Tag Archives: Israel

Report from our September meeting

19 Sep

Palestine2For 50 years Israel has occupied Palestinian land, forcing Palestinians from their homes and illegally using that land to house Israeli settlers and to produce millions of pounds worth of products that are sold around the world, including in UK markets. We petitioned the Foreign Secretary to ban the sale of Israeli settlement products in the UK, and to stop UK companies operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.

We discussed Amnesty’s “I Welcome” campaign for refugees. Amnesty has put together a photo exhibition covering refugees past and present. We plan to show this exhibition at a number of venues in the Taunton area in the next few weeks, including Taunton Library from 16th October. It is also available online, with a commentary by actress (and Amnesty’s UK Ambassador) Juliet Stevenson. We will have a stall, focussing on refugees, at the Tacchi Morris Centre on 27th September when they show Twist, a modern, refugee directed take on Dickens’ novel.

We signed letters for prisoners in Egypt (Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a photo journalist, part of a mass trial of 738 people, whose hearing had been adjourned for the 35th time) and for two Ukrainians condemned to death. The number of countries rejecting the death penalty has risen in the last few years from 16 to 104 – but in the Maldives it has been resumed.

We discussed again the extremely worrying state of affairs in Myanmar (Burma) where Muslim minority Rohingya have been persecuted and forced to flee in Rhakine state. Questions over the stance of leader Aung San Sui Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, remain of international concern.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30pm in the Friends’ Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton. All welcome!

Palestine: What Hope Peace – documentary film screening in Taunton

11 Feb

poster-with-text-2bKerry-anne Mendoza is an independent journalist who has been championing the Palestinian cause since her first visit to Israel and Palestine when she was a young student in 2002 and has made several visits since then, most recently during the height of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014.
She has now made a documentary film showing the side of the story that our mainstream media does not acknowledge. It features eye opening and heart breaking first-hand testimonies from Israelis and Palestinians working against the odds for a just peace in the Middle East as well as archive footage and Kerry-anne’s own eyewitness experience during her visit last summer.  Also some startling historical background and several testimonies from the Russell Tribunal.

This is being shown at the Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton on Friday 13 March.  Bar from 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

Kerry-anne will be at the screening and there will be a Question and Answer session at the end.

Here is a link to the event on the CIC website which gives further information about the film, the venue and ticket booking etc.

Gaza: Stop the arms, stop the killing

27 Jul

From AIUK:

The death toll is rising as rockets rain down on the citizens of Gaza.

Children, women, men – nobody is safe from the indiscriminate bombing.

Israel says it’s targeting Hamas operatives, but most of the dead are civilians.

We must not facilitate war crimes.

Click here to call on the UK government to halt the supply of arms to Israel.

 

 

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