Israelis offer Palestinians their votes in campaign against apartheid

Shimri Zameret, Israeli peace and democracy activist, and friend of this blog, has been in touch with the following message: “Hey everyone, we’re a group of Palestinians and Israelis, and this is our campaign for real democracy in Israel and the UN system. Essentially, it’s about  Israelis giving their right to vote to Palestinians through facebook, as a protest [...]

An open letter to the BBC on their use of the word ‘militant’

Dear BBC, I am writing to complain about you coverage of the ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine. I am sure that you get many such complaints. Much of this, I suspect, focuses on the balance of your reporting. I am not going to do that. Whilst my impression is that you seem much more likely to [...]

The Beating and Why I Come Back for More

by Amitai Ben-Abba My arm was twisted, bent, injured, violated, but it was not broken. 5 soldiers and 4 settlers were huddled around me. I felt blows from all directions. My hat was in the dirt. I was biting dust, clinging to my glasses with my left hand, and desperately clenching the camera with my [...]

Pippa Bartolotti fires starting gun on Green leader race

Wales Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti last night became the first candidate for leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

The real silent majority

NUS conference is coming up. Motions are being; drafted, circulated, proposed and seconded all the across the country. However, soon many of these excellent motions will fall foul of the loud cries of the representatives of the “silent majority”. Any successful articulation and clear win in a debate by the left in The NUS and [...]

Palestine: something has changed

Abbas’ plea to the UN won’t bring about statehood overnight, but it has created momentum. Sometimes you move forward not because you know where you will find yourself next but because this forces there to be a next.

Edinburgh University students vote overwhelmingly for boycott of Israeli goods.

A motion to boycott Israel was overwhelmingly passed at the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) General Meeting on Monday 14th March. In what was described as a ‘landslide’, the motion, ‘Boycott Israeli Goods in EUSA shops and supply chains’ received around 270 votes in favour, with only 20 students voting against. Despite the meeting requiring [...]

Egypt: we can’t predict, so let’s dream

By Ben Young – a writer and campaigner living in York Last month, Palestine campaigners in York held a sombre discussion about what 2011 might hold for the Middle East. I think we’d all now cheerfully accept that we were magnificently wrong. As millions advance on Mubarak’s palace, it now even seems possible — that [...]

If the Planet had Been a Bank it Would Have Been Saved Years Ago – Scottish Greens Conference Day 2

The second and final day of Scottish Green Party Conference was marked by two fantastic speeches, and two debates on Greens’ participating in coalitions. The speeches one by Caroline Lucas and one by Andy Wightman were stirring and sent everyone away thoroughly inspired. The debates provided an interesting insight into the party’s hopes and fears [...]

Union News

UCU We’ll start with my own union, UCU, who’s annual congress happened recently. I couldn’t make it myself but as well as attacking the government’s points based immigration system and backing international solidarity with and a fund for Haiti there was strong opposition to cuts and in defence of jobs and places, and, of course, [...]

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