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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

Monday, March 2nd, 2015:

CARDS-A-THON FOR PALESTINE – SATURDAY 14 MARCH 11am-11pm – BETHNAL GREEN
The first ever tour of the UK & Ireland by the Freedom Theatre, which is based in Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine, will be taking place in 2015. The tour includes a London performance of a brand new play called ‘The Siege’ at Battersea Arts Centre in May.

Local group Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) is aiming to sponsor one of the six actors who will be taking part in the performance of this specially commissioned play. Palestinian actor and singer at the Freedom Theatre, Ahmed Tobasi, appeared at a packed performance organised by THJFA at Wilton’s Music Hall last year where he stunned the Tower Hamlets audience with his accomplished singing and inspiring talk about the work of the Freedom Theatre. To help raise the necessary funds in order to sponsor Ahmed to take part in the upcoming London performance of ‘The Siege’, local resident Guy Shennan will play cards for 12 hours non-stop, from 11am to 11pm, on Saturday 14th March at The Camel pub in Bethnal Green.

This isn’t the first time Guy has undertaken such a feat – he has also successfully staged a 12 hour Quiz-a-Thon and 12 hour Backgammon-a-Thon, over the course of the last four years in aid of the work Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association.

This time round, supporters will ‘pay to play’ an addictive form of Whist named ‘Oh Dammit’ with Guy at an allocated time on the day. If you’re interested in playing, please contact Guy directly via email: guyshennan@btinternet.com. If you can’t play on the day, you can also sponsor Guy to help raise money to make the tour happen by giving a donation directly to the THJFA account, details here.

Details of the Freedom Theatre’s tour can be found here: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news/the-siege-uk-tour-in-2015/

Thursday, February 26th, 2015:

Next THJFA/ THPSC meeting will be at Unite community centre on Cable St on Thursday 5th march 7-9pm. All welcome!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:

Events for February: Joint TH PSC and THJFA Meeting and Stall

Thursday 5th Feb at Unite Community Centre, basement of St George’s (old) Town Hall, 236 Cable St, Shadwell, E1.

7 – 9 pm
We will discuss:
1) Following up on success at Council: next steps for challenging G4S and Veolia.
2) Feedback from PSC Conference.
3) Organising the visit of Palestinians in May.
4) Update on Freedom Theatre Tour.
5) Fundraisers for Theatre Tour.

On Saturday 7th February from 11am – 1pm THJFA, together with Tower Hamlets PSC, will be holding a stall to raise awareness about our work within the Borough, to talk to Tower Hamlets residents about the ongoing BDS campaigns, and to sell beautiful Palestinian produce!

All are welcome to join us!

Meet outside Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:

After a successful local petition demanding that G4S be disqualified from contracts in Tower Hamlets was presented to Tower Hamlets Council last night, both Tower Hamlets First and the Labour Party agreed with the demand made at full council to adopt a tight ethical procurement policy for council contracts. Click here to read more about our BDS victory!

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Cards-a-thon for Palestine – Support the Freedom Theatre’s Tour of the UK

CARDS-A-THON FOR PALESTINE – SATURDAY 14 MARCH 11am-11pm – BETHNAL GREEN
The first ever tour of the UK & Ireland by the Freedom Theatre, which is based in Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine, will be taking place in 2015. The tour includes a London performance of a brand new play called ‘The Siege’ at Battersea Arts Centre in May.

Local group Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) is aiming to sponsor one of the six actors who will be taking part in the performance of this specially commissioned play. Palestinian actor and singer at the Freedom Theatre, Ahmed Tobasi, appeared at a packed performance organised by THJFA at Wilton’s Music Hall last year where he stunned the Tower Hamlets audience with his accomplished singing and inspiring talk about the work of the Freedom Theatre. To help raise the necessary funds in order to sponsor Ahmed to take part in the upcoming London performance of ‘The Siege’, local resident Guy Shennan will play cards for 12 hours non-stop, from 11am to 11pm, on Saturday 14th March at The Camel pub in Bethnal Green.

This isn’t the first time Guy has undertaken such a feat – he has also successfully staged a 12 hour Quiz-a-Thon and 12 hour Backgammon-a-Thon, over the course of the last four years in aid of the work Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association.

This time round, supporters will ‘pay to play’ an addictive form of Whist named ‘Oh Dammit’ with Guy at an allocated time on the day. If you’re interested in playing, please contact Guy directly via email: guyshennan@btinternet.com. If you can’t play on the day, you can also sponsor Guy to help raise money to make the tour happen by giving a donation directly to the THJFA account, details here.

Details of the Freedom Theatre’s tour can be found here: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news/the-siege-uk-tour-in-2015/

 

Next THJFA/THPSC Meeting – 5th March

Next THJFA/ THPSC meeting will be at Unite community centre on Cable St on Thursday 5th march 7-9pm. All welcome!

 

Support Glenn McMahon running the Bethlehem Half Marathon!

Glenn McMahon will be running the Bethlehem half-marathon later this year, raising funds for PSC and Labour Friends of Palestine. You can find out more about the Bethlehem half-marathon, Glenn’s plans, and sponsor him here.

 

The General Election is Coming – Vote Palestine

Palestine Solidarity Campaign have launched a great campaign to make sure voters know how important Palestine is as an election issue. You can use their fantastic online tool  to quiz your local MP on their stance about Palestine – find it here.

Let’s make sure everyone running to be an MP knows that we won’t support those who don’t support Palestine.

 

Support The Big Ride!

Step on your bike and stand up for Palestine in tandem with 1,000 other fellow cyclists. Combine the challenge of cycling from Edinburgh to London with fundraising in support of a Palestinian children’s charity. Find out more here.
 

Events for February

Events for February: Joint TH PSC and THJFA Meeting and Stall

Thursday 5th Feb at Unite Community Centre, basement of St George’s (old) Town Hall, 236 Cable St, Shadwell, E1.

7 – 9 pm
We will discuss:
1) Following up on success at Council: next steps for challenging G4S and Veolia.
2) Feedback from PSC Conference.
3) Organising the visit of Palestinians in May.
4) Update on Freedom Theatre Tour.
5) Fundraisers for Theatre Tour.

On Saturday 7th February from 11am – 1pm THJFA, together with Tower Hamlets PSC, will be holding a stall to raise awareness about our work within the Borough, to talk to Tower Hamlets residents about the ongoing BDS campaigns, and to sell beautiful Palestinian produce!

All are welcome to join us!

Meet outside Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road.

 

BDS Victory in Tower Hamlets!

After a successful local petition demanding that G4S be disqualified from contracts in Tower Hamlets was presented to Tower Hamlets Council last night, both Tower Hamlets First and the Labour Party agreed with the demand made at full council to adopt a tight ethical procurement policy for council contracts. Click here to read more about our BDS victory!

 

BDS Victory as Tower Hamlets Council Agrees to Ethical Procurement to Exclude Occupation Profiteers

After a successful local petition demanding that G4S be disqualified from contracts in Tower Hamlets was presented to Tower Hamlets Council last night, both Tower Hamlets First and the Labour Party agreed with the demand made at full council to adopt a tight ethical procurement policy for council contracts.

The petition, demanding that G4S be disqualified from future contracts on the basis of its far reaching complicity with the illegal occupation reached 1,953 signatures and was presented to councillors and lead members after an hour-long lobby outside the council building where a coalition of groups chanted slogans in support of Palestine.

In the occupied West Bank, G4S provides security systems for Israeli prisons, equipment for military checkpoints and security services for illegal settlements.

G4S currently runs caretaking and school maintenance in twenty Tower Hamlets schools. Information recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the council uses G4S to provide catering services for  its ‘Signs of Safety’ child protection training courses in Mile End , and that in 2014 it spent close to 100k on procuring a service from a G4S children’s home.

The agreement to amend the ethical procurement policy should see the end to any further contracts with G4S, Veolia and other companies on the basis of their ‘grave misconduct’, profiting from the illegal occupation of Palestine and the suffering of Palestinians against international law.

Tahsin Ahmed of Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign who launched the petition against G4S and presented it to the packed council meeting said, “This evening, we challenged Tower Hamlets council to improve its procurement process to enable it to exclude companies which are guilty of grave misconduct in Palestine.

They agreed to do this. We have been invited to meet soon with the lead cabinet member Cllr Alibor Choudhury to discuss taking further action.

We are pleased to note that there was full support for the proposal from both the major parties in the Council chamber.”

The campaign was run by the newly formed Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association, who have run a long-term campaign against the multinational Veolia which presently runs street cleaning and waste services in the borough. The procurement process for new contracts covering these services is about to begin and could well be affected by this new development.

Campaigners have hailed the adoption of a new policy as a significant step towards a Boycott Divestment Sanctions victory but have vowed to keep up the pressure until ‘genuinely ethical’ procurement is successfully in place in the borough.

Sybil Cock of Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association and Tower Hamlets PSC said, “We would like to thank everyone who signed our ongoing petitions against G4S and Veolia, especially those who have been involved in this divestment campaign over the last months, weeks and years. We will continue to work to challenge the existing contracts and sponsorship deals with these unethical companies until they completely divest from business with the Israeli occupation.”

You can also sign out petition against Veolia operating in the Borough – click here.

 

Petition for Tower Hamlets Council to disqualify G4S from bidding for contracts

Find the petition here.

 

December Dates for your Diary

THJFA, together with Tower Hamlets PSC, will be running a series of stalls throughout December to support Palestinian farmers by selling their produce, and to raise awareness of our local campaigns for twinning, against the renewal of Veolia’s contract with Tower Hamlets council, and for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign (BDS).

Sunday 7th December from 11.30am Stall selling Palestinian hampers at St Barnabas church, Roman Road, Bow
Saturday 13th December Joint TH PSC/ THJFA Palestine Stall outside Ideas Store from 11am
Sunday 14th December from 11.30am Stall selling Palestinian hampers at St Barnabas church, Roman Rd, Bow
Saturday 20th December Joint TH PSC/ THJFA Palestine Stall outside Ideas Store from 11am