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The KL Palestine Film Festival

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KLPFF2013.A4.poster.final2Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM) first collaborated with the Ministry of Information, Communication & Culture through the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) to stage the very successful inaugural Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival from 4th – 6th February 2012 (KLPFF2012).

KLPFF2013 is a follow on from KLPFF2012 which not only succeeded in generating RM2 million in funds from both the public and the Ministry of Education, it was able to reach an audience largely not exposed to the realities of the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

Our close collaboration with the Ministry has enabled us to showcase a film festival of international quality in the Asia-Pacific which we hope would remain a regular feature in our mainstreaming of the Palestine cause.

The objectives of the festival are twofold:
1. to create awareness about the Palestinian struggle through cinema; and
2. to raise funds for VPM's ongoing projects in Gaza.

This year the funds raised from the festival will be channeled to:

1. Rehabilitation of the agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip
2. Equipping a Paediatric Surgical Referral Centre for the Gaza Strip

Bringing together film makers from France and Britain among others, these movies juxtapose the complexity with the simplicity of the life of a Palestinian. The films reflect the legendary spirit of an entire people that stays unbroken in spite of over sixty years of brutal occupation. It is about ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

Talk at Mutiara International Grammar School

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Mutiara International Grammar School initiated a school charity drive from 25 Feb – 1 Mar 2013 to promote awareness on the plight of the Palestinians. The fundraising campaign is aimed to facilitate the safe, healthy and educational development of Palestinian children to study, socialize and develop skills that would be useful throughout their lives.

The talk was hugely successful in that it truly spread the awareness amongst the children. And, that awareness drove them to make generous contributions towards the Palestinina Fund. The total collection amounted to RM15,000. Thank you MIGS fro your generosity.

Cheque Presentation at UiTM

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0n 23 Feb 2013, Universiti Teknologi Mara (Perak), in conjunction with their Program Perkongsian ilmu mentor menteri UiTM, handed a cheque to Viva Palestina Malaysia amounting to RM10,414.50. This amount was collected from students, staff and parents at the UiTM Perak Seri Iskandar Campus. The cheque was handed over to us by the university's Menteri Mentor, Yg Bhg Dato Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah (who is Malaysia's Seconf Fianance Minister).


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Viva Palestina Malaysia received RM10,000.00 mock up cheque from PUSPANITA, MOE on 30 January 2013 at their 30th Annual General meeting in Putrajaya. The cheque was handed over by PUSPANITA Patron, YBhg Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman to Puan Siti Jamilah Sheikh Abdullah Vice Chairman of Viva Palestina Malaysia.The donation was meant to help  the Palestinians. The recent attacks on Gaza in November 2012  led to the  killing of 174 Palestinians. The collection was initiated from 38 branches of PUSPANITA MOE nationwide.

Donation from Perbadanan Perwira Niaga Malaysia (PERNAMA)

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PERWIRA NIAGA MALAYSIA(PERNAMA) have initiated an effort to help  Palestinians in need. PERNAMA  collected RM16,650.00 from its 73 outlets nationwide . The cheque was handed by PERNAMA's General Manager, Datuk Abdul Wahab Khalil to VPM. The donation exercise raised much awareness among the armed forces personnel & familiesabout the plight of Palestinians. They managed to collect the amount within a month after the launch.  The ceremony was attended by Hj.Mohd Idrus Abd.Hamid, Pn.Noorazian Anidin ,Mr.Ahmed Barakat from Viva Palestina Malaysia & witnessed by Mr.Attiya Mansour the Vice Chairman of Islamic Society Jabaliya Gaza.Palestine.

Harry Fear's Speaking Tour

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harry-fear-theStarStar articleHarry Fear was in Kuala Lumpur to give a series of talks on the Palestine conflict as part of his world tour. His trip to Malaysia was organised by Viva Palestina Malaysia and it proved to be a very successful one as reported in The Star http://archives.thestar.com.my/search/?q=harry+fear

“If possible, visit Gaza.” These are the words of British independent journalist Harry Fear (pic), urging people to see for themselves what life is like in the embattled area in Palestine.

“Generally people don’t know what it is like for the Palestinians,” said Fear, 23, who is on a talking world tour to raise awareness about the situation in Palestine.

Malaysia is his seventh stopover after Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Canada and the United States.

Fundraising Futsal event at Sports Planet Grand, Subang Jaya

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futsal3The Subang Jaya Old Boys Charity Futsal organized their Annual Charity Futsal & Bazaar 2013 event but this time around they made it bigger and better! In view of the recent onslaught on Gaza, they unanimously agreed to donate the full proceeds from the Event to Viva Palestina Malaysia.

The VPM team — Amin Rahman, Neville Ponnurajah, Adly Almanzo Adnan, Ahmed Khamis, Faheem Amir and Adam Azman.

The teams were briefed by Ahmed Khamis  about Gaza before the start of the tournament. 

There was also a team from MSRI made up of boys who are refugees from Iraq, Afganistan and Iran, and the coach from Syria.


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The town of Migdal HaEmek was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Al-Mujaydil (المْجيدل) which was depopulated of its Palestinian Arab residents by the invading Zionists in 1948. The village, which is located near Nazareth in the northern part of occupied Palestine, was rebuilt and renamed Migdal HaEmek and now has 24,000 Jewish settlers living in it. Prior to the ethnic cleansing and destruction of Al-Mujaydil, 18,165 out of 18,836 dounams of the land of al-Mujaydil were privately owned by Palestinian Arabs, and the remainder was largely public village lands. The villagers were expelled and have since been denied their right to return to their homes and lands. L'Oreal's plant is located on private illegally occupied land, and was erected without permission of its owners. Thus, the company is conducting business in violation of international law. It is trespassing on privately-owned property.

Jojn us to demand that L'Oreal shut down and dismantle its plants in Israel and stop profiting from its operations on land stolen from Palestinian refugees without permission of the owners. Join us in boycotting all of L'Oreal's products until the company does so. Please sign the petition and Help us by spreading this message.

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PM visit to Gaza

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23 Jan 2013
Statement from Dato' Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
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One of the sweetest moments for a prisoner is when his loved one visits him. Imagine the excitement of the Gazans living in the "largest ever open prison in the world" being visited by a VIP, the PM of Malaysia himself. It would be a historic occasion realizing they are not forgotten and their visitor carries the greetings from Malaysian of all walks of life, reaffirming Malaysia's solidarity with their struggle for freedom, justice and self determination. Malaysia's proven track record of arbitrating peace deals between parties at odds would place her in an enviable position to broker an amicable solution between the Gaza and Fatah factions. Both factions of the Palestinian struggle aspire similar end points, namely an end to the siege, return of their homeland and the establishment of the Palestinian nation state. VPM lauds the initiative of the PM and his team to incubate a One-Palestine team to face together the treacherous neo-colonialist schemes of the Israeli government.

VPM’s visit to Gaza (16 -21 January 2013)

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home welcomeDr Husna and Mohamad Afiq are representing VPM on this trip to Gaza organized by Aqsa Syarif (AS) code A2G13. 

Apart from the job allocated by AS, as VPM volunteers, they will be required to audit VPM projects in Gaza. It is a working visit and not like others who go to "just see the disaster and tour". We in VPM & AS do not encourage the idea of "disaster tourism" or "volunt-tourism". All our volunteers must make themselves useful to the people of Gaza and ensure all our projects to help the people of Gaza are up and running.

Two Israeli documentaries shortlisted for Academy Award nomination

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Mideast conflict has done little to help Israel's image in the world, but the way local filmmakers deal critically with the Israel-Palestinian issue has won wide international praise — and, this year, recognition from the top of the movie industry.

Two Israeli-produced documentaries about the conflict have been shortlisted for possible nomination in this year's Academy Awards. Few Israeli films have contended in the Best Documentary category before. The shortlisted films represent rare recognition of foreign entrants in a category dominated by American productions.

African National Congress has made BDS against Israel an official policy

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south africa bds 2012For the first time ever, the African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, today made the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel part of its official policy.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa said the decision "by the ANC's National Conference, its highest decision making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign."

Charity Booth at Bangsar Shopping Centre

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2 Dec 2012 VPM had a charity booth at BSC for a week from Monday, 26 Nov. The response we received from the crowd at BSC was overwhelming and the crowd ranged from local to expatriate across all nationalities and religion. We had no shortage of yummy food from cakes to chocolates to curry puffs to 'nasi tumpang' to 'nasi goreng' to tiramisu and quiche etc etc etc that were brought to our booth on a daily basis to be sold for charity towards emergency relief for Gaza.

We were most touched by the kids from Rumah Solehah who requested to contribute 100 red velvet cupcakes for our charity booth. Fazilah Ahmad, a baker, baked the cupcakes and the kids from Rumah Solehah contributed their creative skills in creating the cupcake toppers.