"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all."
–Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Friday, October 20th 2017
BOOKS@ONE EXTRA EVENT
7pm Saturday 28th October 2017
Geoff Day, Ecumenical Accompanier with the EAPPI, will be with us to share his recent experience in Occupied Palestine...
THREE MONTHS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE –
Insights and stories from a recent visit
Geoff Day has recently returned from 3 months in Occupied Palestine as an Ecumenical Accompanier (EA) with EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme Palestine and Israel) www.eappi.org . EAPPI has been in the area since 2002 when the churches in Jerusalem requested the World Council of Churches to establish a human rights monitoring presence. Since then groups of individuals from across the world have supported monitoring projects in Occupied Palestine. Currently there are teams in 7 locations, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Jericho, Yanoun and Tulkarem. Geoff was based in Tulkarem but spent time with Bethlehem and Jericho placements.
He also travelled in both the Occupied Palestine - West Bank and in Israel during his time there. He will talk about his experience of monitoring human rights at checkpoints and agricultural gates as well as the visits to support communities as they faced daily difficulties with Israeli military and settlers. He will describe what life was like living in the Palestinian town of Tulkarem, population 100,000, and how EAPPI was received by Palestinians.
One of the main requests made by Palestinians during his visits was to ‘tell our stories’ and Geoff’s presentation will recall events which he witnessed and the back stories told by Palestinians he had contact with.
As an EA Geoff was asked to write occasional blogs about the events which he experienced. These are available through https://eyewitnessblogs.com along with blogs written by other EAs. As each team responded to different human rights events this talk will mainly focus on Geoff’s experience of monitoring events at agricultural gates and also in local communities. He will also set in context the work of EAPPI and the importance of the links with the UN in the region.
Geoff’s presentation will contain photographs of events that he witnessed. Inevitably some of these are not of the highest quality as they were often taken quickly and out of sight of soldiers who often forbid and confiscate such records. They do however give an insight into the lives of Palestinians and the difficulties and restrictions they face.
And don't forget... DOG'S TRUST PUPCAKE DAY
Books@One new date Saturday 4th November from 1 to 4 p.m.
Book Love goes hand-in-paw with Pup Love so here at Books@One we're dusting off our aprons to raise money for the Dogs Trust by holding a bake sale! Please NOTE THE DATE and we hope you'll join us to bake a difference to the lives of stray and abandoned dogs all over Ireland.
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Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!
(Ahhh...alliteration - so positively pleasing...)