Dabka training restarts

The training will resume Friday, the 06/06/2008 from 8-9 pm and will be held in the hall of the Parish of the ascension in Stirchley.(http://www.ascensionstirchley.com/howtofindus.htm). The hall is just 5 min from Kings Heath High St.This training will be open to every person of all ages. Childern are especially encouraged to join. There will be two trainers Mohammed and Sofian. Depending on the number of people that will join, we might divide ourselves into two groups.

We would like to ask anyone interested in joining us and may need help in locating the hall or getting transport to it, then please send an email to Mohammed Baalousha mbalousha@yahoo.co.uk or send a text message to the number 07525042058.

Hoping to see you all soon,

MPCA Executive Committee

PO Box 11986


B31 2ZL

United Kingdom

Iftar Evening

Our Annual Iftar took place on Saturday 20th September-Weoley Hill Hall.  We welcomed our distinguished visitor Dr As'ad Abdul Rahman, Executive Chairman of the Palestine International Institute.  An enjoyable and intersting evening was had by all.


Letter in the Birmingham Mail

 May 17, 2008, Saturday

 Palestine's price

IN RECENT days, Israel has been celebrating its 60th birthday, but at what price?

On May 15, Palestinians commemorated the 60th anniversary of Nakba (or catastrophe) which is how Palestinians refer to the events in 1948 when Zionist terrorism drove 700,000 civilians from their homes to neighbouring Arab countries.

Their number has now grown to 4.5 million, many living in desperate conditions.

Israel has refused to allow the refugees to return to their homes, despite UN resolutions calling on it to do so. However, a Jew from any part of the world has a 'right' to set up home in Israel and to receive its citizenship. This injustice is the heart of the problem.

The Palestinian people have made the most painful concession in accepting a state on the 1967 borders and a solution to the refugee problem in accordance with international law.

However, Israel is determined to deliver the Zionist dream of a Jewish state through making the lives of Palestinians so miserable that they will leave.

They will not succeed. Peace will only come to the Holy Land when the Palestinians have attained their legitimate rights.

That would be the time to celebrate.

Kamel Hawwash, Midlands Palestinian Community Association


Local events for Our Friends

Birmingham Ramallah twinning Initiative (BRTI) barbeque and Walsall Kobar Friendship Association.

Saturday 19 July Birmingham Ramallah twinning Initiative (BRTI) barbeque. It is important that as many of us attend as possible as this is very much a Birmingham event and we are raising money for Birmingham Ramallah. I will email details of the help we require late tomorrow. The vent is from 2 pm onwards at

41 Hollycroft Road, Handsworth, B21 8PP

There will be Alcohol for those who want it after 7 pm.  Pat Rantisi who has writte a novel about Palestine will be reading a part of her novel between 3 and 4 pm. Pat lives in the Midlands and was married to a Palestinian priest in Ramallah.

Sunday 20 July Walsall. 2-6 pm at 91 Belvidere Road, Highgate Walsall, WS1 3AU. We are supporting the Walsall Kobar Friendship Association. The MPCA is supplying the food and the proceeds will go to the MPCA. Again Pat Rantisi plans to come and read from her novel.


Our food went really well with the Walsall-Kobar Friendship Association meeting

Hummus, falafel and salad, qataeif and awwamah

Part fund-raising, part public relations MPCA volunteers prepared palestinian food including falafel cooked on site for the Walsall-Kobar Friendship Association meeting.  It was a very successful venture where we met some very nice people who bought food aplenty.  We offered Falafel, Hummus, Mutabel, Salad, Lentils Soup, Samosa, Qataef, Ka3ek and 3awwamah that was almost sold-out!


2 March 2008
Letter from a Gazan Doctor who visited the Community in Birmingham a few years ago
The following is from a doctor living in the Jabalia Camp inside Gaza:
Sent: Sunday, 9 March, 2008 8:07:29 AM Subject: Re: Palestinians in the Midlands (UK) mourn the victims of Israeli atrocities in Gaza and the West BankDear brother Kamel, Thank you for your email and would like to send you how was my life during the brutal Israeli attacks. "I am surrounded by firing on all sides of my house. We have no water or electricity and no phones and my children are thirsty. I am scared to death to take a cup of coffee for fear that my children won't have any water to prevent dehydration. Sunday afternoon we decided to fast the second day.
Homelessness waits me around the corner or maybe in another five minutes, and that I was once homeless before," Even when going to bed where the fire ceases, I start to imagine from where the bullet will come, from this window, this door or that wall. Or a bomb will destroy the wall and where the bullet will go to my head, chest arms or any part of my body. Even I started to think of my children who will be killed and what will happen if I was killed.
I am crying over Jabalya, because the Israelis have once again tried to silence the barrage of Hamas rockets that kill and maim and traumatize Israeli citizens. The greatest fallout is being heaped on the innocents civilians.
Jabalya is the largest of the Palestinian refugee camps (180,000), where I was born, raised and still living in. It was the birth place of the first Intifiada and people are looking for their rights to live in peace equally.
"How can the deaths of one or two innocent Israelis mean that we have to suffer the deaths of more than 130 innocent Palestinians in Gaza? Is that fair; can that be accepted by rational people of us. It will bring more animosity, hat redness and bloodshed. I am against sending rockets and I say this loudly, but in the meantime it needs from the Israelis also to condemn the Israeli attacks and Palestinian killings neither sending r?" (you know that I am against killing of human being and any civilian from both sides and no difference between Israeli and Palestinian blood, in the mean time I mentioned killing more than a hundred Palestinian civilians, the majority of whom are children and women will not bring peace to any I want to ask the Israeli leadership if they are serious about peace or not?
After Anapolis: Ehud Olmert announced to expand the Israeli settlements and started attacking Nablus and Ramallah. Are there any rockets from Nablus or Ramallah?

There is a need to work together and seriously to achieve the peace for all, not the peace that serves the interest of one group.

Immediate actions must be taken to prevent the situation from being irreversible and contain this violence.In both communities there are enemies for peace. These actions start by building the trust through removing the check points and the closure on the Gaza Strip and have an independent state. At the same time Palestinians and Israelis had to work together and side by side to secure the lives of all. All the best I. A. MD, MPH

Jabalia Camp

3 March, 2008

Palestinians in the Midlands mourn the victims of Israeli atrocities in Gaza and the West Bank
Palestinians in the Midlands are mourning the death of over one hundred Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since 27 February including 70 fatalities on the 1st of March, amongst them were many civilians. They are shocked and horrified at the unfolding events in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of relatives and friends who are again suffering under the collective punishment being meted out by Israel, a state that continues to operate above the Law and in defiance of accepted human rights conventions. One particular member of the community, from Jabaliya in northern Gaza, has lost five close members of her family including 3 boys who were targeted by an Israeli missile while playing football outside their house. The children are Ali (8 years), Deeb (11 years) and Omar (14 years) all from the Dardona family. Her family are trapped in one room of their home, which has also been struck by an Israeli rocket. Kamel Hawwash, Chair of the Midlands Palestinian Community Association (MPCA) said: “Israel’s cruelty against the helpless Palestinian people knows no bounds. Israel’s Deputy Minister of defence, Matan Vilnai has declared that it intends to subject the people of Gaza to an increasing “Shoah” or “Holocaust”. We call on the British Government to intervene immediately to secure a halt to Israel’s assault on the helpless Palestinain people”.

“Israeli forces also targeted medical teams and prevented them from reaching the wounded. Members of an emergency medical team in Jabaliya were injured by Israeli gunfire while tending to an injured Palestinian. The man being stretchered away received further injuries while on a stretcher” said Mrs Abuarqub, MPCA Vice Chair and former worker with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.  “Israel’s crimes will serve to reunite the Palestinian people and to strengthen their resolve to remain in their homeland and to resist the Israeli occupation until it has ended and a free, independent Palestine has been born. Israel’s actions demonstrate that it talks peace but practices war and destruction” Hawwash added.  The MPCA is holding a meeting to receive condolences and support at 8 pm tonight, Monday the 3rd of March at the Weoley Hill Church Hall, Weoley Hill in Birmingham.

For further information and comment please contact:

Kamel Hawwash


Midlands Palestinian Community Association (MPCA)

Tel: 07765892702

MPCA Fourth Anniversary / AGM and Elections 2008
The MPCA AGM and Elections took place as planned on the 16th of February and a committee of nine members was elected. We had an excellent evening at which we celebrated the 4th anniversary of the MPCA and welcomed a newly married couple Waseem and Amna to our community. The evening was rounded off with a Palestinian Dabka.