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Jenny Tonge – guest speaker for Hastings Friends of Yatma

September 9, 2010

Fantastic evening on Tuesday.   Jenny Tonge – former Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park and now a member of the House of Lords – came to give a talk on ‘Palestine – where do we go from here’ at the White Rock Hotel.  The Hastings Friends of Yatma asked if I would invite Jenny, and she very kindly agreed to come and share some of her experiences of travelling in Israel and Palestine.  She was completely passionate and compelling.  And made me realise how little I really know about the region…

On the evidence of Jenny’s recent trip, it seems clear that the state of Israel continues to flout human rights and international law.  And that there exists a kind of apartheid regime in the region.

Hastings Friends of Yatma is currently fundraising in partnership with another charity  – the Friends of Nablus and surrounding areas (FONSA).  The aim is to raise small sums to make a difference to the infrastructure of Yatma village.  The current project is a new water tank.  It is a very worthy cause.

You can read more about HFOY here.

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