From 1 March 2018: interactive video talks with Winners of 2017 Palestine Book Awards

Expand your knowledge on Palestine-Israel issues for effective solidarity with the Palestinian people

Starting on 1/3/2018, then throughout 2018,
every first Thursday of the month, 7pm:

Winners of the 2017 Palestine Book Awards
interactive video link
followed by Q&A

Themes:
Palestine-Israel, continuing zionist occupation & dispossession, peaceful, non-violent long-term solutions, …

Two requirements:-
– private or public meeting place with good internet access
– commitment to Palestinian Freedom and Human Rights for All

The Programme:
http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/occupied-west-bank/join-the-programme-of-palestine-talks-during-2018

Join NOW!
Send an e-mail to: mick[@]scottishpsc[.]org.uk

http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk

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The Galilee Duet in Oban, 26 June 2018 – Photo round up

If you were at the wonderful recital by

The Galilee Duet

Omar and Tibah Sa’ad, in Oban, last Tuesday evening (26 June), you will always remember Tibah’s haunting songs, the beautiful music played by her and her brother, Omar, and their words and smiles.

The two young siblings from the Galilee in Palestine are currently studying music and music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Solo and together, they showcased their mastery in pieces by Bach, Beethoven and other western composers. The second part contained beautiful pieces from the musicians’ own part of the world. Omar accompanied his sister Tibah on the Derbekkeh drum, while Tibah played the cello alongside some of her songs.

We were delighted not only to listen to the young musicians, but also to hear about their successful end of term examinations – well done and many congratulations!

In the 70th year of the Naqba, the expulsion of many hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and from their ancestral lands in 1948, when the state of Israel was created at some desk far from Palestine, it was encouraging and inspiring to hear two young musicians play so skilfully, with feeling and strength, and to hear their stories.

It was wonderful to see Omar’s smile at the end as he told us that he had been playing the first-ever Palestine-made viola – what a remarkable achievement in a land so dreadfully besieged and beset. And what proof of the courage and (enforced) resilienceof all who live in that area.

Thank you, Omar and Tibah, for your performance, for your courage, for your great sense of humour!

Thank you to those of you who gave a helping hand, both in the run-up to the event, and on the day itself, especially to Juliet R of www.olivetreescotland.org– without whose input and tireless work, this would never have happened!

Thank you to the Rev Dugald Cameron and his helpers for letting us use his church, literally “for a song”.

Thank you to those of you who spread the word and encouraged people to attend.

Thank you to the Rev Dr Nicholas Taylor, who not only chauffeured the musicians all the way from Glasgow and back again the next day, but who also spoke very generously about the relevance ofOban Concern for Palestine for the resistance to Israel’spernicious occupation of Palestinian territories.

The 30 prepared tickets sold out quickly; about fifty people attended in total. What a great showing for a small town like Oban. It was a great pleasure to welcome such a large audience, including a young woman all the way from Australia, on the last evening of her Oban visit…

Because we ran out of other information as well, the Palmusic donation form may not have reached everyone.

So, if you would now like to make a donation, please use the link below.
DO PLEASE mention Omar and Tibah Sa’ad in order for them to receive your support.
Any unnamed donations will help Palmusic help other “young Palestinians to learn music and change their lives! Music can help young Palestinians to nurture their skills and talent and bring positive change to their otherwise stressful lives.” (http://www.palmusic.org.uk/support/support-us/)

Thank you for giving generously:
http://www.palmusic.org.uk/support/support-us/

Thanks to your presence and your generosity, we were able to hand over £285 in cash, which went straight towards helping Omar and Tibah out as they head into their next term at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Especially on behalf of those who were, sadly, unable to attend due to commitments elsewhere:
We very much hope to welcome these two remarkable young musicians back to Oban in the not-too-distant future, and to welcome their equally gifted brothers, as well – Galilee Quartet, please come and play for us, and share your inspiring stories – soon!

Tibah and Omar, warm thanks for your generous permission to share the photos taken on the evening – apologies for pixellated images. They show you both in performance, and speaking and listening; plus the Oban audience, the Rev Dr Nicholas Taylor from Glasgow, and Juliet R’s stall of hand-made craft objects imported from Palestine by www.olivetreescotland.org

Onwards and upwards – in the name of Justice and Peace!

Margret, member, Oban Concern for Palestine

 

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The Galilee Duet in Oban: 26 Jun 2018, 7pm

Dear All

In the 70th year of the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians from their ancestral lands, we of OC4P – Oban Concern for Palestine are very pleased to welcome two gifted young musicians currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow:

The Galilee Duet

will play at Oban Parish Church, Glencruitten Road, Oban PA34 4DN
on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 7 for 7:30pm
Tickets at the door: £7 / Concessions: £5 / Refreshments for a donation.
On the night, Olive Tree Scotland will sell a small range of hand-crafted products from Palestine.

The Galilee DuetTibah Sa’ad, cello/vocals, and Omar Sa’ad, viola/drum –will play classical European and Arabic music, and sing some Arabic folk songs.

Tibah and Omar are members of a Druze family. They grew up in a small village in Galilee, northern Israel. They are on a tour of Scotland to play their music, sing their songs, and tell their audiences about the situation in their homeland.

Please join us in Tibah and Omar’s fundraising on behalf of the
Palestine Youth Orchestra, and for their ongoing studies at the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

We look forward to welcoming you on 26 June.

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Essay by Neve Gordon, “The ‘New Anti-Semitism'” (January 2018)

Dear All

“The ‘New Anti-Semitism'” by Neve Gordon, published on page 18 of LRB – The London Review of Books, discusses the worrying conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. What is even more worrying is that the UK government has adopted this position.

As a small group of people in and near Oban, we of Oban Concern for Palestine advocate HUMAN RIGHTS, and a fair and just peace, FOR ALL.

We reject any form of hatred-mongering and violence against any ethnic group, whoever they may be.

Until the Israeli government fully complies with international treaties and laws, we will continue to argue for, and support, the BDS  movement that calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

Read Neve Gordon’s essay here: 
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n01/neve-gordon/the-new-anti-semitism.

 

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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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