Olive harvest – October 2018

This year BoAFoP organised an olive-picking trip to the West Bank – committee members Judith Hammond and Penny Welch travelled over with a group of Wiltshire people to help local farmers and find out about the challenges they face. Here is Penny’s account of her experience. Why go to Palestine to pick olives when unemployment […]

Reunion with friends in Leicester

Last June, the Leicester-Palestine Solidarity Campaign group organised a visit to their city by the Hakaya group from the Ghirass Centre in Bethlehem. One of the previous groups of young dancers had visited us in 2013 for a week, the story of which is told in our short film Hakaya Dancing For Palestine (made by […]

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, July 2017

BoAFoP members were proud to display our new banner for the first time at the famous Sunday parade on the 16th of July. The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival and Rally is an annual festival held the village of Tolpuddle, in Dorset, which celebrates the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the foundations of the Trade Union […]

PALEXPO…. 8 – 9 July 2017 in London

Report by Ray Packham On Saturday 8th July Nina Beaven and I emerged from the St James’ Park tube station and made our way to the Queen Elizabeth ll Centre, opposite the entrance to Westminster Abbey. We had noted the efforts of the Israeli lobby to have the event cancelled, culminating in Sajid Javid’s letter (he […]

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Ray’s Bulletin no49 – June 2017 edition (excerpts)

In this edition…   Just missed…    Fire down below      Perfidious Albion   Still to come…                                  Music from Gaza    Fete worse than death      Palexpo      Tolpuddle   “Summer is acumin in”….   Bath bashes Balfour     Just missed………..   On the evening of 9 June we showed the acclaimed (and award winning) film “Firefighters under […]

A Memorable Trip to Palestine – Spring 2017

Two of our committee members travelled to Jerusalem and the West Bank in late April/early May this spring 2017….It was Judith’s fifth, and Samiha’s first, visit: what a life-changing journey ! Our main purpose was to attend the British Palestine Twinning and Friendship Network’s (PT&FN) conference on 19th April at Birzeit university near Ramallah, where […]

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Ray’s Bulletin no 48 – May 2017 edition (excerpts)

In this edition…   ·      Just missed…       Jumbled delights    Superb Sperlinger  Nakba in the Gardens   ·      Still to come…      Fire down below       Perfidious Albion  Music from Gaza   ·      Michellaneous…     Just missed………..   Reports from Frome FOP indicate that their  jumble-sale on 29 April was a great success, raising […]

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Ray’s bulletin no 47 – April 2017 edition (excerpts)

In this edition……………..   ·       Just missed…………                   Arthur finally makes it…..                                     …..and  so does Iyad Still to come……….      29/4  Jumbled delights                   5/5 Superb Sperlinger 13/5 Nakba in the gardens        8/6    Another boogie at the  ballot box 9/6 Fire down below 9/6 Peerless prose     · Olive Tree Campaign · Hamas Charter · Hunger Strike   […]

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Ray’s Bulletin no 46 – March 2017 edition (excerpts)

In this edition…    Just missed……     Maya of YAS         Still to come….      Third time lucky for Arthur  27/3    Second time lucky for Iyad  21/4   Jumbled delights  29/4   Superb Sperlinger   5/5   Nakba in the gardens  13/5   Fire down below (and above)  9/6   Ilan Pappe peerless prose  9/6   Government ‘on the ropes’ ?…    Website and […]

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“Israel, BDS and Human Rights” – exchange of letters in the Wiltshire Times (Feb 2017)

Wiltshire Times 3.2.17   Letters   ‘Injustices of Israel’ In his speech on 28.12.16, John Kerry spelt out the Human Rights abuses, all contrary to International law, that  the Israeli Military Occupation inflicts on Palestinians. The Palestinians called for a non-violent BDS (Boycott of goods: Divestment (from companies profiting from the Occupation) and imposition of Sanctions) in […]