What an odious, divisive lot of mischief is planned for 4-21 June, with the Lord Mayor (Rae Humberstone, Labour) adding the prestige of his person (and therefore the sanction of his council) to proceedings.
Councillor Humberstone (pictured below) succeeded Councillor Mohammed Abbasi as mayor, and was himself succeeded as sheriff of Oxford by Sajjad Malik.
Participants in this hatefest include "household name" Israel-demonisers such as Mustafa Barghouti and Mads Gilbert.
To quote from the publicity brochure:
Palestine Unlocked – celebrating life and culture
Welcome to Oxford’s first Palestinian festival!
From 4th-21st June 2015 the city will be filled with Palestinian creativity and life. The festival will be showcasing Palestinian theatre, film, food, music, art, photography, craft and dancing, as well as ‘unlocking’ the realities of life in Palestine.
Events will happen across a range of city venues from Pegasus Theatre in East Oxford to Barefoot Books in Summertown including the Phoenix Picturehouse, several Oxford churches and colleges, the Town Hall and Bonn Square. [My emphasis]
... events are still being added so do make sure you come back for more:
Thursday 4th June
Film: Omar – A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers.
Ivor Dembina (Guardian-rated ****) will compere a specially compiled line-up of comedians.
Saturday 6th June Celebration of Solidarity – the official opening ceremony features Palestinian dancing, music, craft and food. The Lord Mayor of Oxford will also be making an appearance at 11.15am.
Sunday 7th June Kite Flying – Come and learn how to make your own kite! Followed by the chance to launch them into the skies. All ages welcome.
Monday 8th June A conversation with Dr Mustafa Barghouti – One of Palestine’s foremost human rights activists interviewed by ex-UN communications head and All Souls Fellow Edward Mortimer.
Tuesday 9th June Palestine: Exile and Return – Palestinian authors Dr Ghada Karmi, Karl Sabbagh and Selma Dabbagh will speak about their work and writing. 7.30pm, Council Chamber, Oxford Town Hall. [My emphasis]
Wednesday 10th June A Bird is not a Stone – A rare opportunity to discover the range and variety of extraordinary voices in contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by Scotland’s most acclaimed poets. Editor Sarah Irving and poets involved in the project will bring this poetry and its beauty and significance to Oxford
Friday 12th June Romeo and Juliet in Palestine – Tom Sperlinger discusses his recent book, written following teaching at the Abu Dis campus of al Quds University in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank.
Book of Gaza: writing from a city under occupation and under fire. Sarah Irving and Abu Saif will present stories from the prize-winning collection The Book of Gaza alongside extracts from the documentary diaries The Drone Eats with Me.
Saturday 13th June Palestine History Tapestry Project: a talk about how the embroidery project started and how it is helping Palestinian women generate much needed income.
Ashtar Theatre and Pegasus Youth Theatre: performed by Ashtar Theatre (from Ramallah); Pegasus Youth Theatre. Followed by a short talkback time for questions and discussion.
Sunday 14th June Family Storytelling: Stories and songs from Palestine with storyteller and author Chris Smith.
Living Stones: following Christ in the Holy Land. A sermon by Sami Awad of the Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem.
Monday 15th June The Oxford Medical Teaching Initiative in Palestine: Oxford Medics who have travelled and worked in Palestine will discuss their experiences.
Impossible to Possible: what does nonviolence mean in Palestine today? An evening with Christian Palestinian Sami Awad, Executive Director of the Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem.
Tuesday 16th June News from Palestine: Reuters cameraman Abed Quisini speaks about his 17 years of experience capturing the news stories of a population under occupation and Middle East Eye editor David Hearst talks on the pressures in London of editing and producing stories on Palestine.
Opening of Photojournalism Exhibition, followed by 7.00pm Panel Discussion at the Friends Meeting House
Seminar on Trauma Management and Rehabilitation: hear from UK doctors who have set up a programme for advanced limb reconstruction for victims of war injuries in Gaza.
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Development of Evidence-Based Health Care in Gaza: learn from Gaza-based health professionals about promoting the principles of Evidence-Based Health Care in the Gaza Strip.
Thursday 18th June Hope in a Time of Darkness: a sermon by HG Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK
Friday 19th June Film: 5 broken Cameras. The film showing will be followed by QandA with the director’s brother and leader of the Popular Resistance Committee of Bil’in Iyad Burnat.
Ramadan 2015: To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan, Palestine Unlocked will be distributing Palestinian dates to local Oxford mosques for their community Iftar (breaking fast), dates donated by Zaytoun.
Providing Medical Care during the 2014 Assault on Gaza: Dr Mohammed Maqadma and Dr Mads Gilbert will describe the response at the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza and how primary health care and transport were maintained.
Saturday 20th June Friends of Sabeel UK Conference: “Christians and Muslims: Peaceful Co-resistance in Palestine-Israel.”
Palestine History Tapestry Project: a talk about how the embroidery project started and how it is helping Palestinian women generate much needed income.
Gaza 2014 – Another opportunity to hear Dr Mads Gilbert and Dr Mohammed Maqadma talk about their experiences of providing medical care in Gaza during the military assaults.
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