Bristol Friends of Palestine is a student-led society standing in solidarity with the Palestinian call for justice, freedom and equality. Our purpose is to campaign to educate and serve as a platform for students to learn about the ongoing apartheid regime, the illegal occupation, and importantly to celebrate Palestinian culture and keep it alive. We are part of a global solidarity campaign acting to end injustice.
Our three areas of focus are:
1. Campaigns and Policy - We will continue to promote the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign on and off campus. We are actively involved in the activist community in our vibrant city where the Bristol Palestine Museum and Cultural Centre work with us to host protests that often occur after particularly tragic events of mass killings which are unfortunately all too often.
2. Celebrating Palestinian Culture - We will run events where you will get to try Palestinian cuisine, listen to Palestinian music and watch Palestinian dance. You get to immerse yourself in a beautiful culture as an act of solidarity to the people who suffer from an illegal occupation.
3. Education - We will host academics to speak to you on the series of human rights abuses presenting you with clear facts and information so you can find out more about the daily reality for Palestinians and the politics surrounding it. These events will be heavily subsidised for our members.
We run weekly meetings to organise ourselves to plan events as well as coming together to socialise with those that are passionate about peace, ending human rights abuses and will not be complicit in apartheid. We will host an array of speakers, poets and artists throughout the year. Last academic year we had the pleasure of working with Bristol Palestine Museum and Cultural Centre to host Remi Kanazi, a talented poet, followed by Palestinian food served by the museum located in the city centre, during the global Israeli Apartheid Week. Our members will benefit from a series of subsidised or free events throughout the year and your membership allows us to host more guest speakers, fundraiser at times of appeal and present information to as many people as possible. This society is for everyone, regardless of faith, gender, background, colour or even political affiliation. We should all be united for freedom, justice, equality and an end to apartheid. We cannot wait for the year of solidarity ahead.
Do follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all with the handle @bristolpalsoc and join the Facebook group of the same name. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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