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 […]

Meeting with Michelle Donelan MP (6th April)

After a number of previous abortive attempts to arrange a meeting with our local MP, a meeting between Michelle Donelan and 10 of our supporters took place on Friday 6th April in the upper room at the Secret Garden Café in Bradford-on-Avon. All those who attended had written personal letters to her in November, outlining […]

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Gaza under fire..again (letter published in the Wiltshire Times)

Letter written by Judith Hammond, committee member, and published in the Wiltshire Times in the week of 9th May) “Gaza is part of Palestine which is independent under international law. What happens in this sensitive area matters to the whole world. Gazans announced in advance they were to gather, unarmed, for 45 days of peaceful […]

Newsletter March 2018 – excerpts

The outlook for 2018 is looking just as grim as 2017 for the Palestinian people as the Trump presidency lurches from crisis to crisis. Trump is allegedly the master of making a deal but it seems his only deal is one that suits the Israelis and all he offers the Palestinians is threats of withdrawal […]

Britain-Palestine Friendship & Twinning Network Conference & AGM 2018

Two of our members travelled to Liverpool to represent Bradford on Avon at the Conference on Saturday 10th February It was a well organised event hosted by the Liverpool Friends of Bil’in, and held at the modern Quaker Meeting House in the centre of Liverpool, attended by approximately 50 people, all of whom were given […]

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Newsletter Jan/Feb 2018 – excerpts

TO RECEIVE OUR REGULAR NEWSLETTER, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL ADD YOU TO OUR MAILING LIST. 2017 continued to be a challenging time for the Palestinians which saw 96 Palestinians killed (including 20 children), little sign of any progress on peace culminating in the provocative gesture by Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the Capital […]

Ahed Tamimi – an activist’s slap, child prisoners and the occupation of Palestine

Ahed Tamimi turns 17 today and has been called the ‘Rosa Parks of Palestine’. On her birthday today, we urge you to help Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian child prisoners by signing this Amnesty International petition. https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/release-16-year-old-palestinian-activist-ahed-tamimi/ For years, Ahed and her family have bravely stood up against the Israeli occupation. But she now faces […]

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“Fifty years of occupation demands action”

Our Patron Vincent Fean visited from Palestine last month, where he was on a visit with the Holy Land Coordination, which included a number of bishops from all over the world (both Roman Catholic and Church of England ). They issued the following communique which strongly condemns the ” 50 years of occupation ” and the Israeli settlements policy in particular. Holy […]

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Guardian article by our Patron, Vincent Fean

“Only a two-state solution will bring peace to the Middle-East” argues our Patron, Vincent Fean (ex British consul to Jerusalem) in the Guardian this week (Friday 13 January 2017). “…Hope of change came when the UN security council, after eight years of silence, adopted a resolution with strong UK support once more condemning Israeli illegal […]

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A Palestinian verdict on John Kerry’s speech

Diana Buttu is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer, specialising in human rights and international law. She was a spokesperson for the PLO, and advised them during peace negotiations with the Israeli government, serving as the only female negotiator during her five year tenure. She was also part of the team tht assisted in the successful litigation of the […]