Llanidloes - As-Sawiya Friendship Association

Wednesday 21st September 2016 7.30 - The Old Mill, Llanidloes

"Waltz with Bashir"

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this 2008 Oscar winning auto- biographical animated film. It depicts Folman as a 19-year.old Israeli infantry soldier in search Of lost memories of his experiences in the 1982 Lebanon War. He realises he was in the second or third ring of soldiers surrounding the Palestinian refugee camp where carnage was perpetrated. He was among those soldiers firing flares into the sky to illuminate the refugee camp for the Lebanese Christian militia perpetrating the massacre inside, The film ends with animation dissolving into actual footage Of the aftermath of the massacre.

This is a hard hitting film not suitable for under 18's or those of a sensitive nature. Please look at reviews and trailers for the film to see if it is for you.

Past Events

5pm, Saturday 30th July 2016, CARDIFF St David's Hall

Palestine Youth Orchestra

Conductor : Sian Edwards      Voice : Nai Barghouti
Beethoven Leonore No 3
Songs of Om Kolthoum and Fayrouz
Graham Fitkin Metal
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

For its first ever UK tour the Palestine Youth Orchestra joins up with young musicians from the UK and vocalist Nai Barghouti, a rising star of Arabic music. Equally at home with Western classical and Arabic music, the Palestine Youth Orchestra has a unique position amongst youth orchestras internationally.

They will perform music by Beethoven, Graham Fitkin and Mussorgsky, as well as songs by legendary Arabic singers Om Kolthoum and Fayrouz.


7pm, Wednesday 13th January 2016, Llanidloes Community Centre - Bailey Room


An illustrated talk by Adnan Hussein about life as headteacher in a secondary school in the occupied West Bank. Adnan grew up in the village of As-Sawiya. attended schools there, began his teaching career in As-Sawiya, eventually achieveing headship.

Adnan is one of a group participating in the "Teachers in Action" project - a teacher exchange between Palestine and the UK. Each Palestinian teacher comes from a village / town which has an existing twinning link with towns across the UK.

Music and food from both Palestine and Wales willl help us celebrate Adnan's visit. The event is free but we welcome donations which will continue to support the people of As-Sawiya and cover room hire.

The project has been organised by the Camden Abu-Dis Friendship Association and sponsored by The Erasmus Foundation and the National Union of Teachers


Sunday 6th SEPTEMBER 2015 - National March & Demonstration CARDIFF - 2-5pm

The Israeli national football team will be playing Wales in Cardiff in the qualifying round of the men's Euro 2016 competition on the 6th of September

Sporting events have become a key battleground - the Israeli state is losing its legitimacy and it knows it. The sporting boycott is gaining ground and we have the power to keep the momentum going. Israel engages in these sporting competitions to appear as a credible European nation with the aim of diverting attention away from the blatant violations of human rights exacted by the Israeli state on Palestinians.


We need to send a message that we will not let Israel's crimes go unnoticed, just as activists protested the participation of South Africa in similar sporting events during apartheid.

Speakers at the rally outside the Cardiff ground are being arranged. These will include Welsh MEP Jill Evans, currently in Palestine, Manuel Hassassian, UK Palestinian Ambassador, and Jeremy Corbyn MP. The plan is to meet at the Cardiff City Hall and then march to the Cardiff City ground for a big rally before the game kick-off at 5 pm.

LLANIDLOES-as-SAWIYA FRIENDSHIP ASSOC are organising a coach to go down to Cardiff. If you'd like to go (not yet sure of the costs as it depends on how many people go), contact PAM WILLIAMS 01686 413005 and reserve your place.


Rod Evans, who has lived and worked in the Middle East, is giving an illustrated talk about how Britain first became involved with the United Arab Emirates during the 17th and 18th centuries.

WEDNESDAY 17th JUNE 2015 7.30 pm
(Back of the Mount Lane car park or through the passageway off High St)


2 short films about Palestine to commemorate "al Nakba" the "catastophy" which befell Palestine in 1948

4 Jewish women alive at the time of the Nakba talk about their involvement and experience

Mural between Bethlehem and Hebron in the West Bank

One of the central issues denied by Isreal is the "Nakba" an arabic word meaning "catastrophe". In 1938 700,000 Palestinians were ruthlessly attacked and driven from their homes into refugee camps by Zionist terror groups, never allowed to return in violation of International Law. Palestinians and people fighting for freedom for Palestine across the world, remember the event on 15th May each year.

at 7.30 pm at THE OLD MILL

This is a FREE event and everybody is welcome
For further information contact Karin on 01686 412253


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT EVENT come and sample the taste of Palestine

palestinian olive gtrower from the west bank village of Seer
Mohammad Irsheid from the West Bank village Seer

Palestinian almond and olive grower MOHAMMAD IRSHEID and the director of Zaytoun in Palestine TAYSIR ARBASI are visiting Llanidloes on the 25th February

Come and meet them and listen to their stories about farming in the West Bank.

Refreshments and olive oil and za'atar tasting

Entry free, donations welcome


This event is hosted by Llanidloes - aS Sawiya Friendship Association (Llasfa)
for further info: 01686 412253 or karin@midwales.com



palestinian exiles in refugee camps in lebanon

An illustrated talk by Lebanese born Hala Hanschell

Today there are millions of Palestinians living in exile from homes and land their families had inhabited for generations. Over 400,000 Palestinians are registered as refugees in the Lebanon, suffering the legacy of their dispossession: destitution, penury and insecurity.

Llanidloes - as-Sawiya Friendship Association are hosting this event with local resident Hala who will talk about the history as well as the present day situation from a social and political perspective. This is a free event but donations towards the cost of hiring the room or to LLASFA would be much appreciated.

12th February 2015 - 7.30pm
The Old Mill, Llanidloes, Powys

For more information about the event or about LLASFA contact Pam Williams on 01686 413005


St Idloes Church Hall, 15th May 2014, 7.00pm

al "NAKBA"
The Catastrophe

Although the history of foreign invasion into Palestine began as long ago as 1799, the creation of the State of Isreal in 1948 caused the exodus of over 700,000 Palestinians and lead to the first Arab/Isreali war.

Every year on the 15th May Palestinians commemorate the event.

Ibrahem Badwan, a young man from Azzoun in the West Bank (linked with Knighton) is coming to Llanidloes to talk about how the "Nakba" has affected his life and that of his parents.

Further information: Marg 01686 413513


FILM NIGHT “Knowledge is the Beginning”

The Story of the
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

The orchestra consists of musicians from several countries in the Middle East, Egypt,Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Spain. The Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and his friend, the late Palestinian-American academic Edward Said, founded the orchestra in 1999 and named the ensemble after an anthology of poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
This film shows what music can do; the way it can transcend cultural barriers, bring people together, defeat prejudice and overcome religious and political differences. It also demonstrates the problems that crop up occasionally and how music can help people from different points of view find common ground. For Daniel Barenboim the orchestra is a symbol for what could be achieved in the Middle East.
Don't miss the opportunity to see this uplifting film!

St Idloes Church Hall, 8th November 2013, 7.30pm
Everybody welcome, light refreshments will be available before the film at 7pm and after the showing.
Further information: Karin 01686412253 or Marg 413513
Running time: 114 mins.

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  Llanidloes - As-Sawiya Friendship Association  Chair: Sue Prince     Secretary: Marg Munyard     Treasurer: Angela Scrase
  Sue: 01686 413753 | Marg: 01686 413513