Friday, 13 November 2009

Freedom for Palestine

We had a powerful and insightful event on the history and politics of the Israeli occupation of Palestine last night. At Newcastle's Side Cinema, in an evening organised by Tyneside Palestine Solidarity Campaign, we watched extracts from 'The Road to Gaza' plus the short documentary Timeline: Palestine. There was then discussion about the issues they raised, including some input from people who have recently visited the region. The local playwright and poet Peter Mortimer, for instance, talked about his two months in the Shatila refugee camp, which served as the basis for his wonderful 'Children of Shatila' theatre project which came to Tyneside recently.

There are now two further Palestine film and cultural events lined up in Newcastle:

Thursday 26 November, 6.30pm
'Visit Palestine' film showing
New MLK, next to the Global Cafe in the Students' Union, Newcastle University
Organised by Newcastle Uni's Friends of Palestine Society

Wednesday 9 December, prompt 8pm start (doors open 7.30pm)
Poetry for Palestine
The Bridge Hotel, next to Castle Keep, Newcastle
Organised by Tyneside Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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