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With thanks to both Ram and  Dr. Zulaihya for many of the pictures…………

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‘IN THEIR OWN WORDS’

 A Conversation with Christian Leaders from the Holy Land

 SADAKA – the Ireland Palestine Alliance, Christian Aid and Trócaire invite you to this special public event which is part of the first ever Ireland-wide speaking tour by senior Palestinian church leaders.

 When: Friday 26th November, 7.30pm

 Where: Smock Alley Theatre Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

 The main aim of the tour is to raise awareness of the grave and increasing plight of the Christian community in Palestine, as well as the Palestinian population as a whole, who are living under Israeli military occupation.

 All are welcome!

 Book your free place: E: info@sadaka.ie; Tel: 01 6694707

The senior church leaders coming to Ireland are:

 Archbishop Theodosius Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church

 Monsignor Manuel Musallam of the Latin Catholic Church

 Mr. Constantine Dabbagh of the Middle East Council of Churches

 As you may see from the biographies below, these men are of highly significant stature in religious and socio-political terms – not just in Palestine, but also in a global context.

 ‘We Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity’. KAIROS

 Palestine Background to the visit to Ireland of three senior church leaders from Palestine:

 The tour is a Sadaka initiative, organised in partnership with Trocaire and Christian Aid. The primary purpose of the tour is to raise awareness of the grave and increasing plight of the Christian community in Palestine, particularly in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. The tour aims to give voice to the Palestinian people as a whole, engage with political and religious leaders in Ireland and highlight the current political and human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

. The religious leaders’ engagements in Ireland include a courtesy call with President Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain and meetings with Mr. Micheál Martin, Minister for Foreign Affairs; leaders of the 4 main Christian churches and the First and Deputy First Ministers in the NI Assembly among others. There will also be a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, receptions to be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Palestinian Delegation to Ireland, a visit to the Michael Davitt Museum and the celebration of an ecumenical service in Ballintubber Abbey in Co. Mayo.

 The tour begins on the 24th December – updates will be uploaded to the Sadaka website during the tour – so please check out the site for the latest news: www.sadaka.ie

 Biographical Information:

 Archbishop Theodosius Hanna, Greek Orthodox Church – Archbishop Theodosius (Atallah) Hanna was born in 1965 in the village of Al Rameh, Galilee district, Israel. He was ordained in 1991 and since that time has held many prominent positions within the structures of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, including spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He held the position of Secretary General of the Clerical Lay Joint Council of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem and was appointed Professor of Church History and Arab Civilisation at the Arab Teachers College in Haifa. He is the founder of the Orthodox Youth Movement in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and is an active member of the international ecumenical movement both at local and regional level. Alongside his work towards Christian unification, he is a representative at the Geneva-based World Council of Churches. Throughout the Holy Land he is regarded as one of its most prominent religious and spiritual leaders. On the 1st December 2005 he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem as Archbishop of Sebastia (Nablus district).

 Monsignor Manuel Musallam, Latin Catholic Church – Ten years older than the state of Israel, Monsignor Musallam has witnessed enormous changes in his lifetime and has had to cope with supporting his people through their extraordinary circumstances under Israeli occupation. He served as the parish priest in Gaza until his retirement in 2009. During his time there, Monsignor Manuel became known as the ‘Priest of the Million’, in recognition of his unfailing care and concern for both Christian and Muslim alike.

 Mr Constantine Dabbagh, Middle East Council of Churches – Mr. Constantine Dabbagh was born in Jerusalem in 1938, and in the midst of fierce fighting in 1947, fled as a refugee to the Gaza strip. During his life he has worked for United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Gaza, and for the United Nations in the Republic of Congo (now Zaire). He has consistently advocated non-violence amidst living conditions that clearly have become a humanitarian crisis. His personal and professional dialogue of justice, peace, security, mutual understanding and reconciliation has involved him in critical negotiations between political factions within Palestine, and the Palestinian Authority and the international community. Constantine directs the provision of health, education and community services which care for the predominantly Muslim population of Gaza. In particular, the services focus on mothers and babies, vocational education and the provision of psycho-social health services to an increasingly traumatised population.

 For more information on the church leaders and the tour itinerary, please go to

 www.sadaka.ie

 We look forward to welcoming you on 26th November,

 Marie Crawley On behalf of the Board of SADAKA

 SADAKA – the Ireland Palestine Alliance,  Fitzwilliam Hall,  Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2

 T: 01 6694707

 E:info@sadaka.ie

 www.sadaka.ie

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 Pictures, including re-enactments, from Conference of International palestinian Detainees, Gaza City, 23/10/2010
Quote from ” A message from detainees inside jails to the conference of International Palestinian Detainees ”

” We greet all lovers of freedom and justice in the world who support our people led by freedom flotilla. martyrs, injured and detainees of freedom flotilla who are martyrs, injured and detainees of the palestinian people and detainees movement. We say to them and to their families that we loook forward to the day when we celebrate together to achieve the goals that you have sacrificed for it, especially teh cause of detainees and their freedom”

Gaza Strip –

Events of “International conference of Palestine prisoners” started on Saturday morning in Gaza city with huge participation of mass and international delegations in order to shed light on the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails. Palestinian figures who have participated in the International conference of Palestine prisoners were the Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Ismail Haniyeh, ministers of the Palestinian government in Gaza and number of Palestinian ex-prisoners, in addition to number of international figures who came from 40 countries around the world including Lifeline 5 convoy, delegations of European parliament and of Arab Parliament, and Turkish and Malaysian delegations and number of intellectuals and scholars in addition to families of prisoners.

Minister of prisoners affairs, Mohammed Faraj al-Ghoul said in his speech for the conference that

 “this conference is held to turn attention of the Islamic and Arab world and international towards vital issue of Palestinian prisoners”.

The Malaysian delegation was headed by Tan Sri Norian Mai, the former Inspector-General of Police (The Head of the Malaysian National Police Force). In his speech, Matthias Chang, political adviser to former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, asserted that he came to Gaza, carrying endorsement and support of the Malaysian people. He said during his speech:

 “We feel the pain towards the situation in Gaza, and when we return to Malaysia, we will convey what we saw here.” He added: “Israel should know that Malaysia stands with the Palestinian people. ”

PRESS STATEMENT

PRESS STATEMENT, Perdana Global Peace Organisation  http://www.perdana4peace.net

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This recent visit to Gaza was initiated by an official invitation to YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to be the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Palestinian Detainees in Gaza city on 23rd October 2010. Since YABhg. was recuperating from a chest infection, he directed the four of us to attend and requested that Mr Matthias Chang speak on behalf of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation. Tan Sri Norian Mai led the delegation which also included Dr. Zulaiha Ismail and Mr. Ram Karthigasu. We also had with us, Mrs Jenny Graham from Ireland who was on the Rachel Corrie in our Break the Seige attempt.

Our initial objective was getting a better understanding of the plight of the 8000 plus Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails and the consequent repercussions on their respective families. We visited and met with countless mothers, women and even husbands whose spouses were incarcerated in the many Israeli prisons. All forms of communication and contact have been denied to them, let alone the nature of the charges against them. Mr Matthias Chang specifically called for the setting up of an International Legal Aid Bureau to study and take legal action against the arbitrary incarceration of Palestinians by the Israelis.

Our second objective was to get a first hand assessment of the conditions on the ground in Gaza– what has been termed as the world’s largest open prison. Every person in Gaza is a detainee under imposed siege! What we saw was a humanitarian crisis of untold proportions. Israeli policies and actions have decimated families, crucified individuals and set ablaze a fire of hatred that cannot but consume an entire future generation. The widespread malnutrition and stunting of tens of thousands of children and young children must be the objective of an evil Zionist policy that wants to ensure the complete subjugation of a community in perpetuity. This deliberate genocidal programme is a most cruel act of a rogue state and others complicit in this agenda.

In this regard, attempts have been initiated with acknowledged institutions to accelerate whatever help the people of Gaza may require.

PGPO is even more determined to highlight the continued condemnation of Gaza in particular and of all Palestinians in their justified right to a Free Palestine.

We call on all Malaysians to support us in Breaking the Seige of Gaza.

 
 
PRISONERS IN NUMBERS:
 726prisoners from the Gaza Strip
 400 are from within Israel and occupied east Jerusalem
 33of the prisoners are women
 270 are under the age of 18 years
 315prisoners have spent more than 15 years in Israeli jails
 110 have spent more than 20 years
 3 have spent more than 30 years
Administrative detention: more than 19,000 Palestinian were detained under administrative terms (detention without trial) since 2002. More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners are still awaiting trail in Israeli jails.

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This is NOT the immediate aftermath of the WAR ON GAZA, this is october 2010 !!!

These are regular families, no different to you and i , except that these are their homes, their childrens bedrooms, their supposed places of safety. we are now coming into another winter , heavy rain is forecast…..i do not need to explaiin further.  If there is a way you can help these families, no matter how small, please contact me either via this site or email me directly at jennygraham7@gmail.com

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 This soulful song by the great Mahalia Jackson, and accompanied by striking images, is dedicated to all the ordinary citizens of the world, who have dared challenge the brutal blockade of Gaza. In particular, it pays homage to the martyrs aboard Mavi Marmara, who were shot in cold blood by the Israeli forces.

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Gaza`s Beautiful Children

Although beautiful, please also  look past the amazing smiles………….

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