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Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya Bulletin 9 Autumn 2014

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Bulletins

Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya Bulletin 9 Autumn 2014

We hope you all had a good summer. It was not so good for Gaza or the West Bank, where the oppression by the Israeli army and the aggression from the illegal settlers increased greatly. In Sabastiya things were quieter, although two young men were shot at a demonstration in support of Gaza organised by the villagers. Both were admitted to hospital but are now back home. Our main project in 2014, populating Sabastiya with hens and cockerels, was a great success. With your help, we managed to buy 420 hens and 30 cockerels for 84 families. Although around 20 died, many have produced...

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Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya – Bulletin 8 Autumn 2013

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Bulletins

  Summer is festival season and we had our usual two stalls at the Hanwell Carnival and the Brentford Festival. Sale of cupcakes and olive oil was brisk! Our Abu Santa Grotto on the 1st of December was very well attended. A jolly time was had by all, there were cakes galore, lots of bargains to be had, and it raised £345. We have developed links with our neighbours, Hounslow Ramallah Twinning Association, who shared the Brentford stall with us and whom we supported in their successful event “Football and Falafels”. Mark Devlin, CEO of Brentford FC attended briefly...

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Twinning network Conference in Al Bireh, Palestine 4th May 2013

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Bulletins

Twinning network Conference in Al Bireh, Palestine 4th May 2013 Report by Andree Ryan (Chair of the Britain Palestine Twinning Network) This is as accurate as possible; apologies if I forgot anyone or anything (please let me know) About 45 people gathered in the Al Bireh Municipality to attend the above. Al Bireh is just on the outskirts of Ramallah and the Mayor kindly offered the venue for this year’s conference.   There were 19 Palestinian groups represented:   Al Bireh  (Northampton) Abu Dis   (Camden) Arura (Faringdon) Assawiya (Llandiloes) Azzoun (Knighton) Bili’n...

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Hanwell Friends of Sebastiya – Bulletin 7 Summer 2013

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Bulletins

Winter was eventful for the people of Sabastiya. They had to pull together and, with our support, build a campaign to stop the neighbouring illegal Israeli settlement of Shaveh Shomron from discharging its sewage onto Sabastiya’s farm land.  A campaign that was successful, today the land is back to normal. Come and hear all about it at our summer social 29th June (see below).   News from Sabastiya – Spring Tour Eight of us joined the third HAFSA tour to the West Bank. We spent four nights in Sabastiya and as usual the hospitality was overwhelming. Much time was spent in the central...

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HAFSA Bulletin #6

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 in Bulletins, News

HAFSA AGM January 12th saw Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya’s second AGM and third birthday. 30 people braved the snow to attend and were treated to a scrumptious high tea and birthday cake. Unfortunately we were missing Abu Yasser, our representative in Sabastiya, because our government refused to give him a visa (we were however able to include him via Skype). We think this is very unfair and that there is an apartheid system in place here: Israeli citizens can come and go as they please and are not required to apply for a visa. Palestinians have to fill in a huge application form that...

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HAFSA Bulletin #5

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 in Bulletins, News

Update Hope you all had a good summer. There hasn’t been a bulletin for a while, but we have not been idle. Thank you to all those who have helped out or attended our events. We had a social at Elsa and Laura’s house, a stall at the Hanwell carnival; we showed two films and a performance by the Ecumenical Accompanier to Palestine and Israel, we had Jean as a volunteer teacher in Sabastiya for 6 weeks. All in all Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya now has 88 members and £1588 in the bank Where do we go from here? Trees for Sabastiya: We are aiming for at least 500. Autumn is tree planting...

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