The Israeli occupation of Palestine means that people are cut off from their farmland, from hospitals, and even water supplies. They are prevented from using settler-only roads. Over 6 million Palestinians live as refugees. Some have made their way to Calais, hoping to reach peace and safety in the UK. Jasmine Kent-Hargreaves visited Palestine two years ago when she was 13. At the Green Room Theatre she will speak about the Palestinian people she met who told her of their struggles. “A particular example” says Jasmine, “is the wall that Israel has built in Palestine, and how it systematically cuts off villages from roads, farmers from their crops, workers from their work, children from their schools, and the ill, elderly and pregnant from hospitals.” Jasmine has been inspired to take action back home in Dorking including organising an event calling for shoppers to boycott companies which support the Israeli government.
Jacquetta Fewster from the Green Party said “During the General Election I was moved by the number of people who contacted me about Palestine. They told me about their feelings about the illegal Israeli occupation, the demolition of homes, the curfews, the uprooting of Palestinian fruit and olive trees, and the attacks. It’s no surprise that just 100 miles away from Dorking, Palestinians are amongst those camping in Calais, hoping to reach a safe home in the UK.”
After the talks, Palestinian produce from the Community Interest Company Zaytoun will be available to sample. Zaytoun supports Palestinian farmers by importing olive oil, dates, almonds, herbs and grains such as maftoul and freekeh.
Speakers include: Dorking student Jasmine Kent-Hargreaves with her father, Tim; Linda Ramsden who leads house-rebuilding missions to the Occupied Territories, activist Tim Coldicott, and Jewish singer song-writer Leon Rossison [video message]. The event is being organised by Mole Valley Green Party which received many letters during the General Election from constituents concerned about the plight of Palestinians and who want the UK government to do more to help.
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