Back to St John’s Wood Church this year where churchwarden and great friend of DYR, Deborah Stuart, wrote to her congregation about the church and Deir Yassin remembrance. You can read and download her article in the church newsletter below:
Open in Word format here.
Open in PDF format here.
The commemoration used as its central motif the Abrahamic promise to those of all the monotheistic faiths. Our 2005 commemoration text '...As the stars of heaven...' details more and you can read it in Word format here and in PDF format here.
This was the first of many occasions when we were joined by
world-famous jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and bass player
Yaron Stavi, and the event received solid support from the
Palestinian community. Also participating were Maxine Peake,
Roger Lloyd-Pack, Vincent Manna, Gregory Donaldson, Mark
Wainwright and Andrew McBean.
As ever, Afif Safieh came as did another old friend and
prominent Palestinian community member Muna Nashashibi.
Also present were Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sophie Hurndall,
Bruce Kent, Julie Christie, Duncan Campbell, Dr Zaki Badawi
and, as at so many of our London commemorations, Deir
Yassin Remembered Executive Director Professor Dan McGowan.
The human side of occupation was explored in a short play
'Five soldiers and a boy' (read the full script here) and a highlight
of the evening was the appearance of the highly-regarded St
John’s Wood Church Choir who, in acknowledgement of the
occasion, wore Palestinian kaffiyehs. We had always used a fair
bit of various media in events, but this year, under the direction
of Razanne Carmey, this really took off.
Finally, this was the first time we used what was to become a
Deir Yassin Remembered signature, used by churchwarden and
DYR friend Deborah Stuart to conclude her farewell remarks:
بارك الله في الشعب الفلسطيني
May God bless the Palestinian people