Thank you to all who joined us on Saturday 4th March 2023 at The Royal Horseguards Hotel for a wonderful evening. We hope you enjoyed the event.
We are grateful for your generosity and support. The donations will go towards funding our educational programs in Palestine, directly benefiting hundreds of students through bursaries and training support. If you were unable to donate on the night, we welcome any contribution you can make now. You can donate online via our website or by bank transfer.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the FQMS Gala Dinner on Saturday 18th June 2022 at the Savile Club. The evening was well attended. We are still counting the donations and hope to be able to update you soon.
We decided on a slightly different format this year and there were speeches from two of our trainees Dr Naim Qamhia (Haematopathologist at Southmead Hospital, Bristol) and Dr Nidal Somera (Urologist at Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge), who we have been supporting to do their subspeciality training in the UK.
We also had two wonderful performance. Firstly during the reception from Elise Trio (students from the Royal Academy of Music). The night ended with Syrian Masters (Hamsa Mounif, Bassef Seaf, Mohamad Salah, Khaldoun AlNajjad and Walid Zaido).
As with previous years, we had a fantastic selection of items on our sale table and in our raffle. We also had beautiful floral centrepieces donated by Rima Abboushi, which were sold at the end of the night.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Thursday 19th May in Battersea. It was a wonderful afternoon. Guests were able to drop off your garments and homeware to be hand-embroidered by LVPx. Neil Serougi, one of our trustees, spoke about our work in Palestine.
LVPx is a upcycling initiative that provides sustainable income to artisan refugees in Lebanon. We work with a network of highly-skilled women to transform your favourite clothing and homeware with beautiful fine embroidery.
During this event, LVPx provided individual design consultations and guests could browse the new Prêt-à-Porter collection, of which part of the proceeds was donated to FQMS to support our vital work.
We were also graced by wonderful performances by Lina Shahin, Walid Zaido and Sanaa Wahab.
Want to learn more about the history of Palestinian villages which were destroyed or evacuated in 1948?
Dr Thabet Abu Rass
Dr Thabet Abu Rass is Co-Executive Director of The Abraham Initiatives, an NGO that promotes equality and Jewish-Arab partnership in Israel’s society.
Dr Abu Rass obtained his Ph.D. in the field of Regional Development and Middle East Studies from the University of Arizona, 1997. He is a political geographer and a former lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben Gurion University as well as the Sapir College. Dr Abu Pass taught courses on ethnic relations, land, planning, and regional development.
Dr Abu Rass is an expert in Palestinian citizens of Israel and Arab-Jewish relations. He took a central role in the process of creating the “Future Visions” of Palestinian citizens of Israel and co-authored three of the future vision documents which have provided a road map for the status, engagement, and demands of Arab society in Israel. He is a prominent voice in promoting the rights of the Bedouins of the Negev and teaching of the Nakba in all Israeli schools.
Dr Abu Rass continues to publish articles regularly in the Hebrew and Arabic press.
As a result of the Nakba, his family split between Gaza refugee camps and the town of Kalanswa inside Israel where he lives. He will be talking about the pre 1948 Palestinian villagers and the destructive effect of the Nakba.
Dr Hala Qasrawi
We were also joined by Dr Hala Qasrawi, a recent graduate from An Najah National University Medical School.
As one of the top graduates, she was selected as one of the first candidates for a FQMS funded teaching fellowship.
She spoke about her experience training at An Najah and how this teaching fellowship has helped her.
Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our exhibition in Bristol, A History of Palestine Through Posters at the Palestinian Museum, Bristol. It was an enjoyable afternoon. Many of you came to see our special historical posters, focusing on the occupation, resistance, solidarity and culture, and learn more about our work.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our webinar on 26th June.
Speakers included students and doctors we support on their journey to specialism. They talked about their experience living, studying and working in Palestine.
More information on our speakers:
Dr Najib Salameh
In partnership with Juzoor, we supported Najib during his laparoscopic gynaecological surgery training at University College Hospital London. He has been back in Palestine for the last two years. He’s been working as a consultant OBGYN at Beit Jala Government Hospital (referral centre for the district of Bethlehem), as well as teaching Al Quds University medical students.
Dr Khubaib Ayoub
In partnership with Juzoor, we are supporting Khubaib as a Clinical Fellow in Diabetes in Endocrinology at King’s College Hospital, London. He has the Palestinian and Arab Boards in Internal Medicine. He was a Internist and part time Lecturer at An-Najah National University.
Dr Saleh Eleiwa
Saleh graduated from Islamic University of Gaza Medical School. As a top graduate he was offered a teaching position there, which is FQMS funded.
We were also joined by 2 medical students Alaa Sharawneh (Al Quds University, Jerusalem) and Angham Marea (An Najah University, Nablus)