BPFTN: Annual Conference and AGM

Saturday 21 November 2015

The 2015 Conference is being hosted by Walsall-Kobar Friendship Association at the Birmingham District Office of Unite Union, Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY


Tony Laurance, Chief Executive Officer of Medical Aid for Palestinians

Dr Professor Saleem Haj-Yahia from Nablus, West Bank

Diana Safieh, of the St John's Eye Hospital in Jerusalem

We also welcome Sir Vincent Fean, UK Patron of BPFTN

All welcome - Our Conference affords a great opportunity to find out more about what the members of the Network do. How links and friendship with Palestinians develop and the benefits and obstacles faced.

Registration - 09:30 | Conference -10:30 | AGM - 16:00

Full programme | Registration Forms | AGM Agenda

Email enquiries to palestinetwinning@yahoo.com

BPFTN: Tour of Palestine, 2015

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.

By the Wall at Wi'am The Garden at Wi'am At the entrance to Aida Refugee Camp

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.

Kindergarten in Taybeh The group being welcomed in Rummameh

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.

Burqin Church which dates from the 4th century C.E.

In Burqin they gained an insight into the history of the land and peoples. Visiting a church founded in the 4th Century C.E.

Commemorating the Nakba (15 May) in Sabastiya

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 palestinetwinning@yahoo.com

Meanwhile in the UK

East Suffolk Fund raiser

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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