GAZA – UNINHABITABLE BY 2020
Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Palestine
Monica Spooner, founder of the Balfour Project, introducing the day
BRITAIN DENIED SELF-DETERMINATION TO PALESTINIANS
John McHugo, international lawyer, historian and authorspecialising in the Middle East
HEALTH CRISIS COMPELS USE OF OUTDATED TREATMENTS …
Dr Philippa Whitford, MP for Central Ayrshire and a breast cancer surgeon
“The Palestinian political divide is the strongest virus attacking Gazans’ ‘sumud’ (steadfastness)”. Dr Imad Karam, Palestinian film maker
WHAT A REAL FRIEND OFISRAEL SHOULD DO
Iain Cunningham, Church of Scotland
THE VOICE OF YOUTH MUST BE HEARD
Anas Almassri, who has led Gaza’s largest network of youth volunteers working on community development
Andrew Whitley, former Middle East correspondent, ex-regional director of UNRWA and Balfour Project trustee, speaking about the consequences he faced when he broke the story of the ‘Duvdevan’ IDF undercover military unit. Filmed in a Balfour Project event focusing on the media
Christine De Luca reading Towards an independent Palestinian state: a Scottish call to action.
On 3 September at 5pm Claudia Beamish MSP will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Balfour Project’s Edinburgh Call to Action towards an independent Palestinian State alongside Israel. A Scottish Government Minister will respond.
Claudia praises the Balfour Project for raising awareness of our history in the region, and seeks Parliament’s support for
– ending the closure of Gaza
– freedom of worship in Jerusalem for all believers
– respect for the rule of law
– holding law-breakers to account
– British Government recognition of the State of Palestine alongside Israel and
– commitment to defend the fundamental rights of Palestinians and Israelis.
From 2014 – 2017, Christine was Edinburgh Makar – poet laureate for the City of Edinburgh.