Boycott Israel?

Student union rights under attack over BDS campaigns

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Ben Tausz

The Charity Commission is investigating a number of student unions for their policies on boycotting Israel and may take action against them, amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

The Charity Commission is investigating student unions with policies on boycotting Israel amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

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“Anti-left” grouping gains among students

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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.

A student left which focusses on building grassroots campaigns and organising through democratic structures, which has genuine political debate, is a left which will grow and become more and more politically sharp.

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Open up the student movement!

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.

The National Union of Students Conference takes place from 25-27 April in Brighton.

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Letter: Boycott means boycotting Palestinian films?

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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.

While the situation for Palestinian filmmakers remains very difficult, we should not ignore the internationalist efforts of various Israeli film personnel to improve it.

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BDS is a tactic, not a principle

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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.

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

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Israel: stop the war on the people of Gaza!

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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.

To end now and to stop a repeat of the carnage in Gaza requires such a political settlement and two states for the two peoples.

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The history of Britain's anti-apartheid movement

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.

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.

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Debating the Israel-Palestine conflict

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.

Independent Jewish Voices is an organisation of left-wing British Jews opposed to the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians.

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