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Palestine – 100 years after Balfour

Public meeting hosted by Sutton for Peace and Justice

Wednesday 29 November 7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00
At Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA

 

The legacy of Balfour – the broken promises, the suffering and conflict.

Human rights abuses and the plight of Palestinians today – occupation, checkpoints, illegal settlements, house demolitions.

The hopes for a peaceful future with justice and equal rights for everyone living in Israel and Palestine.

 

With:

Salim Alam – Executive Committee Member, Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Hannah Griffiths – human rights monitor and ‘accompanier’ of children in Hebron

Linda Ramsden – UK director of Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD)

Doris Richards – who has visited East Jerusalem twice as an Ecumenical Accompanier

 

100 years ago the Balfour Declaration pledged Britain’s support for a ‘national home’ in Palestine for the Jewish people, on the understanding that the rights of ‘existing non-jewish communities in Palestine’ would not be prejudiced. But Britain reneged on its pledge, leaving Palestinians disposessed and living as refugees or under occupation.

Come and hear from speakers with first-hand knowledge of the plight of Palestinians today.

And join the debate.

 

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

Please reserve your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk
or by text message to 07740 594496

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Prominent Israelis call for recognition of state of Palestine

Prominent Israelis have sent a message of support to the organisors of the ‘Balfour Project’ and called for recognition of state of Palestine’.

They say that ‘the seeds of the ongoing dispute between the Palestinians and Israelis were, to a large extent, sown in 1917’ by the Balfour Declaration. And they call on the British Government to recognise Palestine as a state.

Read more here.

Palestine – 100 years after Balfour

Sutton for Peace and Justice will host a meeting to mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration:

Wednesday 29 November, 7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00.
Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA.

100 years ago the Balfour Declaration pledged Britain’s support for a ‘national home’ in Palestine for the Jewish people, on the understanding that the rights of ‘existing non-jewish communities in Palestine’ would not be prejudiced.

The first part of this pledge led to the establishment of the state of Israel. But Britain reneged on the the second part, leaving Palestinians dispossessed and living as refugees or under occupation.

The resulting suffering and conflict has gone on far too long.
It is time to acknowledge Britain’s broken promises, and bring justice
and equal rights to everyone living in Israel and Palestine.

Come and hear first-hand accounts of the plight of Palestinians today,
and join the discussion of how we can support Palestinians and Israelis
to build a peaceful future based on equal rights for all.

Please reserve your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk
or by text message to 07740 594496.

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

You can download or flyer/poster here.

 

National rally for Palestine

Justice Now: Make it right for Palestine

Saturday 4 November 2017

Assemble 12noon Speakers’ Corner, Marble Arch, London

For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.

Speakers at the rally will include:

Dr Mustafa Barghouti / Andy Slaughter MP / Mick Whelan  General Secretary ASLEF / Gail Cartmail TUC /  Matt Wrack   General Secretary FBU /  Margaret McKee  President Unison /  John Pilger  / Senator Paul Gavan Sinn Fein / Leanne Mohamad / Reem Kelani / Philipa Harvey NEU/NUT Section / Daoud Abdalah BMI / Ajmal Masrour Imam & broadcaster / Prof Manuel Hassassian / Tariq Ali / Salma Yacoub / Dave Randall – And many more to be announced.

Organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA), Stop the War Coalition (STW), Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).

Supported by Unite the Union, UNISON, National Education Union- NUT Section, GMB, ASLEF, RMT, FBU, UCU, PCS, CWU, Europal Forum, Pax Christi, APCUK, Kairos UK, Friends of Sabeel UK, ICAHD UK, Amos Trust, APCUK.

Click here for more information.

Open Bethlehem – A Big Film About a Small Town

Sutton for Peace and Justice is pleased to present a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem’.

On Wednesday 25 October 2017, doors open 7.00 for 7.30 start.

At Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton SM2 5DA.

Open Bethlehem is a deeply personal film – the story of a homecoming that spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem – the world’s most famous little town.

A critically-acclaimed documentary film by Leila Sansour. Both a portrait of a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation, and the story of the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East.

“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy of Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town – Bethlehem..” Jon Snow – Channel 4

“Open Bethlehem is a fierce and poignant plea against the incarceration of a city”
Film of the Week – The Guardian

For more information about Open Bethlehem see www.openbethlehem.org

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

Please reserve your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk
or by text message to 07740 594496.

You can download the  flyer for Open Bethlehem.

 

 

The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Sutton for Peace and Justice brings you

The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Throughout the day of the Environmental Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August at Carshalton Park, Sutton for Peace and Justice will be hosting a series of informal and open discussions on a range of peace and justice issues:

11.30 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

12.15 Inequality is not inevitable
Inequality is bad for everyone and austerity is making it worse – but there is an alternative.

13.00 Climate Change – threat to peace & justice
Action on climate change is essential – now more than ever.

13.45 The plight of Palestinians today
How the rights of ‘the non-jewish communities of Palestine’ are ‘prejudiced’ 100 years after Balfour.

14.30 In defence of the Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act protects us all and needs our support.

15.15 Stop nuclear proliferation – scrap Trident
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki –Trident should be scrapped.

16.00 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

All at the Sutton for Peace and Justice stall J04–J05.

Come along and hear about these important issues, have your say and join the debate.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from latin ‘to talk together’; a seminar usually led by a different academic or expert speaker at each meeting.

 

MP Responds on Israeli Settlements

S4P&J members wrote to their MP Tom Brake to seek his views on the debate in Parliament on Thursday 9th of February regarding Israeli settlement expansion. Mr Brake wrote back:

I am pleased to say I spoke in the debate. You can see the speech I made here.

In my speech I expressed my severe concerns regarding the Land Regularisation Bill, the position the UK Government has taken by failing to support the recent Paris Peace Conference and the Government’s failure to make adequate representations to the Israeli Government before the demolition of Umm al-Hiran.

I also emphasised that Israeli settlement expansion is not the only obstacle to peace and that Palestinian initiated violence must also cease. I strongly believe that Israel must abandon its illegal programme of settlement expansion, which undermines the possibility of a two-state solution and increasingly makes any likelihood of peace in the region impossible.

I am concerned by the current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza and condemn the continued cycle of violence. As a Liberal Democrat, I am committed to seeing a negotiated peace settlement with a two-state solution. This will involve difficult, but necessary compromises on both sides of the conflict in order to respect the rights of both Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

Regarding United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, I believe the motion merely reasserted that Israeli settlement expansion is in contravention of international law. I was therefore happy to see the UK play a leading role in drafting this motion. It is important that for there to be any hope that the peace process will restart, it is noted that the boundaries of Israel and Palestine should be recognised under the 1967 borders, and not take into account the illegal settlements which have since been constructed with the support of successive Israeli administrations.

I have been disappointed to see the reaction from Israel and from the new Trump administration following this motion. I believe that threats to nations which supported the motion and the withdrawal of UN funds are very regrettable. I am also greatly concerned by the current Israeli administration’s refusal to engage in meaningful talks towards a peace process.

I was also disappointed to see the Prime Minister describe the recent speech regarding Israel and Palestine by John Kerry, the then US Secretary of State, as inappropriate. I will hold the Government to account regarding this matter to ensure that the UK’s position does not shift towards that favoured by the Trump administration which I believe will lead to an intensification of the violence in the OPTs and Israel.

Hearing reports that Bedouin villages are being demolished to pave the way for further settlement expansion by the Israeli authorities and that the Bedouins are being denied basic services such as electricity, water and metalled roads is extremely concerning, as I believe that Bedouins should be granted the same human rights as others.

I have also tabled many Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign Secretary regarding Israel and Palestine, they can be found here.

I hope that this response confirms that I am treating the matter of Israeli settlements seriously. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Regards

Tom Brake
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington