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Salam everyone,

Ramadan Kareem, InshaAllah this will be a blessed month for you all. Al Quds Day is on 25th July this year – hopefully we shall see you there. Scroll down for some great reading material to inform and prepare yourself.

Elsewhere there is news on how you can help the Muslims in prisons in London as well as those currently struggling in Sri Lanka.

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‘ANOTHER DAY’ EXHIBITION LAUNCH

Thursday 19 June 2014 saw the launch of photographer Sara Russell’s exhibition ‘Another Day.’ The exhibition features the documentation of Sara’s recent trip to Palestine – she travelled there as part of a delegation last year.

Look back on what was a great evening by reading our EVENT REPORT.

The exhibition runs until 30 September 2014 and entry is free. IHRC Bookshop and Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am – 6pm. Make sure you stop by!

You can also buy EXCLUSIVE prints of Sara’s work at our shop. Click here to have a browse.

EID PACKS FOR PRISONERS

IHRC will be distributing prison Eid packs for Eid al-Fitr 2014.

Sending small gifts for Eid to prisoners can be a major boost for them. It is a sign that they are still connected with the wider community. One prisoner described the gifts as: “A little bit of a present from outside gives you a bit of reality, a bit of hope.” Our Eid packs for Eid al-Fitr 2012 and 2013 were very well received. Click for more information 

Please click HERE if you would like to make a contribution toward our prisoner packs. 

PRESS RELEASES

CONFUSED GOVERNMENT POLICY ENCOURAGES FOREIGN FIGHTERS 

IHRC chair Massoud Shadjareh said: “Government policy needs to be consistent for all communities and also internally coherent so that the government does not find itself in a position where it is supporting an armed uprising but prosecuting its own citizens who take part in it.”

EGYPT ASSAULT ON PRESS FREEDOM 

The sentencing of six journalists in Egypt to jail terms is a brazen and dangerous assault on press freedom with perilous implications for media, civil society and the general population.

AL QUDS DAY TO BE MARKED IN LONDON ON 25 JULY 2014 

A march will snake through the streets of central London before ending at the US embassy where speakers will address the demonstrators.

ALERTS

SRI LANKA: PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT’S TACIT SUPPORT OF ANTI-MUSLIM EXTREMISTS 

IHRC are urging campaigners and activists to demand that the Commonwealth Secretariat suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth due to their tacit support of a violent Buddhist group and lack of response to the plea for help from the vulnerable Muslim minority.

UPCOMING EVENTS

AL-QUDS DAY 2014 

WHAT: A major national event with thousands of people coming from all over the country to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine and oppressed people everywhere.

WHEN: Friday 25 July from 3pm – 7pm

WHERE: Assembling at Duchess Street (near BBC Radio)

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Please click the title if you’d like to purchase or look at a copy. There is a 15% OFF DISCOUNT currently available – enter the code EID2014 at Checkout.

As we count down to Al Quds Day on July 25th, take a minute to look at a few pertinent titles.

Married To Another Man: Leading writer Ghada Karmi explains in fascinating detail the difficulties Israel’s existence created for the Arab world and why the search for a solution has been so elusive. Ultimately, she argues that the conflict will end only once the needs of both Arabs and Israelis are accommodated equally. Her startling conclusions overturn conventional thinking — but they are hard to refute.

One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse: It is by now a commonplace that the only way to end the Israeli-Palestinian violence is to divide the territory in two. All efforts at resolving the conflict have come down to haggling over who gets what: Will Israel hand over 90 percent of the West Bank or only 60 percent?

The One-state Solution: A Breakthrough Plan for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock: Revealing the irreversible impact of Israel’s settlement grid by summarising its physical, demographic, financial and political dimensions; Virginia Q.Tilley explains why we should assume that this grid will not be withdrawn – or its expansion reversed. She does so by reviewing the role of the key political actors: the Israeli government, the United States, the Arab states, and the European Union.

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