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We welcome Hind Khoury, General Secretary of Kairos Palestine
ALL WELCOME
Tuesday 1 November, 7.30-9 pm at Café Camino, By St Mary’s Cathedral, 1 Little King Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JR

About Kairos Palestine

 In 2009 Christian Leaders came together and produced the Kairos document which advocates for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a just solution to the conflict. l Kairos Palestine is the movement that arose from that document.  The Kairos Document, the British response, Time for Action and newest publication "Its about Time", by Warren Bardsley, are all available from Hadeel.

About Hind Khoury

Hind joined Kairos Palestine in 2015.  Previously she was  Palestinian ambassador to France, and through positions in the United Nations and Palestinian National Authority she has proved her dedication and commitment to Palestine, justice, freedom and peace. She has also served as a board member of Sabeel-Jerusalem, and the Bethlehem Bible college.          



Sindyanna News

Photo Credit: Sindyanna of Galilee

Congratulations to Sindyanna of Galilee (Group 82) who have  once again been certified as compliant with the global standards for Fair Trade Organisations by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).  Sindyanna is run entirely by women and aims to advance the Arab economy, especially income for women, in Israel.  Our popular soap is cleaned, packed and exported by Sindyanna.
 
They celebrated World Fair Trade Day at their visitor centre with a basket weaving workshop and giving visitors a presentation about Fair Trade.

 
Photo Credit- cover image from Edinburgh University Press, Event Photographs,Sarah Burns

Being Palestinian is a collection of personal reflections on Palestinian identity in the diaspora in the English-speaking world.  Contributions from 102 Palestinians have been edited by Yasir Suleiman, Chair of Modern Arabic Studies and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. We were fortunate to welcome Professor Suleiman, along with some of the Scottish contributors Mohammed Issa, Dr Bashier Oudeh, Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh,for a lively and informative discussion about the book.
 
The book cover is a picture of the editor’s son, dressed in a kilt and facing a constructed image of Jerusalem on the left and Edinburgh on the right, representing the “refracted identity” of the contributors from the West, who, despite their comfortable academic life, have to straddle two or more identities - Palestinian on the one hand and British, American or Canadian on the other.
 
The older generation of 1948 describe the diaspora as “exile” (shatat in Arabic) as they expect to return to the homeland.  The second or third generation talk more readily of “diaspora” because, being born in the West, they do not have the same feeling of being Palestinian in the physical sense.  This, however, does not dilute their Palestinian-ness and many talk of being Palestinian as increasing their commitment to seeking justice in a wider sense.
 
In prose or poetry, some contributors describe their Palestinian identity in terms of their memories, or those of their parents or grandparents.  Others talk of their Palestine as a collection of ideas or feelings:  the sea, the fruit trees, za’atar (thyme), olive oil, dabke (dance), food, aromas and relationships with families.
 
The strength of the book lies mainly in the large number of contributors, covering three generations, and dived equally amongst Christians and Muslims, with pieces from Druze and Bahai Palestinians.  The breadth and depth of their collective experience of exile bring insights into their lives that have rarely been covered in previous books.   If there is a weakness, it is that, perhaps understandably, almost all of the contributors are drawn from the world of academia; the reflections of Palestinians from other walks of life would also have been of interest.
 
This is a well-written book which will be of interest to non-Palestinians who wish to understand more about the complex emotions felt by Palestinians living in the English-speaking world .
 
 Maha Campbell
 
“Being Palestinian” £16.99 Published in paperback by Edinburgh University Press in 2016.  
Royalties from the book will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP.)

 
At the recent Scottish Fair Trade Forum  (SFTF) AGM and Campaigner conference, held at Caledonian University, Glasgow  the Hadeel stall was staffed by Margaret Mackay and Kathleen Summers, together with Carol.  Dr. Alasdair Allan, the Scottish Government’s Minister for International Development and Europe admired our stall  and commended Hadeel for having such a variety of goods from Palestinian sources, since it is so difficult for Palestinians to export anything.  The SFTF is in the process of renewing its Fair Trade Nation status. It was a great opportunity to meet old friends, renew acquaintances as well as meet new people interested in the work we do!
Photo Credit: Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Candles from Oasis


Photo:  Oasis Candles in Multi colour
 

With autumn finally here we have some lovely new home products in stock with more new items sourced from our trip
We have these colourful candles from the Oasis Workshop for Special Needs now in blue, silver glitter, gold glitter and red glitter. Also back in stock are the candles with flower petals and a selection of Christmas candles.   We visited the workshop on our trip and they were struggling for orders and inspiration so it is great to get these new products in the shop!


 

Acting Alone

a one woman play by Ava Hunt and Tilly Branson
 
This powerful play performed by Ava Hunt, an actor, director, producer and educator based in Derbyshire, ran for five nights as part of the Edinburgh Just Festival. It was inspired by Hunt's trip to Palestinian refugee camps in 2015 to carry out research for another show. The play does not provide detailed information about the current situation in Palestine, although there are descriptions of low-flying surveillance planes hovering over Bedouin camps and Palestinian famers denied access to water for their goats while a nearby illegal settlement enjoys unlimited supplies.  Nor does Hunt offer in-depth analysis of the issues, although she does identify the root cause of the conflict as the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. Thus, a fair amount of pre-knowledge among the audience is assumed. 
The performance presents a series of short stories, some directly related to Palestine, others making more general points about conflict, risk, courage and understanding. For example, Hunt briefly acts the part of Rachel Corrie, the young American killed by a bulldozer while trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes, and also Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker who successfully smuggled over 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto.  Hunt also reflects on parallels between the actor and the activist roles, including anxieties about the effectiveness of their actions and fear of not coming up with the 'right' answers.  Indeed, the main themes of the play remain (deliberately) unanswered questions: Is it naive to get involved in 'other people's' conflicts -or an ethical imperative? If we choose activism, what form should it take? What risks are/should we be prepared to take? How do we overcome the fear that comes with putting one's liberty, or indeed life on the line? In short, a show well worth seeing - and reflecting on.
Report by Kirsten Stalker
 

 
A Hadeel stall or selection of the products we sell can be found at the following upcoming events
 
OCTOBER
Sat 15 Oct, Out of the Blue Drill Hall – FT & Eco market  in Conjunction with Greenpeace, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh
Mon 24 October Investing in Peace Bathgate, Boghall 7 pm to 9 pm
Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct, 89th Annual STUC Women's Conference, Concert Hall, Perth 9.30 am to 5 pm
Sat 29 Oct, South Queensferry  Fair Trade Global Bazaar 10 am to 2 pm at South Queensferry Parish Church
 
NOVEMBER
Tues 1 Nov, Visit of Hind Khoury, See above, 7.30-9pm
Sat 5 Nov, Scottish Palestinian Forum AGM, CCA Buccleuch Street, Glasgow
Sat 5 Nov, Love Culture Hate Racism, St Augustines Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh 12-4pm
Sat 12 Nov, Medical Aid for Palestinians Scottish Sale, Christchurch, 6a Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DD
Thurs 24 Nov, Investing in Peace, Allan Park South , Stirling (Time TBC)
Tues 29/Wed 30 Nov, Gift of Sight Fair in aid of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, Chelsea Town Hall
 
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