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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Best-selling authors to read for Palestinians
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¬†William Dalrymple, Charles Glass, Brigid Keenan, Ahdaf Soueif and Colin Thubron will be reading from their own work at a charity benefit for sick and injured Palestinians at the Royal Geographic Society on 14 February. The evening begins at 7pm. William Dalrymple has written several award winning bestsellers including From the Holy Mountain. Journalist Charles Glass has recently written Tribes with Flags and Money for Old Rope. Brigid Keenan is a writer and journalist who has spent many years in the Arab world. Her latest book Damascus, Hidden Treasures of the Old City was published in May this year. Ahdaf Soueif, the Egyptian-born novelist and journalist has published several works of fiction including The Map of Love which was short-listed for the 1999 Booker Prize. Colin Thubron, one of the greatest living travel writers and the best-selling author of several books including Mirror to Damascus and Jerusalem. The proceeds of this evening will go to four Palestinian charities that are helping the thousands wounded and disabled by the recent violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories: Action for Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD) is helping children who have been critically injured by the recent conflict in Israel and the Occupied Territories. ABCD assist with a broad range of disabling problems including acquired sight loss and trauma injuries caused by violence. Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP) is a British registered charity that was set up in 1984 after the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut where over 2000 Palestinian refugees were killed. Since the outbreak of violence in September MAP has supported three hospitals in Jerusalem, helping supply desperately needed medical equipment and food. They have bought medicines and medical disposables for Makassed, Augusta Victoria and St. John's Hospital in Jerusalem. MAP also provide foodstuffs, milk powder and nutritional supplements as well as medicines to seven local NGOs in Gaza and the West Bank who work with the most disadvantaged families. St. John's Ophthalmologic Hospital was founded in 1882 as an independent charitable hospital. St John's is the only eye hospital in Palestine and treats all Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. It also runs an outreach clinic in Gaza providing surgery for about 5000 people a year. They desperately need financial assistance due to the high numbers of eye injuries sustained by Palestinians from the Israeli army during this recent conflict. Sabeel works with the beleaguered Palestinian Christian communities in the West Bank and Occupied Territories. It aims to help them deal with the hard realities of their daily life: occupation, violence, discrimination and human rights violations. Tickets are £20 per head. To buy yours in advance please send cash or a cheque, made payable to CAABU, with a stamped addressed envelope to Chris Doyle, CAABU, 21 Collingham Rd, London SW5 ONU.
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