Urgent: East Jerusalem Family Threatened with Eviction

EU Representatives Visit the Sabbagh Family in Sheikh Jarrah

Please urgently add your voice of protest against the threatened eviction of an East Jerusalem family.
Click here to find your local (UK) MP.
Click here to write to the Embassy of Israel in London. 

Click here, here and here for more details.

Background:

On Tuesday, 22 January 2019, EU diplomats visited the 32 members of the Sabbagh family under threat of eviction from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. Jewish settlers are to take their place.

NOTE: Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal under international law; evictions breach art. 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. Also, the Sabbagh family have submitted documents proving that the house they live in is registered in their name.

The Sabbaghs are refugees from Jaffa, where their original family home still stands. But – unlike Jews – Palestinians cannot under Israeli law reclaim property abandoned during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence.

Following a claim by settlers that they own the plot where the Sabbagh family house is located, the Israeli High Court dismissed, on 15 November 2018, a final appeal against the Sabbagh family’s eviction, ruling that the statute of action in the lawsuit against the settlers had expired.

The statement on the visit issued by the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah notes: “If the eviction is carried out, it would amount to the displacement of around 32 members of the Sabbagh family, including 6 children,” adding that further settlement plans, including evictions, are being moved forward in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem.
“The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall the successive Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions and statements in which the EU has repeated its strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, including evictions and demolitions. The policy of settlement construction and expansion, including in East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law, and its continuation undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace,” concluded the statement, according to WAFA.

 

Oban Concern for Palestine appreciate the information originally received from Highland Palestine • https://www.facebook.com/HighlandPalestine

For more information, please contact
Mr Ofir Feuerstein, OCHA: +972 (0) 5433 11 836 • feuersteinATun.org

and/or  visit
– http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=p8NHuna108178149486ap8NHun
http://imemc.org/article/eu-representatives-visit-jerusalem-family-threatened-with-eviction/
– https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-israel-s-top-court-won-t-rehear-case-on-eviction-of-palestinians-in-east-jerusalem-1.6830318

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An Evening with Brendan O’Hara MP: Oban, Thu 31/01/2019

Dear All

OC4P • Oban Concern for Palestine extend a warm welcome

An evening with
Brendan O’Hara MP

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 6:50 for 7pm

Parish Church (Church of Scotland – at the actual church)
Soroba Road/Glencruitten Road, Oban PA34 4DN

Entry by donation.

We are very grateful to the Ministers for lending us their space (for a wee donation).

In his illustrated talk, Brendan O’Hara MP will share his experiences and observations made during a fairly recent visit to Palestine and Lebanon. He will take your questions at the end.

To help us make sure there are enough refreshments on hand afterwards,
kindly e-mail obanconcern4palestine@gmail.com to let us know that you will be attending.

The largest portion of donations received on the night will go to MAP – Medical Aid for Palestinians – https://www.map.org.uk.  A small portion will go to the church and towards covering our expenses.

OC4P • Oban Concern for Palestine
http://www.facebook.com/obanconcern4palestine
ObanConcern4Palestine@gmail.com • 07747 300 062

Details for BACS donations, gratefully received:
RBS Oban: 83-26-04 / 0071 4446 / Ref: “BO’H–MAP”

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
We take data security very seriously and will do all we can not to disclose your personal details.

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Good news: Stand with social justice defender, Prof Angela Davis

Dear All

It’s not very often that we can share good news.

Yesterday evening, this message from JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace – arrived here in Oban:

I hope you saw this on Friday, it’s a testament to all our work together that we were able to quickly shift public opinion, stand with Angela Davis, and amplify the many voices who agreed the original rescinding of the award was an insult. 

Help us honor Professor Davis with an ad in the Birmingham News [USA], and help put to rest the idea that working for Palestinian rights is controversial. We’re just $2,500 away from our goal, and need to get there by the end of today!

PLEASE DONATE HERE

Onward
Rebecca

We’ve just heard that the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has changed their minds and is affirming their human rights award to Angela Davis! 

This is great news! And in no small measure due to the outpouring of support by progressive Jews and allies who protested the rescinding of the award. 18,000 of you signed a statement of support and we thank you.

There’s an early report here from Democracy Now! – and we hope Professor Davis will make a statement soon.

But regardless, we’re still going forward with placing an ad honoring Angela Davis’ lifetime work, and building with new allies in Birmingham.

If you haven’t already, can you pitch in? 

PLEASE DONATE HERE

[END OF MESSAGE DATED 28 JANUARY 2019]

Background information provided by JVP:

The  (U.S.) Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recently gave Prof Angela Davis an award for her lifetime of work for civil rights for all people, and then took it away – because Angela Davis believes in Palestinian human rights.

That was an unbelievable and sadly classic attack on Black-Palestinian solidarity. But it has also backfired, at that is huge.

By 11 January 2019, 400 academics and 7500 supporters had already signed a letter of protest from  JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace

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Palestinians living in East Jerusalem ‘erased’

Dear All

Thousands of people have been shocked to hear that booking DOT com has bowed to pressure from pro-Israel activists, and now describes individual accommodation in East Jerusalem merely as ‘set in Jerusalem’.*)  This literally erases East Jerusalem, which for too many decades already has been illegally occupied by Israel.

This is why Jewish Voice for Peace have launched a campaign addressed to booking.com’s CEO, Gillian Tans:

We of Oban Concern 4 Palestine ask you to please add your name here to the thousands of people around the world who are telling Booking DOT com CEO Gillian Tans to tell the truth about Israel:

According to JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace – Booking DOT com’s CEO Gillian Tans is a proud progressive female leader, and famous for her openness. If we put her personal reputation on the line, we can get Booking DOT com to tell the truth, that East Jerusalem is occupied territory.

Please add your name here:  Booking DOT com: tell the truth

In response to media reports, Booking DOT com downplayed the change, showing they really don’t understand just how painful it is for Palestinian families to watch their history being erased one website at a time.

But this isn’t just about websites. It is about a concerted cultural campaign that starts with pro-Israel, right-wing extremists, and extends to Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. It continues when mainstream companies like Booking DOT com get on board by erasing Palestinians’ connection to their homeland.

We need to make Booking DOT com ‘see the light’.  Their CEO, Gillian Tans, is our best shot to get them to tell the truth about Israeli occupation.

Please add your name and share with everyone you know: Booking DOT com: tell the truth

Also on behalf of JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace, thank you for adding your voice – now.

 

*)
Granted, if you specifically search the booking DOT com pages for ‘East Jerusalem’, you will find  about 47 ‘hotels’ (as at 14:28 BST today). However, individual descriptions merely state ‘… is set in Jerusalem’ rather than ‘East Jerusalem, Israeli occupied territory’.

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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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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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