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Twinning with Palestine

The Britain - Palestine Twinning Network - "promoting twinning and friendship links"

Activities for the network in 2011 include * Women's visit - March * Twinning Conference in Palestine - April * Visits to Palestine April and October * Conference in Liverpool - November.

Practical Issues/objectives

Informing the Police

The objectives of the Twinning network are to:

- promote formal and informal links at all levels between British and Palestinian communities especially in the West Bank and Gaza, with emphasis on grass roots friendship links.

- bring together various groups in Britain to share their experiences and ideas.

- provide resources that will enable interested groups to establish friendship links with Palestinian Communities, and help you to keep in touch with each other.

Some of objectives of local twinning groups;

- practical help and support to our twinned community through ongoing fundraising, eye witness.

- Help them in whatever way possible

- spread awareness of Palestinians' story and advance justice for them

- to assist them in their plans and endeavours and raise the village's profile in the UK

Whilst our objective is to help Palestinians and educate the British public, practical matters are important in achieving our aims. This can take many forms however.

- Do we twin on a formal or at the grassroots level? Communities can twin, as can schools and universities.

Faiths communities and political organisations can build links as can Trade Unions and Professional organisations (health bodies for example).

This campaign is working at grassroots level, although it wants to keep open the option of formal twinning.

- Do we raise funds to fund internet connections, or to provide computers for schools? Or, are we twinning mainly for solidarity / human rights reasons?

- Do we aim to support projects that support communities or specifically to help alleviate poverty? (kindergartens for example).

- Do we aim to bring children from distressed communities in Palestine for holidays in the U.K.?

- Do we bring over local Palestinians for speaking tours and workshops? Who should we invite and how should we choose them?

- Do we aim for Charitable Status? What are the benefits and disadvantages? The Camden - Abu Dis Friendship group have already achieved Charitable Status.

- Who do we build close ties with? Finding someone who speaks and reads English well is crucial. Remember that someone who speaks good English may struggle to read or write it as well. We have to be careful not to be seen to support one group or party though, and this must be taken into account. Stress at both ends you are trying to work right across the community, not one party, not one group. Aim to build a local twinning group in your twinned community.

- How do you transfer money to Palestine? Charitable events often attract the public more than straight forward political events. It is also easier to raise money for a social objective or charity.

- Who speaks for your group? Is it better to have a religious representative or a politician?

All of these issues have been experienced in some form or another by existing groups. We aim to share experiences on the points raised.

Promoting the group to publicise the work being done and the plight of the Palestinians is important - how do we best achieve this?

Feedback welcome

Informing the Police

Basically public gatherings in the UK are not unlawful if they have'nt been police approved. Sections 11 of the Public Order Act 1986 outlines offences which can be committed by an 'organiser' of a gathering if s/he doesn't comply with police requirements - however an 'organiser' is simply defined by the fact that s/he has notified the police.

If no 'organiser' is identified there can be no offence under section 11. It is not an offence not to notify although the police may decide to give orders to those in the gathering under Section 12 and 14 of the POA.

See www.smashedo.org.uk/pressreleases/05-11-30.htm

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Events in 2011

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Women's Tour March 2011

Conference Palestine April 2011

Conference - Liverpool November 2011

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Would you like to visit Palestine? We regularly organise tours to Palestine. Book for the October 2010 tour now!

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The Israeli Apartheid wall "security barrier"

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Zaytoun Olive Oil

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