Middle East - Belfast events

I've received notification of a few forthcoming  (non-Amnesty) events in Belfast related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which could well be of interest to AI supporters.

First up is this afternoon at 4pm in Queen's University Belfast Students' Union, where the award-winning film, Occupation 101, will be screened in The Space:

"A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict – 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions."  Admission is free.

Arabic play, Clouds on a Mountain Road, will be performed in the rehearsal room of the QFT, University Square in Belfast this Thursday evening at 7:15pm.

It dramatises the meeting between an internationally acclaimed Palestinian poet and a younger political ex-prisoner and militant. The role of women in creating political change in the face of great violence is at the heart of the play.

This is a free performance and the writer, Orna Akad, will be available for questions after the performance.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Friends of Israel is holding a lecture and discussion by leading academic and lawyer, Anthony Julius, at Belfast Synagogue, Somerton Road, BT15 3LH on Monday 15 March, 7.30pm. It's them is: "Anti-Semitism – often called the 'oldest hatred' and throughout its history one of the deadliest."

"Anthony will discuss his new book, Trials of the Diaspora, which focuses on the English contribution to Anti-Semitism. He will examine Anti-Zionism and consider how and why criticism of Israel can become Anti-Semitic.

"Anthony defended American historian Deborah Lipstadt against the libel action brought by David Irving, described by the Court as a Holocaust denier. He is perhaps best known for acting for Princess Diana in her divorce proceedings."

Chaired by Lord Bew, a QUB professor, admission is by RSVP to: nifriendsofisrael [at] ymail.com  £2 payable at the door.

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