St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Partnership with St. Andrew’s Ramallah

Fadi Diab has recently informed us that one of his parishioners, Layan Nasir, is due to go on trial in an Israeli military court and Nick has suggested that as many of us as possible write on her behalf to Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk at

The girl’s aunt, Abeer Nasir, invited Roger and Daphne Symon to dinner when they were in Ramallah a couple of years ago. Layan’s Father has pleaded:

“We, Layan Nasir’s family, call upon activists, and people of conscience, to stand in solidarity with Palestinian students, and to put pressure on Israeli authorities to release our daughter Layan Nasir from prison.” She has now been released but is due for trial on 5th October.

The suggested text is available here (pdf or word) or from the office. It would have more effect if you vary the wording of the letter (e.g. with one or two thoughts of your own).

The actions called for in the final paragraph have been recommended by Sir Vincent Fean, former Consul-General in Jerusalem, whom many of you heard speaking in Cheltenham College two years ago.  If you have any queries about the suggested wording, please get in touch with Mike Scott-Baumann at