The BPFTN continues to be active promoting links between Palestine and Britain.
We welcome Vincet Fean as our first patron and hope to have a statement in time for our AGM in November.
Please contact us for further details about our ongoing campaign for visa justice.
Jean Fitzpatrick (BPFTN Treasurer and Joint Membership Secretary) accompanied a group from the Camarthen area of Wales on a visit to Palestine exploring history, culture and potential links.
Arriving in Jerusalem on May 11th the group spent time exploring Jerusalem and Bethlehem. In Bethlehem they visited Aida Refugee Camp and Wi’am Centre for Reconciliation. In Wi’am they found an “oasis of calm", close to a check point and hard up against the wall the group learnt about the women’s and children’s groups activities.
Moving north the group headed to Sebastiya and a beautiful guest house. From there they visited four villages actively seeking friendship links and others who wanted to share stories of life under occupation. In Taybeh they visted schools.
In Rummameh - north west of Jenin – they again came close to the wall. At this stage the wall becomes an electrified fence, dividing families and separating people from their land.
In Burqin they gained an insight into the history of the land and peoples. Visiting a church founded in the 4th Century C.E.
While all the while gaining an understanding of the difficulties which are part of everyday life. Over a week the tour touched upon some of the issues that twinning seeks to understand.
First-time visitors were impressed and moved by everyone we have met and talked to.
We have also widened our network of Palestinian friends and really feel the network can grow with their commitment and support.
Contact us for more details or to start talking about tours for 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org
East Suffolk, a newly formed group hosted an event in support of the Women in Hebron. Recent visitor Melissa shared her experience staying with in Hebron.
23 people turned up on Thursday evening to listen and explore five stalls of local crafts. In all £110 was raised towards the planned children's space.
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