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  • Palestine: a history of colonialism, occupation and resistance - Counterfire Media Podcast

    Shabbir Lakha on the history of Palestine and Tom Lock Griffiths on the excellent release They Came To a City' (1944) on DVD and Blu Ray in the fourth episode of Counterfire Media's Podcast

  • Adieu, Nikki Haley (but she’ll be back…)

    Haley shakes hands with Netanyahu

    Haley’s signature contribution to international affairs during her ambassadorship has been her trumpet-section support for Israel, writes Susan Ram

  • Justice for Palestine: a report from the Labour Party conference

    Labour Conference, delegates wave Palestinian flags. Photo: Palestine Solidarity Campaign

    Conference shows strong support among Labour members for the Palestinian cause, reports Terina Hine

  • Palestinians resist home demolitions by Israeli military - video

    Palestinian children face Israeli soldiers at the house demolition protest in al-Walaja.

    Israeli armed forces attacked Palestinian demonstrators as they demolished four homes, continuing a programme of hundreds this year. Jamie Naylor reports from the West Bank

  • Israel's wall in Bethlehem: militarising Rachel's Tomb

    Israel's wall and a military turret in Bethlehem, West Bank, April 2013, on which has been neatly painted a Palestinian flag.

    Palestinians are increasingly restricted in daily life and access to the holy site due to an illegal wall and military raids, reports Jamie Naylor

  • Racism, war and Trump: the Stop the War Coalition AGM

    Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photo: Gage Skidmore

    Far from being an ‘isolationist’, Donald Trump has increased bombings, sanctions and war, argues Lindsey German

  • Labour, antisemitism and the damage done

    Labour supporters at the 'Keep Corbyn' rally of many thousands in Parliament Square, 27 June 2016 - the evening of a PLP vote of confidence against Corbyn, which sparked the 'Chicken coup'. Photo: Jim Aindow.

    The attacks on Corbyn and the left this summer have been damaging, and can only be dealt with through political struggle, argues Kevin Potter

  • Is Israel a racist endeavour?

    "Israel is a racist endeavour" poster at Waterloo Bridge bus stop. Photo: Steph Pike

    Supporting Palestine is an anti-racist, anti-colonial struggle; Israel is and always has been a racist state, argues Shabbir Lakha

  • The attacks on Corbyn can only end if they're confronted

    Defend Corbyn Rally, Parliament Square, June 2016. Photo: Jim Aindow

    Apologies and appeasement won’t stop the witch-hunt against Corbyn

  • The Palestinians deserve better than this – weekly briefing

    The flag of Palestine flies at Rawabi, 2014

    Any concessions on anti-imperialism will not only weaken Jeremy Corbyn but the whole of the radical left, argues Lindsey German

  • Why Israel is an apartheid state

    Israel's Wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, April 2011, on which has been neatly painted "free Palestine" in large letters.

    Israel’s history, from its origins in 1948's Nakba, is characterised by racism, violence and apartheid policies towards Palestinians, explains Sybil Cock

  • The fightback is on: hundreds rally behind Corbyn in London

    Corbyn, antisemitism and justice for Palestine rally at Conway Hall, 21 August 2018. Photo: Jim Aindow

    Hundreds of Londoners rallied against the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Palestine on Tuesday, Shabbir Lakha reports

  • What's wrong with the IHRA definition? - video

    Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a demonstration against the bombing of Gaza, January 2009. Photo: Flickr/Davide Simonetti

    A short video explaining why adopting the full IHRA definition would be a mistake for Labour

  • Back the NEC code: why compromising is the wrong thing to do

    Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in Kilburn, August 2016. Photo: Jim Aindow

    Labour's NEC is under pressure to adopt the IHRA definition and some on the left are supporting this move. Alex Snowdon explains what's wrong with this logic

  • Defend Jeremy Corbyn: time to fight back - Counterfire statement

    Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the NHS demonstration, June 2018. Photo: Jim Aindow

    Corbyn is right – the left needs to fight back against the slander of antisemitism

  • Eyewitness account of Israeli attack on aid boat to Gaza

    Al-Awda boat in Copenhagen. Photo: Freedom Flotilla Coalition

    A detailed account from Dr Swee Ang who was on board the boat that was intercepted and invaded by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza with medical aid

  • Stand firm in attacks against Corbyn, or lose the fight

    Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson, Labour Party Conference, 2016. Photo: wikimedia commons

    Right wing attacks on Corbyn have intensified. If we lose ground now, we will pay heavily in the future, argues Alex Snowdon

  • Hodge case shows why Labour Right needs to be confronted - and defeated

    Margaret Hodge. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    The only appropriate response to Margaret Hodge and her co-conspirators is to take them on politically and defeat them argues Alex Snowdon

  • Ahed Tamimi released! What her story tells us about Palestinian resistance

    Ahed Tamimi speaking at the role of women in the palestinian popular struggle conference. Photo: Wikimedia commons

    The confrontation between Tamimi and the illiberal Israeli state is only one example of a system of violent persecution met by a relentless struggle, writes John Clarke

  • Antisemitism and apartheid

    boy in front of soldier and separation wall

    As Israel enshrines apartheid into law and Jeremy Corbyn is labelled an antisemite, Shabbir Lakha assesses the situation 

  • Why Labour must oppose Israel’s racist apartheid

    Protest in Parliament Square against false claims of antisemitism against Jeremy Corbyn, March 2018. Photo: Jewish Voice for Labour

    The Labour Party must not endorse Israeli violence, racism and apartheid policies as MPs have voted to do, argues Alex Snowdon

  • Israel enshrines apartheid into law

    Israel flag. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    While the Labour right try to conflate criticism of Israel with antisemitism, Israel just enshrined apartheid into law argues Mark Porciani

  • Dump Trump and the special relationship, too

    Theresa May visits Donald Trump. Photo: wikimedia commons

    Theresa May's support for Trump is a faultline we must fully exploit, argues Jonathan Maunders

  • We cannot let Iran become another US powder keg

    Trump addresses the US nation after authorising missile strikes in Syria, April 2017. Photo: wikimedia commons

    Trump's policies point towards regime change in Iran. The anti-war movement must stand firm, argues Shabbir Lakha 

  • London says end the massacre in Gaza, freedom for Palestine

    Demonstration outside Downing Street, 15 May. Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    Thousands of people poured into Whitehall on Tuesday to oppose the killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza, reports Tom Gibbs

  • Gaza massacre: Trump’s embassy move legitimises murder of Palestinians

    Protesters at the Gaza-Israel border, 11 May. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Israel’s massacre of unarmed civilians shows that there’s no right kind of resistance for Palestinians and that Trump has legitimised their murder, argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Palestine: remembrance and resistance

    Protest for Gaza: Stop the Killing, Downing Street, London 7.4.18. Photo: Jim Aindow

    As the resistance of Palestinians in Gaza continues despite horrific violence against them, we must continue to show solidarity and protest, argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Trump's ditching of Iran deal is paving the way to war

    Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

    Trump pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal is a step on the path to more war in the Middle East argues Shabbir Lakha

  • As Gaza rebels, how can Palestine be free? With Kevin Ovenden - video

    Photo: Tom Griffiths

    Speaking at a London Counterfire event, Kevin Ovenden discusses what the protests in Gaza are about and how Palestine can be free

  • Lies, damn lies, and Boris Johnson - weekly briefing

    Boris Johnson at the Chatham House London Conference in 2017

    This floundering ruling class operative personifies an exposed and rotten regime, writes Lindsey German
     

  • More Palestinian protesters killed on ‘Friday of Tires’ by the Israeli military

    Palestinian protesters with flag stand with flag and arms up-stretched in anger or defiance, with a cloud of black smoke behind them

    Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and teargas into thousands of Palestinians rallying for a second week for the right to return to occupied lands

  • Bloody Friday in Gaza: a great return massacre

    Palestinian Demonstration against Hebron Massacre

    An unarmed, civilian protest from a people who have been oppressed for decades, results in bloodshed and massacre.

  • Palestine 'Great Return March' in images: mass protest met with 16 killings by Israeli military

    Tens of thousands of people on The Great Return March, holding Palestinian flags, make their way along the Israeli border at a distance of half a mile

    Tens of thousands marched peacefully for the right to return to the occupied territories, but IDF soldiers shot to kill, reports Jack Hazeldine, with 6 weeks of protest ahead

  • For International Women’s Day my hero is Ahed Tamimi

    Ahed Tamimi marching in Palestine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    International Women's Day is not just about the struggles of the past. It is about the recognition of women fighting now

  • Palestine: the open wound

    Separation wall: photo: wikimedia commons

    Shabbir Lakha reflects on the twentieth century imperial imposition that continues to blight global justice

  • Ahed Tamimi's indictment paints a clear picture of apartheid Israel

    Cartoon: Carloss Latuff / Mondoweiss

    The treatment of Ahed Tamimi is not uncommon for the children of Palestine and shows Israel's systemic oppression of Palestinians clearly argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Ahed Tamimi: the 16-year-old Palestinian girl Israel is afraid of

    Ahed Tamimi. Photo: Haim Schwarczenberg

    The arrest of Ahed Tamimi, a symbol of resistance to ongoing Israeli occupation, has put systemic maltreatment and detention of Palestinian children in the spotlight argues Huda Ammori

  • I'm a Palestinian from Jerusalem, where's my say?

    Trump and Netanyahu, May 2017. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Trump's announcement last week marks the end of the peace process and once again Palestinians have been left in the dark argues Ahmad Muna from Jerusalem

  • The Irish Question, the EU and the debate about borders - weekly briefing

    EU Flag. Photo: Pixabay

    The end of the first phase of Brexit negotiations is neither the restoring of Theresa May's fortunes nor an indication that the Irish situation is stable argues Lindsey German

  • Save our village from Israeli bulldozers: an open letter from Susiya

    susiya

    The villagers of Susiya appeal to the international community to stand with them in the face of enforced expulsion by the Israeli state

  • Why is Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a big deal?

    Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has international law implications, infringes on Palestinian rights and could be a calculated move argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Charges dropped against activists that shut down Israel arms factory

    Huda Ammori standing in front of the Elbit Systems-owned arms factory during a protest, 24th November. Photo: Huda Ammori

    Having had the criminal charges for shutting down an Israeli arms factory against her dropped, Huda Ammori explains why this is a victory for BDS

  • Labour needs a new foreign policy

    Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn's long-held views ought to become Labour policy

  • Friends of Israel: influencing British politics

    Photo: Flickr/Dale Napier

    The coverage of the Priti Patel affair has been largely focused on the breach of the Ministerial code, but it goes deeper than that argues Shabbir Lakha

  • The Israel Factor: Priti Patel and Emily Thornberry

    Priti Patel. Photo: Flickr/Policy Exchange

    Priti Patel's secret meetings have put Israeli influence in British politics in the spotlight, but we need a wider conversation, including about Emily Thornberry argues Shabbir Lakha

  • A government that is not fit to govern at home or abroad

    Priti Patel MP talking to Royal Engineers at Henry Wilfred Smith Power Station. Photo: Flickr / DFID

    This government is rotten to the core, with a duplicitous Foreign Office representing the worst of it

  • From London to Palestine with solidarity - photos

    Parliament Square echoing with chants of "Free free Palestine". Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    Marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, thousands of people marched in London to show solidarity with Palestine

  • Letter to Theresa May from a Palestinian refugee

    Handala, who represents Palestinian refugee children and an objection to the occupation, on a wall in Bil'in. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    A letter from an 11 year old Palestinian refugee to Theresa May asking her to rethink celebrating the Balfour Declaration centenary.

  • Balfour 100 years on - nothing to celebrate

    Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    The Balfour Declaration was the prelude to violent settler colonialism in Palestine argues Alex Snowdon and explains why thousands will be protesting not celebrating.

  • The Balfour Declaration: Palestine, Empire and Resistance - video

    Bernard Regan

    Bernard Regan launches his new book "The Balfour Declaration" as the centenary of the infamous event that started the Israel-Palestine conflict approaches.

  • BDS: a response to the University of Manchester's Balfour Celebration

    Boycott, Divest, Sanction

    The University of Manchester's decision to celebrate a document that has led to a hundred years of crimes against the Palestinians cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged, argues Huda Ammori

  • Balfour: Britain's shame

    Balfour Declaration

    This cornerstone of imperial treachery must never be forgotten, argues Shabbir Lakha

  • We will not be silenced: Palestine will be free

    Pro-Palestine Protestors outside the Israeli embassy. Photo: Chris Nineham

    The demand for change is growing

  • Macron and Netanyahu: the shadow of Zionism

    Macron

    Macron’s readiness to equate anti-Zionism with antisemitism and endow it with the full force of French state power shows his true colours, argues Susan Ram

  • Why Radiohead are wrong to play in Israel

    Radiohead

    By ignoring the pleas of Palestinians, the band will help the Israeli government’s propaganda effort, writes Dave Randall

  • Silent boycott: the media blackout on the Palestinian hunger strike

    marwan barghouti

    The media’s refusal to report on the plight of the Palestinians works to normalise the Israeli occupation, writes Jen Izaakson

  • How activists are supporting Palestinian hunger strikers internationally

    Gloucester 2 Gaza Convoy, 2009. Photo: Flickr/gloucester2gaza

    On the 69th anniversary of the Nakba and with 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, Nourhan Ashraf Elsayed looks at how activists are showing solidarity

  • The subversive power of the UN Report that labelled Israel an 'apartheid' regime

    Israel Apartheid Week in Johannesburg. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    The US reaction to a UN report describing Israel as an apartheid state demonstrates its potential legal power as well as in the movement argues Nourhan Ashraf Elsayed

  • SOAS community statement: Apartheid off campus

    Mark Regev

    As Mark Regev prepares to speak at SOAS later this month, students have called a protest against his proposed visit

  • The Walled-Off Hotel opens in Bethlehem: Banksy strikes again

    A Banksy on the Israeli West Bank wall

    The world famous graffitist is using his fame and fortune to challenge hegemony on the West Bank, notes Kara Bryan

  • The Trump factor: Israel, settlements and antisemitism

    Trump addresses AIPAC. Photo:Flickr/Lorie Shaull

    Trump and Netanyahu usher in a new level of US-Israel cooperation, but as far right antisemitism grows the narrative cracks argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Netanyahu, May’s force is with you

    Benjamin Netanyahu | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Theresa May is up to her neck in the old business of ignoring Israeli crimes, argues Kara Bryan

  • The spy who came in from the shadows

    Alan Duncan

    Compare the Trump spy scandal and the Israeli spy scandal and it tells us a lot about the media and the political establishment, argues Kara Bryan

  • Peres, Oslo and Peace

    Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos in 2001. Photo: Wikipedia

    Is Shimon Peres' record as 'dove-like' as his obituaries makes out? Shabbir Lakha thinks not

  • 'Left-wing antisemitism': anatomy of an accusation

    Palestine protest in London 2014. Photo: Ricardo Esteban Pineda

    Leo Fischer argues the best response to accusations of antisemitism is to educate, organise and emphasise the continuing human rights abuses committed in Palestine

  • Like Mandela, Palestinians are prisoners of an apartheid system

    Palestinian children running towards the Israeli wall. Photo: Wikipedia

    The occupation of Palestine by Israeli forces is not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa, argues Koos Mohammed

  • NUS: against antisemitism and for freedom for Palestine

    Shelly Asquith on the People's Assembly demonstration on 16 April in London. Photo: Facebook

    Defending Malia Bouattia's record as an anti-racist campaigner, Shelly Asquith argues that the NUS has the right to criticse Israeli politics

  • War Against the People

    War Against the People

    Jeff Halper’s War Against the People exposes the global role of Israel’s military and security industry, finds Kit Klarenberg

  • The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust - key texts

    Tony Cliff on Marxism and the oppressed. Photo: YouTube

    The Blairites' crocodile tears are about defending empire, writes David Moyles in this introduction to The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust 

  • Stop the War: official statement on anti-Semitism and Palestine

    Palestinian families fleeing Galilee in 1948. Photo: Wikipedia

    In response to claims of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, Stop the War condemns the double standards applied to those who oppose Israeli oppression

  • Stop this cynical attack: Corbyn, anti-semitism and the right

    Jeremy Corbyn speaking outside parliament. Photo: Wikipedia

    We repost the Jewish Socialists' Group's response to claims that Jeremy Corbyn is tolerating a growth of antisemitism in the Labour Party

  • Protesters show solidarity with Palestinians

    Palestinians, with their incredible courage and hope, will fight for their survival. Ellen Graubert reports from the demonstration on Saturday

  • Shellshocked. On the ground under Israel’s Gaza assault

    Book Cover

    This first-hand account of life on the ground under Operation Protective Edge shows the suffering, resilience and dignity of the people of Gaza, finds Adam Tomes

  • Arming Apartheid: the UK arms trade and Israel

    Protest

    Campaigners are targeting UK arms companies as a new report exposes their role in supporting the infrastructure of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine reports Elliot Murphy

  • Appeal: documenting the occupation

    #GazaJ26 - Stop the Massacre in Gaza protest, London. Photo: Jim Aindow

    An appeal for funding for a trip to Palestine, to bear witness to the everyday violence of war and occupation

  • Praying for storms: a review of 'Method and Madness'

    Book Cover

    Israel needs enemies if its current state form is to survive, according to Norman Finkelstein, explaining the motivation for its atrocities. Kit Klarenberg reviews Method and Madness

  • A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

    IDF Soldiers

    As Israel goes to the polls Elliot Murphy looks at the ongoing cost of last year's assault on Gaza

  • Taken for a Ride: has Mark Gardener been tricked by the pro-Israel lobby?

    Ride frontman Mark Gardener has agreed to perform in Tel Aviv. Tommy Mack looks at the arguments around the cultural boycott of Israel

  • Israel’s attack in Syria: why now?

    Israeli military support for Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and an attempt to derail talks on Iran's nuclear programme may be behind Israel's latest attacks in Syria writes Joshua Tartakovsky

  • Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System

    Captive Revolution

    Former detainee Nahlo Abdo's meticulous study reveals the hidden voices of Palestinian female political prisoners. Review by Ellen Graubart

  • Yasser Arafat and the struggle for Palestine

    Yasser Arafat pictured in 1970, at a ceremony marking the end of a military training program in Damascus.AFP/Getty Images

    Kevin Ovenden looks at the legacy of Yasser Arafat on the tenth anniversary of his death

  • Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

    PKK

    The governments of the US, Turkey, Britain, Israel and the rest of the alliance for Iraq War III are no real defenders of Kurdish rights

  • Ali Abunimah: Israel lost the war in Gaza but the struggle for justice goes on

    There is one clear reason to celebrate the ceasefire deal Israel and the Palestinian resistance reached today: 51 days and nights of relentless Israeli massacres and destruction have come to an end in Gaza.
     
  • Video: John Rees - stop arming Israel

    John Rees

    John Rees speaking at a protest outside Downing Street - called in response to the UK government continuing to supply arms to Israel. Video by Paul Hanes

  • Over 300 Survivors and Descendants of Survivors of Victims of the Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel’s Assault on Gaza

    327 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide have signed this letter written in response to Elie Wiesel’s manipulation of the Nazi Genocide to attempt to justify the attacks on Gaza

  • Stop Nato setting fire to the world - protest on August 30

    The deranged expansionist policies of Nato are implicated in the wars in Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq argues Chris Nineham

  • Palestine solidarity: boycotting Israel and anti-Semitism

    Reuben Bard-Rosenberg: the Palestine solidarity movement must remain intolerant of anti-Semitism - but the claim that anti-Semitism is a dominant or generalised feature needs to be exposed as the falsehood that it is

  • Interview with Tariq Ali: Israel, Palestine, ISIS and Obama's Iraq strategy

    In this interview, Tariq Ali discusses the recent Israel, Palestine, the BDS movment, the rise of ISIS, and Obama’s commitment to long-term US involvement in Iraq.

  • Farsi: John Rees radio interview - the road from Jerusalem to Cairo

  • Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

    Old wine, broken bottle

    Attempts by the likes of Ari Shavit to defend Israeli policy in Palestine wear ever thinner, as shown by Norman Finkelstein’s robust critique in Old Wine, Broken Bottle, finds Rohan Bundell

  • Israel and the unmaking of Palestinian society

    Gaza strip demolished building

    The Israeli government appears to have gone beyond its previous policy of keeping Gaza on the brink of collapse and adopted a policy aimed at unmaking Palestinian society in Gaza

  • Why are British people so angry over Gaza?

    London Protestors

    Lindsey German explains why people are on the streets over Gaza. There is a deep and longstanding movement in solidarity with the Palestinians, and anger over the British government's complicity with Israeli crimes

  • The Guardian and media power: It’s not just about the money

    Guardian advert

    Des Freedman on the outrageous advertisement run by the Guardian accusing Palestinian resistance fighters of 'sacrificing children'

  • Sign the letter condemning The Guardian advert branding those opposing Israel in Gaza as 'child killers'

  • Setting the record straight for the Guardian

    Guardian advert

    The Guardian has published a wildly inaccurate and inflammatory advert from supporters of the Israeli state branding the Palestinian resistance as 'child killers'. Activists respond

  • Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?

    Palestinian Hamas supporters march in support of the people of the Gaza Strip in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 2012. Photo by AP

    Sean Ledwith looks at the origins of Hamas and its role as an expression of popular Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation

  • Liveblog: march for Gaza - August 9

    Images, video and tweets from the ongoing protests against Israel's Gaza onslaught

  • Swedish: Palestine: the only solution is now the one state solution

    Swedish translation of 'Palestine: the only solution is now the one state solution' by John Rees

  • From Gaza to Ukraine: unite opposition to Britain's warmongering elite

    Blair and Cameron at the Cenotaph. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

    Lindsey German: the Gaza protests, BDS boycotts, the campaign to break the UK government's links with Israel and the anti Nato protests are all connected - we need a joined up opposition

  • Farsi: The agony of Gaza - Neil Faulkner

    Farsi translation of 'The agony of Gaza' by Neil Faulkner

  • Einstein’s theory

    Albert Einstein

    Charles B. Anthony: I for one will not let Israel hijack my family’s religion and culture in order to propagate the myth that coexistence between Muslims and Jews is not possible

  • Warsi resignation: another crack in support for Israel

     Baroness Warsi left a message on Twitter following her resignation Photo: AFP/Getty

    Faduma Hassan: Warsi’s resignation is a political crisis for Cameron -  one of his most high profile female members has openly questioned his government's policy on Gaza

  • Spanish: Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

    Spanish translation of '' by John Rees

  • Farsi: Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution - John Rees

    Translation of 'Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution' by John Rees

  • Gaza: has Israel been defeated by its own brutality?

    Israeli soldiers returning from Gaza - 3 August 2014. Photo: Reuters

    Despite the enormous cost in Palestinian lives, the Israeli state is losing in every dimension of its struggle to crush Gaza argues John Rees

  • Petition: Suspend the Israeli Football Association's FIFA membership

    Membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) should be suspended until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally

  • National demonstration for Gaza: London, Saturday 9 August

    Gaza protest on 19 July 2014

    Growing disquiet is emerging amongst Britain's political elite over Israel's actions. We can change our government's policy - but we need the largest ever UK demonstration for Gaza

  • Eyes on the prize: building the largest ever protest for Palestine on 9 August

    John Rees speaks on making next weekend's London Protest for Gaza the largest protest for Palestine ever. Video by Shahrzad Shemirani‎

  • Our message to the government: end your complicity in Gaza massacre

    Gaza protest on 19 July 2014. By Ricardo Esteban Pineda

    A ceasefire is not enough - we need to step up the boycott, end the siege and fight for a free Palestine argues Lindsey German in today’s Morning Star

  • They’re both as bad as each other. This is not a moment to pick sides*

    A Palestinian relative of the eight members of a family killed in an airstrike cries as he carries the body of a baby. Photograph: AFP / Getty

    The narrative of equals is a sham. Only in the realms of superb fantasy can a child killer be measured in the same breath as the child he killed writes Charles B. Anthony

  • Gaza: parity and the reporting of a massacre

    Members of the Abid Raboh family mourn the death of a child killed by shelling, during funerals in Jabaliya near Gaza City. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

    Regardless of hypothetical murderous intentions on both sides, the facts are that only one side is bombing a condensed civilian population with F-16 fighter jets writes Barnaby Raine

  • The Fire Brigades Union statement deplores horrific attacks on Gaza

    The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire. The union sends our support, solidarity and sympathy to all those affected by the conflict, including the families of the victims.

  • Tariq Ali: a defining moment for Palestinian resistance

    Tariq Ali

    In this lecture, Tariq Ali argues that Israel faces a new wave of resistance from Palestinians

  • Protesting against Israel's attack on Gaza: anti-Semitism?

     National demonstration in London

    Israeli MPs and European supporters of Israel claim that pro-Palestinian marches are rife with anti-Semitism. But is it true?

  • The Holocaust and Israel

    Jewish survivors of the Nazi concentration camps in Europe still wear the signs of their ordeal on their tattered clothing at the new immigrants' reception camp November 4, 1944 at Atlit, during the British Mandate of Palestine

    It is one of the most tragic cases in history that an oppressed nation like the Jews, have imposed oppression and barbarism on another nation – the Palestinians, writes Tony Cliff in this 1998 article

  • Petition: BBC - Organise debate on Israel-Palestine coverage

    We ask now that the BBC produce a televised, public debate to discuss how to redress the deficiencies in its coverage to offer a better account of the sources of this conflict and therefore how it might be resolved.

  • Video: John Rees - speech to #GazaJ26 protest in London's Parliament Square

    John Rees argues that the key to ending Israel's war against the Palestinians lies in forcing their backers in Washington and London to stop funding, arming and supporting the apartheid state

  • Noura Erakat: Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

    Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more

  • Venezuela Shows Solidarity with Palestine

    The government of Venezuela, led by President Nicolas Maduro, has decried Israelli forces’ incursion into Gaza and called for the UN to condemn Israel over its recent wave of aggression. President Nicolas Maduro described the assault, which has claimed over 350 lives, to as a stepping up of a policy of “extermination.”

  • NUJ solidarity with Palestinian journalists in Gaza: add your support

    As the Israeli military operation intensifies in Gaza, the NUJ parliamentary group has written to the UK government’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, demanding immediate action to secure the protection of journalists reporting in Gaza. Add your support.

  • Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

    John Rees on how the latest Israeli war on Gaza demonstrates where the solution to the conflict lies

  • Israel's invasion: a pre-planned atrocity

    An Israeli rocket is fired into the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday

    The politicians and the media may look the other way as Israel commits its atrocities, but there is now a huge global movement against Israeli aggression says Chris Nineham

  • Thousands besiege Israeli embassy in protest at war on Gaza

    An emergency demonstration against Israel's illegal war on Gaza saw the streets outside the embassy blocked by 10,000 angry protestors. A national demonstration has been called for 19 July

  • Protest against Israel's Prawer plan

    Stop the JNF banner at the protest

    Activists protest at Israeli embassy against the 'Prawer Plan' - the ethnic cleansing of 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins. Ellen Graubart reports

  • Israel's flagrant disregard of decency, humanity and justice in Gaza

    GazaWe need a different kind of boycott that will make Israel realize, just as South Africa once had to, that it must change, and that there will be a penalty for war against Palestinian civilians

  • Israel's illegal act of war threatens to inflame the region far beyond the borders of Syria

    It is highly likely that the US will have been notified about these attacks in advance and they are part of a growing campaign of intervention in the civil war in Syria

  • Beyond Occupation

    Beyond Occupation is an important book that gives the reader rigorous and detailed arguments showing Israel’s colonial treatment of the Occupied Territories, argues Lindy Syson

  • Israel attack on Syria: a dangerous escalation of a widening conflict

    NetanyahuLindsey German: With Israel's attack on Syria, a key Iranian ally and the West's growing intervention in North Africa, the geographical reach of war is widening dangerously

  • Not Dancing with Israeli Apartheid - Plymouth style

    Torn batsheva ticketsProtesters have greeted every booking of Israeli dance company Batsheva’s European tour. Its final appearances, at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal on 23 and 24 November, were no exception

  • Gaza ceasefire: how the Arab revolutions have weakened Israel

    Gazans celebratePalestinians are celebrating on the streets as Israel is forced to declare a ceasefire - further evidence that the Arab revolutions have drastically changed the political landscape argues John Rees

  • Gaza, Israel and the Arab revolutions: why this time it's different

    The Gaza crisis shows that those among the Syrian opposition who have put their faith in the Western powers are now allied to the forces intent on murdering Gazans and sustaining Israel

  • Stop the new Israeli assault on Gaza

    Israel has initiated a new war on the Palestinians in the Gaza strip writes Alex Snowdon

  • Dinnae Dance with Israeli apartheid

    Sairah Tariq makes the case for joining the protest against the Israeli state-sponsored Batsheva dance company this Thursday, Friday and Saturday

    At this year’s prestigious Edinburgh International Festival (EiF) Israeli-state sponsored Batsheva Dance Company, who work within the Brand Israel project of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), will be performing over three nights from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September and will then embark on a UK wide tour.

    Art and politics are not separate in this case as the MFA has stated Batsheva is ‘the best global ambassador of Israeli culture’. The dance company receives funding from the MFA which tries to draw attention to Israeli arts as to negate the focus from conflict and occupation of Palestine. As Arye Mekel of Israeli’s MFA has said ‘We send well-known novelists and writers overseas, theatre companies, exhibits…This way you show Israeli’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war’.

    The Jewish Chronicle has reported that an Israel’s Minister of Sports and Culture, Limor Livnat, will be attending one of the three performances, this politicises the Batsheva performances despite the director of EiF’s repeated attempts to deny the link between the dance company and the Israeli Government. An open letter was published in the Herald yesterday signed by writers and artists including Liz Lochhead, Iain Banks, Tom Leonard, AL Kennedy and Raja Shehadeh condemning Jonathon Mills, director of EiF, refusal to cancel the performances.

    Hana Awaad of El Funoun, one of Palestine’s dance troupes, encapsulates Israel’s cultural apartheid well when she states:

    ‘While Israeli artists and performers have freedom to tour, exhibits and performances by Palestinian artists are systematically banned, sabotaged and closed down by the Israeli occupation. Artists themselves are targets of violence, arbitrary arrests and deportations. Israeli’s three-tiered system of occupation, colonisation and apartheid ruthlessly suffocates the livelihoods of Palestinian communities, including the right to artistic and cultural expression’.

    The boycott of Batsheva is a response to The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) which calls for a boycott of all cultural performers and exhibiters that are institutionally linked to the Israeli state. It is part of a broader Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign called in 2005 by over 200 Palestinian civil society organisations. These campaigns allow individuals, organisations and festival organisers across the world to take a stand against Zionism. Israel has illegally occupied Palestine since 1948, with the Palestinians living under brutal conditions. We should not welcome Batsheva Dance Company who receives its funding from a state that practices apartheid and suppresses Palestinian culture. Challenge their presence and join the protests on the following dates to take a stand against Brand Israel.

    6pm Thursday 30 August

    7pm Friday 31 August

    7pm Saturday 1 September at Edinburgh Playhouse on Leith Walk

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    Last week I visited the occupied West Bank, as part of a trip organised by Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association, meeting with Palestinian activists, teachers and others in several different cities and towns. One day was devoted to the district of Qalqilya which we in Tyneside have an embryonic link with (one I hope we can develop and strengthen in the months and years ahead).

    All of us in the group responded very warmly to Qalqilya - there's something about the mix of welcoming locals, a lively atmosphere, tree-lined roads in the city centre, and admiration for the incredible stoicism and determination of people living there. They are faced with many of the worst elements of life under Israeli occupation.

    If you look at any map showing the location of settlements and the separation wall you will see what I mean. There’s a particular concentration of illegal Israeli settlements around Qalqilya. This is one reason, too, why the wall is so remorselessly dominant in the area - it totally encircles Qalqilya, designed to ‘protect’ the Israeli settlers and to enforce strict segregation between relatively privileged settlers and the local Palestinian population.

    The wall carves up the land, often separating Palestinians from their own farms or fields, splitting up families, or making it arduous for people to reach where they work or study every day. Even a brief visit to the West Bank makes it abundantly clear why many people talk of ‘Israeli apartheid’, and why the wall and the settlements are together regarded as a process of colonisation, encroaching deep into Palestinian territory.

    A lot of Palestinian land has been stolen to build the settlements, which loomed over us in the hills as we approached. We passed roads that Palestinians could once travel on, but are now reserved exclusively for settlers. We saw fields where olive trees had been hacked down by settlers, damaging Palestinians' agriculture (and deliberately insulting the farmers who depend on the land).

    There are two further factors at work here. Firstly, Israel wants control of the plentiful water supplies in the area. It has set about systematically controlling and re-directing water so it supplies the settlements, while Palestinians lose much of their access to what should be their natural resources. This makes Qalqilya economically significant for Israel.

    Secondly, it is a frontier town, located on the border between Israel and the West Bank. This reinforces Israel’s desire to tightly control it - and some of those we met locally speculated that Israeli authorities ultimately want to shift the border so it is in fact absorbed  as part of Israel itself.

    Traditionally many local Palestinians have travelled across the border to work. There was a time when the large majority of the local population worked for Israeli companies. The local economy is weak, but people have previously benefited from access to jobs in Israel.

    But this has become tougher, partly as a result of discrimination and partly because workers must walk through a horribly intimidating military checkpoint to get to work. Sometimes the Israeli army make Palestinians wait… and wait. We went to two major border checkpoints and they are a vivid, sometimes humiliating, reminder of Israeli control and power, as well as a source of practical inconvenience.

    The people talked to us of Qalqilya as an open (or not so open) prison, an indiscriminate collective punishment of a whole population. In our group we observed a higher security presence than anywhere else we visited, frequently seeing Israeli soldiers and Palestian police (who in reality are powerless, except as compliant agents of the occupation). It is a place dominated by checkpoints, terminals and the ever-present wall. It captures so much of what is grotesque and unjust about Israel’s occupation.

    There are also high levels of poverty and unemployment. Generally, a high proportion of the West Bank’s young people go to university, but a large number of them struggle to find work. High graduate unemployment is a problem in Qalqilya as elsewhere.

    It’s an area where people are so desperate to find work, an estimated 2000 Palestinians locally - according to a trade union official we met - currently work on settlements (primarily in construction). The union council said they may hate doing a job that serves the Israeli colonisation of their land - and they get treated poorly, with no rights and often appalling health and safety - but they feel there’s no alternative.

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    We met a young graduate who can't find work, but who has just started getting organised with other recent graduates. They set up a Facebook group on life in Qalqilya, calling for jobs, opportunities and justice, which attracted several hundred mainly local young people in the space of a week. The union activists we met are evidently struggling, but they still represent thousands of workers and are admirably determined.

    A number of people fiercely criticised the Palestinian Authority - its corruption, its political impotence, its collaboration with Israeli occupation. One aspect of this is the way Ramallah, home of the PA and thousands of its employees, has drawn people towards it, away from places like Qalqilya which suffer the worst effects of segregation and colonisation policies. Economic desperation, combined with restrictions on movement and freedom, has led some people to leave.

    This long-running disastisfaction was largely responsible for Hamas doing especially well in the 2006 elections. The Palestinian Authority is perceived as complying meekly with occupation policies, a consequence of the rotten deal that resulted from the Oslo negotiations in the 1990s and the reluctance of Fatah - the dominant force in the PA - to think beyond its imposed limitations.

    What we can do, meanwhile, is to let people know what's really happening in this corner of the world, promote solidarity actions like the continuing boycott campaign, and establish connections (in whatever way possible) between ourselves and the people of Qalqilya who are fighting to get by, persisting with the struggle for freedom and continuing to believe - despite relentless Israeli attrition - that justice for Palestine is possible.

    Also see my 'Letter from Palestine: life under occupation'

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    Shir Hever, a radical Israeli economist, recently wrote an article which posed the question: ‘Why does Israel continue to occupy the Palestinians?’ That is also one of the major questions addressed in his new book, an ambitious work on the political economy of the occupation.

    Hever is an academic/activist on the Israeli Left with a consistently critical perspective on the Israeli state. As a researcher based at Jerusalem’s Alternative Information Centre, he is able to draw on a wealth of sources for this tremendously well-informed account of the economic dynamics of the Israeli occupation.

    He provides an invaluable historical perspective, tracing developments since 1967, when Israel massively expanded its occupation of Palestinian land. Perhaps surprisingly considering the topic, Hever’s book is highly accessible to those who don’t specialise in economics.

    The analysis seeks to address some important questions: why is it that Palestinians in the Occupied Territories live in such awful poverty? Does Israel benefit from Palestinian poverty, and if so how? A great strength here is Hever’s skilful avoidance of simplification. The focus is on ‘the economic aspects of the relations between the Israeli authorities and the occupied Palestinians’, noting that these are frequently neglected yet just as important as military and geopolitical aspects.

    Nonetheless, he rejects the reductionist, over-simplistic idea that Israel is driven to maintain its occupation solely by economic factors, narrowly conceived. The reality is more complex. He insists that that ‘profit alone cannot explain the actions of the many actors perpetuating or resisting the occupation.’

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  • The Observer, Sunday 22 August 2010

    It was a single word scrawled on a wall at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that unlocked something deep inside Inbar Michelzon, two years after she had completed compulsory military service in the Israeli Defence Force.

    The word was "occupation". "I really felt like someone was speaking the unspoken," she recalled last week in a Tel Aviv cafe. "It was really shocking to me. There was graffiti saying, 'end the occupation'. And I felt like, OK, now I can talk about what I saw."

    Michelzon became one of a handful of former Israeli servicewomen who have spoken out about their military experiences, a move that has brought accusations of betrayal and disloyalty. It is impossible to know how representative their testimonies are, but they provide an alternative picture of the "most moral army in the world", as the IDF describes itself.

    Concerns about Israeli army culture were raised last week following thepublication on Facebook of photographs of a servicewoman posing alongside blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinians. The images were reminiscent of the Abu Ghraib scandal in Iraq. But the former soldier, Eden Abergil, said she didn't understand what was wrong with the pictures, which were described by the IDF as "ugly and callous".

    Israel is unique in enlisting women at the age of 18 into two years of compulsory military service. The experience can be brutalising for the 10% who serve in the occupied territories, as Michelzon did.

    "I left the army with a ticking bomb in my belly," she said. "I felt I saw the backyard of Israel. I saw something that people don't speak about. It's almost like I know a dirty secret of a nation and I need to speak out."

    Michelzon, now 29, began her military service in September 2000, just when the second intifada was breaking out. "I joined the army with a very idealistic point of view - I really wanted to serve my country." She was posted to Erez, the crossing between Israel and theGaza Strip, to work in the radio control room.

    "There was a lot of tension, a lot of shootings and suicide bombings," she said. "Little by little you understand the rules of the game. You need to make it hard for the Arabs - that's the main rule - because they are the enemy."

    She cited a routine example of a Palestinian woman waiting at the crossing. Michelzon called her officer, asking permission to allow the woman through. She was told to make such a request once the woman had been kept waiting for hours. "I felt very alone in the army. I couldn't talk about the things I felt were misplaced," she said. "I didn't have strong views but I felt uncomfortable about the talk, about soldiers hitting Arabs and laughing. I thought everyone else was normal and I was the one who wasn't. I felt an outsider to the group experience."

    At the end of her service, in June 2002, Michelzon said she felt the need to escape and took off to India. "I went through a breakdown little by little," she said. It was only when she returned to enrol in university, and two years of therapy, that she began to consider her "duty" to speak out. She also came across Breaking the Silence, an organisation of army veterans who publish testimonies from former soldiers on life in the occupied territories to stimulate debate about the "moral price" of the occupation.

    Michelzon gave evidence to the group and two years ago appeared in a documentary,To See If I'm Smiling, about the experiences of young women in the army. The film, she said, was criticised by all sides. The left focused on "the bad things we did and not on the fact that we wanted to start a discussion. We wanted to put up a mirror and tell Israeli society to look itself in the eyes.

    "From the right, the reaction was, why are you doing this to your own people? Do you hate your country? But I did it because I love my country. We had to fight to say we want to talk about the political situation."

    The psychological impact of military service on women is undeniable, according to the testimonies of Michelzon and others, particularly those who serve in the occupied territories. "If you want to survive as a woman in the army, you have to be manly," she said. "There is no room for feeling. It's like a competition to see who can be tougher. A lot of the time girls are trying to be more aggressive than the guys."

    Her experience is echoed by that of Dana Golan, who served in the West Bank city of Hebron in 2001-02 as one of about 25 women among 300 male soldiers. Like Michelzon, Golan only spoke out after finishing her service. "If I had raised my anxieties, it would have been seen as a weakness," she said.

    Golan, now 27, said the "most shaky moment" of her military service came during a search for weapons in a Palestinian home. The family were awoken at 2am by soldiers who "turned their whole house inside out". No weapons were found. The small children of the house were terrified, she recalled. "I thought, what would I feel if I was this four-year-old kid? How would I grow up? At that moment it occurred to me that sometimes we're doing things that just create victims. To be a good occupier, we have to create conflict."

    On a separate occasion she witnessed soldiers stealing from a Palestinian electronics shop. She tried to report it, only to be told "there were things I shouldn't interfere with".

    She said that she also saw elderly Palestinians being humiliated on the streets, "and I thought these could be my parents or grandparents".

    Israel is discomfited by these testimonies, she said, partly because of the universality of military service. "We grew up believing the IDF is the most moral army in the world. Everyone knows people serving in the army. Now when I say we are doing immoral things, I am talking about your sister or your daughter. People do not want to hear."

    The IDF is proud that 90% of its roles are open equally to men and women. "Serving in a combat unit where you have daily contact with people who might do you harm is not easy - you have to be tough," said Captain Arye Shalicar, an army spokesman. "It's not only a female thing, it's the same for everyone. In the end, a combat unit is a combat unit. Sometimes things happen, not every deed is 100% correct or fair." The army, he said, has procedures for reporting misdeeds which soldiers are encouraged to follow.

    Both Michelzon and Golan have no regrets about speaking out. "For two years I saw people suffering and I didn't do anything - and that's really scary," said Michelzon. "At the end, it felt like the army betrayed me - they used me, I couldn't recognise myself. What we call protecting our country is destroying lives."

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    > STOP THE WAR COALITION
    > 31 May 2010
    > Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    > Tel: 020 7801 2768
    > Web: http://stopwar.org.uk
    > Twitter: http://twitter.com/STWuk
    >
    > ISRAELIS KILL 10 STORMING GAZA FLOTILLA
    > EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION TODAY
    > MONDAY 31 MAY 2.00PM DOWNING STREET LONDON
    > SPREAD THE WORD
    >
    > Yet another act of Israeli barbarism as its forces storm one of the
    > seven ships on the international flotilla taking aid to Gaza, where
    > Israel's illegal seige is starving Palestinians of essential
    > resources. At least ten activists on board have been killed by
    > Israeli forces.
    >
    > Please join the emergency demonstration today if you can. Publicise
    > it as widely as possible.
    >
    > See video of Israeli assault from Turkish televison: http://bit.ly/aKExFf
    > For updates see: http://bit.ly/bg5gIu
    >
    > CONTACT FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE & YOUR MP
    >
    > PROTEST TO FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE:
    > EMAIL:
    > This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND/OR
    > This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    > LETTER TO:
    > William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, King Charles Street, London,
    > SW1A 2AH
    >
    > CONTACT YOUR MP: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk
    > Ask him/her to contact Hague on your behalf
    >
    > CONTACT DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NICK CLEGG
    > EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    > LETTER TO: Nick Clegg MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
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    Sent from my iPhone so please excuse any spelling mistakes (or
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