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Activities for the network in 2011 include * Women's visit - March * Twinning Conference in Palestine - April * Visits to Palestine April and October * Conference in Liverpool - November.

Twinning Info. / Visit reports - South East London to Beit Furik (Oct. '06)

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South East London Palestine Solidarity Campaign are building links with the town of Beit Furik in the West Bank, Palestine.

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Beit Furik is an Agricultural Village of 12,000 people near Nablus in the West Bank. The Palestinian people farm the olive trees and have over 30,000 sheep.

One of our group members visited Beit Furik during November 2005 and two other members made a follow up visit during December 2005. We would like to thank the people of Beit Furik for the very warm welcome given to us on our visits and the hospitality that we enjoyed

Our commitment involves publicizing through Campaigning the disastrous effects the illegal military occupation has on the Village and all Palestinian lives. We fund raise to support the Village programmes, as outlined to us by Beit Furik Community Leaders and promote exchange visits between the people of Beit Furik and SE London Palestine Solidarity members.

The key issues affecting the Community of Beit Furik along with all Palestinians are:

DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DENIAL OF ACCESS TO WATER

DENIAL OF FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

DENIAL OF ACCESS TO HEALTH AND ADEQUATE HEALTHCARE

LIMITED EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

ISOLATION

On the initial visit Community Leaders outlined to us the Programmes they were developing in their Village fore their Young People. On returning to South East London South East London Palestine Solidarity Group Branch committed themselves to promoting solidarity with the people of Beit Furik.

Beit Furik Programmes

"Our Programme is a Drama Project about the Intifada and Occupation”

"We need to build up the music work we have started”

"To use the internet and learn communication skills”

Learn English to become self sufficient

What Beit Furik needs is help to overcome the sense of isolation, for the children to have a better future, become self sufficient. A lot of the youth still have bad memories, injuries from the Second Intifada”

Beit Furik Community Leaders

A Visit to Beit Furik has been organized for October 2006 Details : psc4selondon at yahoo.co.uk

Report on the groups activities.

"The division of the little money we took between the Childrens' Development Association facilitated by Marina and the Womens' Spinning and Weaving part of the Womens' Union run by Joanne was very successful. Two grassroots projects that can be maintained easily and developed by us all as a co-operative with yearly visits. The community approved of these two projects being chosen and the Mayor donated a room for the Children's Association and lock up for the computer they are buying. We have also been able to provide a digital camera so that we now have a BF website reporter who will report back from BF to the website in English and Arabic.

We will develop along the grassroots Friere line "you only learn what you need to learn" only with us it will be "you only develop what you need to develop". As the co-operative approach has been chosen as the most appropriate given the situation any visits will emerge from joint decisions by the co-operative itself and this cannot happen yet.

Visits are a long way down the road for us. We are concentrating on enabling the women to become empowered by linking up and developing things themselves with our support as part of the co-operative.

Related link: www.washingtonpost.com (article 7th June 2007)

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Women's Tour March 2011

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Conference - Liverpool November 2011

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