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On the 18 September, a group of us staged a protest outside the Greenshields JCB site in Farnham, in order to draw attention to the use of JCB equipment in house demolitions in the West Bank. JCB is one of the UK companies condemned in a recent UN report for their operations in the West Bank. The protest was part of a campaign calling on the NSPPC to stop accepting money from JCB as its operations have a serious impact on the lives of Palestinian children.
It was reported in the Farnham Herald, which elicited responses from both JCB and NCPCC.  They don’t usually respond publicly, so clearly we got to them a bit.

The update at the link below from Change.org reports on the protest. The tone of this report is in sharp contrast to the much less sympathetic report that has been published in the local Farnham Herald that you can read in the attachments. This is a clear reminder of the obstacles the solidarity movement faces in achieving the press coverage that the Palestinian struggle deserves. If you happen to live in the Farnham area, you might like to write to the Farnham Herald and express your concern at the failure of their report to explain the role of JCB in the demolition of Palestinian homes.

https://www.change.org/p/nspcc-tell-the-nspcc-to-stop-accepting-dirty-money/u/27705700?cs_tk=AsnurZBkPCs1AFssYF8AAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvNmnQ35s9VrVF_JHxrXTrBs%3D&utm_campaign=d3db87893ee54d71931eaf0fa6d0ef0d&utm_content=initial_v0_4_0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs

If you have not already done so, please sign the Change.org petition while you're there.

 

A full day live conference with distinguish speakers from various countries dealing with History; International Law and Human Rights; Religion and the Holy Sites; Contemporary Realities and Plans to Share Jerusalem; and Britain’s Role in the Coming Years:

Tuesday 27th October 2020
10am - 6pm GMT

Inclusive, not exclusive, solutions will be sought by a range of distinguished expert speakers.

  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former FCO Minister for the Middle East, and foreign affairs consultant
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy Q.C., Barrister and human rights lawyer, former Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford
  • Daniel Levy, President, US/Middle East Project, regional expert and former peace negotiator
  • Rula Salameh, Education and Outreach Director, Palestine, Just Vision, documentary film-maker and East Jerusalem women's leader
  • Daniel Seidemann, Founder, Terrestrial Jerusalem, Israeli lawyer and world-leading expert on the city
  • Professor Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Oxford, and distinguished historian of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

Go to the link below to reserve your place.

https://mailchi.mp/balfourproject/new-podcast-with-sir-vincent-fean-free-film-screening-with-qa-6451664?e=ba84987e2f

Below is a link to the recording of the excellent talk given by Sue Crosfield, an ecumenical accompanier, on 28th July.

Talk by Sue Crosfield Recording

The Ecumenical Accompanier Programme welcomes financial support too and below is a link to make donations

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/3771#!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails

Click on Read More below to see a summary of action that you can take to support this work.

Here is another exciting online event which you might like to "attend". I saw Mark Thomas perform "Walking the Wall" at the Tricycle Theatre in London several years ago and thoroughly recommend it both for his humour but also his political and cultural insights. Prof. Colin Green is one of our local PSC members and has been involved in medical projects in Palestine for many years and is the founder of IMET, which supports the training of Palestinian healthcare workers who provide trauma care for children affected by war and deprivation. Below are the details of the event from IMET. Tickets cost £5 and you can pay with a card or via PayPal.

http://gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi?aff=41161&id=42798

West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign is pleased to invite you to a Zoom talk on Tuesday 28th July at 7:00pm. Sue Crosfield, an Ecumenical Accompanier (EA), will share her recent experiences as a human rights observer in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Current Israeli Government plans to annex the West Bank Territories make this talk a timely view of the situation on the ground.