Join PSC at UK Parliament Lobby Day, Wed 22 Nov 2017

Dear All

This is a message of thanks from PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign – and a request to join in the

Lobby Day at Westminster 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 12-6pm.

If you can’t be in London on the day, ask your MP to support the Lobby Day.

See below for more details.

PSC March to Parliament on the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 2 November 2017

 

PSC message, 10/11/2017, 16:15:

Thank you!

Last weekend fifteen thousand of you joined us in marching to Parliament. Now we need your help to take our message into Parliament itself.

On Wednesday 22nd November we will have a national lobby of Parliament to tell our MPs to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and abuse of Palestinian children.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! You can get involved in a number of ways to make this lobby day a success:

1) JOIN THE LOBBY DAY: ask for a meeting with your MP here.
2) ASK YOUR MP TO SUPPORT THE LOBBY here.

Come to London on Wednesday 22nd and meet with your MP to give a message of solidarity with Palestine. If you can’t come to London, you can still help by asking your MP to support the lobby!

All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. You will also be invited to join the PSC evening event in Parliament (from 18.00 -20.00) where you can hear from experts and politicians about what they are doing for Palestine. Information on the lobby day can be found here.

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Oban’s Apology to the Palestinian people for 100 years of Balfour

OC4P – Oban Concern for Palestine – make a stand of apology to Palestine for 100 years of Balfour-inspired injustice and genocidal human-rights violations:
Oban councillors present and past … and friends travelling through …
… locals …
… older and younger …
… then there was a faint rainbow on the water – let’s take this as a good omen…Read more about the Balfour Declaration here

 

OC4P are grateful to San Ghanny choir, Edinburgh, for inspiring this peaceful vigil, and for posting our Oban photos on

THE BALFOUR APOLOGY WEBSITE

The Balfour Apology website was set up by San Ghanny choir in Edinburgh upon return from their trip to Palestine in April 2017.

It is a direct response to many conversations with Palestinians about the importance of Balfour and the complicity of our nation.

If you’re based in the UK, please join the online Balfour Apology. If our government won’t apologise, then at least we can.

It’s easy to show solidarity with Palestinians:
• Take a photo of yourself with your apology
• Send the photo to sanghanny@gmail.com.

It matters. It really does matter.
It is a small thing we can do.

Other apologies and more information:
https://balfourapology.wordpress.com/

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Oban, Sat 4 Nov 2017: VIGIL OF APOLOGY TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

Dear All

Thursday 2nd November 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
On that day, a fateful declaration was signed by then British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James (later Lord) Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour.

In the name of Justice and Peace
join our VIGIL
 to
Apologise to the
Palestinian People for the Balfour Declaration

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10am-4pm
Station Square, ObanPlease come and join us for an hour or longer
to apologise to Palestine for 100 years of abuse.

Bring a candle in a jar, wear a keffiah, or
drape the Palestinian flag over your shoulders.
If  you can, create a poster like the one above. 

WHY?

On 2nd November, 1917, Arthur Balfour put his signature to a letter addressed to Lord Walter Rothschild. Rothschild was a leader of the British Jewish community. The letter was intended for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The Foreign Minister affirmed the British government’s support for the establishment of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine at a time when Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. 

Back then, the policy was understandable. This may explain why ‘Prime Minister Theresa May wants British people to feel “pride” in the Balfour Declaration’ (The Independent, 2 March 2017).

However, facts on the ground had been suppressed and Britain’s policy strengthened Zionism. To this day, Britain continues to provide support to the state of Israel and its inhuman, illegal policies which have brought unspeakable misery to Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza.

As a consequence of the Balfour Declaration, Palestinians were robbed of their ancestral land. Tens of thousands perished in the desert. Tens of thousands more were forced into exile.

Most of the around five million Palestinian refugees live in abject conditions in so-called refugee camps around the Middle East, including Gaza. For sixty years and longer, the state of Israel has been depriving Palestinians of their dignity.

In fact, Israel must now be considered an Apartheid state in which Palestinian Israelis – children, women, men – are systematically treated far worse than its Jewish population. The Zionist project is harming everyone involved – yet it continues to enjoy the support of the British government (and others).

For an animated introduction to the above, see Israeli Palestinian conflict explained: an animated introduction (published in Nov.2012) Produced by JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace in the U.S.
Let no-one say we did not know!

In the name of Justice and Peace
join our VIGIL
 Station Square, Oban
Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10am-4pm
to

Apologise to the
Palestinian People
and to let them know that thousands of people in the British Isles
and elsewhere are standing with them.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please get in touch for any further information you may require:

ObanConcern4Palestine[@]gmail.com • 07747 300 062

Please note that by taking part in the vigil, you will be
giving your implicit permission to being photographed
and to your image being disseminated on our
social networking pages (wordpress blog, facebook).

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Ayman Jarjour in Edinburgh, 29 Sep 2017: Classical Guitar and Choral Music fundraiser

Dear All

Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
join in an
Evening of Classical Guitar & Choral Music
with
Ayman Jarjour
and
The Choir of St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West
in aid of Palcrafts, a registered Scottish charity,
and its trading arm, Hadeel.

Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
St. Andrew’s & St. George-s West Church
13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Tickets: £20, £15 (over 60s/disabled), £10 (under 16s);
Admission includes a light buffet, wine and soft drinks.

Book here or get your tickets at Hadeel, 123 George St., EH2 4JN (Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm); from the Undercroft Café, St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West, EH2 2PA; or at the door.

Classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour hails from Syria. He now lives in Scotland and often gives charity concerts.

The primary aim of Scottish Charity no SC033983 Palcrafts is to reduce poverty ‘by providing a sustainable source of income for artisans and farmers and is mainly done through the trading arm Hadeel. Secondly it aims to raise awareness in the UK of Palestinian issues. Thirdly it gives grants to producer groups. This has included recent grants to update computer equipment and machinery to improve productivity and improve Health & Safety. It also gives advice and assistance on further product development.’

With thanks to Scottish Friends of Palestine for forwarding the information to Oban Concern for Palestine.

 

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Miko Peled in Glasgow, 27 Sept 2017

Dear All

The Scottish Palestinian Forum invites you to a
seminar with MIKO PELED

The renowned Israel-born Peace activist and author will be speaking in Glasgow, at 7:30 pm on Wed. 27 September 2017
Venue:

Blythswood Hall,
Renfield St.Stephen’s Centre,
260 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 4JP

(We understand that a similar event will also be held in Edinburgh on Thursday, 28 September 2017)

The son of a decorated Israeli army general, and himself a one-time proud ISAF member, Miko Peled will share his account of growing up in the heart of Zionist Israel’s military elite.

This thought-provoking seminar will take participants on a journey of tumultuous events that sparked Miko Peled’s transformation into an advocate for Peace and Equal Rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.

Miko Peled’s book, The General’s Son, will be on sale.

 

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ZYARA – a chance to see Palestine as it really is (Nov-Dec 2017)

Dear All

This is a message received on 8 Sept 2017, 10am, from Scottish Friends of Palestine:

Grab this chance to see Palestine as it really is – join the next ZYARA your ‘personal journey of discovery’ (Zyara website)

Zyara have a few places left on their visit to Palestine, 19 November to 3 December 2017

‘ZYARA are a small group of ordinary people who believe in seeing [Palestine] as it is.’ (Zyara website)

They organise a Zyara (visit) to Palestine once or twice a year, taking a maximum of 30 people along to volunteer in small projects and tour the country, meet grass roots organisations and people of all walks of life. Visitors enjoy the food, the landscape, and the company of ordinary people living under occupation.

Zyara have a few places left on their visit to Palestine, from 19 November to 3 December 2017.

You will travel to Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Nablus, Hebron, Haifa and other towns and cities. You will meet inspiring people, and tour old cities, visiting schools and universities. You will dine in authentic restaurants and bars. You will volunteer with local communities.

The activity-packed journey, from 19 November to 3 December 2017, will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Zyara have a few places left on their visit to Palestine, 19 November to 3 December 2017 and hope you can join them in this journey.

http://zyara.yolasite.com  or e-mail  zyarapalestine[@]gmail.com
– for more information
– to let Zyara know that you would like to join the visit
– if you know a friend who might be interested

The Zyara yolasite has LINKS to
FAQs, frequently asked questions
– a photo gallery of photos of zyaras taken by Zyara participants (2009 to June 2011).

Participants’ more recent contributions can be found on the
Zyara instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/zyarapalestine/

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1001 Olive Trees – San Ghanny choir in Oban: 15 Sep 2017

Dear All
Oban Concern for Palestine present:

SAN GHANNY CHOIR, Edinburgh

1001 OLIVE TREES – Songs and Stories from Occupied Palestine

Friday, 15th September 2017, 6:30 for 7pm
ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL, OBAN PA34 5QE

Tickets at the door: £7 / Concessions: £5
Refreshments for a donation

See here or below for more details:

Oban welcomes the choir San Ghanny (Arabic: ‘we shall sing’) after their recent sold-out performance at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

The choir has visited Palestine under Israel’s occupation. The singers focus on Palestinian people’s inspirational somoud (‘steadfastness’) – their daily dignity and resistance to injustice under occupation. Obanites will also be able to learn an Arabic song and dance!

Any nett revenue from this event will be donated to San Ghanny in support of projects in Palestine.  More information from San Ghanny choir:
en-gb.facebook.com/SanGhanny/
sanghanny[@]gmail.com

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