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At this time we think particularly of the children. Since the start of October, there have been at least 23 children have been killed, including 17 shot dead by Israeli forces whilst allegedly carrying out stabbing attacks. 12 children's bodies remain withheld by Israeli authorities. At least 283 Palestinian children have sustained injuries since the start of October.

Many other Palestinian children are languishing behind Israeli prison bars. Sadly the hardships for children have continued throughout 2015.

Of those Palestinian children arrested by Israeli Forces who gave testimony to Military Court Watch : 

  • 65% report being arrested by the military at night in what are frequently described as "terrifying" raids.
  • 93% report being hand tied upon arrest which is frequently described as “painful” or “very tight and painful”. 
  • 80% report being blindfolded or hooded upon arrest.
  • 62% report being subjected to various forms of physical abuse during arrest, transfer and/or interrogation. The abuse includes: punching, slapping, kicking, beating with, or pushing into objects, prolonged exposure to the elements, spat on, position abuse and electric shocks.

MPs will be debating the issue of Palestinian child detainees on Wednesday January 6th. So before you start your break - if you haven't already - message your MP and make sure they know the facts.



Once in royal David's city

Stood a big apartheid wall;

People entering and leaving

Had to pass a checkpoint hall.

Bethlehemwas strangulated,

And her children segregated.


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West Surrey PSC hosted a very successful visit by Nawal Slemiah, director of the women's handicraft co-operative Women in Hebron, who talked about the co-operative and the general situation in Hebron, as well as allowing us to purchase some of the beautiful embroideries that the co-operative makes.  The products of the co-operative include hand-woven and hand-embroidered traditional rugs, cushion covers and other handicrafts, which they sell in the Old Hebron market and online.  The initiative creates both work and hope for some 120 women and their families in a city which is frequently at the centre of tensions and violence.

After his incredibly insightful and popular presentations earlier in the year about racism inside of Israel, David Sheen returns to the UK with an updated presentation and talk on this highly sensitive and rarely discussed topic. This is a meeting NOT to be missed.
Israel's institutional, systemic, governmental, societal and religious racism is a topic it tries to hide behind a facade of 'democracy' hoping that people don't ask any questions. David Sheen exposes this brutality with passion and facts based on his research and experience living in Dimona.

David has reported and appeared on media ranging from Al Jazeera to Haaretz, The Electronic Intifada to the BBC News, Alternet to Russia Today. He has made this his special area of research and reporting.

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 7.30pm

St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW

David Sheen - Canadian-Israeli Journalist and Film-maker
David Sheen is a well-informed and engaging speaker who has given lectures at universities across North America as well as addressing national parliaments in Europe, including in the UK.  
Tuesday 24 November 2015, 7.30pm
St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW
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