region and for all of us.

Please will you convey to the Foreign Office the concern felt by increasing numbers of us that this is a matter that should not wait.

Yours sincerely

Please note CADFA's new address: 
53 Fortess Road, London NW5 1AD

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Route details for Saturday's march for Palestine

The march is scheduled to set off at around 1:00pm from Grosvenor Square along the following route:
  • North Audley Street
  • Oxford Street 
  • New Bond Street
  • Clifford Street
  • Cork Street
  • Burlington Gardens
  • Old Bond Street
  • Piccadilly
  • Regent Street 
  • Pall Mall
  • Cockspur Street
  • Whitehall
  • Ending on Parliament Square

The march is due to arrive at Parliament Square around 2:00pm – 2:30pm. A rally with speakers will then be held. The event is due to finish at 4:00pm – 4:30pm.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Join us at the March and Rally for Palestine on Saturday 4th November

National March and Rally
Saturday 4 November 2017
Justice Now: Make it right for Palestine

Assemble 12noon Grosvenor Square W1K 6LF London

For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.

Join us on Saturday 4 November to make it right for Palestine!

Speakers at the rally will include:

Dr Mustafa Barghouti / Ken Loach / Andy Slaughter MP / Mick Whelan  General Secretary ASLEF / Gail Cartmail TUC /  Matt Wrack   General Secretary FBU /  Margaret McKee  President Unison /  John Pilger  / Senator Paul Gavan Sinn Fein / Leanne Mohamad / Hugh Lanning PSC / Asad Rehman, War on Want / Reem Kelani / Philipa Harvey NEU-NUT Section / Daoud Abdalah BMI / Ajmal Masrour Imam & broadcaster / Prof Manuel Hassassian / Tariq Ali / Salma Yacoub / Dave Randall /  Hawiyya Dance Company / John Nicolson SNP – And many more to be announced.

Organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA), Stop the War Coalition (STW), Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).
Supported by Unite the Union, UNISON, National Education Union- NUT Section, GMB, ASLEF, RMT, FBU, UCU, PCS, CWU, Europal Forum, CND, Pax Christi, APCUK, Kairos UK, Friends of Sabeel UK, ICAHD UK, Amos Trust, APCUK.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Balfour 100 years on - video commentaries

Monday's Brent and Harrow PSC/Brent Stop the War meeting on '100 Years on from Balfour - What now for Palestine and Israel?' was well attended and provoked a lively discussion. The meeting, attended by people from several political parties and none, voted to send a message of solidarity to Moshe Machover, recently expelled from the Labour Party.

For those who missed the meeting we post a video below of one of the speakers, Bernard Regan, speaking at a similar meeting on Balfour.  Bernard is the author of  The Balfour Declaration : Empire, the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine

Beneath this we post a film on Balfour  made by Independent Jewish Voices.

--> 100 Years After Balfour is a new talking heads film made by Independent Jewish Voices. The film spells out the troubling legacy of the Balfour Declaration, challenging the notion that this year’s centenary is cause for celebration, given the grave consequences of the document for Palestinians above all.

The film goes on to explain how the decisions of the British government in 1917 are linked to the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, its fifty year occupation of the West Bank since 1967, and today’s political gridlock. 100 Years After Balfour features seven experts and activists: Professor Avi Shlaim, Professor Jacqueline Rose, Rabbi Howard Cooper, Professor Brian Klug, Antony Lerman, Barnaby Raine and Miri Weingarten.