Last minute call to join a 2013 Plant-a-Tree-in-Palestine Delegation: Lessons of Dispossession, Acts of Resistance

On behalf of the Stop the JNF* Campaign, we’re pleased to disseminate an
Invitation to participate in 2013 Plant-a-Tree-in-Palestine Delegation: Lessons of Dispossession, Acts of Resistance

*) JNF = Jewish National Fund
From January 5 – January 14, 2013, the Stop the JNF Campaign is running a 10-day visit to Palestine, providing the opportunity to:-
  • gain an overview of the issues affecting Palestinian land rights(and the role in illegal appropriation of Palestinian land by para-statal organisations);
  • visit destroyed Palestinian villages to find out more about the role of the JNF in land dispossession;
  • take part in tree-planting actions alongside Palestinian communities to reclaim stolen or threatened land in the Jordan Valley, Susiya and Wadi Qana.
Participants will learn about the dispossession and destruction that Israeli forces and settlers have imposed on Palestinian communities.  Importantly, there will also be a chance to work and stay with communities in these areas, gaining an insight into day-to-day to life.
We will visit depopulated and destroyed Palestinian villages (e.g. from 1948 and 1967) to see first-hand the ways the JNF appropriates Palestinian land, both historically and today.  We will travel to the Naqab (Negev) area where thousands of indigenous Bedouins are resisting the Israeli government’s attempts at ethnic cleansing and the planting of JNF forests over their land and homes.  We will also receive briefings from academics, legal experts and inspiring community organisations that are working to end the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians.
A hostel in the Muslim quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem will be used as a base; the visit should also involve staying a few nights in the West Bank with families as well.
Although the final itinerary remains to be agreed, travel will be split fairly evenly between sites in Israel and the West Bank,  including visiting the Naqab/Negev, the Galilee and probably both British and Canada Park within Israel, Wadi Qana, Susiya, and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.  The visit will involve recognised organisations like Adalah, Zochrot, Badil, MECA and Stop the Wall.
Plant-a-Tree-in-Palestine is a project established in 2011 with the aim of raising awareness of the tree planting and other activities of the Jewish National Fund, and providing an effective means of solidarity with Palestinians who resist the demolition of their homes and theft of their land. It is a joint project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall), the Palestinian Farmers Union, and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
We invite participation from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including activists, representatives of civil society, environmental, and anti-racist organisations, trade unions and others. An important element of the visit will be discussions between the Stop the JNF Campaign and participants on how we can develop solidarity work in our localities to challenge Israel’s ongoing dispossession of the Palestinians.
If you have any queries about the visit or would like to register your interest, please e-mail
delegation AT [kindly hand-copy this e-mail address, substituting @ for AT]IMPORTANT: Please wait for confirmation before booking your flights.

In solidarity,
Dave Black, for
Stop the JNF Campaign UK
delegation AT [kindly hand-copy this e-mail address, substituting @ for AT]
07962 223 123

About Oban Concern for Palestine

. . . supporting people in Palestine and Israel who oppose the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Oban Concern for Palestine are a group of Argyll residents who share an interest in Palestine, a friendship with its people and a deep concern for their welfare. And, for the sake of Israel, we want to encourage the government of Israel to comply with international law. Oban Concern for Palestine believe that the oppression of the Palestinian people is a grave wrong, that the government of Israel is in violation of international law, and that we have a duty to speak up and do what we can to bring it to an end. We welcome new members and supporters. For more information, please contact obanconcern4palestine AT gmail DOT com • +44 7747 300 062 • Oban Concern for Palestine, c/o Stronchriach, Rowan Road, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5TY, UK
This entry was posted in News Archive, Past Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s