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  • Tower Hamlets ban should be a wake up call on Palestine

    The Big Ride rally. Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    The IHRA definition is being used to stifle Palestine activism, exactly as activists had warned it would, report Chris Nineham and Sybil Cock

  • The Big Ride for Palestine

    The Big Ride for Palestine, July 27th 2019. Photo: Jess Hurd

    A personal account of a magnificent day of solidarity and internationalism from Orlando da Rocha Hill

  • Israel's attacks on the Palestinians started before any rockets

    IDF paratroopers during a training exercise. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Israel is not acting in self-defence, it's the Palestinian people who are under attack and we need to stand with them, argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Gaza under attack: why we must stand up for Palestine

    Protesters teargassed at Gaza border. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Israel's deadly assault on Gaza on the weekend should be a reminder to all that solidarity with Palestine is urgent, argues Thomas Gibbs

  • The weaponising of antisemitism

    crowds demonstrating

    The smears against Corbyn and the left are part of a concerted effort to undermine a potential left government and must be opposed, argues Alex Snowdon

  • March for Palestine: exist, resist, return

    National demonstration for Gaza, July 2014. Photo: Ricardo Esteban Pineda

    11 May is the mobilisation that the movement’s been waiting for, reports Sybil Cock

  • Time to talk about Palestine

    Dome of the Rock

    In the first of a monthly series, Sybil Cock lays out what Palestine solidarity must look like in practice 

  • Israeli Eurovision boycott: let the battle begin 

    Israel's winning Eurovision performer Netta Barzilai performs at the contest on 12 May 2018. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    With the contest taking place in Tel Aviv this year, we must supercharge campaigners’ demands for a full boycott, argues Dave Randall

  • They've got to go! General election now - Counterfire freesheet January 2019

    Tory Brexit crisis, the fightback against austerity, Eurovision boycott campaign, Trump and Syria, remembering Rosa Luxemburg, Yellow Vests and protests across Europe in this month's Counterfire Freesheet

  • Operation Cast Lead: the 22 day massacre in Gaza

    Stop bombing Gaza national demonstration, 10 January 2009. Photo: Flickr/STML

    Ten years on since the massacre of Operation Cast Lead, conditions in Gaza are worse than ever, argues Shabbir Lakha

  • Israel's crimes cannot go unanswered

    Israeli soldiers detaining a blindfolded Palestinian teenager. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    The ongoing assault on the Palestinian people is intensifying, and we need to up our response, argues Mona Kamal

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Palestine is still the issue, now more than ever - weekly briefing

    Radiohead live in Italy in 2012

    Let’s ensure that the increased Israeli oppression around the Al Aqsa mosque re-energises the BDS movement, argues Alex Snowdon 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    From the ISG site