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Salam everyone,

InshaAllah Ramadan is going well for you and as the days shorten, perhaps things become less difficult (if only slightly!)

Unfortunately the situation in Palestine right now is a greivous one – we have updates for you regarding it as well as a reminder to join us on Al Quds Day this month. Now more than ever, it is important that we band together and show a united front in the face of the atrocities being committed.

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AL QUDS DAY: JULY 25TH

Get ready for the 25th by watching THIS PROMO and promoting it as widely as possible!

If you’re not in Central London and are hoping to travel in by coach, details can be found HERE.

PRESS RELEASES

IHRC WELCOMES BLACK PETE COURT DECISION 

According to the legend every December 5th, St. Nicholas travels to the Netherlands from Spain to reward or punish children. Accompanying him are an army of helpers or “Black Petes”, clownish and acrobatic figures dressed in Moorish page suits.

CHINA’S UIGHURS FACE NEW RAMADAN RESTRICTIONS 

China’s decision to impose a ban on fasting during Ramadan in its majority Muslim western province of Xinjiang represents an attack on fundamental religious freedoms and is part of an ongoing attempt to destroy Uighur culture

ISRAELI WAR CRIMES IN GAZA MUST NOT GO UNPUNISHED 

IHRC strongly condemns the ongoing Israeli military assault in the Gaza Strip and calls on the international community to take immediate steps to halt the killing of innocent civilians.

And forwarded from Citizens International

UN SECURITY COUNCIL MUST DEMAND ISRAEL STOP AGGRESSION AGAINST GAZA 

Citizens International strongly condemns the current barbaric aggression committed by the Zionist régime in Tel Aviv against Gaza. Over 80 people, including many children, have been killed and 550 people wounded. A single Israeli airstrike killed 7 Palestinians including 5 children.

BRIEFINGS

BEYOND BLACKFACE: EMANCIPATION THROUGH STRUGGLE AGAINST BLACK PETE, DUTCH RACISM AND AFROPHOBIA 

Detailed background on the ‘Black Pete’ case from Mitchell Esajas

A Dutch children’s holiday, institutional racism and emancipation are related to each other through “Black Pete”, a figure which is part of one of the biggest Dutch Holidays called ‘Sinterklaas’. The figure is loved by many Dutch people but has becomecontroversial due to its racist characteristics. Since 2013, Black Pete became turned into a national debate exposing the Dutch difficult relation with its colonial past and its present day legacy of racism.

IMAM AL ASI VIDEOS

To help you during the auspicious month of Ramadan we’re providing links to some excellent videos featuring Imam al-Asi in discussion.

Ramadan Journey with Imam Al Asi Part Twelve – Discussing Imam Al Asis’s work ‘The Ascendant Quran’

Ramadan Journey with Imam Al Asi Part Thirteen – Explaining the complicated concept of ‘Taqwaa’

Ramadan Journey with Imam Al Asi Part Fourteen – The importance of translation when it comes to the Holy Quran

Ramadan Journey with Imam Al Asi Part Fifteen – Why it is necessary to pay close attenting when reading the Quran

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)

DANGEROUS SURVEILLANCE: DRONES, DATA AND DEPRIVATION OF CITIZENSHIP

WHAT: A public event featuring a screening of the film “Dirty Wars” by Jeremy Scahill, followed by speakers linking various forms of surveillance and their political roles. The discussion will consider how to oppose the state’s dangerous surveillance.

WHEN: Tuesday 5 August from 7pm – 9.30pm

WHERE: Council Chamber, Camden Town Hall, Judd St, London WC1H 9JE

SHOP

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.

Gaza – Beneath The Bombs: This book records the daily events during the war which Israel conducted against Gaza, a year ago. The author was there and wrote this as a daily blog; so it is first-hand knowledge, vivid, factual, and utterly compelling.

The Illumination: A Course In The Vocabulary And Understanding Of The Quran: Truly valuable because of how accessible it is, this course can be accomplished by anyone over the age of twelve in order to gain a better understanding of the Holy Scripture.

Muhammad Messenger of Allah: Kitab Ash-shifa bi tarif huqub al-Mustafa, (Healing by the recognition of the Rights of the Chosen One), of Qadi Iyad is perhaps the most frequently used and most commented upon handbook in which the Prophet’s life, his qualities and miracles are described in every detail.

Check out the online shop for what else is currently in stock and get regular updates on twitter by following @ihrcbookshop

‘ANOTHER DAY’ EXHIBITION

The exhibition features the documentation of Sara Russell’s recent trip to Palestine – she travelled there as part of a delegation last year.

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.