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Link is still strong in Falkirk after a decade

Antonine Friendship Link maintains a connection between Falirik and Jayous in the West Bank

Antonine Friendship Link maintains a connection between Falirik and Jayous in the West Bank

A group set up 10 years ago to help the people of Palestine is - much to its regret - still going strong today.

The Antonine Friendship Link was established in January 2004 and held its first public meeting on March 8.

The theme of that meeting - and the link in the group’s name - was the Antonine Wall and the wall that Israel had just started building, it said for its security but widely seen as a way of depriving Palestinians of their land and preparing the way for the growth of illegal settlements.

The Link’s purpose, the group decided, would be twofold; firstly to raise money to fund a creche in the West Bank village of Jayyous, which sits in the shadow of the Israeli wall, and secondly to raise awareness of the Palestinian situation in the Falkirk area.

They have done that by holding regular public meetings, film screenings, manning street stalls and the creation of a scroll, signed by many local people, including community leaders, condemning Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. It has been displayed in, among otherplaces, the Scottish Parliament, in St Modan’s Parish Church in Falkirk and now forms part of a major display in Callendar House.

 

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