Labour’s anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

First published by the New Arab on 7/9/2018 Protesters lobbied Labour's NEC members as they arrived to decide on the new definition [Getty] The UK's Labour party has been embroiled in a controversy over anti-Semitism, which broke soon after the socialist candidate for the party's leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, won the contest. There was no immediate …

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Palestinians in the UK speak out for the right to freedom of speech

This letter was published in the Guardian on 31 July 2018 Leading figures, including Prof Karma Nabulsi, Prof Kamel Hawwash, and Dr Ghada Karmi, put their community’s point of view The fundamental right to free expression, guaranteed by article 10 of the Human Rights Act, is first and foremost the right to “receive and impart …

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Labour, Conservatives and the quest for a Palestinian state

First published by the Middle East Eye on 5/10/2017 As the 2017 conference season in the UK comes to a close, Palestinians can only hope that a future Labour government will recognise their pursuit of justice and freedom The annual conference season for the political parties in the UK has been in full swing. The …

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Silencing critics will only reinforce image of Israel as a bully

First published by the Arab Weekly on 7/5/2017 In recent years Israel has been developing approaches to combat the criticism it receives, both for the lack of progress towards peace with the Palestinians and increasingly for policies it develops and implements. This can be traced to a signifi­cant 2010 report, produced by the Reut Institute, …

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