Palestine under the spotlight at Bury event

Linda Clair during her cookery demonstration

Linda Clair during her cookery demonstration

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

THE plight of people in Palestine living under the Israeli blockade came under the spotlight at an International Women’s Day event held at the Mosses Centre in Bury.

About 30 women, many asylum seekers and refugees, attended the event which featured Linda Clair and Norma Turner of the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign. They showed a short and moving film about those living under the Israeli blockade.

Men rise before dawn to progress through the “cattle cages” into Israel to seek work, a wearying, humiliating and often fruitless task which takes many hours. Women left behind in the Gaza Strip survive and resist in any way they can.

To keep their culture alive, some have got together at “Jameela's Kitchen” to forage, harvest and cook simple yet delicious food on elementary fires and clay ovens.

Linda and Norma went on to demonstrate how to make some of these traditional Palestinian foods, hummus and a mint-flavoured salad, which those at the Mosses Centre shared and ate with pitta bread.

The Solidarity Campaign has produced a “Recipes of Resistance” book which can be obtained from Linda at lindaclair@btinternet.com or by calling her at 07985 624968. The Mosses Centre event ended in a sense of understanding and shared enjoyment across several nationalities and cultures.

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9:00am Thu 20 Mar 14

Dr Yaakov Wise says...

What a pity they didn't also remember the hundreds of innocent Israeli women and children killed by Arab terrorists which provoked the blockade. Not to mention the innocent Syrians. More Arabs have been killed in the last two years by their own governments than in all the wars with Israel since 1948. Strange nobody in Bury mentions this.
What a pity they didn't also remember the hundreds of innocent Israeli women and children killed by Arab terrorists which provoked the blockade. Not to mention the innocent Syrians. More Arabs have been killed in the last two years by their own governments than in all the wars with Israel since 1948. Strange nobody in Bury mentions this. Dr Yaakov Wise
  • Score: 3

9:04am Thu 20 Mar 14

Dr Yaakov Wise says...

Interesting that they did not mention the hundreds of innocent Israelis killed by rockets fired from Gaza (and the West Bank) and by suicide bombers, which provoked the blockade in the first place. Not to mention the Syrians - more Arabs have been killed by their own governments in the last two years than in all the wars with Israel since 1948. Strange that no one in Bury remembers to mention this.
Interesting that they did not mention the hundreds of innocent Israelis killed by rockets fired from Gaza (and the West Bank) and by suicide bombers, which provoked the blockade in the first place. Not to mention the Syrians - more Arabs have been killed by their own governments in the last two years than in all the wars with Israel since 1948. Strange that no one in Bury remembers to mention this. Dr Yaakov Wise
  • Score: 7

5:08pm Thu 20 Mar 14

mariam123 says...

Boycott Israeli Goods, Do not buy anything from Israel and check the label before you buy. Challenge the stores that sell Israeli goods and tell them that they are indirectly helping the "terrorist and apartheid state of Israel" of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. VIVA PALESTINE!
Boycott Israeli Goods, Do not buy anything from Israel and check the label before you buy. Challenge the stores that sell Israeli goods and tell them that they are indirectly helping the "terrorist and apartheid state of Israel" of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. VIVA PALESTINE! mariam123
  • Score: -6

9:42pm Mon 31 Mar 14

steveman says...

Lets get it correct- Prior to Hamas taking over-forcibly- from the Palestinian Authority there was no blockade. 11000 rockets fired into Southern Israel caused the blockade-
And being shuttled like cattle- Well Israel for one does not have to allow anyone from Gaza to cross in- and 2 The possibility of a suicide bomber causes all the delays.

And if that person wanting to boycott Israeli goods- If they are using Microsoft intel then throw away your computer- Its Israeli!
Lets get it correct- Prior to Hamas taking over-forcibly- from the Palestinian Authority there was no blockade. 11000 rockets fired into Southern Israel caused the blockade- And being shuttled like cattle- Well Israel for one does not have to allow anyone from Gaza to cross in- and 2 The possibility of a suicide bomber causes all the delays. And if that person wanting to boycott Israeli goods- If they are using Microsoft intel then throw away your computer- Its Israeli! steveman
  • Score: 4

10:49pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Fred Roberts says...

Ms Clair is Communist and daughther of a Communist

whose dream of Communism has faded all over the World

so instead of complaining about Islamo Fascism she spews

out hate about the only country in the Middle East Israel

to which African Asylum seekers are crossing Sudan and Egypt

to escape to Israel to get FREEDOM
Ms Clair is Communist and daughther of a Communist whose dream of Communism has faded all over the World so instead of complaining about Islamo Fascism she spews out hate about the only country in the Middle East Israel to which African Asylum seekers are crossing Sudan and Egypt to escape to Israel to get FREEDOM Fred Roberts
  • Score: 3

10:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Fred Roberts says...

Why can the Arab men in Gaza not work for them selves -

why do they have to cross into Israel to work ?

BTW the latest tunnel of 800 metres they built under the border into Israel

was bulit with building materials the Israelis gave them to build houses
Why can the Arab men in Gaza not work for them selves - why do they have to cross into Israel to work ? BTW the latest tunnel of 800 metres they built under the border into Israel was bulit with building materials the Israelis gave them to build houses Fred Roberts
  • Score: 3

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