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There are several events planned both locally and nationally to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in November.  We are pleased to have two separate events in Guildford.  The first is a talk and film by Dr Peter Shambrook and the second is an event together with the Guildford Amnesty International group as part of the Guildford Book Festival with the author and journalist David Cronin.  Although both examine the history and impact of the Balfour Declaration, they approach the topic from different perspectives and we would strongly encourage you to attend both events if possible.  You can find further details below.

Below are some photos from the hugely enjoyable and successful Sama' Ensemble with:

Ibrahim Atari              qanoon
Heather Bursheh         flute and voice
Oystein Bru Franzen   bass guitar
Wassim Qassis           percussion

 

“His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” The Balfour Declaration November 1917

This year marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the document penned by the then British foreign secretary which paved the way for the foundation of the state of Israel. Despite reassurances to the Palestinians, it led to the occupation of their land and denial of their rights through to the present day. Peter Shambrook will analyse both the historical significance and the lasting impact of the Balfour Declaration on the region.

Dr Shambrook has a PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History from Cambridge University and has spent many years studying 19/20th century British involvement in the Middle East. He is currently Historical Consultant to the Balfour Project

Friday 22 September 2017, 7.30pm
St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street,
Guildford GU2 4AW

 

(Jerusalem) – FIFA, the worldwide football association, is sponsoring matches in Israeli settlements in the West Bank on land unlawfully taken from Palestinians. To fulfill its human rights responsibilities, FIFA should require its affiliate, the Israel Football Association, which is conducting business in unlawful settlements that are off-limits to Palestinians, to move all FIFA-sanctioned games and activities inside Israel.

Thunder Clap it here - https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/56338-redcardisrael-fifa-congress

More in formation at the following links:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/09/25/israel/palestine-fifa-sponsoring-games-seized-land

https://bdsmovement.net/news/fifa-urged-organizations-representing-millions-expel-israeli-clubs-settlements

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/israel-lobbying-fifa-prevent-ban-settlement-teams-170420105045514.html

https://bdsmovement.net/news/kick-settlements-out-football-fifas-upcoming-congress#tweets