Summer 2018 Bulletin

Posted on Jul 18, 2018 in Bulletins

HAFSA Bulletin 14 - Summer 2018   Dear friends, welcome to our Summer 2018 Newsletter. Once again it contains a lot of news  and information which we hope you will find interesting. We keep up to date with life in Sabastiya via regular skype meetings with Abu Yasser: a very special thanks as always to him – “our HAFSA man in Sabastiya” -   for his ideas, inspiration and generosity. We hope he will be visiting us this November to coincide with our Palestine Festival.  More details below. Technology (when it works!) is a wonderful thing. We continue to feel very close to our...

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Spring 2018 Bulletin

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Bulletins

1) Report from Sabastiya – Andree Ryan 2) Sabastiya girls school celebrate their Annual Open Day. 3) Our 2018 AGM 4) Events for your diary 5) Hafsa projects    1) Report by Andree from her recent stay in Sabastiya. April 2018 I have just come back from a month’s stay in the Occupied West Bank, spent mostly in Sabastiya and also Yanoun and Bethlehem. What can I say? The situation on the ground is worsening by the day. New settlements are sprouting everywhere on top of hills, old ones are expanding, some are now huge industrial complexes. Today, the proportion of Israeli to Palestinians...

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Autumn 2017 Bulletin

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in Bulletins

  As 2017 draws to its end, we are organising three events for this autumn:  Abu Santa’s Grotto; a stall in West Ealing; and a pianolla concert. Details of all these events can be found on our events page   News from Sabastiya: Four of us visited Sabastiya this autumn. The light was fantastic, here is a view of the Al Kayed Guest House at dusk. It was relatively calm while we were there. The village was closed on one occasion, when the Israelis decided to celebrate their religious feast of Sukkot at the Sabastiya ruins. This happens quite often at the time of Jewish religious...

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Summer 2017 Bulletin

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Bulletins

It has been a very hot summer in Sabastiya, the temperature reaching 40c. The lack of water is becoming chronic. This is why we are envisaging supporting a new project of water recycling, more details below. Here in Hanwell we have been busy fundraising and we thank all those who participated in one way or another. Despite being in the middle of a general election, 70 people attended our Balfour event in the Town Hall in May where MP Steve Pound spoke. We even managed to raise £60.  Many groups of all kinds up and down the country have been organising an event relating to the Balfour...

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Spring 2017 Bulletin

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 in Bulletins, News

We had our AGM on February 11th and a new committee was chosen (see below). We discussed future projects, and updated our constitution. We had a talk on the effects of the occupation in the West Bank and we socialised. We usually ask for membership renewal at the AGM, if you have not paid for 2017 and would like to remain a member please do so. You can send a cheque of £5 to HAFSA at: HAFSA treasurer, 9 Cardiff Road W7 2BW. Or pay by bank transfer, the details of which are at the end of this bulletin If you want to be taken off our list, please let us know by email. 2017 HAFSA Committee, in...

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HAFSA Bulletin – April 2016

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in Bulletins, News

HAFSA AGM The AGM held in January was well attended with excellent presentations from the speakers Vincent Fean, former British Consul-General to Jerusalem, Huda Sameer, a former student of Jean’s in Nablus now studying landscaping in Greenwich and Birgit, a young German woman who was in Palestine helping with the olive harvest when her group was attacked by settlers. New Committee: At the first committee meeting in February elected officers were: Chair: Monika Eady Vice Chair: Jean Fitzpatrick Treasurer: Cathie Bjarnson Secretary: Lynne Ringuet Membership and Minutes Secretary: Marjorie...

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