Saturday June 11, 2011, Oban:
Oban Concern for Palestine had a street stall at Oban Charities Day, raising awareness and selling products and crafts from Palestinian social enterprises in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.
It was a great success as hundreds came along, said hello, picked up our flyer and bought the products on offer.
Great thanks to everyone involved!
Speaker: Daoud Nassar of the Tent of Nations near Bethlehem
Daoud Nassar is a Palestinian Christian from near Bethlehem. His family have owned their land near Bethlehem for generations – and have title deeds to prove it! Nevertheless, they are subject to harassment from Israeli settlers, to threats of demolitions of some of their buildings by the Israeli military, and to attempts by the Israeli authorities to take their land – attemps Daoud’s family have been fighting through the courts.
Despite all these difficulties, through their project, Tent of Nations, the family run programmes for local women and children. They attract many international visitors, volunteers and young people who are encouraged to imagine a better future. At the Tent of Nations, Palestinian and Israeli visitors can learn to love their country without hating the other; they can seek to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. Palestinian, Israeli and international visitors can meet and stand together in solidarity for peace, justice and human dignity.
The Tent of Nations story is an inspiring story of steadfastness and hope.
Daoud Nassar was a guest in Scotland of the Church of Scotland and of the Scottish Palestinian Forum.
Oban Concern for Palestine feel deeply honoured and inspired to have had Daoud (Arabic for David) here with us in Oban.Daoud Nassar just before he’s piped into the Oban venue.
Saturday, 12 June 2010, Oban:
Oban Concern for Palestine had a street stall at Oban Charities Day, raising awareness and selling Palestinian products. Lots of people came along and said hello.
5 June 2010: Gaza Petition
Oban Concern for Palestine took to the streets on Saturday, 5 June 2010, for a vigil and petition on behalf of the people of Gaza. In little over an hour at The Clock Tower, Station Square, Oban, we collected more than 200 signatures.
These included not just people from Oban but other countries as well. One particularly memorable signature was provided by a lady who recently celebrated her 101st birthday!
The petition called for an end to the blockade of Gaza which has now lasted for more than three years. Further, after the breaches of International Law a few days earlier, which had led to the deaths of nine people involved in trying to get aid and vital supplies into Gaza, the petition also demanded an independent and international investigation into the incident.
The mercy mission totalled almost 700 people from about 30 countries, one of them being an 89-year-old survivor of the holocaust.
The Oban Petition has been forwarded to the Scottish Foreign Secretary.