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:


1001 OLIVE TREES – Songs and Stories from Occupied Palestine

Friday, 15th September 2017, 6:30 for 7pm

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:

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36 days: Palestinian civil society leaders in Israeli detention without charge or trial

In today via amnesty international:

In violation of international humanitarian law, two Palestinian civil society leaders have been held in administrative detention in an Israeli prison without charge or trial for 36 days.

Khalida Jarrar is a Member of the Palestinian parliament. Khitam Saafin is a women’s union leader. Their administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely and with no prior notice. Their detention violates international humanitarian law.

Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin are being represented by lawyers from Addameer, a Palestinian non-governmental Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. According to the lawyers, the Israeli military commander issued a three-month administrative detention order against Khitam Saafin on 9 July 2017, which a military judge confirmed on 12 July. Elected parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar was given a six-month administrative detention order on 12 July, which was confirmed by a military judge on 18 July. Although six months is the maximum period of detention for each order, they can be renewed indefinitely. Both women deny accusations of being members of an illegal organisation.

In the early hours of 2 July 2017, the two women were arrested by Israeli soldiers during separate raids on their homes. Eyewitnesses reported that between 40 and 50 armed Israeli soldiers conducted a raid at 3:30am that day to arrest Khitam Saafin in her home in Beitunia, a neighbourhood of Ramallah in the West Bank, which is Israeli-occupied territory. At around 4am that same day, Khalida Jarrar was arrested in her home in Ramallaha during a similar Israeli military raid; her phone, tablet and the hard drive of her home computer were confiscated.

Both women were first held in Ofer military compound near Ramallah. In the afternoon of 2 July, they were transferred to HaSharon prison inside Israel. According to international humanitarian law, detainees from occupied territories may not be held the occupying power’s territory. The women’s transfer to a prison inside Israel therefore violates international humanitarian law.
As in all cases of administrative detention by the state of Israel, the ‘evidence’ against Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin is secret. In violation of a central principle of fair trial standards, the ‘evidence’ may not be reviewed either by the detainees or by their lawyers.

The policies outlined above violate basic human rights and international humanitarian law. Israel has nevertheless pursued such policies for many decades. If they are harmful to Palestinian men, women and children, they also harm the Israeli soldiers, many of whom are young, impressionable men and women, under orders to carry out dawn raids and to take often brutal action against innocent civilians going about their daily lives. Most importantly, and contrary to official claims and propaganda, such policies have failed abysmally to make Israel safe and bring peace to the region.

We urge the Israeli government and Israeli armed forces,
– to release Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin immediately;
– to release all other prisoners held by Israel in administrative detention.

Alternatively, recognisable criminal charges must be brought immediately against any such detainees, and they must be brought to trial in conformity with international trial standards.

We also urge Israel to take immediate steps to end the practice of administrative detention.

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22 June 2017: PSC victory against UK Government: Our right to BDS protected

Dear All

Great news from our friends at PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign. We hasten to share this with you:
“We have some wonderful news. As you know, last week we took the British government to the Royal Courts of Justice to fight for our right to boycott.

“Today the judge delivered his verdict: WE WON!!

“The government was trying to stop local council pension schemes divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. Theresa May’sdisgraceful attempt to silence Palestinian voices and restrict our right to peaceful protest has failed.

“It’s a moment to treasure and a key victory for local democracy, the rule of law and for Palestine.

“We know the public is on our side, as our recent YouGov polling showed 43% of the British public thought BDS was reasonable.

“We now know that the law is on our side too. We couldn’t be happier that our right to boycott has been upheld by the court in the month that the illegal military occupation turns fifty years old.

“To fight this case, we needed your help and financial support. You came to our aid magnificently, and we were blown away by your generosity. Thank you for making this possible.

“We couldn’t have done it without all of you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

“Our task now is to take forward our campaigning with renewed vigour. We will as a priority be sending this judgment to all local councils and LGPS fund managers to let them know that the Government regulations have been ruled illegal, and that they once again need to ensure they are not investing funds in companies complicit in Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.

“Today we have drawn a line in the sand against the attempts to suppress the right to boycott and to stand up for Palestine.  Tomorrow lets  pick up our campaigning with a renewed vigour and spring in our step.  Free Free Palestine!!

“Ben Jamal, Director”
[PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign]

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Please click here to donate to this PSC campaign.

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017: 50 Years of the ‘Six Day War’ – public event in Bern, Switzerland

Dear Friends
Allow us to share information about an upcoming event organised by
The Consequences of 50 Years of the ‘Six Day War’
Facilitator: Shirin Dajani, GSP committee member
Venue: Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz 8, Bern, Switzerland
Date/Time: Saturday, 17 June 2017, 4pm
In English, simultaneous German interpretation.
The ‘Six Day War’ of 1967 concluded Israel’s conquest of Palestinian lands, and was the beginning of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.
Miko Peled will debunk the Zionist myths that continue to be believed by many in Switzerland and elsewhere. He will ask what he learnt from his father, and how Israelis and Palestinians might overcome their deadly enmity.
Yousef Jabareen will describe the consequences of those six days on the Palestinian people, both on those who continue to live in the lands occupied by Israel, and on those who were driven off their land and have been forced to exist somewhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
The speakers:
• Miko Peled is the author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. He is ‘an outspoken human rights and Palestinian rights activist.’ He was ‘born in Jerusalem into a well-known Zionist family. His maternal grandfather signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled, fought in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and was a general in 1967 during the Six Day War when Israel conquered Gaza, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank.’ (pbs.org)
Dr. Yousef T. Jabareen, MK, is an Israeli Arab human rights scholar, lawyer, community activist, and a member of the 20th Knesset (Israel’s parliament).
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Join in: 50 Days of Action for MAP

15 May – 3 July – 50 Days of Action
YOUR opportunity to raise funds for MAP–Medical Aid for Palestinians

As most of you will know, Nakba Day on 15 May 2017 began a season of painful commemoration for Palestinians. 5 June is the sorry 50th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
On 14 June, Palestinians in Gaza mark ten years under Israel’s stifling blockade and closure. It has been a decade punctuated by three devastating military offensives.

As MAP writes, ‘these anniversaries show why international action is more important than ever. MAP remains resolute in the pursuit of our core vision: a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally-led system of healthcare and the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity.’

Click here for more details on how YOU can contribute.

Get involved

During 50 Days of Action MAP are asking you to get involved and show your support.  You can:

  • Hold a coffee morning with friends and family
  • Grab some friends and organise a bucket collection
  • Take part in one of MAP’s challenge events
  • Sign and share the MAP campaign www.map.org.uk/actnow

Whatever you choose to do, please show your support for the MAP campaign and enable them to continue working for the health and dignity of Palestinians.

Register your event and request your fundraising materials

We of Oban Concern for Palestine – and MAP even more so – would love to hear from you. MAP will be happy to provide advice, materials and guidance to ensure you raise as much money as possible.

To request your fundraising pack and register your event, please phone MAP: [UK] 020 7226 4114, or email: fundraising[@]map[.]org[.]uk
(in your email, please remove the square brackets from the address).


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Must-watch talk by Miko Peled, ‘the General’s Son’

Miko Peled: Freedom & Justice: Keys to Peace in Palestine/Israel

Syracuse, NY; September 16, 2016

From the Organizers:

“Author and Activist Miko Peled, son of an Israeli general and grandson of a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, has become an advocate of Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates boycotting and divesting from companies that profit off Israeli colonization of Palestinian land and other attacks on Palestinians.

“In his 2012 book, “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine”, Peled chronicles how his views transformed from the Zionism of his childhood to unabashed support for Palestinian rights after his niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber.

“Peled spoke at United University Methodist Church in Syracuse, NY.”

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