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10 years since the Wall was declared illegal.
As part of our Bethlehem Unwrapped festival
we commissioned film-maker Tom Pursey to record all aspects of the event – from the construction (and subsequent public impact) of the 8m high life size replica WALL that was built in front of St James’s Piccadilly, through to all the live events that spanned our two week festival.
We are releasing our short film to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the declaration in 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague (a UN body) that the barrier being built around the West Bank was illegal and should be pulled down.
We hope you enjoy the film – do feel free to share the link
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And if you would like to take action, War on Want has a petition asking the British government to live up to its obligations under the International Court of Justice advisory opinion:
Deborah, Justin, Ho-Chih and all at Tipping Point
PS Some news links from the time of the judgement 9th July 2004
- The International Court of Justice: Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
- The Electronic Intifada: AFP: ICJ rules Israel’s West Bank barrier illegal, calls for dismantling: leaks
- Haaretz: ICJ: West Bank fence is illegal, Israel must tear it down
- The Guardian: International court rules against Israel’s wall
In beautiful surroundings of St Luke’s Church, north London, on Wednesday 4 June at 7.30pm, 90 guests joined us for the premiere of our short documentary about the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival at St James’s Church Piccadilly last Christmas. There was also an auction of the graffitied Wall panels – a historic snapshot of when the Wall came to London.
Justin Butcher, Creative Director of the Bethlehem Unwrapped gave a lovely introduction and update on the ongoing activities of the Bethlehem Unwrapped. We then showed all the content that was projected onto the Wall during the festival and premiered the Bethlehem Unwrapped documentary by Tom Pursey. It was fun, inspiring and moving, and received excellent response from the audience. Zaytoun CIC (artisan Palestinian produce) provided light refreshments during the break.
People from St James’s Church Piccadilly came and did entertaining readings from the visitors book and some of the thousands of emails that were sent in during and after the festival.
Lastly we had the auction – we sold a lot of panels.
BUT some still remain! If you’re interested to know more about the remaining lots we’d be delighted to share more with you.
LOTS (Approx size per panel – 8ft x 4ft)
- “Peace Camel” (Large)
- “We Love Peace” (smaller single panel)
- “God Loves You” (smaller single panel)
- “The Key” (large single panel)
- “End This” (single panel)
- “The Writing is on the Wall” (R/H panel of 2)
- “No More Walls” – (2 panels)
- “Libra Palastina” (L/H panel of 3)
All in all, it was a great night. We thank all the people who helped make this happen. We also would like to express our gratitude to those wonderful people who contributed – all proceeds from the event will go to the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.
All events will take place at the historic church building. The nearest underground stations are Piccadilly Circus / Green Park and you can find a map to St James’s