Talk: “Shishas, Cities and the case against Mahmoud Darwish”

May 19, 2009 · Posted in Event · 12 Comments 
May 20, 2009
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge
Wednesday 20th May, 5.00 pm

The speaker, Khaled Hroub, is the Director of Cambridge Arab Media Project (CAMP) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches modern Middle Eastern history and politics.

In addition to his academic work, he writes a weekly article that appears in leading Arab newspapers in different countries. His most recent publication is an occasional paper on Islamism and Secular Politics: Turkish and Islamist Experiences, published by the Abu Lughod Institute for International Studies of Birzeit University, Palestine, and a forthcoming book (ed.) on Political Islam: Context versus Ideology (London, Saqi Books, 2009). In literary, Hroub published a poetry collection Enchantress of Poetry and a non-fiction literary volume Tattoo of Cities: Fragments of a Cityless Man.

All Welcome - Refreshments are provided

Wednesday Evening, 5.00 pm, Rooms 8 and 9
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

Event: Live Video Conference with Universities in Gaza

May 4, 2009 · Posted in Event · 23 Comments 
May 5, 2009
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Video Conference Room, Computer Services, New Museums Site
Tuesday 5th May, 12:00 noon

(Organised by Cambridge Gaza Solidarity)

Video conference with the Islamic Univerisity, Azhar University, Al-Aqsa University and University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza.

We are making direct contact with students and academics in Gaza by video link. This is an opportunity to speak directly with people in Gaza. We hope to find out more about the situation in Gaza today, about the recent offensive and on-going siege, and about how we in Cambridge can best direct our action to support Gazan people. We hope this will be the first in a series of meetings, leading in the future to delegations, which will forge strong links between students and academics in the UK and Gaza/Palestine.

Talk: Palestine a Personal History

May 3, 2009 · Posted in Event · 13 Comments 
May 6, 2009
5:00 pmto7:00 pm


Palestine A Personal History: Writing for the Uninformed

Part of a series of readings and discussions with some of the foremost Arab authors writing in the UK today

Wednesday 6th May, 5:00pm - All Welcome
The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies
Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA
Refreshments provided

Karl Sabbagh is the son of a Palestinian father and an English Mother. He was King’s College, Cambridge, and spent 15 years in the BBC as a documentary producer and director, followed by fifteen years running an independent TV production company in London. He has visited many Arab countries, including a year in Libya helping to set up Libyan Television, and has made many trips to Palestine and Israel, where he has been involved in media and art projects. He is now a full-time author and has written ten books on a range of non-fiction topics, including architecture, medicine, mathematics, aviation and fraud. In 2006, his book, “Palestine: A Personal History” was published in the U.K. and the U.S.A. It tells the story of the history of Palestine up to 1948 and of his father’s family in Palestine over the last 200 years.

For further details please check our website:

Debate: One State Solution vs Two State Solution in Israel-Palestine

April 19, 2009 · Posted in Event · 15 Comments 
May 11, 2009
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Howard Building, Downing College, Cambridge
Monday 11th May, 5:00pm

(Organised by CU Palestine Society)

Speakers: Prof. Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) and Prof. Yezid Sayigh (King’s College London).

Moderator: Prof. Yasir Suleiman (University of Cambridge).

The debate about the solution for the Palestine question has been going for a long time. But in light of the current deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the debate on the appropriate solution for the Palestinian problem has become more and more relevant in Palestinian society. The split in the Palestinian political arena (between Fatah and Hamas) reflects this debate clearly. Our speakers will present their viewpoints on why they think one alternative is better than the other, they will have the chance to respond to each other, and of course at the end we will open the floor for questions
from the audience.

Location of Debate:

Entrance Fee: £2 - only to cover the venue costs.

The event is open to the general public.

Event: Hanin Cafe @ The Geldart Pub

April 8, 2009 · Posted in Event · 19 Comments 
May 9, 2009
12:00 pmto3:30 pm

The Geldart Pub,1 Ainsworth St, Cambridge
Saturday 9th May, 12.00pm - 3.30pm

Palestinian food and drink, culture and crafts. For more information, visit the Hanin Palestine Cafe page.

For info on the venue and directions:

Event: Israeli and Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum

March 27, 2009 · Posted in Event · 1 Comment 
May 6, 2009
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

Cambridge Union (behind the round church)
Wednesday 6th May, 7:30pm

(Co-hosted by the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths and the Cambridge Union)

It’s difficult to believe that anything positive can come out of losing a family member in the violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Robi Damelin has lost her son. Ali Abu Awwad has lost his brother and spent 4 years in an Israeli prison. And yet they direct their grief and personal tragedies to building bridges and promoting peace and humanity. Both are members of this remarkable forum, a grassroots organization of 500 bereaved Palestinian and Israeli families. Together they promote reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge. By recognising that the other side has a story of pain and suffering too, these individuals, despite their deep pain and resentment, are able to break down the de-humanising attitude of ‘us’ and ‘them’ and work to find solutions together.

At the Union they will be speaking on this theme, as well as sharing their story with the audience. There will be plenty of time for questions from the floor.

National Demo: “Remember Gaza – Free Palestine” Demonstration

March 27, 2009 · Posted in Event · 13 Comments 
May 16, 2009

Meet Cambridge Railway Station
Saturday 16th May, 10:30am

16th May DemoPlease join members of Cambridge PSC and Cambridge SWC, who will be meeting at Cambridge Railway Station at 10:30am to travel down to London for the 2009 annual national “Free Palestine” demonstration.

The demonstration itself will assemble on Malet Street in London at 12noon. The demonstration is called by PSC, Stop the War, BMI and CND.

  • Free Palestine
  • End Israeli Occupation
  • End the Arms trade

For more information about the demonstration, please contact the PSC central office:

Tel: 020 7700 6192