Israel's annexation plans mean we can no longer delay action

You’d be forgiven if the latest on Israel and Palestine has passed you by. We are flooded with ‘news’ right now, and it is difficult to keep up. Unfortunately, this means world events are passing at speed under the radar.  Political leaders by-pass timely questions and their actions escape scrutiny.  But we absolutely must hold our lawmakers to account: how will they respond to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s threat to annex the Palestinian West Bank?

 

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Balfour Project launches a Scottish Call to Action

One of the best things about campaigning is working with our good friends in Palestine and around the world. We hugely admire the work of the Balfour Project who've done so much to encourage the UK to deliver on its promise to support Palestinian self-determination. 

We at Open Bethlehem offer our support for the Balfour Project's Scottish Call for Action promoting equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis. When it comes down to it that's what we all want to see - Palestinians and Israelis enjoying the same rights. 

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Jeremy Hardy vs the Israel Army

We at Open Bethlehem are immensely sad at the passing of Jeremy Hardy. Jeremy was not only a good friend to Palestinians and our bid for freedom, but to Open Bethlehem in particular. He was one of the very first to receive a Bethlehem passport, issued in honour of his exceptional – and unique - contribution.

We offer all of our love and sympathy to his family, especially our friend and Jeremy’s wife, Katie Barlow, and Jeremy’s daughter, Elisabeth.

For the moment, the best tribute we can offer is the film that Jeremy made with Open Bethlehem director, Leila Sansour.

Jeremy Hardy, comedian, activist, born 17 July 1961; died 1 February 2019

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You can watch the film, Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army, on vimeo.


3 things you can do for Bethlehem this Christmas

3 things you can do for Christmas

 

At this special time of the year, and for a fleeting moment, the little town of Bethlehem comes into people’s homes and hearts. This is the time to remind your friends and family that Bethlehem is not just a mention in the bible. It is a very important town in the Middle East. It is alive, it is dreaming and, just like all the cities of Palestine, it is struggling to secure a future. Bethlehem needs your support!

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Letter to the Times on the 25th anniversary of Oslo

Times letter about Oslo 13 September 2018Leila Sansour was a key signatory to a letter the Times, London, on 13 September 2018, calling for the British Government to: 

  • recognise now the state of Palestine alongside Israel on pre-June 1967 lines
  • uphold international law in deed, including the 4th Geneva Convention Britain drafted and ratified after WW II
  • give practical effect to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, condemning illegal Israeli settlements, and champion the Arab Peace Initiative, offering regional normality to Israel in return for Palestinian freedom.

The letter was initiated by Sir Vincent Fean and the Balfour Project

 

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18 reasons why to support recognition

There is an opportunity for the UK to recognise Palestine as a state alongside the state of Israel, recognised by the British Government 68 years ago.


Recognition is an attainable goal, entirely within the sovereign powers of our Government, independent of other states’ decisions, costing no money, and promised many times in the past.
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Thank you for supporting our US tour

The Open Bethlehem tour of the USA 2017 has now finished. If you've been inspired and would like to screen Open Bethlehem please get in touch. If you are based in the USA, Canada or the rest of the world please contact our film distributor 
Bullfrogfilms. If you are based in UK contact 
Screenings@OpenBethlehem.org. You can also join our mailing list. 


Tell your members of Congress to attend the Open Bethlehem screening

Open Bethlehem are working with the Arab American Institute to screen a 30 minute version of Open Bethlehem. This will be screened to members of Congress on 12 December. If you live in the USA please ask your senators and your representatives to attend. You can also RSVPWe have developed a web page and a poster to promote this screening.


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Open Bethlehem to screen on Capitol Hill

For immediate release

On December 12th, the critically acclaimed feature documentary ‘Open Bethlehem,’ will be screened on Capitol Hill. The screening, hosted by the Arab American Institute and Churches for Middle East Peace, will take place in the Rayburn Gold Room on December 12, at 2:00pm. ​

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A Passport and the USA Campaign ...

In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important ... Read More

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