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A series of interviews with individuals who have something valuable to contribute to the goal of building effective solidarity with the Palestinian people, above all promoting the call from Palestine for BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

Join us most Sundays at 4pm on Facebook to engage in the discussion (live Q & A).

Sunday 25th April 2021

Rabbi Dovid Weiss

Palestinian Freedom, Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Rabbi Dovid Weiss discusses his support for Palestinian freedom from an Orthodox Jewish religious and ethical perspective. Why Zionism is lethal for Palestinians and has been and continues to be dangerous for Jews.

Sunday 21st March 2021

Huwaida Arraf

Lawfare and legal challenges in the USA

Palestinian American activist and lawyer, Huwaida Arraf, is a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and ex-chair of the Free Gaza Movement (Gaza Freedom Flotillas). She joins Mick Napier to discuss Zionist lawfare and legal challenges in the USA.

Sunday 28th February 2021

Linda Ramsden director of ICAHD UK

NSPCC and dirty money from JCB

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children takes a lot of money from bulldozer manufacturer JCB, a British company condemned by the UN for its activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. JCB allows its Israeli agent to use its machines to demolish Palestinian homes which inflicts unspeakable cruelty upon Palestinian families. Learn about Israel’s motivation for the demolitions which are a violation of international law. Hear what happens when the bulldozer arrives, how the demolitions affect the different members of the family - especially the children. Linda Ramsden, UK Director of ICAHD-UK (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) will join SPSC’s Mick Napier to discuss these crimes and what we can do to challenge them wherever we are.

Day of Action: 4th March 2021

Sunday 1st November 2020

Scottish PSC at 20

Looking back to see forward

Happy 20th Birthday, Scottish PSC. Comrades look back over twenty years of BDS campaigning.

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, an extension to the Palestinian struggle for freedom against Israel's programme of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Palestine, was established in September 2000 in response to the second Palestinian uprising (intifada) against Israeli settler colonialism, occupation and apartheid.

Scottish PSC exists to channel public opposition to the Zionist settler colonial project into an effective and dynamic Scottish component of the global campaign that sends a powerful message of solidarity with the Palestinian people and a warning to Israel that its crimes must end.

Sunday 25th October 2020

Ronnie Barkan

Akiva Orr's classic "The UnJewish State"

Discussing Akiva Orr's incisive work on the identity crisis of Zionism "The unJewish State," Israeli dissident Ronnie Barkan, a founding member of the activist organisation "BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within," shows the contradictions and absurdities that arise inevitably when a state's identity is premised on racial purity.

Sunday 13th October 2020

Haim Bresheeth

An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defense Force Made a Nation

A history of the IDF that argues that Israel is a nation formed by its army. The Israeli army was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, who believed that 'the whole nation is the army'. It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people. Since the foundation of Israel, therefore, the IDF has been the largest, richest and most influential institution in Israel's Jewish society and is the nursery of its social, economic and political ruling class. In this fascinating history, Bresheeth charts the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to the continued assaults upon Gaza.

Sunday 4th October 2020

Marwa Osman

A Lebanese perspective on Israel: the neighbour from Hell

Lebanon-based university lecturer and host of Press TV's “The Middle East Stream”, Dr. Marwa Osman is a political writer and commentator on Middle East issues, her work appearing in many international outlets. Marwa gives us the view of Israel from its northern neighbour, Lebanon.

Sunday 27th September 2020

Marc Wadsworth

Race, Class and Colonialism

Mick Napier in conversation with Marc Wadsworth about the new version of his book, which has been extensively re-written from 20 years ago, 'Comrade Sak: remembering forgotten African Caribbean and Asian political heroes'. Anti-Palestinian racism saturates the UK body politic, from Downing Street and Parliament down. We discuss Palestine in the wider context of British Empire and resistance in the colonies and here. A staunch supporter of Palestinian freedom, Marc Wadsworth was one of those life-long campaigners against racism who were witch-hunted from the Labour Party following sinister accusations of 'anti-semitism' levelled against him. Marc founded the Anti-Racist Alliance in 1991 and helped set up the campaign for justice after the murder of Stephen Lawrence two years later. The ARA worked with human rights lawyer Geoffrey Bindman to draft a bill to make racial harassment and racial violence specific criminal offences. The proposals became law some years later.

Sunday 11th September 2020

Gilbert Achcar

Palestine in the Context of Permanent War in the Middle East

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. His research interests cover the Near East and North Africa, the foreign policy of the United States, Globalisation, Islam, and Islamic fundamentalism. He is also a Fellow at the International Institute for Research and Education.

His books include:

    Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror, 2004
  • The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, 2006.
  • (with Michel Warschawski) The 33-Day War: Israel's War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences, 2007.
  • (with Noam Chomsky) Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2007, 2015
  • The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, 2010
  • The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising, 2012
  • Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism, 2013
  • Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising, 2016

Sunday 30th Aug 2020

Tim LLewellyn

How and why the BBC twists and distorts what's going on in Palestine.

Tim Llewellyn, for many years the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent, provides an insider view of the state broadcaster's failure, relatively consistent over the last twenty years, to report news in Israel/Palestine with integrity and without a false equivalence that delegitimises and dehumanises the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle.

Sunday 9th August 2020

Chris Williamson

The 'Anti-Semitism' Witch Hunt

Chris Williamson was the Labour MP for Derby when he was suspended from that Party in February 2019 for daring to question the party's response to the avalanche of spurious, evidence-free antisemitism allegations. He was reinstated in June then - two days later - suspended again and blocked from standing again as a candidate. We discuss the ongoing witch-hunt of Palestine activists and others inside and outside the Labour Party, what we can expect going forward with Sir Kier Starmer as Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, and how to build resistance to those who have allowed over 50,000 UK citizens to die for the most part needlessly.

Sunday 9th August 2020

Doris Ghannam and Dr Shaun Whittaker

German Genocides

Doris Ghannam of Berlin BDS and Dr Shaun Whittaker in Windhoek, Namibia, discuss the first genocide of the 20th Century and the light it throws on Europe-Israel relations today. Germany sends massive aid to Israel, supposedly as reparations for the Nazi extermination of European Jews. While Ministers concede that German forces during 1904-8 in then-German South West Africa committed a 'genocide', the German Government refuses to pay any reparations. We discuss why billions go to Israel and nothing for genocide of Africans.

Sunday 5th July 2020

Charlotte Kates and Moazzam Begg

Guantanamo, Israel, Scotland - Fighting for Justice

Charlotte Kates, the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and Moazzam Begg of CAGE, a former detainee at Guantanamo, reveal the mythical status, post 9/11, of the rule of law, the systemic corruption of neo-imperialism, Israel's use of mass incarceration as an instrument of oppression, and the impact on Muslim communities and on Palestine solidarity of anti-terror legislation in the UK.

Thursday 28th May 2020

Jeff Halper and Majd Nasrallah

One Democratic State Campaign

Jeff Halper and Majd Nasrallah of the One Democratic State Campaign challenge the paradigm of the occupation as divisive for Palestinians and explain the logic of a single democratic state in terms of a process of decolonisation with the clear aim of liberating both the oppressed and the oppressor. The charade of the so-called two state solution is replaced with cognisance of an already-existing reality, created by Israel, a single state from the river to the sea in which one ethno-religious group dominates and oppresses the other. Mick Napier of the Scottish PSC hosts the discussion.

Sunday 26th January 2020

Graham Bash (Jewish Voice for Labour)

Lifelong anti-racists smeared by the Labour right

The great antisemitism fraud spread genuine fear in Jewish communities. Decent Jews up and down the country, trusting the Board of Deputies and other perpetrators of the perverse myth of institutional antisemitism in the Labour party, fell prey to a relentless media/Zionist-lobby/Labour-right campaign to generate a witch-hunt-like hysteria purposed to preclude the possibility of a Corbyn-led socialist election victory. Graham Bash of Jewish Voice for Labour discusses the Orwellian hijacking, by the enemies of liberation, of the language of liberation. "Hope Not Hate" and "Stand Up To Racism" come in for a dishonourable mention for their actions during this historically highly-significant and revealing episode in which the Labour right successfully fought off what seemed to them to be the very real and present danger of democracy taking root in Westminster.

Sunday 5th January 2020

Jim Malone

Firefighters Under Occupation

Jim Malone served 30 years as an operational firefighter in Dundee and a Fire Brigades Union branch, brigade and regional official. He has been the FBU Palestinian support co-ordinator since the union’s Scottish Region “Dundee to Nablus” project started in 2011. He was part of the FBU delegation that delivered an appliance and donated fire kit to the vastly under-resourced firefighters of Palestine. The fire engine was driven from Dundee to Greece before being shipped to Haifa in Israel.

Sunday 8th December 2019

Richard Haley

Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)

Richard Haley is a founding member and leading activist in Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC).

SACC campaigns against laws and policies whose effect is to criminalise political and community activity. They are particularly concerned about the extensive powers of this kind contained in Britain's anti-terrorism laws, unjust and racist laws shaped by foreign policy and built on a dangerously broad definition of "terrorism."

Acts of terrorist violence are best prosecuted under the ordinary criminal law. Terrorism in the UK can only be prevented by ending the UK's involvement in aggressive wars and its support for oppressive regimes.

SACC joins with the Stop the War Coalition in calling for an end to the so-called "war on terror" - in fact a war for resources and geo-strategic leverage - waged by the UK, the US and their allies.

SACC stands against racism, especially state and institutional racism.

Islamophobia Scottish Conference 2019 (Saturday 14 December, Glasgow):
https://www.sacc.org.uk/events/2019/islamophobia-scottish-conference-2019

Wednesday 20th November 2019

Mahmoud Zwahre

Resistance in the West Bank: The Popular Committees

Dr Mahmoud Zwahre is an organiser with the popular committee of the village of Al Ma’asara in the district of Bethlehem. The popular committees are engaged in non-violent resistance to Israel's sustained policy of dispossession, violence and oppression. Their activism and empowerment work involves mobilisation, advocacy, organising demonstrations to protect villages and property under threat of demolition or confiscation, legal work to defend prisoners and property, legal training, awareness raising, and they partner with two universities, encouraging study of Israeli and International Law at diploma and Masters level.

The popular committees can comprise farmers, activists, students, local politicians, men and women, many of whom face regular harassment, arrest and brutal treatment at the hands of the occupation forces. It is a grassroots internal solidarity movement which has, on many occasions, succeeded in curtailing some of the excesses of Israel's lawlessness and human rights abuses.

Sunday 10th November 2019

Jackie Walker

Neutralising the Left

Jackie Walker is a British political activist and writer. She has been a teacher and anti-racism trainer. She is the author of a family memoir, Pilgrim State, and the co-writer and performer of a one-woman show, The Lynching, about her black and Jewish identity, her experience of racism on settling in the UK and the allegations she faced of antisemitism as a Labour Party activist. She held the roles of Vice-Chair of South Thanet Constituency Labour Party and Vice-Chair of Momentum before being suspended and ultimately expelled from the party for misconduct, following the contrived allegations. She is also featured in the film Witchhunt which examines the weaponisation of accusations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party which began immediately after Corbyn's election.

Sunday 20th October 2019

Sarah Glynn

Syrian Kurds and Palestinians - Struggles for Freedom

Sarah Glynn is active in Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan and visited the Rojava area of Syria controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia and it's allies. She is also a founding member of Scottish Jews against Zionism and a long-term supporter of Palestinian freedom. Sarah discusses with Mick Napier the the relationship between the struggle for freedom of the Syrian Kurds and the struggle of the Palestinian people against the settler-colonial project of Zionism.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Musheir El-Farra

GAZA - When the Sky Rained White Fire

Born in Khan Younis, in Gaza, Musheir El Farra is author of GAZA - When the Sky Rained White Fire which exposes with integrity and sensitivity the human reality behind the dehumanising statistics of death and destruction. It tells the personal stories of some of the families who were targetted in the Cast Lead massacre of 2009. Musheir was later to lose 11 members of his own family in the 2014 Protective Edge massacre.

Sunday 1st September 2019

David Cronin

Europe's Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation

As the crisis in UK-EU relations deepens, Brussels-based journalist and author David Cronin discusses his in-depth reports on the role of the EU in facilitating Israel's ethnic cleansing project in Palestine. David Cronin is an associate editor of The Electronic Intifada. He is author of Europe's Alliance with Israel and Balfour's Shadow: A century of British Support for Zionism and Israel.

You can buy Balfour's Shadow here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 18th August 2019

Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education

Nurit Peled-Elhanan, professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a 2001 co-laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Her research on the negative portrayal of Palestinians in Israeli textbooks exposes the institutional basis of Israeli racism that underpins Israel's ongoing settler-colonial programme of dehumanisation and dispossession.

Sunday 4th August 2019

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Popular Resistance in Palestine - A History of Hope and Empowerment

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is Director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University. He is the author of "Popular Resistance in Palestine, a History of Hope and Empowerment" – "A detailed yet engaging study showing that the vast majority of Palestinian resistance over the last 100 years has been peaceful and creative." (Pluto Press, 2010)

Recommended (online): "The Cucumber and the Cactus" - (A Palestinian Christian Story) by Mazin Qumsiyeh, published in Northeast Magazine, Hartford, November 07, 2002

Sunday 28th July 2019

Tony Greenstein

Corbyn, the Left, and the great anti-Semitism fraud

The Zionist-dominated Jewish Chronicle wrote of "the notorious anti-Zionist activist Tony Greenstein", one of a considerable number of Jewish and Black people who have been expelled from the Labour Party for criticising the apartheid structures of the State of Israel.

Tony contributed the section of Zionism to Hodder & Stoughton's The Essentials of Philosophy & Ethics (2006) and recently wrote a chapter for the 2018 volume, Anti-Semitism Wars (ed. Karl Sabbagh) on the bogus anti-Semitism campaign in the Labour Party. A founding member of the English PSC, he is currently working on a book Zionism During the Holocaust. He is vice-chair of Labour Against the Witch-hunt and a vociferous opponent of the racist Jewish Labour Movement, which is an affiliate of the Labour Party.

Visit Tony Greenstein's blog.

Sunday 21st July 2019

Ran Greenstein

Zionism and its Discontents

Ran Greenstein, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa, challenges the mainstream nationalist narratives and movements that dominated the Israeli-Palestinian situation for too long.

In Zionism and its Discontents, he focusses on four different but connected attempts to resist Zionist dominance and the settlement project before and after 1948 and provides a compelling history of those radical movements of the past hundred years in Israel/Palestine that challenged the conceptual bases of Zionism in theory, and opposed its practices on the ground. It makes for sad and sobering reading, addressing the role of the Palestinian Communist Party, and then the bi-nationalist movement, before moving on to the period after 1948 when Palestinian attempts to challenge their unjust conditions of marginalisation became more frequent. Finally, he confronts the radical anti-Zionist Matzpen group, which operated from the early 1960s–80s.

You can buy Zionism and its Discontents here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Thurs 18th July 2019

Lenni Brenner

Zionism in the Age of the Dictators

Lenni Brenner is the author of many works, including Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, published in 1983 to a very positive review in the London Times.

Meticulously researched, it was the basis for Jim Allen's play, Perdition, and prompted ex-London Mayor Ken Livingston's remarks about Adolf Hitler, the Zionists and the Nazis that ultimately led to Ken's suspension and subsequent departure from the Labour Party for alleged "anti-semitism".

Lenni Brenner was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. He developed an interest in history from reading Hendrik Willem van Loon's The Story of Mankind which his brother had received as a bar mitzvah present.

  • He became an atheist at age 10 or 12 and a Marxist at age 15
  • He was active in the US Civil Rights Movement, arrested three times during civil rights sit-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • He was jailed for 39 months when a court revoked his probation for marijuana possession, because of his activities during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964
  • He was a high profile activist from the first days of the Vietnam War, *In 1963 he organized the Committee for Narcotic Reform in Berkeley
  • 1968 he co-founded the National Association for Irish Justice
  • 1990s, he and Stokely Carmichael co-founded the Committee against Zionism and Racism
  • 2003, Brenner spoke at the inaugural meeting of Jews Against Zionism UK

Sunday 14th July 2019

Ramzy Baroud

These Chains Will Be Broken

Ramzy Baroud is a US-Palestinian journalist, author, columnist and Editor of Palestine Chronicle. He is a former Deputy Managing Editor of Al Jazeera online.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian prisoners' experiences in Israeli jails have rarely been told. Western media portrays them as 'terrorists' while well-meaning third-party human rights advocates paint them as hapless victims. They are neither. The resilience and grit of Palestinians enables them to rise above Israel's cruelty and be emblems of power for their people. Palestinian prisoners resist Israeli colonialism, apartheid and military occupation. Rather than being viewed as unfortunate victims, their steadfastness exemplifies the ongoing fight of the Palestinian people as a whole.

Look out for Ramzy Baroud's latest book on Palestinian prisoners "These Chains Will Be Broken" and his earlier much-acclaimed works "The Last Earth" and "My Father Was a Freedom Fighter".

You can buy The Last Earth here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 30th June 2019

Tom Suarez

State of Terror - How Terrorism Created Modern Israel

Mick Napier interviews Tom Suarez, author of State of Terror, a meticulously researched work about Zionism. State of Terror describes a movement that managed to build a state and uses that state to maintain and intensify its pre-state terrorist campaign against the Palestinian people.

You can buy State of Terror here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Richard Falk

Palestine's Horizon - Toward a Just Peace

Richard Falk has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. In Palestine's Horizon, he brings his experiences to bear on one of the most controversial issues of our times. After enduring years of violent occupation, the Palestinian movement is exploring different avenues for peace. These include the pursuit of rights under international law through the UN and International Criminal Court, and the new emphasis on global solidarity and non-violent militancy embodied by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign (BDS). In focusing on these new tactics of resistance, Falk refutes the notion that the Palestinian struggle is a 'lost cause'. He also reflects on the legacy of Edward Said and the importance of his humanist thought in order to present a vision of peace that is mindful of the formidable difficulties of achieving a just solution to the long conflict.

You can buy Palestine's Horizon here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 16th June 2019

Nahla Abdo

Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle within the Israeli prison system

Professor Nahla Abdo is author of Captive Revolution which seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on stories of the women themselves, as well as her own experiences as a former political prisoner, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse their anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their appalling treatment as political detainees.

You can buy Captive Revolution here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 9th June 2019

Shir Hever

Divisions in the political elites and the crisis of discipline in the Israeli military

Israeli economist Shir Hever explains how Israel ends up with over 70% of all aid intended for the Palestinians under occupation. We discuss the crisis of discipline inside the Israel military and how that is related to divisions inside the Israeli political and security elites. A picture emerges of the Israeli Army increasingly reluctant to suffer losses, limited in its power. Shir Hever presents evidence of the deteriorating morale of sections of the Israeli elite.

You can buy The Privatisation of Israeli Security here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Jeff Halper

Why governments are buying Israel's technology of mass repression

Jeff Halper is the author of War against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification. Jeff's book includes reference to the Israeli military-grade hyper-surveillance system deployed in Glasgow since 2013 as an example of how the technology and expertise developed to crush Palestinian reistance has become a lucrative commodity in the international arms bazaar. We discuss how Western governments anticipate social unrest as inequality intensifies and how Israel facilitates the moves against fundamental human rights that being eroded for populations across the world. The topic of this discussion should concern everyone - in Glasgow, across Scotland and the entire planet.

You can buy War against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 26th May 2019

Kholoud Al Ajarma

A Palestinian family's fight for justice against the JNF UK and JNF Scotland

Zionist gangs drove Kholoud al Ajarma’s family from the Palestinian village of Ajjur in 1948, and their property, mainly land, was transferred to the control of the Jewish National Fund. Her family own land (they still have the title deeds) that is now under the control of the JNF-UK. Kholoud complained to the Charity Commission that the JNF-UK should not be recognised as a charitable organisation due to its involvement in ethnic cleansing. The Commission rejected her claim.

You can buy Ilan Pappé's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine here for £10 from the SPSC shop.

Sunday 19th May 2019

Gerry Coutts

Israel, WhatsApp, Stuxnet and Military-grade Surveillance in Glasgow

Gerry Coutts is a computer teacher in Glasgow who has made a study of how Israeli surveillance and hacking technology is being widely used by repressive regimes to monitor dissidents, hack into their private communications and - in the case of Jamal Kashoggi - murder them. He explains the role of secretive Israeli hacking company, NSO, the Pegasus virus, and the role of the Israeli military in these widespread violations. Pegasus hacking technology has been found, Gerry tells us, in 45 countries around the world. This has obvious implications for those being monitored by Israeli surveillance system in Glasgow.

Order here some copies of the SPSC booklet on Israeli Surveillance Military-Grade Surveillance Technology in Glasgow

Sunday 12th May 2019

Salman Abu Sitta

The Palestinian Right of return is non-negotiable - and practical

Abu Sitta's encyclopedic knowledge and grasp of his subject, his unflinching defence of Palestinian rights, makes this interview a valuable lesson for all those who support the freedom struggle of the Palestinian people. He has shown how the Palestinian right of return is not only essential from an ethical and political pointof view; it is also practical, impeded only by the racist structures of the society and State of Israel.

Sunday 5th May 2019

Indra Neiva & Gabriel

Israel and the global rise of the Far Right

Indra Seixas Neiva is a Brazilian BDS activist opposing a fascistic, pro-Israel regime: "Our Special Operation Forces are trained in Israel, São Paulo's military police is buying armoured vehicles from Israel. A number of companies have been trying to privatize our natural resources like our water. That's why this fight unites us and is a core demand of the resistance world to racism and fascism. When the countries globalize barbarity we must internationalize our resistance and that is what the BDS call does. I invite all to unite and answer this Palestinian call, so together we can pressure for equality, freedom, justice in Palestine, in Brazil and in every part of the world."
Indra Seixas Neiva

Sunday 28th April 2019

Majed Abusalama

Germany's assault on human rights defenders

Majed Abusalama is one of three active members of the German BDS movement "The Humboldt Three" on trial in Berlin for disrupting a talk by an Israeli official who was hosted by the German-Israeli Society at Humboldt University in Berlin. Aliza Lavie, a member of Knesset and chairwoman of the Knesset Caucus for the Struggle Against the Delegitimization of the State of Israel was an Israeli government member during the 2014 attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, “Operation Protective Edge,” in which 2,220 Palestinians were killed. We discuss the German contribution to the international campaign to muzzle opponents of Israeli apartheiod and genocidal violence, and the German resistance to this attack on free speech.

Sunday 21st April 2019

Eurig Scandrett

Environmental Nakba

Eurig Scandrett is co-author of Environmental Nakba: Environmental injustice and violations of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, a report of the Friends of the Earth International observer mission to the West Bank.

The observer mission witnessed numerous examples of expropriation of land and water resources and heard testimonies of officials, researchers, local people and environmental activists. The participants observed industrial sites with little or no controls on emissions, untreated sewage piped from urban developments onto open land and streams and waste hills from decades of uncontrolled dumping. They heard of the destruction of trees and the polluting of agricultural land and surface water. This report documents some of these observations, and provides some suggestions for collaborative projects in Palestine, either by further researches or solidarity support for the affected communities.

Sunday 14th April 2019

Khalida Jarrar

Palestinian Political Prisoners

Khalida Jarrar is a leading member of the PFLP, deputy at the PLC (Palestinian Legislative Council), heads the PLC’s prisoners’ committee and acts as the Palestinian representative in the Council of Europe, an international organization promoting human rights and democracy around the world.

Khalida, who has spent 34 months of the last four years in Israeli jails, speaks of her imprisonment without trial by the Israeli military courts that control Palestinian lives, Israel's limiting of Red Cross inspections of Israeli prisons so as to facilitate abuse and torture of political prisoners, how Israel refuses family visits, uses collective punishment, denial of water, denial of privacy in showers. She argues the need to fight occupation and oppression from Israel and also aspects of traditional Palestinian society that deny women equal rights. She ends by asking us to "raise our voices" for the freedom of the Palestinians.

Sunday 31st March 2019

Abdulrahman Abu Nahel - BDS National Committee BNC, Gaza

BDS, Resistance in Gaza and the Great Return March

Explaining clearly the case for BDS, Abdulrahman Abu Nahel speaks about Israeli massacres, denial of permits for medical care outside Gaza, the Israeli snipers killing friends on the great March of Return, and for many years before.

Abdulrahman Abu Nahel is Gaza coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC).

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