THJFA members have written to the Trinity Mirror Group regarding the editorial in The Wharf on 7th August, which attacked the decision of the Borough of Tower Hamlets to fly the Palestinian flag from the town hall in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Read the letter by clicking on the link below:
THJFA Letter to Trinity Mirror
Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association Organising Meeting
On Monday 8th September, THJFA will hold an organising meeting to discuss the proposal to become an East London branch of PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign) in parallel to our twinning work, the organization of next year’s tour of the Jenin Freedom Theatre to the UK, and how to support the national campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in our local area. All welcome!
8th September. 7-9pm
Unit 5E (press the buzzer)
5 Pundersons Gardens
Bethnal Green E2 9QG
The Governor of Jenin, Ibrahim Ramadan, has written to Twin Jenin to express his support for Tower Hamlets Town Hall flying the Palestinian flag in solidarity with Gaza. See his letter below.
This month Zoe Lafferty, Associate Director of The Jenin Freedom Theatre and Ahmed Tobasi, a Palestinian actor with the Freedom Theatre have been touring Britain, screening shorts films, documentaries and discussing cultural resistance.
The Freedom Theatre was built in the heart of the Palestinian resistance in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006. The aim was to create a political and artistic movement of theatre and filmmakers who could fight the Israeli Occupation through art and use cultural resistance as a tool to fight oppression.
Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association are proud to be hosting Ahmed at the iconic Wilton’s Music Hall, London on the evening of Monday 23rd June for the final event of the tour. There will be an interactive performance involving members of the audience.
Doors open: 6.30pm
Peformance starts: 7.30pm
Tickets are £5 on the door and all proceeds will go towards Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association.
Palestinian food and refreshments will be available from the wonderful Maramia Cafe from 6.30pm.
We need your assistance! A motion to officially twin Tower Hamlets with Jenin is going to full council on Wednesday 27th November. It has the support of the Mayor and cabinet but also requires the support of the ruling Labour group. Make sure your councillors are supporting the motion by amending this letter as appropriate and emailing it to the Tower Hamlets Councillors (addresses below):
I am writing to you to ask for your support for the motion to be proposed at the Council meeting on Wednesday, to twin the borough of Tower Hamlets with the Province of Jenin in Palestine.
I believe that such a twinning would be of great mutual benefit to the people in both areas. The Palestinian people of Jenin are reaching out for international relationships and support and in my view the vast majority of people in Tower Hamlets would like to enter into such a relationship. At the same time, this would be of benefit to the people here in Tower Hamlets, as they learn about the lives of the Palestinian people, and our schools, colleges and other community groups can be enriched by the connections made.
Such links can also contribute to the pursuance of social justice in this part of the world, as twinning can provide an expression of hope that one day all the people there, whether they be Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or of no faith, may live together peacefully.
As a Tower Hamlets resident, I therefore hope that you will support this motion.
[Your name and address]
Please select the relevant addresses for your area or simply write to all the councillors:
The Mayor of the City of Jenin has written to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, as part of our campaign to get Tower Hamlets twinned with Jenin, to endorse the initiative! In August he received a delegation of councillors and community workers and activists from Tower Hamlets, as the links between our two areas grow.
You can read the letters (in English and in Arabic) here.
The council of the village of ‘Araba in Jenin Province, which was one of the places visited by the recent THJFA delegation, has written to the Council of Tower Hamlets to support the idea of twinning the two areas.
You can find their letter here (Arabic with English translation on the second page).
On the 23rd November, the Britain Palestine Twinning Network will be holdings its Annual General Meeting in Northampton.
You can download a programme for the conference here.