Celebrity Supporters

We are grateful for the celebrity ambassadors supporting MAP’s work and calling for the right to health and dignity for Palestinians living as refugees or under occupation.

We work with celebrities across many industries including entertainment, comedy, journalism, film, music, and literature. They give up their time and talent to support us and raise awareness of the unique health issues and challenges faced by the Palestinian people living under conflict, occupation and displacement. We are thankful to all those who have helped us in our campaigns, events and lobbying in order to call for health and dignity for Palestinians.

   

                        Jon Snow with MAP staff in Gaza                 Jeremy Hardy with MAP in the West Bank             
 

2017 EvENTS

We've had a variety of events this year with endorsement from our high profile supporters, and in particular, appearances from a number of comedians!

Give it Up for Palestine

In February 2017 we had a number of celebrity comedians support our 'Give it Up for Palestine' comedy show on 20th February at Leicester Square theatre. Acts included Bill Bailey, Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza, Jeremy Hardy, Alexei Sayle and Imran Yusuf.

       

Guests were treated to fantastic line up of entertainment and comedy from all acts with short films shown between sets of Imran and Jeremy's trip to see MAP's projects in the West Bank in January.

                

Jeremy and Imran's Trip to Palestine

In January 2017, comedians Jeremy Hardy and Imran Yusuf took time out of their busy schedules to visit MAP projects in the West Bank.

   

Jeremy & Imran in Hebron                                          Imran and the film team

They visited our mobile health clinic in the Jordan Valley supporting Bedouin Palestinians living under occupation. MAP's mobile clinics visit 27 Bedouin communities across the Jordan Valley bringing Primary Health Care to some of the most vulnerable women and children in this region.

They also met a paramedic who explained the complicated journey Palestinians have to make if they need to visit one of the main hospitals in East Jerusalem for specialised treatment. In order to access Al Makassed hospital, ambulances have to do back-to-back transfers meaning patients have to spend time at the checkpoint transferring from a Palestinian ambulance to an Israeli registered ambulance. This can take from ten minutes to many hours and if the case is critical or life threatening, people can sometimes die at the checkpoint.

Jeremy quoted "It just highlights the brutality of the occupation in the way it just makes the ordinary, everyday life things that we take for granted impossible..."

 

To watch the full feature length documentary of Imran and Jeremy's trip to Palestine with MAP, please watch here.

#WithGaza Appeal

With conflicts continuing to worsen across the Middle East, the ongoing humanitarian crisis affecting Gaza risks being forgotten.

A group of artists and celebrities have joined MAP to bring attention to some of the individual stories of Gaza’s residents, and support our call for an end to years of blockade and conflict which continue to blight their lives. These artists include Bill Bailey, David Morrissey, Camilla Rutherford, Yasmin Alibi-Brown, Bella Freud, Juliet Stevenson, Jeremy Hardy and Caryl Churchill.

   

The devastating 2014 military assault on Gaza killed over 2,000 Palestinians - 556 of whom were children - and injured 10,000 more. In the attacks, 17 hospitals and 56 clinics were damaged or destroyed, meaning that those with long-term injuries still struggle to receive the care they need. The almost decade-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt continues to stifle Gaza’s economy and prevents the import of the reconstruction materials needed to fully rebuild these healthcare centres, or the 19,000 homes also destroyed. The hidden scourge of chronic malnutrition threatens children’s lives, even basic medicines and medical disposables are at 'zero-stock' levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaza's suffering is a man-made disaster, which can and must be resolved through concerted political action. This is why MAP provides both direct medical relief inside Gaza, and campaigns for the lifting of the political impediments to Palestinian health.