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Editorial: October 2016

December 9th, 2016|

By Ibrahim Hewitt, Chairman of the Trustees As news that the latest attempt to break the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip has, once again, been impeded by the might of the Israeli military, it is important to remember that the spirit of these women, and the Palestinians who eagerly awaited their arrival remains unbroken. [...]

Editorial: November 2016

December 9th, 2016|

By Ibrahim Hewitt, Chairman of the Trustees As the siege of Gaza enters its 10th year, the blockade looks to only grow tighter. Frequently referred to as the ‘largest open air prison’ on Earth, Gaza’s population is reaching crisis levels. The Strip’s two millionth resident, Walid Shaath, born just last month now faces a harsh [...]

Editorial: December 2016

December 9th, 2016|

By Ibrahim Hewitt, Chairman of the Trustees The past month has been marked by cataclysmic tremors in world politics, from the news that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America to the ruling in November that legitimises settlements build on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.  These watershed [...]

Reflections from a Refugee Camp

December 8th, 2016|

Our experience in Lebanon was incredibly moving for everyone involved. Here we are in a centre for the elderly. We were privileged to hear the stories of residents at the centre, some of whom still cherished memories of Palestine. A wizened 83 year old named Fatima told us of her two children, both of whom [...]

“Palestine Is…Hope”

December 6th, 2016|

This Autumn, Interpal’s illustration competition asked aspiring artists and illustrators to contemplate what ‘Palestine is’ to them. On the final day of our competition we were delighted to receive several submissions from an orphanage located just outside of Hebron in the West Bank. The children had heard about our competition and sent in their drawings, with [...]

Lebanon Diaries: Final Day

December 5th, 2016|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbOFnIrCKq4 On our last day in Lebanon we visited a family living in Jal al-Bahr, an unofficial Palestinian refugee camp located on the Tyre coast. With no barrier to protect the camp from the harsh winds of winter, houses are destroyed and damaged year after year. Every winter, crashing waves, higher each year, come pounding [...]

Lebanon Diaries: Day Two

December 1st, 2016|

During our visit to the Al-Bared refugee camp, we were welcomed by the excited grin of two year old Yusuf. His father, a man named Ghaz rode up to us on a motorcycle. At the time of the Lebanese Civil War, (1975-1990), Ghaz was only one. The violence in the streets meant that when he [...]

We’ve arrived! – Lebanon 2016

November 30th, 2016|

After months of eagerly anticipating this visit, earlier this week fundraisers from Interpal’s UK offices to embark on their tour of the charity’s projects in the region. On our first morning we started the day with a visit to the Lebanon Field Office where the lovely team briefed us on the current projects that Interpal [...]

Winter Aid Distribution Update

November 29th, 2016|

The Interpal UK team has arrived safely in Lebanon to begin their trip to our projects in the refugee camps. We began by giving out the sweet cones that you so generously donated to children in need of a little love and care this winter. Many of these children will have seen horrors we cannot [...]

#SunnahSmiles – Supporting the General Children’s Fund

November 22nd, 2016|

#SunnahSmiles is a campaign promoting our General Children’s Fund. In simple terms, this is a pot where donations are combined and distributed to wherever the need is most acute. This might cover the cost of an urgent operation for a sick child, fund specialised tutoring for children with disabilities, or help to procure wheelchairs and [...]

Drop by our in-house exhibition!

November 9th, 2016|

We asked artists to conjure up images of what Palestine is to them. Ranging from dreams of the fantastical to the brutal realities of war. There is still time to submit your artwork to our illustration competition, the winners of which will have their artwork featured in our upcoming poetry collection, ‘Palestine Verses Vol. II’. [...]