In three months time the Women’s Boat to Gaza will set sail in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza that has been suffocating 1.5m Palestinians for almost a decade.
The mission aims to not only highlight the escalating impact the blockade of goods and produce is having on the people living in Gaza, but also the important role women play in Palestinian society and the daily resistance to Israeli oppression.
A spokesperson for WBG said: “Like most people, we recognize the need to make our world more just and egalitarian. Women in Gaza often fill the role of caring for and sustaining life, and are actively involved in community development and nation building. It is important to make their voices heard, even more so during periods of extreme injustice.”
TH Palestine Solidarity is supporting the Women’s Boat to Gaza, which is due to set sail in September 2016, to challenge the illegal maritime blockade of Gaza.
After his recent trip to Palestine illustrations by national newspaper cartoonist Tim Sanders are available for sale as cards.
Tim joined four other members of TH Palestine Solidarity for the Jenin-based Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Ride in March this year and recently presented selected images for the first time at a talk he gave last week.
Now they are available for the first time in packs of five cards with short descriptions on the back. Money raised from sales will go towards costs and TH Palestine Solidarity’s continued campaigning, and solidarity and educational exchanges over the next year.
The cards feature a range of images from interactions with Palestinian children to Israeli soldiers interrogating them as well as more scenic images of towns, villages and the countryside.
The cards are available in packs of five for £5+£1 P&P. Prints and a calendar will be available later in the year when a full exhibition of his work is planned.
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Our chair, Sybil Cock, local residents Mary Brodin and Ruby Hirsch, actor Doug Holton and cartoonist Tim Sanders, arrived in Palestine this weekend and will be joining The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Ride across the West Bank from tomorrow.
The last few days they took a look around Jerusalem before travelling up to Jenin to stay with an old friend.
The man in the picture (right) had his family home in Jerusalem Old City stolen by settlers a few years back while his family were attending a wedding. This man only managed to save part of the extensive family home because he didn’t go to the wedding. He now lives in the tiny white building attached to the lovely old building.
A little later the Israeli settler family who had moved in to the ground floor attacked his two sons. The sons were arrested and spent two years in prison. In 3 weeks time he is going to court for the 3rd time to stop his total eviction.
The top floor remains empty, protected by surveillance cameras and a neighbouring security force. The plaques inside the front door show that 2 New York families have funded this terrible policy of Palestinian evictions from the Old City of Jerusalem, alongside the Israeli flag decorating the entrance of what was once a Palestinian home.
The man in the picture (right) is a volunteer manager at the Al Bustan community Centre in Silwan, just outside Jerusalem old city. Silwan has long been a target for settlers and many houses, including this centre are threatened with demolition.
His son has been arrested 21 times in 9 years, the first time he was 9 years old. He talked about ‘existing to resist’. He feels that the rest of the world has abandoned Palestine, but gets on with organising children’s activities, such as dancing, drawing, painting and music.
He asked for us to pressure our decision makers to fix the bad decisions of the past, like Balfour. He lives in fear, has no power, but he is strong because we have the right to be here. The trees are older than the Occupation.
Retired East London maths teacher Sybil Cock, Hackney-based actor Doug Houlton, former national press sub editor Mary Brodin, nantional newspaper cartoonist Tim Sanders and young British film maker Ruby Hirsch are spending this Easter touring the Biblical lands of the West Bank bringing performing arts to remote Palestinian communities.
The Londoners are just some of the British citizens taking part in the week-long Jenin Freedom Ride organised by the Jenin Freedom Theatre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Theatre. The performers will use ‘play back theatre’ to transform the villagers’ daily experiences under Israeli occupation into improvised theatre.
On Easter Saturday participants in the Ride will perform in Manger Square, Bethlehem and on Easter Sunday they will meet residents in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem and hear from leading Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti.
The arts are becoming more centre stage and more contended in the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict with the international boycott movement hitting Israeli artists and audiences hard and growing international support for Palestinian arts and culture as non-violent tools for change.
National newspaper cartoonist Tim Sanders has agreed to give up the comforts of London life and join the Freedom Theatre’s two-week Freedom Ride through the backwaters of the West Bank taking social and political performance, art and debate to Palestinians largely cut off from what are typically city experiences.