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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.

West Surrey PSC had a well attended leafleting at Lion Retail Park, Woking last Saturday. Over a 2 hour period we saturated the Retail Park customers with leaflets.

Hewlett Packard (HP) is the technology behind the Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

Read more about this here.

A talk to WSPSC by Dr Christos Giannou, Guildford 3 May 2016

Dr Giannou worked in Lebanon for the Palestine Red Crescent between 1980 and 1990 and was director of the only hospital in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp during two years of uninterrupted siege in 1985-88. Later he became Head Surgeon of the International Committee of the Red Cross and retained his interest in Palestinian developments.

In an extraordinary coincidence, he had just met again the previous day one of his patients during the siege, Fatima Hilo whom he had treated in Shatila when she was 14, and she came with him to the talk. Fatima is a journalist and film maker based in London. Tennyson’s ballad The Lady of Shalott is about a woman confined in a tall tower who survived and escaped, choosing to join the land of the living. Were he writing today he might have called it The Lady of Shatila

You have no doubt been following the recent furore surrounding allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.  Sections of the media have called into question the legitimacy of any criticism of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians and sought to seriously undermine the Palestine solidarity movement.  PSC has issued a guide for members and supporters to aid us in defending our right to support the Palestinians without facing accusations of anti-Semitism.


A few dates for your diary:

Saturday 7 May:  Our next leafleting session will be this coming Saturday in Godalming.  We'll meet at Waitrose cafe at 10.30 am and then leaflet outside Waitrose and along the High Street.  Please join us if you can.
Thursday 12 May:  Next Branch Meeting to plan our forthcoming activities.  Please see the attached agenda and note also the change of venue as the room we normally use is not available this day.
Saturday 4 June: Hewlett Packard Boycott Day - details to follow.
Tuesday 14 June: Showing of the film Open Bethlehem in Guildford.  We are very pleased that the director of the film, Leila Sansour, will also attend.