Bethlehem2Belfast EP

by The Wakes. David Rovics

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This summer a group of youth, both boys and girls, aged between 16 and 21 will make the journey from Aida and Deheishe Refugee Camps in Bethlehem to Belfast, passing through checkpoints, bus terminals and airports.
The idea behind the project is to challenge the restrictions and barriers imposed by the occupation and give young people their first chance to travel outside of Palestine and experience the solidarity that other communities demonstrate. In turn, the youth will bring their experiences of day to day life living under a brutal occupation and tell their story to young people in Ireland. The youth will represent Palestine in the Anti-Racism World Cup during their stay whilst meeting union representatives, community groups and local councillors.
Both camps are routinely attacked by Israeli Occupation Forces, men, women and children taken from their homes and unlawfully interrogated and imprisoned, all the while being surrounded by the 8 meter high concrete apartheid wall. Children are denied the right to play, constantly reminded of the threat of rubber coated steel bullets, tear gas, skunk water, sound grenades and live ammunition.
In normal circumstances, bringing young people to play in a football tournament from another country would be relatively easy. However, stringent visa restrictions designed to control movement make it extremely difficult for Palestinians in the West Bank, especially refugees, who are routinely denied visas to travel abroad. We hope to use football as a means of breaking through these barriers and connect two communities to learn from one another and build links for the future.

All funds from this charity EP will go directly to the Bethlehem2Belfast charity fund. Please donate as little or as much as you can.

Thanks to the following artists -


released June 8, 2015

The Wakes
David Rovics



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Bethlehem2Belfast Glasgow, UK

The Wakes are a folk rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band's sound is a mixture of Celtic traditional music fused with punk rock & funk. The band's lyrics embrace their culture, heritage and surroundings.

David Rovics is an American indie singer/songwriter. His music concerns topical subjects such as the 2003 Iraq war, anti-globalization and social justice issues.
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