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Saturday 18th April,  a screening of the film ‘Open Bethlehem’  will be held at All Saints Weston Green, Chestnut Avenue, Esher, KT10 8JL  followed by a Q&A with the Director of the film Leila Sansour. The film will start at 7 pm. Tickets can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-bethlehem-tickets-16365021219

As the dust settles after the Israeli election, where can the new coalition lead their people?  If Israel becomes the State of the Jews, what future faces its other citizens? And are there particular difficulties for Bedouin communities?
 
On Sunday May 31st, Khalil Alamour will visit Frensham, to talk about the Bedouin in the Negev. A father of seven, from the village of Al-Sira, he is qualified in computer science and law, and teaches mathematics.  A field researcher for Adalah, a human rights NGO, he is also a Board Member of the Negev Coexistence Forum for civil equality - a grass roots Arab Jewish NGO. Khalil has worked alongside ICAHD in lobbying at the UN, has hosted visits during ICAHD’s rebuilding camps and the ETT study tours.
Please come and hear what he has to say.
A Palestinian welcome awaits you!
  • 7pm in St Mary’s Church Hall.
  • Tickets £5 from Mayonne or Tim Coldicott
  • 01252 792609 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Proceeds will be divided between Khalil’s costs and the Church Tower appeal.  Additional donations welcomed.

As well as the hustings in Godalming on 26 April, there will be one in Farnham:
Farnham Maltings will host the hustings for the South West Surrey constituency on Friday 10th April with all the Parliamentary Candidates ahead of the General Election in May.
 
In attendance will be all the candidates running in the Parliamentary election for the South West Surrey constituency:
 
More information is available at:
 
 
You need to book a place in advance through this web site but contrary to what it says, you will find that it is free and that you can pick up the ticket(s) at the venue on the day.
 
You may also wish to send a question relating to Palestine in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If so, please use your own words perhaps based on PSC's broad suggestions at:
 
 
For details of the Amnesty International Hustings in Guildford and Godalming Hustings click on "Read More"
 
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information as well.

An analysis of all the messages sent to election candidates in 634 constituencies as requested by PSC shows the following:
 

* a total of 24,209 messages were sent in all by 16 March (there were probably more as not everybody reported to PSC)
* the average per constituency is 38, and the median (the number sent to the place in the middle of the ranking) is 22.
* the first 50 and more places are all urban constituencies, not unexpectedly, with London Bristol and Birmingham dominating the first 8 placeswith messages sent of 199 to 320.

Congratulations to PSC for a great effort!

Our own results are very good for what are largely country constituencies with a strong Conservative bias. In the table below, M is the number of messages sent and R indicates the rank achieved when the results are in the order of number of messages:

* SW Surrey (Farnham) is perhaps the highest ranked of all ‘country’ constituencies in the list(M 90 R 64)
Woking (M 84 R 72) and Mole Valley (M 42 R 195) did very well too
* Guildford (M 32 R248) is the one that perhaps disappoints a bit 
Aldershot and Surrey Heath are weak (M 16& 17 R 390 & 427), but we have few members there

Thank you to all of you here who sent so many messages!


In this months newsletter:
 
  • Report on the “Palestine Re-visited” talk
  • General Election Campaign
  • 48 Minutes for Palestine
  • Report on the AGM
  • BDS leafleting
  • Next meeting of the West Surrey PSC Branch

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