After Chakrabarti: We Need to Talk About Zionism

by Hilary Aked The left should “stop talking about Zionism”, Labour’s Jon Lansman argued recently in the wake of a row that engulfed the party over anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism and led to the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry. The inquiry, which was released yesterday, suggests a better way forward. Chakrabarti, who disclosed that she had joined the… Read More

For the record, BDS is an anti-racist issue

by Hilary Aked    Following a wave of accusations made against some members of the Labour party for claims of anti-Semitism, the saga reached absurd new lows last week, when long-standing anti-racist activist Jackie Walker was suspended. Among Walker’s alleged crimes was her refusal to condemn the boycott of Israel. While some of the accusations… Read More

Film Review: Speed Sisters

by Hamja Ahsan    “Their superheroes were given names like Superman. We call ours – Palestinians”, a meme from a Muslim activist organisation reads. A new documentary, Speed Sisters, introduces a new gang of five Palestinian women, or quasi-superhero “sistahs”, who are the Middle East’s first drifting racing team. In a way, Palestinian women have… Read More

Resurrecting Palestine’s struggle for liberation

by Tamara Tamimi  A few years ago, in 2010, I travelled from Palestine to Lebanon for a youth conference about the participation of Arab youth in the political, economic, social, and cultural realms of their respective countries. During this 3-day conference, I met Jihad, a young participant working with the Arab NGO Network for Development, the… Read More

Israel’s ID card system is crushing Palestinian identity in Palestine and abroad

by Alia Al Ghussain  The past five weeks have seen repeated clashes break out in East Jerusalem. Israel’s ongoing oppression of Palestinians means clashes with Israeli police forces are nothing new in occupied Palestine. This time, Palestinians are out to protest Israel’s recently imposed limitations on access to Al Aqsa Mosque, the mosque in the Old City… Read More

SketchFactor for the Middle East: Israel Is a ‘Good Country’ in a ‘Bad Neighbourhood’

by Zishad Lak This year we saw SketchFactor, an app which rates the ‘sketchiness’ of a neighbourhood to help individuals avoid ‘undesirable’ areas, reach the finals of New York’s Big Apps competition. Unsurprisingly, when we start to unpack what ‘sketchy’ actually means, the race implications become evident. The 47-second preview of Obama’s interview with the… Read More

How Law illustrates the non-war in Gaza

by Tanzil Chowdhury Even a vapid take on Israel-Palestine, void of allegiances or ideological commitments illustrates, at the very least, that to call it a ‘war’ is a misnomer. War suggests some sense of equality, not in claims and stakes, but in military might. A glance at the death tolls and the demographic of those… Read More

Alive again…. Lucky again

Israel began its intensified offensive against Gaza on the 11th July. The stated aim of the onslaught, which includes airstrikes by US made F16 fighter jets, was to destroy Hamas tunnels and ‘protect’ Israeli civilians from rocket fire. Since then, more than 710 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed, about a third of the… Read More

If there is one continent which has shouldered the burden of the celebrity it is ‘Africa’.

by Samira Sawlani In recent weeks Israel – Palestine has probably taken up more column inches worldwide than it has in years. In fact the ‘conflict’ has enjoyed a showbiz makeover, gaining a place in every Hollywood rag and becoming a topic of conversation on daytime talk shows. It’s entry and new found status is… Read More

Everyday Prisons – Women’s Lives Under Occupation

by Samah Saleh Hanan, a Palestinian woman, was released in a prisoner exchange, after serving five years of her life sentence. In an interview, during my research on women in Israeli prisons, Hanan closed her eyes as she described prison as no more than a series of boxes. The boxes are connected to each other’ she… Read More