Palestine & the Struggle for Human Dignity


Event Details


 

In solidarity, the Bloody Sunday March Committee (BSMC) is honoured to host this important discussion and to offer a public platform to three leading activists in the struggle for a free and independent Palestine.

Each will speak from their own perspective, specific area of struggle and particular campaigns they are involved in on how in their view their work contributes to the overall goal and aim of establishing a free and independent Palestinian state.

Speakers include:

Hazem Jamjoum, (BDS & Right Of Return Campaigner, Journalist and Academic).

Hazem Jamjoum is a policy member of al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. A 1948 refugee on his mother’s side and a 1967 refugee on his father’s, he grew up in different Arab countries.
 
He represents Palestinian right of return activists in Canada in the establishment of the Palestinian Coalition for the Right of Return (al-I’tilaf al-Filistini li-Haq Al-‘Awda): the main Palestinian refugee network involved in the formulation of the campaign for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and a founding organization of the Palestinian BDS National Committee. 
 
He was one of the organizers of the first Israeli Apartheid Week in 2005, a series of actions and events which has since grown at an international scale. After heading the largest Palestinian community organization in Canada, he worked with the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, editing its quarterly magazine al-Majdal and developing collective self-education programs based across the refugee camps of the West Bank. He subsequently worked with similar efforts based in two Palestinian camps in Lebanon.  Hazem is now based in London.

Jacqueline Walker is a black, Jewish, anti-racist activist and campaigner. Twice suspended from the Labour Party, the ex Vice Chair of the Corbyn supporting group ‘Momentum’ continues to campaign for radical left politics, free speech, justice for Palestinians and for all oppressed people around the world. Her successful one woman show ‘The Lynching’ was brought to the Derry Playhouse last year. A documentary based on her story and the persecution of pro-Palestinian voices in the Labour Party is due for release in February. She is Chair of Labour Against the Witch Hunt and a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Jewish Voice for Labour and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Cathy Hutton, (Chairperson Derry Branch IPSC). The murderous assaults on Gaza in 2014 that was the spark for Cathy to become actively involved in Palestinian Solidarity. She first became a member of Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), got involved In local fundraising, lobbying politicians and active for Palestine on Social Media. Then in the spring of 2016 she visited Palestine. That was the catalyst for starting the Derry Branch.  She was instrumental in getting Derry City & Strabane District Council to adopt a motion to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice & equality & implement BDS to work towards achieving an Israeli apartheid free council area.  The aim for 2019 is to keep raising awareness of BDS as the most effective means to ending Israel’s brutal colonisation of Palestine and to grow the branch locally.”

Chair: Jo Bird is a Labour/Co-op Councillor in Liverpool City Region, and a member of Jewish Voice for Labour. She lived in Derry until 2017 and co-founded Jewish Voice for Just Peace (Ireland).

 

 

 

Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre