The August meeting of our branch will be held on Thursday 30th August, the 5th Thursday in the month, not 23rd as you might have expected.
There will be no stall on 16th, 23rd or 30th December, but we will restart the first Saturday of the new year, January 6th.
A meeting on the 4th Thursday in December would come in the middle of Christmas and New Year festivities, so we have changed the date of the December meeting to Thursday 14th December.
From August we will have a different format for our meetings. We will meet monthly at 8pm for discussion of a hot topic to do with campaigning for the rights of Palestinians, as well as planning for any forthcoming events.
There will be a meeting on July 27th when we will have a presentation on ‘Life in Palestinian Refugee Camps 1947-2017’, and no further meeting until Thursday September 28th at 8pm.
For those involved in assisting with the fund-raising day at St Crux on Friday 18th August there may be a planning meeting on 10th August (to be confirmed at the branch meeting on 27th July). Volunteers are still needed for this event and if you can help, please contact us at email@example.com.
As from May 25th we are now meeting at the United Reformed Church in Priory St, YO1 6EX – which is just across the road from our previous meeting place.
Here are the latest lists of books, CDs and DVDs available to borrow from the York PSC library. To borrow one, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve it, and you can then collect it at our 2nd meeting of the month (on the 4th Thursday).
We have recently had a report from one of our more energetic members on his cycle ride for Medical Aid for Palestinians in the West Bank last September.
He captured very movingly the mixture of emotions generated by his visit. There was of course the friendship and camaraderie of the riders, the welcome, generosity and humanity of the Palestinians and the captivating landscape and culture shown in, for example the ride down to Jericho, the art on display in Bethlehem and the serenity of the Al Aqsa mosque seen in the setting sun from his bedroom in Jerusalem. Not to mention the break-dancing to traditional Palestinian music by one of the group during a memorable evening in Jericho. There was also the sadness of witnessing the plight of Bedouins, the reality of areas A, B and C in practice, the tragedy and oppression in Hebron and the monstrosity that is the separation wall with its gun towers and graffiti frescos. Fortunately, some Israelis are themselves taking a stand against the government, breaking the silence, and the cyclists met with Yehudi Shaul and colleagues to hear some of the 1000 or more testimonies from ex-soldiers to the abuse, violence and humiliation inflicted on many Palestinians by the Israeli military.
He hopes to meet up again with his cycling companions, as ‘It was a pleasure to cycle with such a great bunch of people from all walks of life, each with a desire to help and stand up for the rights of the people of Palestine. It struck home that many felt strongly about the injustice and suppression even though they had no direct links with Palestine, they just wanted to make a difference, their every action and gesture ensuring the situation is not forgotten.’
We congratulate him on finishing the ride (despite a lack of training on hill climbing!) and raising over £2700 For Medical Aid for Palestinians.