Mission Statement

Our goals

To develop awareness of the situation in Jenin, the West Bank and Palestine as a whole, particularly in the London borough of Tower Hamlets and to promote the human rights of Palestinians through:

Promoting, supporting and developing links between individuals, groups, communities and organisations in Tower Hamlets and Jenin.

Working to officially twin Tower Hamlets Council with Jenin Municipality.

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Recent News

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015:

We are delighted to welcome a teacher from the Jenin Refugee Camp to the UK in January, in partnership with CADFA -more information here. Alaa Fayed will be with us on Tower Hamlets on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th January. If you would like to meet with him or help organise a reception for him, please get in touch!

Friday, December 18th, 2015:

TEACHERS IN ACTION 2016 (a project funded by the European Union via Erasmus+ youth funding and supported by the NUT) will support links between schools in Britain and Palestine through two teachers’ training events next January and October. The first stage will bring fourteen teachers from Palestine to the UK where they will share a series of training workshops with UK teachers, visit their linked schools in England and Wales and finally on 16th January have a conference on school twinning with Palestine at the NUT which will involve many other teachers. Find out more information on our news page.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015:

THJFA/TH PSC Monthly Meeting

Thursday 5th Novemeber at 7pm we will be having our monthly meeting at our regular venue: the basement of UNITE Community Centre, Old Town Hall, 236 Cable Street, E1 OBL (nearest Tube/ Overground Shadwell). As well as reviewing our latest twinning visit, we will be looking at nominating new people to take on roles important to THJFA and THPSC.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015:

In the last month, 29 Palestinians have been killed, over 270 arrested and 2700 injured by the Israeli military and the settlers they protect. At the time of writing, 8 Israelis have also been killed and dozens more injured. We can’t bring any of them back but we do have a way to fight back by demanding that this brutal occupation ends.

THJFA and TH PSC will be joining the protest called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a coalition of allies. Please join us on Saturday 12-2pm outside the Israeli Embassy to demand an end to the Israeli occupation responsible for these atrocities.

We are meeting on the corner of High Street Kensington and Palace Green, W8 at midday.

Friday, October 9th, 2015:

From October 6th to 16th, the Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) will be hosting three delegates from the Palestinian Authority on an information and cultural exchange to the borough.

THJFA has been working for a decade to build links between the Borough and the province of Jenin in the north of Palestine. The visit is planned to further strengthen solidarity and understanding between our residents and theirs.

The delegation will meet politicians and trades unionists and visit teachers, lecturers and students, as well as enjoying some tourism in London.

A highlight will be an East End History Walk with David Rosenberg, who will show us some of the rich history of migrants of different religions into Tower Hamlets.

The visitors are:
Yousef Awad, director of International Relations for the Governor of Jenin Province.
Maysoun Dawoud, Public Relations Manager for the Mayor of Jenin City
Ahmed AlQuassem, Deputy Governor of Jenin province.

Unfortunately, Israeli authorities prevented Maysoun and Ahmed  from leaving the West Bank in occupied Palestine to travel to Jordan for their flights to London.

See pictures from Yousef’s talk at Queen Mary’s Palestine Society here

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015:

THJFA and Tower Hamlets PSC are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming three visitors from Jenin to Tower Hamlets from Tuesday 6th until Friday 16th October. They will be received in the borough by politicians, trade unions, students and teachers. If you’d like more details of the programme, or would like to get involved in the visit, please email us at: thpalestinesolidarity@gmail.com

Friday, September 11th, 2015:

September has already been a busy month for THJFA and THPSC activists. We have been protesting at the world’s largest arms fair in London, in which Israel was unsurprisingly prominently featured with its “field tested” missiles, protesting the visit of war criminal Binyamin Netanyahu to London, and at the Wales vs. Israel Euro 2016 qualifier, in which activists demanded that Israel be banned from UEFA until it ends it shameful occupation of the Palestinians.

Check out pictures of the actions here.

Monday, September 7th, 2015:

THJFA and Tower Hamlets PSC will be hosting one of our regular campaigning stalls on the 19th September, 3rd October and 17th October. They will take place between 11am and 12.30 outside the IDEAS store on Whitechapel Road, a very short walk from Whitechapel Tube Station.

Come along and find out more about Palestine, our activities in the community, or help us with our campaigning!

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Teacher from Jenin Visiting Tower Hamlets in January!

We are delighted to welcome a teacher from the Jenin Refugee Camp to the UK in January, in partnership with CADFA -more information here. Alaa Fayed will be with us on Tower Hamlets on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th January. If you would like to meet with him or help organise a reception for him, please get in touch!

 

THJFA joins Teachers in Action Project

TEACHERS IN ACTION 2016 (a project funded by the European Union via Erasmus+ youth funding and supported by the NUT) will support links between schools in Britain and Palestine through two teachers’ training events next January and October. The first stage will bring fourteen teachers from Palestine to the UK where they will share a series of training workshops with UK teachers, visit their linked schools in England and Wales and finally on 16th January have a conference on school twinning with Palestine at the NUT which will involve many other teachers. Find out more information on our news page.

 

THJFA/TH PSC Monthly Meeting 5th November

THJFA/TH PSC Monthly Meeting

Thursday 5th Novemeber at 7pm we will be having our monthly meeting at our regular venue: the basement of UNITE Community Centre, Old Town Hall, 236 Cable Street, E1 OBL (nearest Tube/ Overground Shadwell). As well as reviewing our latest twinning visit, we will be looking at nominating new people to take on roles important to THJFA and THPSC.

 

Join the protest on Saturday 17th! Occupation breeds violence

In the last month, 29 Palestinians have been killed, over 270 arrested and 2700 injured by the Israeli military and the settlers they protect. At the time of writing, 8 Israelis have also been killed and dozens more injured. We can’t bring any of them back but we do have a way to fight back by demanding that this brutal occupation ends.

THJFA and TH PSC will be joining the protest called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a coalition of allies. Please join us on Saturday 12-2pm outside the Israeli Embassy to demand an end to the Israeli occupation responsible for these atrocities.

We are meeting on the corner of High Street Kensington and Palace Green, W8 at midday.

 

Our Visitor Yousef Awad meets Mayor of Tower Hamlets

On Friday 9th October, THJFA held a very productive meeting with Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs, Deputy Mayor Rachael Saunders, and Speaker Abdul Mukit.

They all listened with great interest to Yousef Awad from Jenin , who told personal stories about the effects of the Israeli occupation on his life, and we reflected on the current violations that Israel is perpetrating on Palestinians who live under military occupation.
We discussed, in some detail, strengthening the links between our communities, and all were invited to visit Jenin and Palestine. See pictures of the visit here.

 

Visitors from Jenin in Tower Hamlets

From October 6th to 16th, the Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) will be hosting three delegates from the Palestinian Authority on an information and cultural exchange to the borough.

THJFA has been working for a decade to build links between the Borough and the province of Jenin in the north of Palestine. The visit is planned to further strengthen solidarity and understanding between our residents and theirs.

The delegation will meet politicians and trades unionists and visit teachers, lecturers and students, as well as enjoying some tourism in London.

A highlight will be an East End History Walk with David Rosenberg, who will show us some of the rich history of migrants of different religions into Tower Hamlets.

The visitors are:
Yousef Awad, director of International Relations for the Governor of Jenin Province.
Maysoun Dawoud, Public Relations Manager for the Mayor of Jenin City
Ahmed AlQuassem, Deputy Governor of Jenin province.

Unfortunately, Israeli authorities prevented Maysoun and Ahmed  from leaving the West Bank in occupied Palestine to travel to Jordan for their flights to London.

See pictures from Yousef’s talk at Queen Mary’s Palestine Society here

 

Palestine Red Crescent Declares State of Emergency in West Bank

The PRCS has declared a level 3 state of emergency in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to increased attacks by Israeli soldiers and illegal settlers against Palestinians.

You can find out more here on the Friends of Al-Aqsa website: http://foa.org.uk/news/palestine-red-crescent-society-declares-west-bank-state-of-emergency

For the latest news of Israeli kidnapping and shooting of Palestinians in Jenin, read these reports from the International Middle East Media Center:

http://www.imemc.org/article/73286

http://www.imemc.org/article/73269

 

 

Check out our new BDS Postcards

THJFA has a new postcard with a straightforward message: Israeli Apartheid: I’m Not Buying It! Come along to one of our events or stalls to pick some up, and help us distribute them around the borough!

 

Welcoming Visitors from Jenin to Tower Hamlets

THJFA and Tower Hamlets PSC are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming three visitors from Jenin to Tower Hamlets from Tuesday 6th until Friday 16th October. They will be received in the borough by politicians, trade unions, students and teachers. If you’d like more details of the programme, or would like to get involved in the visit, please email us at: thpalestinesolidarity@gmail.com

 

THJFA and THPSC Protest DSEI Arms Fair, Netanyahu’s Visit and Wales vs. Cardiff

September has already been a busy month for THJFA and THPSC activists. We have been protesting at the world’s largest arms fair in London, in which Israel was unsurprisingly prominently featured with its “field tested” missiles, protesting the visit of war criminal Binyamin Netanyahu to London, and at the Wales vs. Israel Euro 2016 qualifier, in which activists demanded that Israel be banned from UEFA until it ends it shameful occupation of the Palestinians.

Check out pictures of the actions here.