Free speech letter in Camden New Journal
Mar 21, 2017 — Happy to find a letter from Janet Green in this week's Camden New Journal (see below) though the paper itself didn't cover our International Women's Day event (we sent a report, pictures, spoke on the phone...) We are continuing to write to councillors, MPS and others on the Free Speech issue - so hugely important and highlighted this week, when we've seen the UN cave in to pressure from Israel and the US and withdraw a serious report about Israel's apartheid.
Letter to the CNJ:
Attack on Free Speech
I am a regular user of Kentish Town Community Centre (KTCC) and also a supporter of Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association (CADFA). As such, I was disappointed to hear that KTCC had cancelled CADFA's long planned International Women's Day event with only a few days notice. I understand that there was an objection to Jenny Tonge being a speaker at the event and I wonder if Camden Council put pressure on the community centre. Fortunately another venue was found but how sad it is that free speech on Palestinian human rights should be attacked in this way.
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The photo, taken on #CADFA women's visit to Palestine last week shows a situation we should certainly be allowed to speak out about. The Bedouin village of Um al-Khair suffers house demolitions while encroached upon by an Israeli settlement which has put in mobile homes as the first step for further expansion. The massive settlement chicken farm on the other side of the Bedouin village has electricity cables and running water on a regular basis while the Bedouin suffer with neither.