NGO ACTION NEWS
· On 26 October, the Israeli NGO Ir Amim put the number of Palestinian homes demolished in Jerusalem since the start of the year at 166, suggesting a sharp increase with regard to 74 demolitions reported in 2015.
· On 25 October, Haaretz reported that the Habima National Theatre of Israel was facing pressure by Israeli artists and academics to cancel a performance planned next month in the Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron.
· On 23 October, Israeli forces reportedly raided the Hebron offices of the Palestinian Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies.
· On 19 October, the grassroots movement Women Wage Peace ended the two week-long “March of Hope” with a rally outside the Israeli Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem with demands for a political agreement to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the rally, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gboyee spoke to offer her support.
· On 18 and 19 October, Birzeit University organized an international conference on “Palestine’s Effective Governance under Occupation: Reality, Challenges and Future Prospects”, sponsored by the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG).
· On 27 October, Labour Friends of Israel launched in the UK the “For Israel. For Palestine. For Peace.” campaign calling on the British government to support to the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, an initiative of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) which aims to support local people-to-people peacebuilding organizations. Representatives of ALLMEP member organizations Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) and OneVoice spoke at the event.
· On 27 October, Friends of Sabeel UK called for a Wave of Prayer for peace and justice in the Holy Land which included a plea for the UN Security Council to go beyond statements and live up to its responsibility “so that all peoples in the region will at long last live in peace”.
· Award-winning documentary "Disturbing the Peace” will open in New York City on 11 November at the Lincoln Plaza and the Landmark Sunshine cinemas. An opening event will be held in both theatres with Q&A including filmmakers and members of Combatants for Peace immediately following the screening. On 6 November, the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in Manhattan will be hosting a preview, also followed by a Q&A session.
· In October, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) sent volunteers on international medical missions to hospitals in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank towns of Nablus, Ramallah, Qalqilya and Hebron.
On 29 and 30 October, the Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival will take place, organized by the Malaysian NGO Viva Palestina. The festival’s keynote speaker will be physician Dr. Fauziah Hasan, one of the activists who joined the Women’s Boat to Gaza. The funds raised from the festival will be used for medical supplies and milk to benefit Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.
· On 29 November, the UN will commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at UN Headquarters in New York, as well as at UN Offices at Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi.
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