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Stories from Women in Palestine

Northern Women for Palestine comprises a group of activists who work to stage events across the north of England around International Women’s Day.

Mahasin Arwa Reem Zayneb and Kholoud in Bradford
Mahasin Arwa Reem Zayneb and Kholoud in Bradford pictured together during the WOMEN OF PALESTINE: LIVING THROUGH TRAUMA, BUILDING RESILIENCE series of events

They connect the struggle of Palestinian women to the wider movement for justice and rights for all women. The latest visit involved events in Manchester, Saddleworth, Sheffield, York, Hebden Bridge, Bradford and Halifax.

The women pictured above have written about their experience for the Morning Star. We reprint it here.

Arwa’s story

Kholoud’s story

Zayneb’s story

For further information, contact Annie O’Gara at and (0114) 438-2351.

Women of Palestine: living through trauma, building resilience

northern women for plaestineJoin us for a series of events dedicated to the women of Palestine for International Women’s Day. Our theme is Women of Palestine: Living through Trauma, Building Resilience”.

Through film, music, drama, poetry, workshops, photography and women’s personal accounts, we will explore the daily trauma of life for Palestinian women. We’ll also be celebrating how they survive and thrive against all the odds – supporting each other, their families and their communities, by being politically and creatively active.

Running for a week, from Saturday 5 March Sunday 13 March, this programme has been devised by Northern Women for Palestine, a group of activists from towns and cities across the north of England committed to campaigning for justice for Palestinians.

reem in concertSat March 5 – Manchester

Sunday March 6 – Saddleworth

Tuesday March 8 – Sheffield

Thursday March 10 – York

Saturday March 12 – Bradford: Grand Finale

Sunday March 13 – Halifax: Reem Kelani in Concert

Scholarship Fund has new bank account

The Scholarship Fund has a new account as of this week – just in time before the Co-Operative Bank closed down our account.
We have opened an account with Yorkshire Building Society, They have a special ‘registered charities account’ which pays a small amount of interest. So that will only add to the amazing contributions you send to us.
These are the details of our new account:
Name: Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund
Bank: Yorkshire Building Society, Yorkshire House, Leopold Street, Sheffield S1 1RQ
Sort Code: 60 92 04
Account number: 98676538
Reference: 07
In solidarity
Sara Gowen
Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund

Right to roam 2016

Why not join us in the right to roam walk in 2016?

Children demand the right to roam as we can
Children demand the right to roam as we can

We are raising funds for:

Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund and Children’s Projects in Gaza

We will be starting this leg on April 25th  2016  where we finished last year, at Morvich; and we will be arriving at the end of our Right2Roam Walk, at John-o-Groats, on Saturday 21 May. The full itinerary is here.

Solidarity & fund raising walks along the R2R route (e.g. Bristol & Edale) are being organised for the final day

As in previous years,  there will also be a solidarity walk in Gaza, also the same day: we will all be with the people of Palestine in spirit even though they are unable to be with us.

Elbit charges dropped!

A protester at the Elbit factory in July being dragged of by police
A protester at the Elbit factory in July being dragged of by police

The charges against those protesters at Elbit have now been dropped by the prosecution and they do not have to go to court next week.

This is all charges dropped, including the 2 people charged with assault.
While it would have been good to get Elbit in the witness box in front of a jury, realistically that was never going to happen.
Congratulations though to all involved and those who have shown such great support !
Meanwhile – the campaign against Elbit goes on and this is the second collapse of the factory’s attempts to stop us protesting against them. 

Let’s get that factory closed down!

Protest against co-op closure of the Palestine solidarity accounts

As many as thirty protesters gathered outside the Co-Operative Bank on Pinstone Street in Sheffield today to protest against their politically inspired action to close solidarity accounts.

Ranging from campaigning account of the Sheffield PSC to  donation funds such as the Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund, the claim has been that funds will go to ‘terrorist organisations’ as this is a conflict zone. No mention made of funds going to Israel which is also in the conflict zone.


£1700 raised for Scholarship Fund this weekend

Two successful fundraising events this weekend in Sheffield and Saddleworth have raised £1700 towards scholarships for Palestinian women in Gaza.

In Sheffield, the Top Shelalas sang to a packed crowd at the Broomspring Centre, raising £800.

Saddleworth PWSF had an amazing fundraising event on Sunday 11 October. Over 70 people came to the event and heard a moving and powerful presentation by Dr Mona El-Farra from Gaza. Her description of life under occupation and of the resilience shown by Palestinians spoke to us all. We were also delighted to welcome our local MP, Debbie Abrahams, who also addressed the meeting.

Dr Mona El Farra and local MP Debbie Abrahams with Saddleworth PWSF supporters
Dr Mona El Farra and local MP Debbie Abrahams with Saddleworth PWSF supporters

We raised in the region of £950 (money is still coming in) and, as importantly, raised awareness of life under occupation and the challenges faced by women wishing to gain access to higher education

Our thank to everyone who supported the event’