Date(s) - 18 Mar 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Tues 18th March
Queens Road, Brighton
(half-way down Queens Road on left, coming from the station)
Brighton & Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign have organised a public meeting, in which two local activists will talk about their unique first-hand experiences of a recent visit and stay in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory whose population have become even more isolated and beleaguered due to the continued Israeli blockade and changing political situation in the region.
Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper from Corporate Watch, a not-for-profit journalism, research and publishing group, will describe the difficulties they had entering (and leaving) Gaza and how during their six week stay (for both, their first visit) they heard the testimonies of ordinary Palestinian men, women and children, giving a vivid, heart-breaking picture of life under siege and the inspirational ways in which people attempt to resist the Occupation. These will include families devastated by drone attacks on their homes, farmers attempting to work in the dangerous ‘Buffer Zone’ risking Israeli snipers, and doctors and nurses trying to operate with power cuts and shortages of medicine.
Tom and Therezia will also talk about going out to sea with a flotilla of fishermen, protesting at the Israeli naval blockade, as well as the grassroots projects they visited including a women’s food co-operative and a project helping traumatised young people (to which, amongst others in Gaza, BHPSC have recently donated £3000).
Most importantly, the audience will hear what the people of Gaza need from the international solidarity movement (and wider international community) to support their struggle for survival, justice and self-determination.