On Thursday morning the 24th Mohammed addressed a seminar in Brookes University, and received a good response. In the evening he addressed a Socialist Resistance, and Green Left meeting, at which the speaker was Filipino ecosocialist Maria Pampilo. This meeting was about food sovereignty, something entirely relevant to Palestine.
The following evening we had a meal, in a Lebanese restaurant, with supporters of Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association.
Saturday was taken up with the National Twinning With Palestine Conference in Liverpool. About 60 delegates attended, from all over the UK, including from Oxford and Faringdon. The conference was opened by Liverpool-Beilin group, and had the annual report, followed by workshops on education and other forms of twinning. Mohammed spoke in a workshop on linking unions. There were 5 Palestinians from the West Bank, brought over by their groups. Many good suggestions, about the groups most successful activities, were made. It was nice that it was held in the CASA club, which was formed out of the Liverpool Dockers Strike. At the end a committee was elected from all over England, Scotland and Wales.
On Monday the 28th from 12-3pm, we attended a teach in, held by Save Our Services. This was held in Bonn Square in Oxford, and consisted of people talking to the Public about the Nov 30th strike. Mohammed also spoke. In the evening we went back to Faringdon, to a reception held by the Mayor. Eleven out of fourteen Town Councillors attended, along with a County Councillor. The Chairman of the Vale of the White Horse District Council was very sorry she could not attend but wants to be kept up to date with AFFA activities. The Mayor welcomed Mohammed, who then replied, and gifts were exchanged. Both parties are keen to develop civic links.