Defending Palestine in School: What parents and students can do
  • Saturday 24th SEPT 2022
  • 6:30 PM 
  • ​East London
What this is about ...

It is an exciting time for pupils, students and parents as schools reopen for learning across the country.

Muslim parents will also have concerns around the implementation of Prevent, the RSE curriculum and how schools will respect their faith values.

Last year, as many expressed their solidarity with the plight of Palestinians across our society, we witnessed an attempt to censor pupils, students and sometimes teachers, using a range of measures such as banning Palestinian colours at school, referring pupils to Prevent or even suspending students for wearing a badge. This will likely resurface following a fresh onslaught on Gaza over the summer break. 

CAGE is organising a public event to give parents, pupils and students all the tools they need to express their values and solidarity with Palestine in such a hostile environment.

We will highlight:

- The key successes from CAGE’s legal challenge over right to support Palestine in schools

- The findings from our recent report: “Repression of Palestine Solidarity in Schools” 

- First hand accounts from those censored for raising Palestione at school 

- Revalations from our survey about the difference in treatment between Ukraine and Palestine solidarity in UK Schools

- Know Your Rights 

Join our lawyer Fahad Ansari, Doctor and student Palestine activist Yahya Abu-Seido and CAGE’s outreach director Moazzam Begg on Saturday 24th September from 6:30pm at East London.


Moazzam BeggFormer Guantanamo Detainee, Outreach Director (CAGE)

A British-born Muslim, Moazzam Begg is a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and outreach director for CAGE. After his release, he became one of the most prominent public-speakers and Muslim advocates for justice and dialogue. 

He is the author of the best-seller Enemy Combatant in which he recounts his experience as an innocent man detained and torture at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar. The Muslim 500 listed him as one of the 500 “most influential Muslims” in the world. The New Statesman listed him in the top 50 “Heroes of our time”

He has travelled extensively to investigate state abuses and western complicity in torture including to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria. A direct eye-witness to the conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Syria, his life has been recorded by the Columbia University Oral History project, and the BBC Storyville documentary, The Confession.

Fahad Ansari - Human rights lawyer, Riverway Law

Fahad Ansari is the director of Riverway Law, and a leading expert in immigration, asylum and nationality law with 15 years of experience. He has successfully represented several individuals who were stripped of their British citizenship.

In 2020, the prestigious Legal 500 cited him as a recommended lawyer in the areas of immigration and human rights. A long-standing campaigner, Fahad was a leading member of the “Free Babar” campaign.

Fahad regularly writes about current affairs, and has had articles published in the Guardian and New Statesman. He is regularly invited to comment on legal developments by numerous media outlets including the BBC, Sky News, CNN, TRT and Al-Jazeera.

Dr Yahya Abu-SeidoDoctor and Student Palestine Activist

A Canadian-born British Palestinian. He studied Medicine at UCL, whilst being heavily involved in leading and organising Palestinian activism. After completing his training in the NHS Foundation Programme, he currently works as a Junior Associate for the global firm McKinsey & Co. 

He is also the founder of Association of Student Activism for Palestine.
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