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Brighton to Palestine – 21 May

On Thursday 21 May there will be a day of Palestinian events as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.

At the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton – a 5 minute walk from Brighton station.

The daytime events and activities include an exhibition, play and films, and are free:

At 11.30 and 2pm the play 7 Jewish children will be performed – it lasts about 10 minutes;

From 2 to 4 pm, Sarah Wood, film maker, will be there to present the films and discuss them.

Reasonably priced Palestinian food will be served from about 5.30 to 7pm.

There will be Fairtrade Palestinian goods for sale.

At 7.30 there will be a concert, cost £10, concesions £7.00, with music and songs. Brigthon festival poster

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Galilee Quartet report

On Monday 6th October Sutton was one of only seven venues in the UK to have a visit from the Galilee Quartet, a classical string quartet of three brothers and a sister, Omar, Mostafa, Ghandi and Tibah Sa’ad, from the Druze community in Israel. On their previous visit in 2013 some of them played with Nigel Kennedy in the Albert Hall as part of that year’s Prom season.

They played an exciting and enthralling selection of Western music ranging from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Palestinian songs in Arabic accompanied by a lute and tambourine. It was much enjoyed by the audience at Sutton Grammar School who provided the venue. At the end of the concert the quartet were acclaimed with a long ovation after two encores.

After the concert the viola player and the oldest of the quartet, Omar Sa’ad and his next brother Mostafa, first violin, answered questions and responded to comments about their lives in Israel. Omar has spent a total of 150 days in prison on seven occasions because of his refusal, as a conscientious objector, to join the Israeli army. He said he refused to exchange his musical instrument that can make peace for an assault rifle that kills innocent children. He was finally exempted from military service. The second brother and first violinist, Mostafa, has recently been summoned to present himself at the army recruitment centre and on return home expects to have to follow his brother and spend time in prison.

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The concert was arranged and sponsored by Sutton for Peace and Justice after Amnesty International had flown the quartet to England.

Galilee Quartet in concert and in conversation – in Sutton

On Monday 6 October the internationally renowned Galilee Quartet will be performing in Sutton.

The string quartet is made up of three brothers and one sister, from a Druze family from the village of Maghar in the Galilee in Israel:

Omar Sa’ad, viola; Mostafa Sa’ad, violin; Ghandi Sa’ad, violin; and Tibah Sa’ad, cello.

All four are students at the Beit Almusica Conservatory who have performed throughout Palestine and in many cities of Europe. In 2013 they played with Nigel Kennedy at the Proms in the Albert Hall.

The Quartet will play a selection of classical and Arabic music. The concert will be followed by a question and answer session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector, who will speak about the story behind the Quartet.

As an Israeli citizen Omar, the oldest brother, was called up for military service, but he refused to take part in what he called ‘the occupation of his own people – the Palestinians’. Omar was sent to military prison, but eventually exempted from military service after refusing the draft seven times.

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This is a rare opportunity to see the Galilee Quartet in this country – at one of only nine concerts on their short tour of England and Wales in 2014 – and hear their story.

The concert will take place on Monday 6 October, doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start,

at Sutton Grammar School (entrance off Greyhound Road, Sutton, SM1 4AN).

It is being organised by Sutton for Peace and Justice in association with Amnesty International.

There is no advance entry charge, donations will be taken on the night.

Places are limited – attendees must reserve a place by email to salehmamon@hotmail.com or by text message to 07931 786134 and receive a confirmation.

The Galilee String Quartet coming to Sutton

Sutton for Peace and Justice are delighted to be bringing the Galilee Quartet to Sutton on Monday 6 October.

An evening of Western classical and Arabic music followed by a Q&A session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector, will take place at Sutton Grammar School from 7.30 pm.

This will be their only performance in south London/Surrey on their 9 date tour of Britain in 2014.

The Galilee Quartet is Omar Sa’ad (viola), Mostafa Sa’ad (violin), Ghandi Sa’ad (violin) and Tibah Sa’ad (cello).

The three brothers and one sister are from a Druze family from the village of Maghar in the Galilee in Israel. All four are students at the Beit Almusica Conservatory, and they have performed throughout Palestine and in many cities of Europe. In 2013 they played with Nigel Kennedy at the Proms in the Albert Hall.

Omar the oldest brother gained international support as a conscientious objector after refusing to serve in the Israeli Army and ‘occupy his own people – the Palestinians’. Omar was sent to military prison, but eventually exempted from military service after refusing the draft seven times. Mostafa has been summoned to present himself for military service and next year he’ll be imprisoned for his conscientious objection.

No entry charge, donations will be taken.  Please reserve your place by email to salehmamon@hotmail.com or text message to 07931 786134.

Iran

Sutton for Peace and Justice invites you to a public meeting on Iran

on 7.30pm Friday 25 May 2012, at Friends House, Cedar Road, Sutton SM2 5DA

Come and hear about the effects of sanctions and threats of military action;
find out about the culture and history of Iran and what life is like in Iran today;
meet members of the local Iranian community;
and join in the discussion.

RSVP:
email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or
telephone / text to 07740 594496

Deepavali celebration 12 November

Sutton for Peace and Justice with Child Aid Lanka and Sutton Elders Circle are staging a celebration of Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in association with the Sutton Tamil School.

The event will take place on Saturday 12 November 2011, at Greenshaw High School, Grennell Road, Sutton, SM1 3DY. Doors open 6.30 pm, programme runs 6.45–8.45.

Sri Lankan supper will be served and there will be performances of traditional music and dance.

Tickets are £10 per head (children under 16 £5.00).

Funds raised will be devoted to helping underprivileged
children in Sri Lanka to establish independent lives, through Child Aid Lanka, http://www.childaidlanka.org.uk, registered charity.

To book your place, please:
Phone Sarva on 020 8333 2934 or Naomi on 020 8642 8276
text 07740 594496 or email: naomi.aruliah@btinternet.com

or send cheque payable to Child Aid Lanka to 22 Sandy Lane, Cheam SM2 7NR

You can also download our promotional flyer / poster:
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Tamil New Year celebrated with dance

On Friday 15 April Sutton for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with Child Aid Lanka and Sutton Tamil School, hosted a celebration of Tamil New Year at Greenshaw High School. An appreciative audience watched a performance of traditional Tamil dance and sampled typical Tamil food. The high quality of the dancing by members of Sutton Tamil School was remarked upon by many.

The event raised funds for Child Aid Lanka’s work to support flood relief in Sri Lanka.