This film review, from SNS Volunteer Dominic, is the first of two reviews of recent films that look at the powerful impact of the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine on people's lives. Look out for Part 2 soon, a review of the film The Viewing Booth. You can watch Mayor on a variety of platforms which can be found here.
Giovanna is a student at Cambridge University who was a participant in a Solutions Not Sides school workshop while in 6th Form. Here she shares her experience of the 1st COVID-19 lockdown and how she responded to it alongside her friends and a supportive teacher. If you'd be interested in an Israel-Palestine and critical thinking workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This February, Solutions Not Sides launched the Bridge Builders Programme, where 24 young people from across the UK joined a month of online workshops and events. Each participant was part of an incubator hub which provided mentorship on organising an activity for the community. Joshua and Isobelle were two graduates from this programme who organised in their incubator hub a webinar on Mental Health and Faith with a number of guest speakers.
This time, with our 10-point guide to creating safe spaces in schools:
London, 30 May 2021
For immediate release
We are very pleased that we have been highlighted by the Secretary of State for Education as an organisation that can help address antisemitism around the issue of Israel-Palestine. We also recognise that there has been a serious increase in Islamophobia in the past few weeks, and we will continue to work hard in schools we are invited into to counter Islamophobia, as well.
London & Washington DC, 28/05/21
For Immediate Release
Two of our Fellows - volunteer speakers who connect with SNS via a range of regional organisations (see a list of them here) have kindly written up some of their recent feelings about the situation on the ground. We're keeping them anonymous to keep them safe online and on the ground.
A. in Jerusalem
Another round of violence, fuelled with rage and hatred. I, too, am filled with anger, sadness and disappointment, and quite legitimately so. Civilians on either side of the spectrum are paying the price for a conflict they didn’t choose.
Talking about what's happening in Israel-Palestine is vital, now and always. But we have to do it without falling back on Antisemitic and Anti-Muslim tropes and speech.
Think before you post!
As we witness the heartrending wheel of violence in Israel-Palestine turn again, we are devastated to share that one of our Fellows has suffered terrible loss among his family, including six children, one of them a baby. Words are hard to find in the face of this. First and foremost, these were innocent little ones from whom the opportunity to live has been taken. Our thoughts are with him and his family and with all those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones in Gaza, and Israel.