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Haaretz asks: Israelis scarce at Edinburgh Fringe - because of BDS?

Israelis are but a Walking Shadow at This Year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Yair AshkeenaziHaaretz 27 August 2015 "...all the artists who spoke to Haaretz said the BDS protests were aimed solely at works or troupes supported by the Israeli government, not at Israeli creators and actors specifically. Thus, they noted, though there are no Israeli productions at Edinburgh this year, several actors… Read full article
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Palestinian rights campaigners respond to “hypocritical” Festival chiefs

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE Scots campaigning for Palestinian rights have responded to “hypocritical”comments by Fergus Linehan, the new director of the Edinburgh International Festival, and his predecessor Jonathan Mills. Last week Linehan and Mills spoke out against Palestine solidarity actions over recent years that have disrupted and closed down Israel-state endorsed events during… Read full article

4 reasons the “anti-Semitism” attacks on Jeremy Corbyn are dishonest

It was inevitable, shocking but not surprising. A determined opponent of all racism, Jeremy Corbyn is smeared by pro-Israel Blairites and the same pro-Israel media that helped Blair and Israel in their war crimes. BBC 6pm news (Wednesday 19th August) started by referring to Jeremy Corbyn and his opposition to "what he says is the oppression of the Palestinians" before bringing in a Blairite… Read full article
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MEDIA RELEASE: Clinton intervention fails to reverse Israel boycott

Media Release: Sunday 9th August 2015, No Embargo Pro-Palestine campaigners say recent revelations of Hilary Clinton’s attempt to overturn the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s (EIFF) rejection of Israeli Government funding is evidence that "boycott works". The Scotsman wrote on Saturday’s front page that the effects of the May 2009 boycott "went right to the upper echelons of the American… Read full article

Israeli State-sponsored groups avoiding Edinburgh Festival because of human rights protests

The Show Must Go on for Israeli Troupe Hounded Out of Edinburgh Festival in 2014Do they think the reception they’ll receive will be different this summer? “We really hope so,” Ulman shrugs. “Couldn’t be worse,” adds Lilien. One place the five Israelis have no plans to revisit is, unsurprisingly, Edinburgh. “No Israeli group, at least not one with any government funding, is planning on being… Read full article

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US State Department intervened to defeat grass-roots Scottish boycott effort...and failed

According to the front page headline in the Scotsman of Saturday 8 August 2015, Hillary Clinton weighed into Edinburgh film festival row, the court-mandated publication of her emails from 2009 reveal that the US Secretary of State worked from Washington to mobilise support against an SPSC boycott initiative, while Hollywood film makers were being asked to boycott the Edinburgh International Film… read full article
Settler Colonial Studies, Vol 2 No 1 (2012)

Settler Colonialism in Palestine.

Settler Colonialism and the State of Exception: The Example of Palestine / Israel David Lloyd, University of Southern California"This paper argues that these apparent contradictions...can best be explained by understanding Israel's occupation of Palestine as an exemplary settler colonial project whose contradictions are embedded in the early framing of Zionism and whose unfolding follows a logic… read full article
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Al Hiwar TV interview: Israel's weaknesses, the growing BDS Campaign and what happened in Cairo in New Year 2011

Mick Napier, Scottish PSC founder member and SPSC Vice-Chair Yvonne Ridley in wide-ranging dscussion with Anas Takriti on Al Hiwar's English-language weekly programme. View here or here. read full article
Gone: a state set up by Western powers to deny national self-determination to the people of Vietnam

States come and go - it's people who are important

"The state formation that will follow the defeat of the Zionist programme of ethnic cleansing and mass killings is not for us to decide. The commitment to full human rights for Palestinians alongside Jews and to the dismantling of the structures of Jewish supremacy throughout Israel/Palestine is enough to guide a campaign of solidarity through the challenges we will face, including attacks from… read full article

These paranoids have nuclear weapons, courtesy of the West

Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says pamphlet for IDF troopsBy Ofri Ilani, Haaretz 31 July 2009The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers. Officials encouraging the booklet's distribution include senior officers, such as… read full article