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Israeli writer tells Palestinian story at Theatre in the Mill

28 July 09

Theatre in the Mill, at the University of Bradford, will be hosting a dramatised playreading of 'Bassam' in support of the Bassam Aramin Scholarship Fund on Friday 31 July 2009.

Written and directed by renowned Israeli playwright Idan Meir,'Bassam' tells the true story of Palestinian Bassam Aramin's continuing struggle for peace as another terrible conflict threatens to shatter his family and his life.

This reading of the play, by actor Nayed Rashaf, will help to raise funds that will allow Palestinian peace activist to come to the UK and take up a place on an MA course in Peace Studies at the University.

Bassam is an important voice amongst Palestinians and Israelis as an outspoken defender of Human Rights for all. He is a prominent campaigner for peace and justice for the Palestinian people.

Bassam has constantly demonstrated his willingness to put aside differences and reach out to former enemies. His is a regular speaker in Israeli and Palestinian schools and universities, and at the European Parliament. He is the recipient of three international Peace Awards.

Head of Arts and Director of Theatre in the Mill, Iain Bloomfield, said: "We are delighted to be able to support the Bassam Aramin Scholarship Fund through hosting this reading. In a world where conflict seems inevitable it is heartening to see work that defies that inevitability."

28 July 09

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