TOM HURNDALL MEMORIAL LECTURE 22nd APRIL 2013

This year’s speaker

EYAL WIEZMAN

(Professor of Visual Cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London)

He will speak on ‘The fields and forums of political action’.

Since 2011 Eyal Weizman directs the European Research Council funded project, Forensic Architecture – on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law. Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at the Bartlett (UCL) in London at the Stadel School in Frankfurt and is a Professeur invité at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs world wide and was member of B’Tselem board of directors.

Tom Hurndall was a student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He was fatally wounded by the Israeli Defence Force whilst protecting Palestinian children in Gaza. He died on January 13th 2004. Since 2005 MMU has hosted a Memorial Lecture which has attracted prestigious figures willing to speak out against what was done in 2004 and what is still being done now by the Israeli State. For more details about this lecture and previous lectures, visit the Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture page on Facebook. The organising group for the lecture is from MMU and Manchester University.

Please circulate the updated leaflet, which is at www.discourseunit.com/Hurndall.pdf

22 Apr 2013 18:00 – 19:30

Manchester Metropolitan University John Dalton Building Lecture Theatre C0.14 , Oxford Road , Manchester

Discussion Meeting:Internationals in Palestine: Help or Hindrance?

FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, MOUNT ST, MANCHESTER.

7PM, THURSDAY 21st  MARCH 2013

Internationals in Palestine: Help or Hindrance?

Tanzil Chowdhury

Are Internationals inherently regressive in their roles, despite good intentions, or are there ways of navigating around the problems of soft-colonialism often levelled at non-domestic organisations?

Do they risk usurping the role of Palestinians in determining their future?

Tanzil Chowdhury is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Law, University of Manchester. He has recently returned from three months volunteering in Abu Dis, East Jerusalem, with Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association (http://camdenabudis.net/), working in schools, universities and the Dar Assadaqa Community Centre.                 He is also Commissioning Editor of e-International Relations (www.e-ir.info) “the world’s leading website for students of international politics”.

 

For more information, contact Linda on 07985624968

Public Meeting: EDUCATION IN PALESTINE

EDUCATION IN PALESTINE – THE RIGHT OF EVERY CHILD

ANNIE O’GARA AND PAUL WIMPENEY

FEBRUARY 21st 7pm

ANNIE O’GARA AND PAUL WIMPENEY

Annie and Paul are retired teachers and members of Halifax Friends of Palestine. They have visited Palestine a number of times investigating the provision of education for Palestinian children as well as the difficulties experienced by the children and their families in accessing education. They will also talk about the innovative ways the Palestinians overcome the problems in order to learn and develop their full potential.

FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, MOUNT ST, MANCHESTER.

Book Launch: GAZA: When the sky rained white fire by Musheir El-Farra

Public Meeting & Book Launch

GAZA: When The Sky Rained White Fire

by

Musheir El-Farra

Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 7.00pm

in

Friends Meeting House (behind Central Library) Manchester

“This is a moving and careful account of the effects of the Israeli treatment of the people of Gaza. The stories are of families, in their own words, who have lost children, relatives, land and property, by deliberate Israeli attacks on civilians. It is a human story, told with deep integrity by a son of Gaza. It is a story that cries out for justice. All who think there is a case to defend Israeli actions should read it.” Clare Short (Former Secretary of State for International Development in the Blair Government who resigned over Iraq)

 Leaflet for Book Launch

 

PUBLIC MEETING: PALESTINIAN CHILD PRISONERS

Speaker: Victoria Brittain

According to Defence of Children International about 300 children between the aged 12-17 are held in detention by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and IDF temporary detention facilities.

Palestinian child prisoners are routinely:
. Shackled, blindfolded, beaten and arrested at night
. Humiliated, strip searched,threatened until they ‘confess’
. Held in Israel up to 90 days without access to a lawyer
. Judged in military courts and held in adult prisons
. Some are held in solitary confinement for months and threatened by dogs

Israel has been condemned by Israeli human rights organisations such as B’tselem and Breaking the Silence for its treatment of child prisoners. In July 2012 the UN Special Committee on Israeli Practices in Occupied Territories noted “the proliferation of cases of detainment, mistreatment – even torture – of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities”.

In July 2012 the UK Foreign Office agreed that “imprisoning Palestinian children inside Israel violates international law “

Victoria Brittain is a former associate foreign editor of the Guardian and a tireless campaigner for human rights throughout the developing world. She speaks and writes regularly to publicise the truth about Palestine.

17 Jan 2013 19:00 – 21:00

Friends Meeting House , 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library , Manchester