Monitoring Human Rights in
Palestine: an eyewitness account
14th November, 2019 at 7.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane Cambridge
Hear what it is like to work as a human rights monitor on
the West Bank. Questions like what is daily life like under
occupation for the Palestinians and what is the Palestinian
and Israeli peace movement trying to do about it? Paul Clark
recently returned after 3 months in Hebron with the Christian Peacemaker Team and will tell us about the many challenges he faced. Previously he has spent two three-month periods with the
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Jerusalem
(2016) and Bethlehem (2017).
Free entrance, Zaytoun Palestinian produce for sale
We are pleased to announce that David Harrold and Mohamed Altawil, from the Palestine Trauma Centre (UK), will be giving us a presentation of their project “Friday of Joy in Gaza”. This is project supervised by the PTC (UK) involving street theatre and entertainment project with a therapeutic aim.
Venue: Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane
Time: 7.30 pm Tuesday 12 November 2019
Nick Bilbrough founder of the Hands Up project will be in conversation with Jeremy Harmer, English language teaching author practitioner and trainer. Nick will give an illustrated talk about this fantastic project which engages Gazan children in drama and storytelling. https://handsupproject.org/
In 2014, using very simple video conferencing tools, Nick started connecting online to a small group of children in a library in Beit Hanoun, Gaza for weekly storytelling sessions. From these humble beginnings, the Hands Up Project now works with over thirty different groups in Gaza, in the Occupied West Bank, and in Zaatari refugee camp for Syrian children in Jordan. As many as 500 children a week now connect to volunteers around the world who work in collaboration with the local teacher to tell stories to each other, to play games and to do other activities to help them bring the English that they are learning come to life.
Please reserve your (free) place here to give us an idea of numbers https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drama-out-of-a-crisis-tickets-77477829273
Hands Up is an excellent project teaching children in Gaza English
through drama. https://handsupproject.org/hands-up-project-training-courses/
You can see some of the children’s work here
They are currently trying to raise funds for a tour. Please make a small
donation if you can https://chuffed.org/project/gazatojerusalem?fbclid=IwAR2OXvILujyFyljQ
Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust & Hodder and Stoughton presents:
WALKING TO JERUSALEM: blisters, hope and other facts on the ground, written & performed by Justin Butcher and directed by Matilda Reith.
‘So impressive – interweaving face-to-face experiences and political realities, displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.’ Brian Eno (Artist & Musician).
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
25th October at 7.30pm
Book tickets: 0800 411 8881
October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the coffee mornings at the Community Centre at St Augustine’s Church, Richmond Road, will be dedicated to raising awareness of the problems facing the women in Gaza. We will also be raising funds for the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, to help extend their education and screening program.
The Gaza strip is 25 miles long by about 7 miles wide and is home to some 1.8 million people. Three major conflicts in five years have led to massive levels of destruction and a devastated infrastructure – 90% of water is unsafe to drink and power cuts are currently lasting up to 20 hours a day. During this period, cancer rates have risen drastically in Gaza, which is particularly worrying for women, as breast cancer kills more women than any other form of cancer in there, and the five-year survival rates are less than half those in the UK.
Even after treatment is started there are huge difficulties due to the Israeli restrictions on supplies and the high cost of drugs, which often result in patients only being given four-weeks supply. This means the treatment is only partial, being either interrupted or ended early. Radiotherapy is not possible in Gaza as the necessary radioisotopes are forbidden by the Israeli authorities.
The consequences of all this are devastating with many women dying when their deaths are preventable; or living with the scars of medical techniques no longer practiced in the UK.
If you would like to join us for coffee, cake and a chat we will be open as usual, from 10:30 until 12:00 Monday, Wednesday & Friday with October’s proceeds going to this cause. For a week from 6th October we will also have a small exhibition at the centre giving more information about the situation and Al Ahli Arab Hospital.
Speaker Hazem Jamjoum, a policy member of al-Shabaka, the Palestine Policy Network. (here he is speaking at the PSC conference last year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYC4inmUHdM )
In this interactive presentation he will offer a historical analysis of the emergence of the Zionist movement, and some of the key factors and institutions relating to that movement that continue to shape Israeli settler colonialism in Palestine. Specifically, the event will offer examination of the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians leading up to and since the establishment of the state of Israel, and the connections between Israeli policies and practices and those of other settler colonies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Venue – Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane
Time – 7.30 pm
17.30, Tuesday 12 March, Keynes Hall, King’s College
co-hosted by Critical Theory & Practice Seminar Series and Demilitarise Cambridge
Ever been confused by the claim that the Israeli military is ‘the most moral’ in the world? Join us to hear Dr James Eastwood talk about his brilliant new book, ‘Ethics as a Weapon of War: Militarism and Morality in Israel’, which focuses on how the ideology of military ethics acts to entrench Israel’s settler-colonial project.
Speaker: James Eastwood is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. His research to date has focussed on the relationship between ethics, violence, and militarism with a particular focus on the case of Israel. Alongside his first book published with Cambridge University Press, his work has also appeared in journals including the European Journal of International Relations, Security Dialogue, and Settler Colonial Studies.
Chair: Dr Mezna Qato is a Research Fellow in History of the Middle East at King’s College, Cambridge. She was co-editor of a special issue of Settler Colonial Studies on Palestine, and is completing a book on the history of education for Palestinians.
Facebook event here. https://www.facebook.com/events/402952446932458/
Organised by Cambridge University Palestine Society https://www.facebook.com/events/417298332349629/
Date: Wednesday 27th February 18.00 – 19.30 pm
Venue: Arthur Quiller Couch Room, Divinity School, St John’s College
Come and hear Sundus Azza talk about her involvement in community activism against illegal Israeli settlement and occupation in the West Bank.
Sundus Azza, 25, is an activist from Hebron, Palestine. She lives a few meters away from an illegal Israeli settlement and faces regular harassment from extremist Israeli settlers.
Her house has been vandalized and her and her family violently assaulted by settlers as well as soldiers. She has been a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements since 2008, documenting human rights violations as a media and activity organizer.
Youth Against Settlements is a Palestinian grassroots initiative to promote nonviolent community resistance against the Israeli occupation. The Open Shuhada Street campaign is an annual call to end the closures, restrictions, human rights violations, and occupation in the city of Hebron and all of Palestine.
Talk organised by Cambridge University Palestine Society at Keynes Hall King’s College, Sunday February 10th 17.30 – 19.00 pm.
Benjamin Ladraa is a Swedish activist, who last year walked 5000 km from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness about human rights violations under military occupation in Palestine. After 11 months of walking across 13 countries, he was interrogated by Israeli authorities for six hours and denied entry on a false premise.
After several months of talks around the US, we are welcoming Benjamin as part of his UK tour.
Hear Benjamin speak about his experiences, the situation of human rights under Israeli occupation, and the next step in his #WalkToPalestine campaign.