Europal Forum and MEMO held a joint event yesterday afternoon to welcome a delegation of four Palestinian activists and community leaders from Jerusalem. The event was the first of many for the group, none of whom have been in Britain before. They are scheduled to meet with policymakers and Palestinian support groups throughout the week to raise awareness of the ongoing Israeli occupation.
The Palestinian delegation, which included several Palestinian figures from Jerusalem and the 1948 territories, concluded its visit to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, which took place between September 11-16, 2017. In its final seminar attended by activists, representatives from NGO’s and local churches in London, the speakers informed the audience of the racist practices imposed by the occupying state of Israel and its continuous violations against Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the 1948 territories.
A member of the Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchate in Jerusalem warned an audience in London last week about the plight of Arab Christians under Israeli occupation. “The flight of Arab Christians from the holy land will turn churches into museums,” said Archimandrite Abdallah Giulio Brunella. Arab Christians, he explained, are being forced out from their place of origin.
EuroPal Forum is co-hosted a workshop entitled “Palestine and Anti-Semitism’ in London yesterday. Held at the P21 Gallery, the event was part of a series that focuses on boosting the skills and competencies of professionals when it comes to their advocacy for Palestine. “Palestine and Anti-Semitism” is the first in the series which is entitled “Professionals for Palestine”, which seeks to ensure a strong understanding of the global anti-Semitism campaign and a robust vocabulary that communicates the issue of Palestine in the most digestible and effective manner. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi and Steve Tiller from the Jewish Voice for Labour addressed participants and discussed the definition of anti-Semitism. The event comes at a time when pro-Palestine activism is being conflated with anti-Semitism threatening to derail progress made by advocacy groups and leading to talks about Palestine to become a taboo. In its report on the event, the EuroPal Forum said it “seeks to empower professionals so that they are able to speak and communicate ideas on the Palestine issue without fear and intimidation. In the present climate, such empowerment is vital so that the next generation of leaders in the United Kingdom and beyond do not feel apathetic when it comes to Palestine, but instead are confident enough to articulate their grievances and feelings in an effective manner devoid of accusations being levelled against them.”
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat