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Palestinians from Gaza give talks about their situations in Gaza

Palestinians from Gaza led the march in Manchester, holding photos of their lost loved ones, demanding an immediate ceasefire and justice for their families and friends, some of the 26000 that Israel has murdered this past 3 and half months.

They went on to give talks about their situations in Gaza to over 200 people at the Mechanics Institute.

Speakers included Dalloul Al-Neder who lost his family in Gaza and on Thursday in Stockport marched bravely in to a Labour Party fundraiser to challenge them on not calling for a ceasefire. Along with other activists they spoke the truth to power, reaching at least 4 million people on all social media:

Dalloul Al-Neder is a Manchester-based Palestinian and teacher from Jabaliya in Gaza. In early December he lost 5 members of his family including his 56 year old mother, his brother, his brother’s pregnant wife and their two children. Since his appalling loss, Dalloul has had to close his Manchester business. He is now focused on telling the story of his family and exposing the situation across the rest of Gaza.

Also Dr Mona El-Farra is the Gaza Director of Middle East Children’s Alliance and has been a major community and women’s organiser in Gaza for decades. She was also a Doctor at Al Awda Hospital that she helped found. She and her son Mohammed Ghalayini were both in Gaza during the beginning of the bombing.

Mohammed Ghalayini, a Gaza scientist based in Manchester, stayed in Gaza when he could have been evacuated and reported out from Gaza for the next 2 months. His voice reached many mainstream media outlets who interviewed him while he was surrounded by the bombing. He was regularly having to uproot and move locations with other family members as more Israeli attacks closed in.

The talks started when the march arrived at 2pm at the Manchester Mechanics Institute, where powerful testimonies were given.

Amplifying Young Palestinian Voices

Come and hear about three NEU members recent visits to Palestine and Gaza.

The National Education Union (NEU) has a proud history of solidarity with the Palestinianpeople, continually informed via sending two delegations per year
to visit Palestine.

Fred Coker will talk about the (NEU) visit to Palestine, visiting East Jerusalem, Jaffa, and the ‘West Bank’ during February 2023.

Jenny Christopher will talk about her visit to schools in the West Bank and their meetings with NGO’s fighting for the rights of children and young people in Palestine.

Sue Piper will talk about her recent trip to the West Bank and Gaza with The Hands Up Project and about some of the amazing kids, teachers and groups she met out there.

Fred Coker

Fred Coker is a retired member of the NEU, and was part of their delegation to the Jerusalem and the West Bank in February this year. He first visited Palestine in 1987, filming a major International Conference on Palestinian Folklore. He is now working here with the Northwest Film Archive and the Palestinian National Music Conservatory, towards providing to archives in Jerusalem and Ramallah digital copies of unique performances by Palestinian musicians, dancers and poets recorded at that 1987 Conference.

Jenny Christopher

Jenni Christopher is International Solidarity Officer for Oldham NEU and campaigns tirelessly on peace, justice and equality for all. This was her first visit to Palestine.

Sue Piper

Sue Piper is a teacher in Oldham and is also a volunteer for the Hands Up Project, a project which makes connections with young people in Palestine through English language activities. She was also one of the founder members of Oldham Peace and Justice which campaigned alongside other groups to remove Elbit from Oldham!

Free Admission – All Welcome

Donations welcome.

Thursday 14th September 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

We Stand With You

Tadhamon Singers share songs, stories and slides from their recent singing tour of Palestine. With contributions from Open Voice Choir

Friday 28th April 7pm St Margaret’s Church, Rufford Rd, Whalley Range M16 8AE

Donations welcome – free entry

Refreshments available. Palestinian goods stall.

About Tadhamon Singers

Tadhamon Singers were formed in 2018. We are a group of women who sing in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. In 2022 we toured the West Bank and Nazareth, singing in refugee camps, cultural centres, streets and cafes, singing with Palestinians and making lasting connections.

As we travelled, Palestinians kept asking us one thing: “please share our story”.

We now do this through performances, song workshops, small events, online talks and sharing our blog from the trip. We are committed to continue supporting the struggle for justice and equality for Palestine by engaging in activism in the UK against the injustices of the Israeli Apartheid regime.

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Cultural Resistance In Palestine

Public Meeting and showing of the film, Liwan, with Palestinian Cultural and Social Activist Sally Azzam Cook

Tuesday 5th April 2022, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester , M2 5NS

Sally, a social activist born in Nazareth and a mother of two daughters, co-founded Liwan a cultural cafe in Nazareth old town in an attempt to revive the old market and preserve art and culture in Palestine. Liwan is an uplifting story about the struggle to establish a cultural cafe in Nazareth promoting Palestinian culture and driving a rejuvenation of the old city.

“ We succeeded in achieving our objective with our cultural center and within two years we got new people to join us a in the dying old market. This was more of a political than cultural act. It was very inspirational for many people who had lost hope about the state of the market. We did all of that without any governmental or international funding. It was the community that achieved this, which was also very inspiring.”

Sally will be joined by Katie Hagley, Amos Trust’s Head of Community Engagement. Together, they will share Amos’ plans for their work in Palestine in 2022 and beyond.

About Sally Azzam Cook

Sally Cook moved to Bristol with her family in July 2021 and within a couple of weeks had joined The Big Ride for Palestine, speaking at one of the evening receptions in Swindon. Sally is currently working in the Community Engagement Team at Amos Trust, and is passionate about relating, community building, story telling, and she combines that with a love of cooking.

“ I always had this dream of building a community in Palestine where people can cooperate on joint vision(restoring and reviving the old city of Nazareth )but at the same respect our differences in other areas. Setting up Liwan was my form of resistance.

After the success of Liwan,many shops started to open up in the area, and this is still going on. My aim was to build trust among each other so we can work together as a joint force to oppose Judaization projects that were threatening the area.”