THE EDINBURGH STAR
The Sukkat Shalom Human Rights Trip
Israel/Palestine in May 2013
In 2012, Sukkat Shalom donated part of their Kol Nidrei Appeal proceeds to Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. Later, the UK representative of that organisation, Miri Regev, was invited to speak about their work. Her moving and disturbing account was the inspiration for the 9 day trip organised by Maurice Naftalin, which was the subject of this Lit meeting. Avery Meiksin chaired the meeting. Maurice explained that the group had given themselves a demanding agenda over 9 days, focusing on organisations with a human rights or co-existence focus, rather than political parties, religious groups, settlers or militants. On some days they split up and went to different places so there were 6 members on the platform to tell their stories. The aims of the trip were:
- Dialogue with and support for human rights organisations;
- To gain a better understanding of the issues;
- To bring that understanding back to the UK and share it with others willing to listen.