June 13 th: The IMET2000 Board of Trustees Mid-Summer Meeting was held in The Royal Society of Medicine in London. Kay Glendinning resigned officially after many years as Chair and in fact supporting the charity ever since it started in 2000. She was heartily thanked for all she had done to ensure the safety and success of IMET2000 over 18 years. Colin Green also resigned from his place on the Executive Committee and intends to return to academic life and use the time to research modern warfare, the arms trade and latest weaponry developments. We were all delighted to welcome Nick Maynard as the new Chairman of the Board and Kathryn Green and Dr Omar Abdelmannan as new Trustees to replace John Beavis and David Pegg both stepping down because of ill health. Both John and David have served IMET2000 for so many years and been such wise support for those at the coalface. We can only thank them again for such loyal service and hope their health improves. Colin introduced to the Board the two ladies recruited to replace him on the Executive Committee. Both were present. Mrs Julie Verne has accepted the post of Director of Development and Ms Heba Ghanem the role of Business Manager and Treasurer. We are delighted to welcome such talented ladies to our cause. We are also delighted that Harriet Paul has agreed to step back from her role as Director of Corporate Development and Events and stay on the Executive as Director of Events. The achievements of IMET2000 were reported by our CEO Malik Zaben on Palestine, Barry Fuller on Ukraine and Colin Green on Africa.
Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline
April 21 st: Our loyal Patron, the entertainer and human rights activist Mark Thomas who has set up with some financial support from IMET2000 the Jenin Comedy Club together with 15 Palestinian actors toured their show ‘Showtime from the Frontline’ for over three weeks throughout the UK starting in Edinburgh late March to April 21st with himself and two Palestinian comic actors Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada. The tour virtually sold out in each venue with only a couple of exceptions and ended with a triumphant two week run in the Theatre Royal Stratford East. They had without exception brilliant revues including in national newspapers. We were so proud of their success especially as Mark really gave over the stage to the two Palestinians and made sure that their eclectic mix of jokes and satire about Palestinian life under occupation was the highlight and at the forefront of the programme. (http://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/mark-thomas-showtime-from-the-frontline). Both actors have gone back to their homes in Jenin and are leading the other actors committed to growing the Comedy Club. This is another example of IMET2000 promoting Palestinian cultural activities where we think it is particularly important to the morale of a people under military occupation.
The cast of Showtime from the Frontline at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Photo: Steve Ullathorne
Nablus Cultural Festival
IMET2000 has supported the Nablus Cultural Festival throughout April as well as the Project Hope education programme in Nablus in which scores of young teachers and people from overseas come for weeks at a time as volunteers.
Palestinians perform "Debka" show during the 3rd Nablus Festival for Culture and Arts in the West Bank city of Nablus, on April 15, 2018. (Xinhua/Nidal Eshtayeh).
IMET2000 Annual Fundraising Dinner
The IMET2000 Annual Dinner took place in the Peers’ Dining Room at The House of Lords on Friday 2nd February, 2018 kindly hosted by The Baroness Jenny Tonge.
We were delighted to once again have a full house for the event and during the evening guests enjoyed wonderful entertainment from the UK’s leading comedy and satirical impressionist Rory Bremner and beautiful music from Tibah Saad who is part of The Galilee Quartet. Tibah played Bach’s Solo Cello Suite (Allemande Movement) and then sang Arab songs accompanied on the oud by the excellent Yousif Rabady.
Special guests on the night included Dr Nezam Abdalhlim, the President of the Palestinian Medical Association who together with Dr Malik Zaben, IMET2000 Chief Executive talked to the guests about the importance of IMET2000’s current projects. We were also pleased to have as our Palestinian guests Mr Bashar Ayaseh who we are supporting in Nottingham University for one year and Mrs Esra Hamdan who we support in her PhD studies in the University of East Anglia.
and would like to thank our event sponsor BB Energy as well as all those who supported the event so generously by taking a table or tickets, making a donation or pledge, donating or purchasing a prize.
We raised funds for the six projects shown below and happily the event was a great success reaching our target of £100,000.
A New Neurological Unit in Gaza
The Newly Established Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) Centre in Ramallah
Child Mental Health Programme in Partnership with Palestinian NGO Rawan Association for Child Development
One Year Support for Mr Bashar Ayaseh Studies in Nottingham University for MSc in Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Post Neurosurgery
Support for Third Year of a Four Year Residency in Child Psychiatry in Jordan for Dr Amal Kamal
Support for the First Year of a Four Year Residency in Child Psychiatry in Jordan for Dr Omar Al-Ashhab
Our next Annual Dinner will take place on Friday 1st February 2019.