Boycott Israel?

A mirror for anti-Zionists

Submitted by cathy n on 24 September, 2017 - 11:24 Author: Sean Matgaman

Walking from Westminster to Trafalgar Square one afternoon in May or June 2002, I came upon a small picket-demonstration — a dozen people perhaps — waving Palestinian flags and placards on the pavement across the road from the entrance to the Prime Minister’s residence in Downing Street.

I saw from a distance, and wondered at it, that half the demonstrators were dressed in the black hats and clothes and the beards that identified them as some sort of especially religious Jews.

“Anti-left” grouping gains among students

Submitted by Matthew on 3 May, 2017 - 6:45 Author: Ruaraidh Anderson

A well organised coalition of aggrieved and right-leaning candidates prevailed against the left at this year’s conference of the National Union of Students (25-28 April). After three years of substantial shifts to the left on policy in the student movement, the mood of left delegates was, at times, one of exasperation and sadness.

Open up the student movement!

Submitted by Matthew on 12 April, 2017 - 9:32

The National Union of Students Conference takes place from 25-27 April in Brighton and, once again, we will be in attendance.

It promises to be three days of constant campaigning, debating and flogging Solidarity and other publications. Malia Bouattia is re-standing for President against two right-wing candidates.

Letter: Boycott means boycotting Palestinian films?

Submitted by Matthew on 12 October, 2016 - 11:35 Author: John Cunningham

I agree with Martin Thomas’s article (‘Jackie Walker, Momentum and Anti-semitism’, Solidarity 418) but I would like to make a few comments on the call, by the Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, for a boycott of the Jewish Film Festival which Martin briefly mentions.

BDS is a tactic, not a principle

Submitted by AWL on 30 September, 2014 - 6:25 Author: Omar Raii

Last month the National Union of Students voted to support the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

This campaign has seen increases support by student unions around the country, but the controversial vote by the NUS is a major step forward for the BDS campaign.

The regrettable rise of “boycott Israel” politics is due to a confusion that has developed on the left in general. BDS has increasingly come to be seen as a principle for activists rather than a tactic.

Israel: stop the war on the people of Gaza!

Submitted by AWL on 29 July, 2014 - 5:37 Author: Editorial

As we publish (29 July) over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6,000 injured since Israel began its assault on Gaza on 8 July. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has just stated Israel’s military campaign will continue for some time, and that he has no intention of heeding calls for a ceasefire.

The UN says 73% of the Palestinian fatalities are civilian, and over 200 are children. Some neighbourhoods have been destroyed, homes have been turned to rubble. Much of Gaza is now without electricity.

The history of Britain's anti-apartheid movement

Submitted by Matthew on 11 December, 2013 - 1:23

If you grew up in radical politics in the 1980s, anti-apartheid activism was ubiquitous — a reference point, an inspiration, and an accessible vehicle for campaigning.

Demonstrating outside the South African embassy, attending cultural and political meetings and demanding freedom for Nelson Mandela were rites of passage across the spectrum of the left.

Debating the Israel-Palestine conflict

Submitted by Matthew on 16 October, 2013 - 12:16

On Sunday 13 October, Independent Jewish Voices held a conference in London on the ongoing impasse in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

IJV was set up in 2007 as an organisation of left-wing British Jews opposed to the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. It conceives of itself as a “counter-balance” to the official communal leadership of the conservative and staunchly Zionist Board of Deputies.

Hawking and the boycott

Submitted by martin on 13 May, 2013 - 3:55

Stephen Hawking's decision not to attend an 18-20 June conference in Jerusalem has caused much celebration among advocates of an academic boycott of Israel.

Hawking himself has made no statement on the issue, but the academic boycott campaign has published a letter from him to the organisers saying: "I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott". They claim it as a boost for their line that academics, writers, and cultural figures of all sorts should boycott Israel and Israelis across the board.