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  • Racist Israeli Student Union condemned

    demonstrators outside Zefat Academic CollegeUK student leaders have condemned the decision by Zefat Academic College to effectively prevent Palestinians from standing for student union president

  • The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel

    Ilan Pappé exposes the undemocratic and racist character of the Israeli state, not only providing shocking detail of the persecution of Israeli Palestinians, but also a history of that community’s strategies of resistance.

  • Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy

    A tightly-argued book on the oppression of Palestinians living in Israel reveals the imperialist background of the Israeli style of apartheid, argues Joe Glenton.

  • Israel kills children in Gaza air strikes

    12 year old killed by Israeli raidThe Israeli occupation army killed 13 Palestinians and injured 21 in a series of airstrikes on Friday (9 March). They bombed civilians, including children, in a series of air strikes on the Gaza Strip - in Gaza city, Rafah, Nusirat and Jabalya.

  • Rafeef, Ben and Mbuyiseni on Israeli Apartheid Week

    RafeefIsraeli Apartheid Week has grown since its beginnings in 2005, Frank Barat speaks to Rafeef, Ben and Mbuyiseni about what apartheid means in the Palestinian context and Israel's reaction to IAW.

  • Israel's Anti-Boycott Law: a response to growing international campaign

    Joseph DanaThe Israeli state is getting increasingly worried about the impact of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Joseph Dana talks to Frank Barat about the recent Anti-Boycott Law passed in Israel.

  • Gaza Letters - Commemorating Israel's Massacre on Gaza

    clipVideo of an event organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to commemorate Israel's operation Cast Lead in which over 1,500 Palestinians civilians were killed.

  • Israeli troops murder activist Mustafa Tamimi then attack mourners at his funeral

    Mustafa TamimiMustafa, a 28 year old Palestinian activist, died on Saturday morning after being critically injured when a tear gas canister was shot directly at his face. Israeli troops then attacked the mourners at his funeral.

  • Remi Kanazi - 'This poem will not end apartheid', London, 12.11.11

    VIEW IN HD Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop.
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  • 'Israel's 'response' to the Eilat bus shootings' - An Interview with Max Blumenthal - 19.8.11

    Max discusses Israel's 'response' to the recent bus shootings in Eilat Interviewer: Frank Barat, human rights activist Check out Max's work here: maxblumenthal.com
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  • 'Current social movements in Israel' - An Interview with Max Blumenthal - 19.8.11

    Max speaks about the recent 'social justice revolution' in Tel-Aviv Interviewer: Frank Barat, human rights activist Check out Max's work here: maxblumenthal.com
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  • Video: Israel flag removed from Cairo embassy by protestors

    'On August 20, 2011 Egyptians mobilized for a demonstration in front of the Israeli Embassy demanding the removal of the flag and for the ambassador to leave. After hours of flag-burning trials, a man called "Ahmed El-Shahat" managed to climb the embassy building and remove the Israeli flag and replace it with the Egyptian one.' The Guardian has background HERE.



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  • International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organisation pulls out of Israel

    After extensive lobbying and boycott threats from the UK and around the world, the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organisation has withdrawn its annual conference from Israel.

  • Greg Philo - 'Do the Media Aid Israel?' London, 23.5.11

    The BBC's former Middle East correspondent, Tim Llewellyn, joins Greg Philo, Research Director of the Glasgow Media Group, and Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, to discuss the mainstream media's coverage of Palestine and Israel.
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  • Tim Llewellyn - 'Do the Media Aid Israel?' London, 23.5.11

    The BBC's former Middle East correspondent, Tim Llewellyn, joins Greg Philo, Research Director of the Glasgow Media Group, and Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, to discuss the mainstream media's coverage of Palestine and Israel. Do newspaper and television reporting favour one narrative over the other? How does this influence public perception and is real damage done to the Palestinians' hopes for justice? What pressure do journalists come under from their news organisations when trying to report the facts from the Occupied Territories? Tim Llewellyn was the BBC's Middle East correspondent for 10 years and speaks with an insider's knowledge of the tension between reporters on the ground and their more cautious management teams in London. Abdel Bari Atwan was born in Gaza, Palestine but has lived in London since 1979. He has been the editor of London-based al-Quds al-Arabi, an independent, pan-Arab daily newspaper since 1989. He is the author of The Secret History of al-Qa'ida, and A Country of Words, his memoir. Greg Philo is the co-author of Bad News from Israel (2004) and More Bad News from Israel (May 2011). Both books contain meticulous research from the Glasgow Media Group revealing how the language, tone and agenda of news reports result in a dangerously misleading view of the Occupation amongst the general public.
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  • Abdel Bari Atwan - 'Do the Media Aid Israel?' London, 23.5.11

    The BBC's former Middle East correspondent, Tim Llewellyn, joins Greg Philo, Research Director of the Glasgow Media Group, and Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, to discuss the mainstream media's coverage of Palestine and Israel. Do newspaper and television reporting favour one narrative over the other? How does this influence public perception and is real damage done to the Palestinians' hopes for justice? What pressure do journalists come under from their news organisations when trying to report the facts from the Occupied Territories? Tim Llewellyn was the BBC's Middle East correspondent for 10 years and speaks with an insider's knowledge of the tension between reporters on the ground and their more cautious management teams in London. Abdel Bari Atwan was born in Gaza, Palestine but has lived in London since 1979. He has been the editor of London-based al-Quds al-Arabi, an independent, pan-Arab daily newspaper since 1989. He is the author of The Secret History of al-Qa'ida, and A Country of Words, his memoir. Greg Philo is the co-author of Bad News from Israel (2004) and More Bad News from Israel (May 2011). Both books contain meticulous research from the Glasgow Media Group revealing how the language, tone and agenda of news reports result in a dangerously misleading view of the Occupation amongst the general public.
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  • Greg Philo - 'More Bad News from Israel'

    Greg Philo speaks comes to SOAS to speak about his news book, 'More Bad News from Israel' which looks at the media coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
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  • Ilan Pappé: The Second Intifada and the Israeli media

    The limited public space available to question the Zionist narrative in the 1990s disappears as the Israeli media adopts an entirely uncritical perspective.

  • Interview with Norman Finkelstein: ‘Israel has bigger problems than me’

    The American scholar Norman Finkelstein talks to Elias Stoakes about Hezbollah, Israeli fears of the Arab revolutions and the criticism he receives from various quarters.

  • Khirbet Khizeh - A story from Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine

    The first English translation of the classic novel of the Nakba, Khirbet Khizeh, has just been published by Granta. It is a powerful story of the real cost of the creation of the state of Israel.

  • Ali Abunimah & David Cronin: Israeli apartheid and beyond - video

    Two of the foremost analysts on the Middle East Conflict speak about the struggle against Israeli Apartheid in a talk chaired by Oxford academic Dr Karma Nabulsi and hosted by Palestine Solidarity Campaign and KCL Action Palestine.

  • Ali Abunimah: Israeli Apartheid & Beyond. 24.3.11, London

    In a talk chaired by Oxford academic Dr Karma Nabulsi, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and KCL Action Palestine hosted two of the foremost analysts on the Middle East Conflict: Ali Abunimah - After Apartheid: Getting to justice and equality in Palestine - Journalist, author and co-founder and executive director of Electronic Intifada www.electronicintifada.net David Cronin -- Europe's Complicity with Israeli Apartheid - Journalist, author and Brussels correspondent of Inter Press Service news agency dvcronin.blogspot.com Cronin was recently in the news after he attempted to perform a citizen's arrest on Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: www.youtube.com
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  • David Cronin: Israeli apartheid and beyond. 24.3.11, London

    In a talk chaired by Oxford academic Dr Karma Nabulsi, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and KCL Action Palestine hosted two of the foremost analysts on the Middle East Conflict: Ali Abunimah - After Apartheid: Getting to justice and equality in Palestine - Journalist, author and co-founder and executive director of Electronic Intifada www.electronicintifada.net David Cronin -- Europe's Complicity with Israeli Apartheid - Journalist, author and Brussels correspondent of Inter Press Service news agency dvcronin.blogspot.com Cronin was recently in the news after he attempted to perform a citizen's arrest on Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: www.youtube.com
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  • Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation

    David Cronin provides an indispensable account of Europe’s complicity with Israeli crimes in the occupied territories.

  • Qalqilya: frontline of Israeli colonisation

    The Wall at QalqilyaLast 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).

  • Qalqilya: frontline of Israeli colonisation

    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.

    None of this means the situation is hopeless. A good example was the local response, in a small town nearby, to the army’s brutal killing of a 16 year old boy around two years ago, when they intervened in support of settlers who had an altercation with the boy. A health union organiser who lives there told us that since the killing the local population has prevented any of the settlers from entering their town centre, swiftly gathering to collectively rebuff them if they dare try to enter the town.

    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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  • Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel

    The account of the progress of Pappe’s research into the events of 1948, and the reception of the ‘New History’ in Israel in the 1990s and 2000s is placed in the context of a wider analysis of Zionist ideology, of the history of Palestine, and of the creation and development of the Israeli state.

  • Lowkey - Remembering Israel's War on Gaza. 18.1.11

    Speakers and supporters come together to commemorate Israel's war on Gaza, 2 years on. Between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, over 1400 Palestinians were killed by Israel in a brutal and illegal attack on the Gaza Strip, destroying lives and infrastructure. Two years on, Gaza's infrastructure has still not been repaired due to Israel's blockade. Families are still living in tents. UN schools are unable to rebuild as Israel blocks concrete and building supplies. Play in HD for best results
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  • Lowkey rap: Long Live Palestine - Remembering Israel's War on Gaza. 18.1.11

    Speakers and supporters come together to commemorate Israel's war on Gaza, 2 years on. Between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, over 1400 Palestinians were killed by Israel in a brutal and illegal attack on the Gaza Strip, destroying lives and infrastructure. Two years on, Gaza's infrastructure has still not been repaired due to Israel's blockade. Families are still living in tents. UN schools are unable to rebuild as Israel blocks concrete and building supplies. Play in HD for best results
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  • Jody McIntyre - Remembering Israel's War on Gaza. 18.1.11

    Speakers and supporters come together to commemorate Israel's was on Gaza, 2 years on. Between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, over 1400 Palestinians were killed by Israel in a brutal and illegal attack on the Gaza Strip, destroying lives and infrastructure. Two years on, Gaza's infrastructure has still not been repaired due to Israel's blockade. Families are still living in tents. UN schools are unable to rebuild as Israel blocks concrete and building supplies.
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  • The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

    Tony Cliff

    Shortly after leaving Palestine in 1945, Tony Cliff wrote this seminal article about the foundations of Israel and Western imperial intervention in the Middle East. He locates hope for the future in the workers and the poor across the region.

  • Gilbert Achcar, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

    The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of NarrativesGilbert Achcar's book is convincing in its deconstruction and refutation of many aspects of the dominant Zionist narrative, argues Joseph Daher.

  • Antony Loewenstein on Israel, Palestine and the peace talks

    Interview with the scholar and author Antony Loewenstein speaking about the current peace talks. Loewenstein helped to found Independent Australian Jewish Voices, has had bestselling books that are very critical of Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians and has written for The Guardian, Haaretz, The Sydney Morning Herald, Democracy Now and Al Jazeera.
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  • The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation

    Shir Hever's analysis attempts to answer important questions such as why the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories live in poverty, and whether Israel benefits from their condition.

  • The political economy of Israel's occupation

    My new review of Shir Hever's book 'The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation':

    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 Road to Gaza: Use of chemical weapons by Israel

    The effects of the use of chemical weapons on a civilian population during the Israeli assault on Gaza.
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  • Hillary Clinton: Israel is making it more difficult for the US to deal with Iran

    Hillarty Clinton at AIPACIts worth persevering to read all Hillary Clinton's recent speech to the Zionist lobby organisation, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). If you push through the inches deep praise that she heeps on Israel there is something significant being said here.

  • Lost at Sea: Israel and international law

    Israeli Pirate flagIn rejecting UN and EU proposals for an independent inquiry into the Gaza Flotilla Incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that “it would create a problematic precedent” - that Israel is accountable to the international community and is subject to international law.

  • The attack on the Mavi Marmara: Turkey, Israel and the Middle East crisis

    Mavi MarmaraIsrael's attack on Mavi Marmara could become one of those emblematic incidents that mark a milestone in world politics. Susil Gupta looks at the implications for Turkey and the wider region.

  • Boycotts can hit Israel where it hurts

    flotilla protestThe widespread outrage at Israel's deadly assult on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, leading to at least 9 deaths and the detention of hundreds of activists, is galvanising millions of people to ask how they can help bring justice for Palestine.

  • Nakba: Tony Cliff on the roots of Israel’s violence

    Israeli troopsIn 1948 zionist militias launched a war that turned thousands of Palestinians into permanent refugees. Alex Snowdon introduces an account by Jewish socialist and anti-zionist Tony Cliff.

  • Israel, apartheid and the settlements

    apartheid wallDespite being commonly described as “the only democracy in the middle east”, Israel is an apartheid state designed to dominate the lives of Palestinians.

  • Israel: boycott, divestment and sanctions

    There's an excellent article, Turning up the heat on a serial abuser, about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns aimed at Israel.