Palestine Unlocked – celebrating life and culture – What’s On

Welcome to Oxford’s Palestinian festival!

From 21st – 23rd May 2016 the city will be filled with Palestinian creativity and life. The festival will be showcasing Palestinian film, food, music, art, talks, debates and discussion, as well as ‘unlocking’ the realities of life in Palestine.

Upcoming Events – What’s on:


Attacks on Non-Violent Resistance to Illegal Military Occupation: The Reasons for the New Uprising
10AM – 12PM / St Antony’s College, 62 Woodstock Rd, OX2 6JF

Speaker: Dr Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary, Palestine National Initiative (Mubadara), Ramallah, Palestine

Chair: Dr Avi Shlaim, Senior Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Dr Barghouti will talk about the situation in Palestine, concentrating on the Palestinian strategy of non-violent resistance, and the exposure of the grave violations of human rights.


Siege and Survival in Gaza: The Impact on Health and Human Rights
2PM – 4PM / EP Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Rd OX2 6HG

Speaker: Dr Rita Giacaman, Founding Director, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Palestine

Rita Giacaman will present research findings on the impact of the 2009 and 2014 assaults on the health of the population of Gaza.

Speaker: Miri Weingarten, Physicians for Human Rights–Israel

Miri Weingarten will link the attempts made by Israeli and Palestinian groups to seek accountability for Palestinians in international fora and the punitive responses of the Israeli government.


‘Flavour of Palestine’ Celebration
7PM – 10PM / Stonehill Barn, Drayton, Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 4AA.

An Evening of Music, Culture & Food: Fundraising Celebration for the 2017 Palestine Unlocked Festival. Entertainment from acclaimed musiciansDuo Delnavaz, mouth-watering wholesome Palestinian food from a hip cafe in Oxford, auction & raffle with a special guest, Fairtrade Palestinian products and gifts including Fairtrade Olive Oil, Medjool Dates etc., handmade crafts from ‘Women in Hebron‘ Cooperative and much more.This one of a kind Palestine Unlocked event is not to be missed! The celebration promises to be an evening of fun and shared “sumud” with a historic and rich culture.
Entrance: click here for tickets


Introductory Speaker and Chair: Karl Sabbagh, British-Palestinian writer, documentary maker, and publisher.
Panel members:
▪ Mustafa Barghouti, Palestine National Initiative (Mubadara), Ramallah, Palestine
▪ Rita Giacaman, Birzeit University, Palestine
▪ Jeremy Moodey, Embrace the Middle East
▪ Karma Nabulsi, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
▪ Naomi Wayne, Jews for Justice for Palestinians


Human Rights for Palestinian Prisoners with Sir Stephen Sedley and William Parry (Event run by Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association – ORFA)
7PM / Investcorp Building, The Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, 68 Woodstock Rd, OX2 6JF
Short film and panel discussion with: Sir Stephen Sedley – co-author of the report ‘Children in Military Custody’ (2012), written by a delegation of British lawyers on the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, which was discussed this January in parliament.
William Parry – journalist/documentary film maker ‘Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails’ Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association visitors who attended a juvenile court in the West Bank


From Oxford to Palestine: Join a Unique Cultural Journey to Palestine
West Bank, Palestine. More details coming soon!