Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund is supporting 41 Palestinian women into university in Gaza this year. The students are studying a range of subjects from medicine to English Literature, from Law to Sociology. See the full list here and watch the video of students who have received funding this year: جمعية آفاق جديدة – منحة شيفلد
There are some this changes this year as we have been asked by the organising committee in Gaza to alter how much we pay for each scholarship. One university has reduced its fees to $500, others remain at $600 but medical and health related courses vary from $1-1500. By paying the additional fees for the medical and health related subjects, we are able to support Palestinian women to aspire and achieve.
However on top of this, the exchange rate this year has been very poor. This means that though we sent out more money than last year, it is worth less in dollars. Therefore, this year we are sponsoring 41 students (in 2015/16 we sponsored 43 students).
Over 200 cyclists took part in the Big Ride to Shenstone. There it joined with other protesters on Monday 8th August, including a good contingent from Sheffield PSC. The wholly owned Israeli Elbit factory there makes engines for drones. Drones helped the attack on Gaza in 2014. This attack killed about 1,500 civilians including 500 children. The oppression continues today.
While our PSC bank accounts which help educate young women and fund children’s projects have been closed the daily business of making weapons for the Israeli military goes ahead as normal. Time to end it.
More pictures are here.
There is also a lovely video of the Sheffield leg of the ride and protest. It is made by Angela Martin from Sheffield. Please have a look at it and share with friends. It is here.
We are cycling to raise awareness of the UK’s complicity in arming Israel. Groups of cyclists from London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield will converge on Shenstone. The Elbit factory there is a wholly owned Israeli arms manufacturer. It makes parts for drones. Two years ago drones helped kill 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza. Most were civilians, over five hundred were children.
Send us on our way at Sheffield Town Hall 10.30 Saturday 6th August.
Or cycle with us for a hundred yards or a hundred miles.
Or you can drive to Shenstone on Monday the 8th August to join the protest.
More information here.
The Lajee dance troupe has arrived in Sheffield. This is a few of them in Endcliffe Park. More pictures are here.
Deputy Mayor, Anne Murphy, welcomes the Lajee dancers to Sheffield. Later enjoying pizzza in Endlciffe park.
More photos here
Saturday 9th July Broomhall Centre 7.30
Broomspring Lane S10 2FD
What better image can there be of cultural resistance to occupation than dancing under the separation wall. In spite of the occupation, destruction of civil life and countless barriers to cultural engagement, Palestine, Palestinians and their culture does not go away, or become invisible.
Please give these young peole the warmest possible welcome to Sheffield and see the Lajee dancers next Saturday