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West Surrey PSC will hold its AGM this Thursday  23rd February at Friends meeting House in Godalming. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

The address is:

Friends Meeting House
Mill Lane GU7 1HB, Godalming



Leila Sansour showed an extract of her new film "The road to Bethlehem" which was launched at the Dubai film festival in December 2011 and  has not yet been released in the UK. She also showed some slides about Bethlehem.

Leila comes from a Christian family in Bethlehem. After some years abroad she awakened to the problems of the Occupation and since 2002 has devoted herself to this.
She directed a film "Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army" (2003) covering his visit with the ISM in 2002 which was shown on TV here and obtained very good reviews (contact us or Open Bethlehem for copies).

In 2005 she  started an NGO "Open Bethlehem" ( ), an international public relations campaign set up to address the state of emergency in Bethlehem which she continues to direct (donations welcome).

She  spoke eloquently about the fall in population, especially of Palestinian Christians, in what has become a small very enclave confined to the built-up area and surrounded on all sides by the Wall and by new illegal settlements. Palestinians wanting to go in or out are obliged to pass through a single narrow pedestrian hole in the wall, where they are subjected to searches and long delays. Foreign tourists come another way in buses run by Israeli-based companies and have little interaction with the city. The people survive largely on subventions from foreign donors (EU UN etc) as normal commercial activities are quasi impossible - almost all the shops have closed in recent years.

There were many questions, and she was warmly applauded and thanked for her presence.



The image at the top is of how the wall annexing Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem has affected Palestinian lives. The link below takes you to a presentation about this.



The meeting was organised by the Surrey University Palestinian Society supported by the Surrey Islamic Society and WS PSC and held at the university. About 55 people attended.

Ilan Pappe is the reputed Israeli professor of history who was forced out of Haifa University in 2007 because his views were contrary to Israeli dogma and he supported the academic boycott of Israel. He is now at Exeter University.

Join us for an evening about Bethlehem.
Leila Sansour will be showing clips from her new documentary which
will soon go on national release in the UK.
Bethlehem can play a crucial role in bringing change to the Middle
She will be talking about what it meant to  document 5 momentous
years in the life of Bethlehem and about ways that people can get
involved in the efforts to save the city from strangulation.



St Nicolas Church Hall,
Bury Street, Guildford
Tuesday, January 31st at 7.30pm


Watch the trailer at:
More about the Open Bethlehem Campaign at:



Hosted by Debby and Paul  in Godalming, the objective was to raise funds for PSC. Splendid dishes were brought by the many who attended and it was a delightful evening. A generous total of £172 was donated, including some book sales, which it was agreed would be sent to PSC by the treasurer.