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We have just been informed that Iyad Burnat, who was to talk about his book on non-violent resistance to the Separation Wall at our meeting this coming Monday, has still not been issued with a UK visa and will therefore be unable to travel to the UK in time for Monday's meeting unfortunately.  This is just one example of the daily challenges faced by Palestinians.  We very much regret having to disappoint everyone who was looking forward to hearing him speak and hope that he might still be able to visit Guildford at a future date.

We shall still be holding a public meeting as planned at the same time and venue (7.30 pm at St Nicholas Church Hall, Bury Street, Guildford).  There are two excellent documentary films about the non-violent struggle by villages in the West Bank against the building of the Wall through their land.  We shall show one of these films after consulting with the audience about their preference.

We hope that you will be able to join us for the film-showing and subsequent discussion.  There will also be the opportunity to purchase some Palestinian produce: olive oil, dates, almonds, maftoul, za'atar etc.


Earlier this year FIFA said it is “fully committed to respecting human rights” and placed human rights at the heart of their statutes. It is time for FIFA to put this into practice and take action against Israel for its continued destruction of Palestinian communities and their denial of rights to Palestinians. Israeli racism should be kicked out of international football.

You might be interested in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall at 7.30 pm on Monday 1 August where the Palestine Youth Orchestra will be playing a repertoire of some Western but mainly Arabic music.
Being equally at home with Western and Arabic repertoire, the PYO maintains a unique position amongst youth orchestras internationally.Following successful tours in France and Oman, they perform music by Beethoven, the pop-inspired Metal by British composer Graham Fitkin, songs by legendary Arab singers Fairuz and Um Kelthoum, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.


Iyad Burnat and Saher Vardi
Monday 19 September:
7.30 pm at St Nicolas Church Centre in Guildford
Monday 26 September:     
8.00 pm at the United Church, Godalming 
We hope that you are able to join us at these events.

Open Bethlehem


Tuesday 14 June 2016, 7.30pm
St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW

This is a deeply moving account of a city in crisis. Leila Sansour returned to Bethlehem in 2005 to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall.

The film reveals a city of great beauty and political strife under occupation. As well as telling a personal story, this documentary charts the creation of an international campaign with a vision to keep Bethlehem as a thriving Palestinian centre with a prosperous spiritual, cultural and commercial life.

The film runs for 90 minutes and there will be a Q & A session with
the director Leila Sansour after the film.