Chair: David Huband
- Chair welcomed all to the meeting
Chair introduced our speaker, Paul Clark who gave a presentation on Eye-Witness stories from the West Bank and Israel
Mr Clark had spent three months in Palestine and Israel from April to July 2016 as an Ecumenical Accompanier with EAPPI – the ‘Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel’, sponsored by the World Council of churches. He described the way in which Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) are invited by local churches to witness and accompany vulnerable communities and individuals. He explained the ways in which EAs’ presence within these Palestinian and Bedouin communities helped deter violence from Israeli military and armed settler groups while monitoring and documenting Human Rights abuses on the ground and supporting both Israeli and Palestinian peace activists.
A question and answer session followed and The Chair thanked Mr Clark for his interesting and stimulating presentation.
The Chair explained the general idea of these sub-groups which would be based on campaigning for specific topics and asked those interested to sign up.
- David Huband read his response to a letter from Amber Rudd (Home Secretary) concerning the return of refugees after 5 years and was congratulated for expressing such a complicated issue so clearly and forcefully.
- A petition concerning the appalling conditions inside Syrian prisons was circulated for signing.
- Members were encouraged to write in support of the Turkish Human Rights lawyer, Eren Keskin. (Her case may be found on the AIUK website and in the Write for Rights booklet.)
- Sue Mills introduced a case from the AIUK Children’s Human Rights Network of a Palestinian boy, 17 year old Ahmad Azmi Abdurrahman Hanatshe, arrested in August 2016 and now placed under an Administrative Order which allows for detention without charge or trial. A template letter was distributed calling on the Israeli authorities to release him and to ensure that conditions for child detainees meet international standards.
- Saturday, 1st April: Peace Vigil. Outside St Peter Mancroft 12-1.
- 8th-9th April: AIUK National Conference.
David Huband will attend. Motions will be discussed at the next Committee meeting.
- Tuesday 9th May: Next Committee Meeting at David Ford’s House.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 March 2017