Do you have something to say about Freedom for Palestine?
We do! But we are facing a barrage of false and defamatory claims against us and need your help to defend ourselves, and ultimately the rights of all people in the UK to speak freely about the occupation of Palestine.
What's it all about?
FOA is hosting Palestine Expo in July in London. This will be the biggest Palestine social, culture, and entertainment event to be held in Europe. We look forward to welcoming over 10,000 visitors to the incredible landmark two-day family event taking place in the heart of London.
What's the problem?
Predictably, we are facing a vicious coordinated campaign by a section of the pro-Israel camp, such as Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW), who would rather not see an event celebrating Palestinian culture and life take place.
FOA and our Chairman, Ismail Patel, have been accused by JHRW and others of spreading 'Jew hate'. The allegation is unfounded and deeply flawed; we take great pride in the support and collaboration of our Jewish friends, members and colleagues, including Jewish speakers at the Palestine Expo. One of the reasons is said to be that we support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction of Israel. This movement is supported by many Jewish groups. Further, promotion of BDS is to help with conflict resolution and get Israel to end occupation. It has nothing to do with being anti-Semitic!
They have also outrageously claimed that Palestine Expo should not be allowed to take place so close to Westminster, in a disgraceful attempt to exploit the recent horrific Westminster incident for their own gain.
We are not going to let them or anybody else get away with trying to tarnish the event and our reputation. Palestine Expo will go ahead and we are determined to make it an even bigger success with your help!!
We want to take JHRW to court and we need your help! We have instructed our lawyers and the legal battle against them has started. We ask you for help towards our legal costs in fighting this defamation case against the 'Jewish Human Rights Watch' group and others, whose sole aim seems to be to shut down legitimate debate about Israel/Palestine.
Please help us raise the funds necessary to clear our name, resist these false allegations and continue to speak up for the Free-Palestine cause.
As a thank you, we are offering a free ticket to everyone who donates £15 or more to this fund.
See you at #PalestineExpo
*We will need over 50k for legal fees, however we are currently raising 25k to start the process.
*If we win the case then the money raised will be used to campaigning for a free Palestine.