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London Art Auction at Dorchester Hotel Raises Over $200,000 in Support of Palestine

The event hosted a panel discussion featuring a high-profile list of speakers.

A renowned art auction held in London has garnered significant attention and raised a substantial amount of £165,000 ($208,800) in support of charitable organizations dedicated to providing medical assistance in Gaza and advocating for Palestinian human rights. The event, named Voices of Palestine, took place on February 25th at the esteemed Dorchester Hotel, showcasing a collection of 15 pieces of Arab artwork, among which was a miniature sculpture inspired by Banksy's "Flower Thrower," crafted by Palestinian artists. This particular artwork fetched the highest bid of £16,000.

The proceeds from the auction are designated for two primary causes: supporting Fajr Scientific's extensive healthcare initiative in Gaza and contributing to the endeavors of the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians. Reflecting on the significance of such events, Egyptian activist Rahma Zein emphasized the importance of empowering individuals to engage in meaningful discussions, whether on economic or political fronts. Zein gained prominence after confronting CNN's Clarissa Ward regarding her reporting at the Rafah border, subsequently appearing on Piers Morgan's TalkTV show to shed light on the plight of Palestinians.

Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot and South African High Commissioner to the UK Jeremiah Nyamane Mamabolo.

Zein underscored the necessity for reclaiming narratives and challenging institutional norms, particularly in light of the shifting dynamics within prestigious institutions and media outlets. Dr. Mosab Nasser, CEO of Fajr Scientific, outlined a comprehensive $55 million post-war plan designed to support Gaza's medical infrastructure over the next three years, focusing on expanding hospital facilities and critical care units.

The event also featured a panel discussion with notable speakers such as Rahma Zein, Dr. Mosab Nasser, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot, journalist Ahmed Eldin, surgeon Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta, and historian Avi Shlaim. The discussion covered everything from the Israeli war in Gaza to the democratization of the media to refute Western perceptions of Palestine. Dr. Abu-Sitta shared poignant accounts of providing medical care amidst Gaza's siege, highlighting the challenges posed by Israel's targeting of hospitals.

With 450 attendees and ticket prices ranging from £150 to £250, the event served as a platform for meaningful dialogue and fundraising efforts in support of critical causes impacting Gaza and Palestinian rights advocacy.

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