Category: Palestine

  • Oxfam has warned that Israel’s longstanding policy of using water as a weapon against Palestinians has reached its peak amid Israel’s genocide, with water access for Palestinians in Gaza now at a small fraction of pre-genocide levels as Palestinians die of dehydration, starvation and disease. According to a report on Israel’s water deprivation policies by Oxfam, Israel has reduced water…

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  • Advocates for Palestinian rights are demanding that the Biden administration take urgent action to stop a potential outbreak of polio in Gaza after the virus that causes the deadly disease was found in Gaza’s wastewater, threatening an epidemic that would be nothing short of catastrophic. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says that Biden bears responsibility to respond to the…

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  • The grassroots pro-Palestine movement behind hundreds of thousands of protest votes in the Democratic primaries against President Joe Biden is now urging Vice President Kamala Harris to come out against sending more weapons to Israel now that she is likely going to take Biden’s spot as the Democrats’ presidential nominee. “For months, we’ve warned that Biden’s support for Israel’s assault on…

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  • Three days after the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is unlawful, the United Nations children’s rights agency said that after decades of being “exposed to horrific violence,” the number of children who have been killed in the West Bank since last October has skyrocketed. Since Israel began its bombardment of…

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  • The following article is an open letter from the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPACUK)

    MPACUK call upon British prime minister Keir Starmer and the Labour Party to demonstrate a firm commitment to international law by adhering to the recent advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the legal consequences of Israel’s policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

    Israel: multiple breaches of international law

    On 19 July 2024, the ICJ issued a significant advisory opinion in response to a request by the United Nations General Assembly. The court’s findings underscore the legal ramifications of Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its impacts on the human rights of the Palestinian people. The ICJ emphasised that Israel’s policies in these territories violate international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention and various United Nations resolutions.

    The court’s opinion highlights several critical points:

    1. Illegality of Settlements: The establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories is deemed a violation of international law. The ICJ reaffirms that these settlements have no legal validity and must be dismantled.

    2. Human Rights Violations: The ongoing occupation has led to widespread violations of Palestinian human rights. These include restrictions on movement, access to resources and the destruction of property.

    3. Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian occupied territories: Israel has no claim to sovereignty or to exercise power over any part of the occupied territories of Palestine. “Israel’s security concerns” cannot override the prohibition of acquiring territory by force.

    4. Obligations of Other States: The advisory opinion calls on all states, including the United Kingdom, to ensure Israel’s compliance with international law and to refrain from recognising or assisting in maintaining the unlawful situation created by these policies. Furthermore, all states are under obligation not to recognise as legal, the situation arising from the unlawful presence of Israel in Palestine, and not to render aide or assistance in maintaining the situation.

    5. Israel has the obligation to make reparations for the damage caused to all the natural or legal persons concerned in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Labour: uphold principles of justice and equality

    Given these findings, we at MPACUK state, unequivocally, that it is imperative for the UK Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Kier Starmer, to take concrete steps to become aligned with international legal standards. This includes:

    • Immediate ceasefire: an immediate stop to all military action by Israel. Including the unlawful practice of mass arrests and arbitrary detention.
    • Stop arming Israel: the British Government must stop issuing arms export licenses to Israel, as well as providing any military assistance to Israel.
    • Opening of borders: allowing unfettered access of humanitarian aid to reach occupied Palestinian territories.
    • Condemning Illegal Settlements: publicly denounce the expansion of settlements and order for their dismantlement.
    • Supporting Palestinian Rights: promote the protection of Palestinian human rights through all channels available.
    • Ensuring Compliance: implement robust measures to ensure that UK policies do not contribute to sustaining the unlawful status quo in the occupied territories.
    • Uphold arrest warrants: the British Government must execute the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court against prime minister Netanyahu and his defence chiefs.

    We urge the prime minister and the Labour Party cabinet to uphold its principles of justice and equality by taking a decisive stance on this critical issue. Upholding international law is not only a moral obligation but also essential for the promotion of global peace and security.

    Featured image via the Canary

    By Steve Topple

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  • Hundreds of activists protested Scotland’s Glasgow Pride’s sponsorship ties to Israel by marching in a designated ‘Radical Bloc’, including the Glasgow Greens, the Scottish TUC, and Glasgow Stop the War.

    “No Pride in Genocide”

    Last week, Glasgow Pride’s list of sponsors – including energy company SSE, chemical firm Merck, and multinational finance company JP Morgan Chase & Co – drew heavy criticism from pro-Palestine and climate activists. The coalition of groups and activist demand that Glasgow’s Pride drop their partnerships and collaborations with all companies which are tied to and profit off the Israeli occupation of and genocide in Palestine.

    So, on the morning of Saturday 20 July, hundreds of activists gathered in Festival Park before the start of Glasgow’s Pride march. Instead of joining the main body of the procession, the group arrived to form a ‘Radical Bloc’ within the march:

    Waving Palestine flags and holding signs reading ‘No one is free until we are all free’, the group loudly protested Glasgow Pride’s ‘pinkwashing’ and complicity with the ongoing violence in Gaza:

    Smaller groups of activists also staged banner drops at points along the march route.

    Glasgow Pride: facing heavy criticism

    The bloc was organised by a No Pride in Genocide Glasgow, a broad coalition of LGBTQ+ Glaswegians demanding that Glasgow’s Pride reject companies directly profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation and ongoing genocide in Palestine.

    Glasgow’s Pride official partners Merck and JPMorganChase have have significant financial investments in Israel and profit directly from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

    Joshua*, who took part in the march, said:

    By allowing these companies into our community spaces – even worse, taking their money – Glasgow Pride as good as condones their connection to the horrors coming out of Gaza. Celebrating them in this way, acting as if their ‘gay-friendliness’ excuses their financial support of a genocide, is the opposite of what Pride is about

    Councillor Holly Bruce, equalities spokesperson for the Glasgow Green Cllr group who gave a speech at the rally at Festival Park, said:

    As a queer woman and Feminist I know the value and proud history of communities standing together in their fight for human rights. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be addressing the radical bloc and will make it clear that whether we’re in the council chambers or marching on the streets Greens will always stand for LGBTQ+ rights and a Free Palestine.

    Earlier this week, the Glasgow Green’s released a statement announcing that they would be joining the Radical Bloc, after an email conversation with Glasgow’s Pride in which they criticised their choice of sponsorship. In the exchange, the Glasgow’s Pride team framed any pro-Palestine presence as being against the LGBT+ community, and informed the Greens that they had passed on the email to Police Scotland.

    ‘Every fight for justice is linked’

    In the days that followed, many groups participating in Glasgow’s Pride, including the Scottish TUC, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Glasgow Stop the War, alongside multiple community organisations and sports teams, announced that they would be joining the bloc.

    Ellie Gomersall, Glasgow Greens committee member and LGBTQ+ activist said:

    Scottish Greens know that every fight for justice is linked. There’s no conflict in standing for a Free Palestine and LGBTQ+ rights, just as there’s no conflict in fighting for a fairer economy as we tackle the climate crisis.

    As members of the queer community, as eco-socialists, as human beings we’ll be proud to march in the radical bloc and lend our voices in support for an end to pinkwashing and complicity in genocide & the climate crisis. There’s no pride on a dead planet and no pride in genocide.

    The Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion officer of Glasgow Sunflowers, a community baseball team based in southside, said:

    Glasgow Sunflowers are marching in the Radical Bloc alongside No Pride in Genocide as we believe in the power and responsibility of queer community and queer liberation. A corporate, pink-washed Pride does not represent us, nor who we are, as Pride began as and will always be a protest. Freedom and revolution are what any pride march should be about.

    The FC Committee of Gender Goals, Scotland’s first football club by and for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, said:

    Glasgow Pride’s corporate sponsorship conflicts with our principles and values as trans members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Accepting sponsorship from organisations that are reappropriating our queer experiences through pinkwashing, and their refusal to listen to the voices they claim to represent is unacceptable. This is why we have decided to proudly march with our queer kin in the radical bloc, standing firm against the pinkwashing of genocide.

    Glasgow Pride: no pride at all?

    The activist coalition are calling on Glasgow’s Pride to refuse all partnerships, sponsorships, and participation in Pride from companies and organisations that profit directly or indirectly from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They also ask that the organisations sponsorship process be made democratic and community led, and that Glasgow Pride publicly opposes Israel’s war crimes.

    Sophia, an organiser with No Pride in Genocide Glasgow, said:

    Over the past few weeks, Glasgow’s Pride has shown that they are not willing to listen to the concerns and values of the community they claim to represent – to respond to criticism by threatening to call the police on your own queer siblings is inexcusable. Today, we have shown that the queer community of Glasgow will not tolerate our community being used as a cover for corporate greed and international violence, and we deserve a Pride which reflects that.

    Last month, organisers successfully pressured Edinburgh Pride to drop Aegeon sponsorship, and No Pride in Genocide/Queers for Palestine groups have emerged across the UK with activists demanding that LGBT organisations and events cut ties with Israel.

    *Names have been changed.

    Featured image via Glasgow Green Party

    By The Canary

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  • In the West Bank, one in three Palestinians has experienced one or more incarcerations during their life since 1967, or 35 percent of the population, while in Kanaky, the Nouméa prison, known as Camp Est, is populated by 95 percent Kanaks, while they represent only 39 to 43 percent of the Caledonian population.

    SPECIAL REPORT: Samidoun

    On Friday, July 5, France announced the continued provisional detention on mainland France of 5 Kanak defendants, out of seven pro-independence “leaders” who had been deported from Kanaky New Caledonia on June 23.

    The subsequent announcements of the arrest of 11 pro-independence activists, including 9 provisional detentions (including Joël Tjibaou and Gilles Jorédié, incarcerated in Camp Est) and 7 incarcerations in mainland France (Christian Tein, Frédérique Muliava, Brenda Wanabo-Ipeze, Dimitri Tein Qenegei, Guillaume Vama, Steve Unë and Yewa Waethane), more than 17,000 kilometres from their homeland, revived the mobilisations that had begun a month earlier as part of the fight against the plan to “unfreeze” the Kanaky electoral body.

    Suspended after President Emmanuel Macron announced the dissolution of the National Assembly, this project actually aims to reverse the achievements of the Nouméa Accords signed in 1998.

    It is part of the strategy of strengthening French colonialism in Kanaky by extending the ability to vote on local matters, including independence referandums, to an even greater number of settlers, making the indigenous Kanaks a de facto minority at the ballot box.

    On July 11, 10 Centaur armoured vehicles, 15 fire trucks, a dozen all-terrain military armoured vehicles and numerous army trucks were landed by ship in Kanaky, where the population remains under curfew.

    This entire sequence bears witness to the manner in which France, through its colonial administration, deploys a repressive security arsenal that on the one hand protects the settlers on the land and their reactionary militias, and on the other, attempts to destroy the country’s Kanak independence movement.

    Imprisonment and incarceration are a weapon of choice in this overall colonial strategy.

    Imprisonment is one of the key weapons of choice in colonial strategies to try to stifle independence and national liberation struggles, from the Zionist regime in Palestine to allied imperialist countries and colonial empires such as France.

    While the figures are incomparable due to differences between the populations and conditions, in the West Bank, according to Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, one in three Palestinians has experienced one or more incarcerations during their life since 1967, or 35 percent of the population, while in Kanaky, the Nouméa prison, known as Camp Est, is populated by 95 percent Kanaks, while they represent only 39 to 43 percent of the Caledonian population.

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    Camp Est Prison in Nouville, on the outskirts of Nouméa. Image: Samidoun

    Nicknamed “the island of oblivion” by the prisoners, the Camp Est prison locks up many young Kanaks excluded from the economic, educational and health systems, and symbolises the French colonial continuum, especially as the building partly occupies the space of the former French penal colony imposed there.

    Silence of sociologists
    Few studies exist of this over-incarceration of the Kanak population, and as Hamid Mokadem reminds us:

    “The silence of sociologists and demographers on ethno-cultural inequalities is inversely proportional to the chatter of anthropologists on Kanak customs and culture.”

    The incarceration rate is significantly higher than in mainland France, so much so that a new prison has been built.

    The Koné detention center, and a project to replace Camp Est was announced in February 2024 by the Minister of Justice. He promised a 600-bed facility (compared to the 230 cells available at Camp Est) that would emerge after a construction project estimated at 500 million euros (NZ$908 million).

    This is the largest investment by the French state on Kanak soil, a deadly promise that at the same time reaffirms France’s imperialist project in the Pacific, driven by its financial and geopolitical interests to retain its colonial properties there.

    While waiting for this large-scale prison project, new cells have been fitted out in containers on which a double mesh roof has been installed, many without windows, and where the conditions of incarceration are even harsher than in the other sections of the prison, including those for men, women and minors, pre-trial detainees and those who have been convicted and sentenced.

    The over-representation of the Kanak population has only increased, since incarceration has been one of the mechanisms through which the French government attempts to stem the movement against the plan to “unfreeze” and expand the electoral body, with 1139 arrests since mid-May.

    The penalty of deportation
    Local detention was supplemented by another penalty directly inherited from the Code de l’Indigénat: the penalty of deportation.

    On June 23, after the announcement of the arrest of 7 Kanak independence activists in metropolitan France, the population learned that they were going to be deported 17,000 km from their homes.

    A plane was waiting to transfer them to metropolitan France during their pretrial detention, all seven of them dispersed across the prisons of Dijon, Mulhouse, Bourges, Blois, Nevers, Villefranche and Riom.

    This deportation of activists in the context of pre-trial detention directly recalls the events of 1988, and more broadly the way in which prison and removal were used in a colonial context.

    From the 19th century and the deportation of Toussaint Louverture of Haiti to France, thousands of Algerians arrested during the uprisings against the French colonisation of Algeria at the same time as the detention of the prisoners of the Paris Commune in 1871, the Vietnamese of Hanoi in 1913, were deported to Kanaky or other colonies such as Guyana.

    More recently, the Algerian revolutionaries, were massively incarcerated in metropolitan colonial prisons. From a principle inherited from the indigénat, and although today we have moved from an administrative decision to a judicial decision, the practice of deportation remains the same.

    Particularly used in the context of anti-colonial resistance movements, the deportation of Kanak prisoners to metropolitan colonial prisons has been used on this scale since 1988 in Kanaky.

    Ouvéa cave massacre
    After the massacre of 19 Kanak independence fighters who had taken police officers prisoner in the Ouvéa cave, activists still alive were imprisoned, then deported, then released as part of the Matignon-Oudinot Accords.

    Twenty six Kanak prisoners came to populate the prisons of the Paris region while they were still in preventive detention — while awaiting their trials and therefore presumed innocent, as is the case today for the CCAT activists currently incarcerated.

    In the 1980s, French prisons were shaken by major revolts, particularly against the racism of the guards, who were mostly affiliated with the then-nascent Front National (FN), and more broadly against the penal policy of the Mitterrand left and the massively expanding length of sentences imposed at the time.

    In 1988, as former prisoners wrote afterwards, some made a point of showing their solidarity with the Kanaks by sharing their clothes and food with them.

    Because many of the activists were transferred in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops, in trying conditions, with their hands cuffed during the 24-hour journey, underhand repression techniques of the Prison Administration that are still in force.

    Similar deportation conditions were described by Christian Téin, spokesperson for the CCAT incarcerated in the isolation wing of the Mulhouse-Lutterbach Penitentiary Center. The  shock of incarceration is all the more violent.

    CCAT leader Christian Téin, organiser of a series of marches and protests, mainly peaceful
    CCAT leader Christian Téin, organiser of a series of marches and protests, mainly peaceful . . . he was deported and transferred to prison in Mulhouse, north-eastern France, to await trial. Image: NZ La 1ère TV screenshot APR

    Added to this is the pain of the forced separation of parents and children, which is found not only in the current situation in metropolitan France but also in Palestine. Also there is great difficulty in finding loved ones, in attempting to find out which prisons they are in, or even if they are currently detained, continually encountering administrative violence, with the absence of information and the cruelty of official figures.

    Orchestrated psychological impact
    All this is orchestrated so that the psychological impact, in the long term, aims to induce the prisoners and also their families to stop fighting.

    At the time of the events in Ouvéa, the uprooting of independence activists from their lands to lock them up in mainland France was commonplace, and the Kanak detainees joined those from the Caribbean Revolutionary Alliance such as Luc Reinette and Georges Faisans, incarcerated in Île-de-France during the 1980s alongside Corsican and Basque prisoners.

    Since then, this had only happened once, in the context of the uprisings in Guadeloup in 2021, where several local figures, mostly community activists, had been deported and then incarcerated in mainland France and Martinique in an attempt to stifle the revolts in which a large number of Guadeloupean youth were mobilised.

    Here again, we could draw a parallel with Palestine. As Assia Zaino points out, since the 2000s, the incarceration of Palestinians has systematically been synonymous with being torn away from their families and loved ones.

    Zionist prisons, located within the Palestinian territories colonised in 1948, “are integrated into the civil prison system [. . . ] and entry bans on Israeli soil are frequently imposed on the families of detainees for security reasons,” which in fact aims to attack the relatives of detainees and destabilise the national liberation struggle.

    Ahmad Saadat, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh and their comrades in detention – date and location unknown. Image: Samidoun

    From prison, the struggle continues
    This mass incarceration is confronted by the powerful presence of prisoners as symbols of courage and resistance.

    We know that in Palestine, as during the Algerian war of national liberation, incarceration is an opportunity to learn from one’s people, to forge national revolutionary consciousness but also to continue the struggle, very concretely, by mobilising against incarceration.

    Because the Palestinian prisoners’ movement has transformed the colonial prison into a school of revolution: each political party has a prison branch whose political bureau or leadership is made up of imprisoned leaders.

    These branches have real weight in the decisions taken outside the walls, and they are the ones responsible for leading the struggle in the colonial prisons, in particular by declaring collective hunger strikes and developing alliances of struggle that can mobilise several thousand prisoners, but also for organising the daily life of revolutionaries in prison.

    It was this movement of prisoners that played a major role in driving the Palestinian resistance groups to unite under a unified command with the total liberation of historic Palestine as their compass, and to overcome internal contradictions.

    Historically, the prisoners also constituted a significant part the most radical elements of the Palestinian revolution, notably by massively refusing any negotiation with the Zionist state at the time when the disastrous Oslo Accords were being prepared.

    Resistance in colonial prisons can also take cultural forms, as illustrated by the very rich Palestinian prison literature, composed of literary works written in secret and smuggled out by prisoners to bear witness to the outside world of the vitality of their ideals, their struggle and the conditions of detention.

    Courage of the children
    An example is Walid Daqqah, a renowned writer and one of the longest-held Palestinian prisoners, who was martyred on 7 April 2024 during his 38th year of detention in colonial prisons.

    In short, from the children and adolescents who wear courageous smiles as they leave their trials surrounded by soldiers, to the women of Damon prison who heroically stand up to their jailers, to the resistance of the prisoners who fight by putting their lives and health at risk while having a central role in the Resistance outside, it is the daily struggle of the prisoners’ movement that makes detention a place where resistance to the colonial regime is organised, continuing even inside detention.

    As Charlotte Kates, Samidoun’s international coordinator, said:

    “Despite the intention to use political imprisonment to suppress Palestinian resistance and derail the Palestinian liberation movement, Palestinian prisoners have remained political leaders and symbols of steadfastness for the struggle as a whole.”

    In Kanaky, it was the announcement of the incarceration of CCAT activists on June 23 that relaunched the movement, who became the driving forces behind this new round of mobilisation.

    On May 13, while the population was setting up roadblocks on the main roads of Nouméa, a mutiny broke out in the Camp Est prison in reaction to the plan to unfreeze the electoral body.

    The prison was therefore directly part of the mobilisation, and three guards were taken hostage on this first day of struggle. They were quickly released after the RAID (French national police tactical unit) intervened.

    But during the night of May 14-15, another revolt took place in the prison, rendering no fewer than 80 cells unusable.

    It is therefore in this context of uprising and intifada throughout Kanaky, both in prisons and outside, that the announcement of the deportation of the 7 Kanak leaders took place.

    In addition to these highly publicised deportations, there were also dozens of similar cases of transfers from Camp Est.

    Completely ignored by the government, these took place both before May 23 and during the month of July, including participants in the prison uprisings as well as long-term prisoners transferred to relieve congestion in the Kanak prison.

    Silence which masks the scale of these colonial deportations only intends to make the task of the families and political supporters of the Kanaks even more difficult in their attempt to show solidarity with the prisoners.

    Furthermore, upon their arrival in mainland France, the CCAT activists were separated into 7 different prisons, directly recalling the policy of dispersion already at work in Spain at the end of the 1980s against ETA prisoners, in reaction to the effectiveness of their prison organising.

    Today as yesterday, the colonial power dispatches prisoners throughout the mainland to prevent a collective counter-offensive. The prisoners’ connections with one another, but also with the outside, are consequently largely hampered.

    This isolation directly aims to break the movement by tearing off its “head” and preventing any form of common struggle against this confinement. We therefore know that the momentum of struggle outside seems to respond to a hardening of detention conditions inside prisons, as evidenced by the isolation in which the CCAT activists are kept.

    Likewise in Palestine, where since last October 7, mass arrests have escalated to the development of military concentration camps characterised by inhumane conditions of incarceration where severe torture is a daily, routine occurrence.

    Currently, both for the more than 9300 Palestinian prisoners detained in the 19 Zionist colonial prisons, and for the thousands of prisoners from Gaza arrested during the genocidal offensive of the occupying forces on the Strip incarcerated in military camps, the conditions of detention have deteriorated significantly.

    If in the colonial prisons Palestinian prisoners suffer hunger, collective isolation, overcrowding, violence and physical and psychological torture, conditions which have led to the martyrdom of at least 18 prisoners since October 7, in the military detention camps the situation is even more extreme.

    The thousands of prisoners from Gaza held there are handcuffed and blindfolded 24 hours a day, forced to kneel on the ground, motionless for most of the day, raped and sexually assaulted and tortured daily, which leaves the released prisoners with enormous trauma.

    Sick prisoners are crammed in naked, equipped with diapers, on beds without mattresses or blankets, in military airplane hangars and warehouses and without any medical care.

    In all cases, isolation reigns, in prisons as in military detention centers, and the Zionist regime aims to cut off the Palestinian prisoners — and their collective movement — from the outside world.

    A "Freedom Brigade" Palestinian poster. Image: Samidoun
    A “Freedom Brigade” Palestinian prison escape poster. Image: Samidoun

    Stories of prison escapes
    Beyond the heroic prison uprisings, many stories of escapes from colonial prisons also fuel resistance and demonstrate the resilience of prisoners.

    In Palestine, to cite a recent example, we recall the “Freedom Tunnel” operation, where six Palestinian prisoners freed themselves from the Zionist-occupied Gilboa high-security prison by digging a tunnel using a spoon.

    The six Palestinians — Mahmoud al-Ardah, Mohammed al-Ardah, Yaqoub Qadri, Ayham Kamamji, Munadil Nafa’at and Zakaria Zubaidi — became Palestinian, Arab and international symbols of Palestinian resistance and the will for freedom.

    While they were all rearrested, their escape exposed the weaknesses under the colonial myth of “impenetrable Israeli security”, plunging the occupation’s prison system into an internal crisis.

    In France, the CRAs (Administrative Detention Centres) represent an ultra-violent manifestation of racism and the management of exiles. People are locked up in terrible and therefore deadly conditions.

    Thus, faced with colonial management of populations, particularly from former French colonies, resistance is being organised.

    For example, on the night of Friday, June 21 to Saturday, June 22, 14 people held at the CRA in Vincennes managed to escape (only one person has been re-arrested since).

    This follows the escape of 11 detainees in December from this same place of confinement. However, these detention centres are often recent and very well equipped.

    From Palestine to the Hegaxone and the colonial prisons in Kanaky, the resistance fighters fight day by day within the prison system itself, and the escapes and uprisings in the prisons are events that weaken the colonial propaganda and its myth of invincibility and total superiority.

    A "Freedom for the Kanaky CCAT comrades" banner
    A “Freedom for the Kanaky CCAT comrades” banner. Image: Image: Samidoun

    Resistance continues
    Despite the tightening of detention conditions and the security arsenal that is deployed against liberation movements, it is clear that the resistance is not stopping and that, on the contrary, organizing is becoming even more vigorous.

    In Kanaky, new blockades in solidarity with the prisoners have spread well beyond Nouméa since June 23, demanding their immediate release and repatriation to Kanaky, since “touching one of them is touching everyone”.

    In mainland France, numerous gatherings have also taken place since Monday at the call of the MKF (Kanak Movement in France), and among others led by the Collectif Solidarité Kanaky in front of the Ministry of Justice in Paris, and also in front of the prisons where the activists are still incarcerated.

    Their prison numbers have been made public so that it is possible to write to them and so that broad and massive support can be communicated to them in order to provide them with the strength necessary for this fight from metropolitan France.

    From now on, tributes to the Kanak martyrs who fell under the bullets of the colonial militias and the French State are joined by banners for the freedom of the prisoners.

    Marah Bakir, a representative of Palestinian women prisoners, arrested at the age of 15 by the colonial army and imprisoned for 8 years, made these comments during her first interview given upon her release on 24 November 2023:

    “It is very difficult to feel freedom and to be liberated in exchange for the blood of the martyrs of Gaza and the great sacrifices of our people in the Gaza Strip.”  

    The Kanaky ‘martyrs’:
    Stéphanie Nassaie Doouka
    , 17, and Chrétien Neregote, 36, shot in the head on May 20 by a business manager.

    Djibril Saïko Salo, 19, shot in the back on May 15 by loyalist settlers at a roadblock.

    Dany Tidjite, 48, killed by an off-duty police officer who tried to impose a roadblock.

    Joseph Poulawa, 34, killed on May 28 by two bullets in the chest and shoulder by the GIGN (the elite police tactical unit of the National Gendarmerie of France)

    Lionel Païta, 26, killed on June 3 by a bullet to the head by a police officer at a roadblock.

    Victorin Rock Wamytan, known as “Banane”, 38 years old, father of two children, killed on July 10 by a shot in the chest by the GIGN on customary lands

    In Kanaky, the names of these martyrs, just like the 19 of the Ouvéa cave, will remain forever in the memory of the activists and people, and as one could read on another banner in Noumea: “The fight must not cease for lack of a leader or fighters, this direction remains forever. Kanaky”

    This article, by Samidoun Paris Banlieue, was published first in French at: https://samidoun.net/fr/2024/07/la-question-carcerale-dans-la-colonisation-de-la-kanaky-a-la-palestine/. During the protests in Kanaky in May and ongoing, French military forces targeted demonstrators, imposed a countrywide ban on TikTok, and have seized multiple political prisoners from the Kanak independence movement. This article is republished from Samidoun.

    This post was originally published on Asia Pacific Report.

  • Palestine Action has just targeted two weapons manufacturers which supply Israel arms firm Elbit Systems – one in Manchester, and another in Sunbury.

    Palestine Action: conducting its own early morning raids

    Just before 5am on Monday 22 July, one group of Palestine Action activists broke inside Manchester-based arms components manufacturer Dean Group International and dismantled machinery and equipment:

    Police have cordoned off the premises and remain at the scene as activists continue to occupy Dean Group International, Brinell Dr, Irlam, Manchester M44 5BL.

    Then, in Sunbury-on-Thames another group jumped security fences, shattered windows and hardware belonging to an arms supplier, Ametek Airtechnology:

    Both companies supply parts to Israel’s largest weapons firm, Elbit Systems.

    Israel weapons suppliers

    Dean Group International uses a specialised technique called ‘investment casting’ to manufacture components for arms companies, including Elbit’s Kent-based subsidiary, Instro Precision. According to the manufacturer, “so much from a military standpoint requires investment casting, including weapons, missiles, radar, and communications equipment”. The supply of components to Instro Precision, who’ve held over 80 licenses to export arms to Israel since 2016, was verified when other activists broke inside the Elbit arms factory during an action last month.

    Ametek Airtechnology specialises in designing, developing and manufacturing custom-made thermal and motion control solutions for weapons including missiles, military vehicles and fighter jets. Amongst weapons their products are used for is Israel’s F-35 fighter jets, which are frequently used during Israel’s ongoing Gaza genocide. Ametek’s subsidiary United Electronic Industries lists Elbit Systems as a “valued customer” – a connection which was also confirmed through sightings of deliveries to Elbit’s Shenstone-based subsidiary, UAV Engines Ltd.

    The Israeli military has killed over 38,295 Palestinians since 7 October, most of whom are women and children. Schools, hospitals, refugee camps, residential buildings and general infrastructure is frequently bombed during the ongoing Gaza genocide. In response to the growing demand for munitions by the Israeli military for such attacks on Gaza, Elbit has “ramped up production” of its weaponry.

    Elbit Systems manufactures 85% of Israel’s military drone fleet and land-based equipment, as well as missiles, ammunition and digital warfare. The Israeli arms company uses Gaza, which was recently confirmed by the International Court of Justice to be illegally occupied territory, as a laboratory to develop their “battle-tested” weapons.

    Shut it down

    A Palestine Action spokesperson said:

    Without suppliers such as Dean Group International and Ametek, Elbit couldn’t make weaponry which is used to commit genocide. Whilst our government continues to facilitate Elbit’s crimes, Palestine Action will continue to use direct action to end the complicity and shut Elbit down. Every link in Israel’s military supply chain will be uncovered and dismantled.

    Featured image and videos via Palestine Action

    By Steve Topple

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  • The International Court of Justice has again deliberated over the thorn-bloodied subject of Israeli-Palestinian relations.  Its latest advisory opinion, sought by the UN General Assembly early last year, was unremarkably conventional though nonetheless affirming: a finding that Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, along with “the regime associated with them, have been established and are being maintained in violation of international law.”

    Given the avalanche of international opinions, deliberation and understanding on the status of the settlements that arose after 1967, the ICJ was merely revising homework and reiterating home truths of international law.  As Eitay Mack, an Israeli attorney working for Palestinian rights in the West Bank told The Intercept, “The court just said the obvious.”

    Various acts and practices are accordingly examined, amounting to what the Court considered annexation of territory Israel had no sovereignty over.  Israel, for instance, treated the Palestinians in East Jerusalem as “foreigners” requiring a valid residence permit and had imposed a strict building permit scheme, violation of which could result in structural demolition and steep fines.  In the West Bank, the Basic Law of 2018 had explicitly stated that Israel “views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value, and shall act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation”.  Various areas prohibited Palestinian construction, while the expansion of Israeli settlements had burgeoned.

    Israeli control of the occupied territory had been accordingly maintained by such things as the extension of its domestic law to the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the maintenance and expansion of the settlements, the construction of relevant infrastructure connected with that aim, the ongoing exploitation of natural resources, and proclaiming Jerusalem capital of Israel.  Such practices were “designed to remain in place indefinitely and to create irreversible effects on the ground.”

    The Court also found that Israeli authorities had failed to “prevent or to punish” the violence of settlers directed against Palestinians, thereby contributing “to the creation and maintenance of a coercive environment”.

    The opinion further notes that Israeli policies and practices in the West Bank and East Jerusalem impose a separation between the Palestinian populace and Israeli settlers “transferred” into the territories.  Such a separation was physical and juridical, thereby breaching Article 3 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CERD).  As State parties to the CERD expressly condemn both racial segregation and apartheid, undertaking to prevent, prohibit and eradicate such practices in territories under their control, the finding is particularly damning.

    Gaza’s imperilled status also drew the Court’s attention.  While Israel officially withdrew its forces from the strip in 2005 pursuant to its “Disengagement Plan” announced the previous year, Israel maintained effective control over the territory.  “Where a State has placed territory under its effective control, it might be in a position to maintain that control and to continue exercising its authority despite the absence of a physical military presence on the ground.”  In this case, Israel continued to exercise authority over land, sea and air borders, restricted movement of people and goods, controlled the collection of import and export taxes, and exerted military control over the buffer zone.

    It also followed that international bodies such as the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and the international community were under an obligation not to recognise the status of such an occupation, nor supply aid or support in maintaining them.  Israel was also “under an obligation to end its unlawful presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as rapidly as possible.”  All further settlement activities were to cease, and all current settlers in the OPT areas evacuated.

    As a result of its policies regarding the occupied territories, Israel had also incurred obligations “to make reparation for the damage caused to all the natural or legal persons concerned in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

    For countries professing to follow the “rules-based order”, the opinion should have made perfect sense.  But in power politics, rules bend.  Take, for instance, these words from the US State Department to Reuters:  “We are concerned that the breadth of the court’s opinion will complicate efforts to resolve the conflict and bring about an urgently needed just and lasting peace with two states living side by side in peace and security.”

    As for observing international law, the Israeli government continued to prove not only selective but historically parochial.  “The Jewish people are not occupiers in their own land – not in our eternal capital Jerusalem, nor in our ancestral heritage of Judea and Samaria,” claimed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement.  This was, the PM went on to say, a “historical truth” that could not be contested.

    Some Israeli politicians did acknowledge certain merit in the Court’s decision.  Labor MK Gilad Kariv warned that the policy of “de facto annexation” being pursued in the West Bank, the broader “theft of land” and the refusal to negotiate with the Palestinians threatened “Israel’s status as an accepted democratic country.”

    What the decision amounts to is an excoriation of the occupation, those consequential to it (the settlements), and the bolstering system of segregation that has drawn accusations of apartheid from activists to tribunals. As an advisory opinion, it is non-binding though freighted with persuasive reasoning.  In doing so, the decision further pushes arguments for Palestinian self-determination and eventual statehood.  For Israel, the judgment will be a hard one to ignore.

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  • Houthi-run media say Israeli air strikes Saturday targeted oil storage facilities in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah and that there are an unspecified number of fatalities and injuries. The attack came a day after the Houthis claimed responsibility for a drone attack on Tel Aviv that killed one person and struck just yards from a U.S. Embassy branch office. Israel’s air strikes will not…

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  • Israel’s genocide in Gaza may go down as the first genocide in history where the perpetrators have documented, posted, shared and celebrated their crimes on social media. Over the past 10 months, Israeli soldiers in Gaza have taken photos and videos of themselves while they blew up homes and schools, and tortured captives. To boast of their atrocities against civilians…

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  • As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Washington, D.C. next week, an American legal group on Friday pressured the U.S. Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into him and other officials for committing or authorizing genocide, war crimes, and torture targeting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Since Israel launched its retaliation for a Hamas-led attack…

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  • Asia Pacific Report

    The decision of the International Court of Justice that Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal demands immediate action from the New Zealand government, says a national advocacy group.

    The ICJ in the Hague found in a landmark but non-binding advisory ruling on Friday that “Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the regime associated with them, have been established and are being maintained in violation of international law”.

    The court said that the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and all states had an obligation not to recognise the occupation as legal and not to give aid or support toward Israel in maintaining it.

    In a statement today, the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa (PSNA) said the NZ government should immediately:

    • impose a ban on the importation of all products from the illegal Israeli settlements; and
    • direct NZ’s Superfund, Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) and Kiwisaver funds to divest from companies identified by the United Nations Human Rights Council as complicit in the building and maintenance of these settlements.

    The recently updated database is here.

    The ICJ ruling confirmed what the UN Security Council found in passing resolution 2334 in 2016.

    This resolution was co-sponsored by New Zealand, which had a place on the Security Council at the time under a National-led government.

    The United Nations Security Council stated that, in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli settlements had “no legal validity” and constituted “a flagrant violation under international law”.

    It said they were a “major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace” in the Middle East.


    ICJ-Israel Occupied territories resolution.   Video: Al Jazeera

    The ICJ ruling reinforced the UN resolution and the need for government action, the PSNA statement said.

    “New Zealand, which co-sponsored the UN resolution in 2016 should lead the way on this,” said PSNA national chair John Minto.

    “We need to put our money where our mouth is — especially since the current far-right Israeli government has said its ‘top priority’ is to push ahead with more illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land”.

    New Zealanders have been holding national rallies in protest over Israel’s war on Gaza for nine months and protesters were expected to be out in their thousands this weekend to demand government action.

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  • In a landmark opinion issued today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has said that Israel’s 57-year occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip is in breach of international law. The proceedings came out of a UN resolution passed in December of 2022. In the resolution, the UN General Assembly requested an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on…

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  • Poliovirus has been detected in sewage samples at six locations in the Gaza Strip, the World Health Organization said on Friday, following announcements from both the Israel and Gaza health ministries. Vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 was found in samples taken on June 23 from sites in Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah. Public health authorities expressed grave concerns about the findings…

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  • PANG Media

    The PANG media team at this month’s Pacific International Media Conference in Fiji caught up with independent journalist, author and educator Dr David Robie and questioned him on his views about decolonisation in the Pacific.

    Dr Robie, editor of Asia Pacific Report and deputy chair of Asia Pacific Media Network (APMN), a co-organiser of the conference, shared his experience on reporting on Kanaky New Caledonia and West Papua’s fight for freedom.

    He speaks from his 40 years of journalism in the Pacific saying the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum need to step up pressure on France and Indonesia to decolonise.

    PACIFIC MEDIA CONFERENCE 4-6 JULY 2024
    PACIFIC MEDIA CONFERENCE 4-6 JULY 2024

    This interview was conducted at the end of the conference, on July 6, and a week before the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders called for France to allow a joint United Nations-MSG mission to New Caledonia to assess the political situation and propose solutions for the ongoing crisis.

    The leaders of the subregional bloc — from Fiji, FLNKS (Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu — met in Tokyo on the sidelines of the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM10), to specifically talk about New Caledonia.

    They included Fiji’s Sitiveni Rabuka, PNG’s James Marape, Solomon Islands’ Jeremiah Manele, and Vanuatu’s Charlot Salwai.

    In his interview with PANG (Pacific Network on Globalisation), Dr Robie also draws parallels with the liberation struggle in Palestine, which he says has become a global symbol for justice and freedom everywhere.

    Asia Pacific Media Report's Dr David Robie
    Asia Pacific Media Report’s Dr David Robie . . . The people see the flags of Kanaky, West Papua and Palestine as symbolic of the struggles against repression and injustice all over the world.

    “I should mention Palestine as well because essentially it’s settler colonisation.

    “What we’ve seen in the massive protests over the last nine months and so on there has been a huge realisation in many countries around the world that colonisation is still here after thinking, or assuming, that had gone some years ago.

    “So you’ll see in a lot of protests — we have protests across Aotearoa New Zealand every week —  that the flags of Kanaky, West Papua and Palestine fly together.

    “The people see these as symbolic of the repression and injustice all over the world.”


    PANG Media talk to Dr David Robie on decolonisation.  Video: PANG Media


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  • This month on 11th July 2024, the UN commemorated the Srebrenica Genocide of 1995 with official statements and speeches by dignitaries, memorial services, moments of silence and designating a day for remembering what has been called the greatest atrocity in modern Europe.

    What is ironic, however, is the fact that the world comes together to remember Srebrenica in the midst of another harrowing genocide — one that is live-streamed straight into every waking moment, all over the world. Ten months into the nightmarish bloodbath in Gaza that has cost nearly 40,000 lives, world leaders are still haranguing over the events of October 7, still unsure and half-hearted towards the urgent and pressing need to enforce a cease-fire to end an unimaginably horrific war, most victims of which have been children.

    Alija Izetbegovich, the iconic Muslim leader of Bosnia during the Bosnian war and Srebrenica massacre, had once said, “Do not forget this genocide. If you forget it, another will happen…” The words bear premonition as they echo the age-old cliche that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

    Here we stand, remembering a genocide while having unleashed another one thirty years on, with the bloody tide showing no signs of abating — as if human lives were like the flies that the wanton boys kill for sport.

    To learn the right lessons from Srebrenica, one must revisit in 1992, the Muslim majority republic of Bosnia immediately after it seceded from Communist Yugoslavia as a result of a popular referendum. Bosnia’s Orthodox Christian Serb minority, however, refused to accept this and began a rebellion. Given how well-armed Serbia was as an ally of powerful erstwhile Communist Russia, what started as ethno-religious strife quickly flared up into a war against which Bosnia was nearly defenceless. Several appeals for help by Alija Izetbegovic resulted in no more than humanitarian assistance from the Arab-Muslim world. Izetbegovic feared a genocide, given the violence displayed by the Serb forces under Ratko Mladic, known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’. Mladic, as the commander of the army of Republika Sprska (the self declared Serb autonomous zone inside Bosnia), had earlier threatened: “You Muslims cannot defend yourselves if a civil war breaks out.”

    Bosnia’s countless appeals ultimately led to the arrival of UN peacekeeping forces in the area. Not surprisingly, the UN forces proved utterly ineffectual as the Serb army carried on its atrocities with over 100,000 Muslim Bosniaks killed.

    Serb violence against the Bosniaks was neither isolated from context nor sudden. It climaxed after centuries of endemic structural violence built on nationalist Islamophobic narratives rife in the region.  When Mladic began the genocidal operation in Srebrenica, he said on camera while addressing his troops, “This is the time to take revenge on the Turkish rabble and return Srebrenica to the Serbs…” The reference to Bosniaks as “Turks” reeks of ethnocentric hate deeply embedded in a prejudicial understanding of history. Serbia had been under Ottoman rule for three centuries, and the reference to ethnic Bosniak Muslims as “Turks” aims to build on the Islamophobic nationalist narrative of victimhood by Turkish-Muslim rulers centuries ago.

    As the Bosnian war raged on from 1992 to 1995 with terrible atrocities including the blockade of Sarajevo which prevented fuel, food and water to the area, rapes and mass murders, UN peacekeepers from Netherlands were unable to halt the violence. They were outgunned and outnumbered, and could neither expect the scale of the violence nor were they equipped or even really willing to take decisive action against it. As late as in 2022, twenty-seven years after the Srebrenica genocide, the Dutch government acknowledged partial complicity of its peacekeepers in Bosnia and offered “apology for not taking effective action to stop the “Srebrenica genocide” — too little, too late.

    During the war, Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia had been designated as a “safe zone” where hundreds of thousands were sheltering. However, when the international community warned of action against Republika Srpska and Serbia, driven by a misdirected vengeance, the Serb leadership decided to violate the safe zone and besieged Srebrenica. As the Dutch peacekeepers looked on, Bosniak men and women were segregated, and all men including minor boys, were herded together and shot fatally, their bodies huddled together and thrown into mass graves.

    The horrific reality of the war crimes later surfaced, and it was established after investigations that in July 1995, a massacre of 8,372 Muslim men and boys by Serb forces over just three days had been systematically committed — known now in the annals of history as the “Srebrenica Genocide”.

    Some months later, as the world came to know of the horrors that had been unleashed, there was an attempt by the Serb leadership to cover up the evidence. The mass graves of 8,372 Muslims were bulldozed and whatever remained of the bodies was scattered in unmarked areas all over the region. To this day, search for human remains continues in Srebrenica. Some 1,200 of those who went missing in July 1995 have still not been identified or given the dignity of a proper funeral and burial.

    While the Dayton Accords of 1996 enforced a ceasefire after what the Bosniaks had endured, peace in the region is still tenuous. Tensions are rife as the Serb Autonomous Zone inside Bosnia continues with its ultraconservative nationalism and ethnic prejudice, refusing to acknowledge what was done to the Bosniaks from 1992-1995 as a genocide. The current UN Peace Representative for Bosnia — Hans Christian Schmidt– has warned earlier this year that ethnic tensions between Bosnia and the autonomous Serb community remain dangerously high still, and the possibility of internecine violence once again cannot be ruled out.

    There are some clear parallels between the Bosnian genocide three decades ago and the Israeli military onslaught on Gaza in 2023-24. Like the Serbs, Israelis justify their actions on the narrative of historical victimhood. They present their victim as the perpetrator, stereotyping through Islamophobic propaganda that makes you believe Muslim Palestinian children are fair targets as potential “Islamist terrorists” and “jihadists” in the making. Like in the case of Bosnia, the world was never moved to decisive action to end the bloodbath until too late. Not surprisingly, the victims in both cases happen to be Muslims. While Serbia had been armed to the teeth by its mentor Soviet Russia, Israel has been heavily armed by the US, Germany, UK and other Western allies that continue to send military supplies to the Zionist state. In both cases, the population against whom these lethal weapons are unleashed is extremely vulnerable, unarmed and defenceless. In both Bosnia and now in Palestine, the UN proved a complete failure. And perhaps most poignantly, in both cases the Muslim world failed to stand up and act together, other than sending some humanitarian supplies for the victims.

    Yet there are aspects in which the Gaza genocide emerges as a unique and unprecedented case in point. Gaza’s suffering has been long and historic, since the Nakba of 1948, and the world has continued to ignore its plight. Gaza has for years been under severe blockade, with many observers describing it as an “open air prison.” Israel, on the other hand, seen as the Middle East’s only beacon of democracy with Western liberal values and culture is considered as the West’s only reliable ally in the volatile region — the ‘blue-eyed boy’ of the Western world. It enjoys tremendous influence and solid support from its Western benefactors, even after having committed gross defiant violations of human rights and international law. The ongoing siege and death toll in Gaza is more protracted, and the scale of devastation far greater,  surpassing anything we may have witnessed in modern history.

    Bosnia found some solace with the trial of Serb war criminals at The Hague, as a result of which 21 perpetrators of the genocide were pronounced guilty- including Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, Republika Sprska leader Radovan Karadzic and Serb army commander Ratko Mladic. The case for Palestine, on the other hand, given the global power and influence of the Zionist lobby, has found no echo in the corridors of power, and any wholesale transparent accountability for the genocidal far right Israeli regime seems to be a remote possibility.

    This is precisely why the global commemoration of the Bosnian genocide seems meaningless when the UN and the international community have proven so utterly spineless in the case of Gaza. Remembering and honouring Srebrenica means learning its lessons and promising “Never Again”. With humanity abysmally failing to show any resolve to end Israel’s relentless and brutal assault on Palestine, carefully crafted words for Srebrenica from high podiums ring hollow indeed.

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  • An anonymous letter supported by 230 staffers in the House of Representatives and the Senate is urging lawmakers to boycott a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to address Congress later this month as Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza rages on. The letter, organized by members of the Congressional Progressive Staff Association and endorsed by…

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  • While Israel’s troops wage what has been widely decried as genocide on the Gaza Strip, Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution opposing “the establishment of a Palestinian state” west of the Jordan River. The measure passed Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, 68-9. It was spearheaded by Knesset Member Zeev Elkin of New Hope – The United Right, who shared the key…

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  • Of all the disgusting genocide-apologist headlines pumped out by the establishment media on Gaza, a recent BBC article might now top them all. In a utterly disgraceful move, the news broadcaster entitled a piece about a disabled man the IDF had horrifically murdered in words so blatantly bristling with pro-Israel bias, it beggared belief.

    Outrage on social media forced the BBC to change it. However, research shows that far from being a mistake, it’s likely the BBC had a reason to run its propaganda-laced headline.

    BBC pro-Israel headline the latest in establishment media bias

    It’s ten months now that Israel has been carrying out its brutal genocide in Gaza. People on social media have born witness to ten indescribably atrocious months of Israeli war crimes. At the same time, the corporate and Western press has pushed ten months of whitewashing media to obfuscate and absolve Israel of precisely these unconscionable acts.

    There have been too many of these propaganda pieces to note here. That’s because Western outlets have published near wall-to-wall coverage dripping in this bias – and by extension, complicity in Israel’s bloody crusade of ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

    People on social media have consistently called this out. Meanwhile, journalists and civilians in Gaza, alongside independent sites (including the Canary) have been left to tell the truth about Israel’s unrelenting fascistic massacres.

    When Israeli soldiers killed six-year-old Hind Rajab and her family, the appalling Western establishment media spin was plain for all to see:

    Then, in June, the Canary’s Rachel Swindon reported on a BBC headline that flagrantly ignored Israel slaughtering nearly three hundred Palestinians. It relegated them to the subtext, while celebrating how the IDF had “freed” four Israeli hostages

    More recently, folks on X underscored the shocking double standards Western media displayed when Russia attacked a hospital in Ukraine. Particularly, they compared its emotive coverage condemning Russia, with the passive language it applied to Israel bombing Gaza health facilities:

    Now, the BBC has added a new sickeningly sanitising headline to the whitewashing hall of infamy and complicity.

    BBC whitewashes IDF murder of disabled Palestinian

    The article detailed how IDF soldiers had brutally set a combat dog on a autistic disabled man with Down Syndrome. It described how the IDF dog mauled 24-year-old Muhammed Bhar in his family home. His family later found his decomposing body where the IDF had left him to die. But in its editorial wisdom – or deliberate lack thereof – the BBC headline meekly read:

    The lonely death of Gaza man with Down’s syndrome

    So once again, people on X had to speak out about another horrendous headline:

    UK ambassador to Palestine Husam Zomlot expressed how despicable the BBC’s framing was:

    Some noted the shocking double standards at work again with the BBC baring its racist arse:

    Others couldn’t quite believe the language the BBC had used that implied something altogether different from the true order of events:

    Because quite apart from a “lonely” death, the IDF viciously murdered Bhar with a military dog. But passive voice – the feat of shameless linguistic gymnastics that avoids placing blame – reigned supreme again:

    After enormous backlash, the BBC removed the social media post, and amended the headline:

    Beyond the biased headlines…

    Of course, the BBC knew exactly what it was doing. Editors would have been aware that in a digital, social media-fueled churnalism landscape, people don’t actually read the news. That is, many will in fact only read the headline, and do not engage with the article content itself. As the previously Independent reported, a 2016 study illuminated this reality, showing how across X (then Twitter):

    59 percent of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked: In other words, most people appear to retweet news without ever reading it.

    Given this, BBC’s latest offence shows how the establishment press can weaponise this media illiteracy to shape a pro-Israel narrative.

    US-based linguist and journalist Abdulkader Assad previously told the Middle East Eye how headlines in particular propagate this pro-Israel bias:

    The way the western media is “framing” headlines and opening paragraphs of their news coverage of the Israeli occupation’s war on Gaza is intentionally meant to sway opinions and help consolidate a perception of Gaza with its entire population as ‘militants’, and thus the bombardment and killing then becomes justified

    Ultimately, the mismatch between the headline and the story itself was almost inconceivably depraved. Almost. Only, this has been the Western establishment press writ large.

    Evidencing this, in March, the New Arab conducted an analysis on UK mainstream media coverage of Israel’s genocide in Gaza. This did specifically focus on the rightwing press, but is still instructive. In particular, it looked at articles by the Times, the Telegraph, the Sun, and the Daily Mail. Notably, it identified that:

    in their headlines, all four sources exhibit bias against Palestinians in the following three ways: uniquely deploying a vast amount of emotive language when describing Israeli suffering, amplifying Israeli justifications for violence, and qualifying Palestinian deaths.

    Echoing these findings, researchers at the Centre for Media Monitoring (CfMM), an arm of the Muslim Council of Britain, produced a report on UK media coverage of Israel’s genocide against Palestinians. This research looked more comprehensively at the UK press, assessing 28 outlets, including the BBC.

    Again, it stated how:

    One noticeable feature of this coverage has been the use of imagery which has shown Israeli aggression or Palestinian suffering and headlines which have favoured an Israeli position or narrative. The dehumanisation of Palestinians in this respect starts with the minimisation of their suffering, effectively rendering them invisible despite the huge numbers of those killed whilst focusing solely on the deaths of Israelis.

    With the recent article, it’s clear that he BBC is firmly among this Zionist propaganda ecosystem. This liberally employs techniques like bias by omission, and passive language describing Israel in order to deprioritise Palestinians voices and experiences.

    Overall, the incident showed the BBC indisputably as the servile media handmaiden to a violent colonial state. This latest headline is testament to the fact the BBC – like Western establishment media en masse – promotes a hierarchy of human life. And a disabled Palestinian man’s life wasn’t worth enough to condemn the Israeli war criminals it has spent months unrepentantly whitewashing.

    Feature image via the Canary/BBC

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  • Just over two months ago, Israel forced more than a million Palestinians who were taking shelter in southern Gaza to flee, once again, to an area it designated as a “humanitarian safe zone” — an area that the Israeli military has since attacked at least 10 times, new research finds. According to London research group Forensic Architecture, the area in Al-Mawasi now sheltering thousands of…

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  • Americans who wish to financially support far right Israeli groups working to block humanitarian aid from entering Gaza are given tax incentives to do so, a new investigation finds. Reporting from The Associated Press and Israeli news site Shomrim finds that three groups that have worked to obstruct aid efforts in Gaza have gotten tax deductible donations from the U.S. and Israel.

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  • The BBC has changed a headline about Israel after viral condemnation.

    Israeli soldiers set a combat dog on a Palestinian man living with Down’s syndrome in Gaza during a raid of his family home. After the dog attacked 24 year old Muhammed, a solider told his mother they would “treat him”.

    The Israeli soldiers later expelled his mother and the rest of his family at gunpoint. Once they let Muhammed’s relatives back in a week later, his brother found him, who said: “he was lying on his stomach, his body had decayed and worms had begun to eat his face”.

    But this is how the BBC initially reported it:

    And in the BBC article itself, the reader has to scroll through several paragraphs before the outlet mentions the dog attacking Muhammed.

    After people’s condemnation of the framing went viral, the BBC then backtracked on the headline:

    A BBC pattern of pro-Israel coverage

    The article is the latest instance of the BBC propagandising for Israel. In another piece, the BBC painted Israel’s plans to colonise Gaza as “Who wouldn’t want a beach house?”

    This is consistent framing from the BBC on Israel’s colonial expansion. In a further piece, a BBC headline reads “Israel approves plans for 3,400 new homes in West Bank settlements”. In other words, Israel’s theft of more Palestinian land is something requiring simple planning approval from the coloniser, rather than something illegal.

    The BBC also often removes Israel as the perpetrator. One headline reads “Deadly air strike shows system to protect aid workers in crisis, agencies say”. Of course, the air strike merely fell out of the sky, Israel didn’t launch it, according to this headline.

    What’s more the attack in question was a triple strike, targeted on a World Central Kitchen aid worker convoy. It killed three British people, as well as others from Poland, Australia and Palestine. Within the BBC piece, it further seeks to obscure that Israel targeted the aid workers deliberately. In fact, Human Rights Watch has documented another seven instances where aid workers shared their location with Israel, only for the the state to kill or injure them.

    The BBC seems aligned with Israel’s propaganda strategy’, says its correspondent

    The BBC‘s own staff are concerned with its coverage. Beirut-based BBC correspondent Rami Ruhayem wrote an email to BBC director general Tim Davie on 1 May. And its full contents were just released.

    In the email, also forwarded to BBC News staff, Ruhayem said:

    I’ve seen evidence of bias in favour of Israel as well as evidence of a collapse in the application of basic standards and norms of journalism that seems aligned with Israel’s propaganda strategy. Such evidence has been pouring in for months at a dizzying pace

    Ruhayem also explained in the email that BBC senior figures and management are not taking staff concerns properly:

    Silence has been a common response to a mass of evidence-based critique of coverage.

    Other BBC journalists have also criticised the media outlet’s coverage. In a letter to Al Jazeera in November, eight UK-based BBC journalists wrote:

    The BBC has failed to accurately tell this story – through omission and lack of critical engagement with Israel’s claims – and it has therefore failed to help the public engage with and understand the human rights abuses unfolding in Gaza. Thousands of Palestinians have been killed since October 7. When will the number be high enough for our editorial stance to change?

    The BBC‘s reporting on Israel and Palestine has long been a disgrace. But it has only gotten worse since the violence escalated further.

    Featured image via The Telegraph – YouTube

    By James Wright

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  • Israel slammed Gaza with air strikes after their ghoulish prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to ramp up the pressure. The Israeli military said it had carried out 25 strikes in 24 hours.

    The health ministry in Gaza said 52 people, most of them women and children, had been killed in Israeli strikes over the previous 24 hours. The UN humanitarian office OCHA said multiple strikes across Gaza on Tuesday killed and wounded dozens. The territory’s civil defence agency said 30 people had been killed in three strikes in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, one on a UN-run school, another on a house and a third on a mosque.

    Ghoulish promises

    Netanyahu, who has repeatedly vowed to eradicate Hamas, insisted Tuesday that despite mounting pressure, there would be no let-up in Israel’s campaign against the militants. He said:

    This is exactly the time to increase the pressure even more, to bring home all the hostages – the living and the dead – and to achieve all the war objectives.

    He rammed home the point in a speech to parliament, saying:

    We have got them by the throat; we are on the road to absolute victory.

    What does absolute victory look like for the ghoul of Gaza? As many of us have seen on our social media feeds, apparently it looks like children being killed while they play football, body parts scattered around bomb sites, and entrails from children lying on the ground. It looks like bombing zones the Israeli military have designated safe. As Al Jazeera reported:

    The Israeli attacks on Tuesday hit the UN’s al-Razi school in the central Nuseirat refugee camp and a main street lined with market stalls in the southern al-Mawasi area, where thousands of displaced Palestinians had sought shelter.

    And:

    Among those killed was local journalist Mohammad Meshmesh. His death takes the number of journalists killed in the conflict to 160, the Gaza Government Media Office said.

    Netanyahu has never hidden his ambitions. Clearly, his definition of “absolute victory” is the ethic cleansing and genocide of Palestinians.

    Shelters bombed

    In southern Gaza, two people were killed in Israeli bombardment of the Shakush area, northwest of Rafah, a medical source at Nasser Hospital said.

    At least 90% of Gazans have been forced from their homes, many of them seeking refuge in UN-run schools. Seven of them have been hit by Israeli strikes since 6 July.

    Nearly 70% of UN-run schools across Gaza have been hit during more than nine months of fighting, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said on Tuesday. Umm Mohammed al-Hasanat, sheltering with her family at a UN-run school in Nuseirat, said:

    Why do they target us when we are innocent people?

    We do not carry weapons but are just sitting and trying to find safety for ourselves and our children.

    The UNRWA said:

    Over 95% of these schools were used as shelters when hit. 539 people sheltering in UNRWA facilities have been killed. Nowhere is safe. The blatant disregard for UN premises and humanitarian law must stop.

    ‘Nowhere is safe’ in Gaza

    A professor of international law at Queen Mary University, London, Neve Gordon, explained:

    If Netanyahu and his government succeed in rendering Israel’s version of proportionality acceptable among other state actors, then the laws of armed conflict will end up justifying rather than preventing genocidal violence. Indeed, the very architecture of the entire international legal order is now in the balance.

    As the West’s continued inaction has shown, the entire international legal order will indeed be upset.

    Netanyahu and his cabinet have never hidden their view of Palestinians as less than human. “Absolute victory” is a chilling phrase that, after nine months of relentless and brutal bombing, promises nothing less than the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

    Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

    Featured image via YouTube screenshot/Channel 4 News

    By The Canary

    This post was originally published on Canary.

  • As ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel stall – once again thanks to the latter – and the new Labour Party UK government refuses to change position on the International Criminal Court (ICC), people will be protesting for Palestine outside parliament – in a direct provocation against Keir Starmer.

    Israel: the genocide continues as Labour watches

    Israel killed dozens of Palestinians on Tuesday 16 July in three separate strikes, as it pounded the territory. Gaza civil defence spokesman Mahmud Bassal said the three air strikes killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens within an hour across the Palestinian territory. Israel confirmed it carried out two of the strikes.

    The health ministry said a strike on a fuel station in Al-Mawasi in southern Gaza killed 17 people, and the Palestinian Red Crescent said a separate strike at almost simultaneously hit the UN-run Al-Razi School in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, killing five people.

    Israel has now killed nearly 39,000 people in Gaza and displaced 90% of the population. However, the UK under the Labour Party is still toeing its line. As the Canary’s James Wright has been documenting, foreign secretary David Lammy recently met with Benjamin Netanyahu in what was a snivelling display of sycophancy.

    Then, independent MPs piled the pressure on Starmer. As Wright noted, they wrote to the PM calling on him to:

    • Suspend arms sales and licences.
    • Restore funding to UNRWA.
    • Stop the legal challenge to the ICC over its potential arrest warrants for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant.

    Of course, the Labour government is unlikely to listen to any of this.

    Hands around parliament

    So, a protest is taking place on Thursday 18 July to further pressure Starmer’s administration.

    Stop the War Coalition said in a statement:

    Israel is committing war crime after war crime. Meanwhile Keir Starmer and our new government continue to arm Israel and may be taking forward the blocking of the ICC’s decision to issue arrest warrants for Israel’s PM Netanyahu.

    On parliament’s first full day back, the Palestine coalition is calling for a hands round parliament protest this Thursday 18 July at 6pm. We are asking all our supporters in London and the South East to help us link hands around Parliament to show the new government the strength of feeling there is for a ceasefire and an end to arms sales to Israel.

    Join us on Thursday as we come together and form a ring of linked hands around Parliament to call on our political leaders to stop arming Israel and push for an immediate #CeasefireNOW in Gaza. Please assemble for a briefing in Parliament Sq. at 6pm before the protest begins.

    Given Labour’s near-identical stance on Israel as the Tories’, it is likely protests like this will continue unabated. How Starmer and his team respond is another matter entirely.

    Featured image via the Canary

    By Steve Topple

  • The emergence of the Muslim Vote group in Australia signifies a new dynamic in the political landscape. Unlike a traditional political party, this group focuses on educating and mobilising voters on specific issues, particularly those related to events and international injustice in Palestine. By supporting independent candidates in Labor-held seats in Western Sydney and Melbourne, the Muslim Vote mirrors the strategy of Climate 200, which successfully supported independents in Liberal-held seats during the 2019 and 2022 federal elections. However, the Muslim Vote has sparked significant backlash from the mainstream media and establishment politics, with sensationalist claims about the impending imposition of Sharia law and dire warnings about Australia’s future.

    The criticism of the Muslim Vote highlights a deep-seated inconsistency in Australian politics, where religious influence is selectively tolerated. For instance, former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Scott Morrison openly expressed their faiths while they were in office, as does the current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, albeit to a much lesser extent. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Milton Dick, is scheduled as a guest speaker at the ROAR Leaders Summit in September, organised by the evangelist Breakthrough Church to explore the Seven Mountains Mandate to conquer the key spheres of influence in society and “what God is doing in various spheres of influence” and the “importance of kingdom leadership”.

    The Christian Democrats have also maintained a political presence in New South Wales Parliament over many decades and although they are a very small political player, they do regularly feature in federal campaigns. This selective acceptance is evident in the continued recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in parliament and this raises questions about why Islamic influence is viewed with suspicion while other and sometimes more extreme and reactionary religious influences are accepted.

    The argument could – and should – be made that religion must be entirely absent from politics, reflecting the doctrine of separation of the church from state, a key feature of democratic systems for almost 400 years. However, since religious influence is already entrenched in Australian politics, is it fair to discriminate against Islamic participation while tolerating other faiths? The electorate, as the ultimate decision-maker, should determine the acceptability of religious influence through democratic processes. The current trend in Australia shows a decline in religious adherence, with fewer people attending church or other religious gatherings than ever before. Nonetheless, can the presence of religious individuals and their participation in politics be respected, provided it aligns with democratic principles?

    The political landscape in Australia has seen the detrimental effects of religious factions within political parties, particularly the influence of Pentecostalism. The Victorian Liberal Party, for example, has faced significant challenges due to the dominance of Pentecostal factions, rendering it unelectable in many respects. In contrast, the NSW Liberal Party appears to be cautiously navigating this issue, learning from the Victorian experience to avoid similar pitfalls. The upcoming state election in Queensland will further test the influence of religious factions within the Liberal–National Party.

    The case of Katherine Deves, a prominent Pentecostal figure who ran as a candidate for the Liberal Party in the 2022 federal election on religious–transgender issues and failed to reclaim the seat of Warringah from Zali Steggall, highlights the limited appeal of overtly religious candidates. Steggall, a relatively secular candidate, managed to resonate with her community more effectively, suggesting that voters prioritise local representation over religious affiliation – religion seems to be acceptable, as long as it remains a private matter. This trend is likely to influence the broader acceptance of groups like the Muslim Vote, as long as they focus on informing and empowering their communities on key issues such as Palestine as a political issue, rather than imposing religious doctrines.

    A potential game-changer in the upcoming federal election

    The influence of the Muslim Vote group on the next Australian federal election, especially in Labor-held seats in Western Sydney, is an issue of considerable interest. Drawing parallels to the British Muslim Vote group, which successfully supported four independent candidates against Labour contenders and reduced majorities in many other constituencies, the potential impact in Australia is significant. Although the British Parliament’s 650 seats render four victories relatively minor, the Australian Labor Party must take notice, especially given their narrow five-seat majority in a 151-seat parliament and the possible nominal loss of one seat due to electoral redistributions.

    The Muslim Vote group’s focus on Justice for Palestine is prominently displayed on their website and resonates with the concerns of many Muslim and non-Muslim Australians concerned about the ongoing genocide in Gaza. Key seats in Western Sydney, such as Watson and Blaxland, held by Tony Burke and Jason Clare respectively, have substantial Islamic populations – approximately 25 per cent in Watson and 31 per cent in Blaxland. While an Islamic background does not guarantee support for an independent candidate from the same background, even half of these populations voting independently could shift these seats into marginal territory, although the ultimate effect will depend on the quality of the independent candidates and the broader electoral context.

    Critics might argue that the influence of Muslim Vote in only a few seats is negligible. However, in a tightly contested election where every seat counts, this could be critical. Comparing the Muslim Vote to the Teal movement from 2019 onwards, or even further back to the rise of One Nation in 1997, provides a framework for understanding its potential impact. One Nation, though vastly different ideologically, similarly represented a group of disaffected voters finding a political voice and disrupting the status quo. The Prime Minister at the time, John Howard, used strategic “dog-whistling” and manipulative management of One Nation voters to bring them back to the Liberal Party, and these tactics highlight how mainstream parties can mitigate the effects of such movements, if they have the will and the skill to do this.

    For the Labor Party, understanding and addressing the grievances of Muslim Australians and others in the electorate who are deeply concerned and distressed about the government’s indifference to the events in Gaza, is crucial. This includes differentiating between legitimate concerns and misconceptions, many of which are perpetuated by sensationalist media coverage. The portrayal of the Muslim Vote as a gateway to Sharia law reflects a lack of understanding and a tendency to invoke fear rather than engage with the real issues. The vast majority of Muslims do not support such extreme interpretations, highlighting the diversity of thought within Islam – a complexity often overlooked by the media.

    Addressing the concerns of the Muslim Vote group does not imply yielding to extremist demands but rather recognising and integrating the legitimate aspirations of a significant community within Australia’s multicultural society. This approach could prevent the marginalisation of Muslim Australians and strengthen the democratic fabric of the nation. The upcoming federal election will test the extent to which the Labor Party can adapt to this new political reality and whether they can successfully engage with and integrate the voices represented by the Muslim Vote.

    The government’s misguided strategy of favouring conservative Jewish groups

    The current political behaviour of the Labor government regarding the Palestine issue is perplexing, especially given the historical context of political leaders navigating conflicting issues with skill – Howard’s adept and cynical management of One Nation is a case in point, demonstrating how a leader can keep various sides of an issue satisfied (to some extent) and minimise political risks to the government of the day.

    However, the Labor government’s approach to the Palestine issue seems to lack this nuanced strategy. They have already lost a Senator over this issue and risk losing additional seats in Western Sydney due to their alignment with Israel over Palestine. This approach not only jeopardises their standing in specific constituencies but also fails to offer any clear electoral advantage elsewhere in the country. Why would a government continue down a path that has lost a member of Caucus, produced great hostility with its membership and supporters, and could ultimately result in losing either its parliamentary majority, or losing government entirely at the next federal election?

    The influence of the right-wing Israel lobby within Australian politics is evident in these actions and the decision by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to appoint a special envoy to combat antisemitism, Jillian Segal, further illustrates this point. While addressing antisemitism is undoubtedly important, the choice of Segal, who is known for her pro-Israel and Zionist stance, and support of the Israel Defense Forces’ actions in Gaza, raises serious concerns, and the appointment favours conservative Jewish lobby groups while sidelining progressive Jewish voices.

    This appointment has been criticised by members of the Jewish community who feel it misrepresents the diversity of Jewish perspectives on Israel and Palestine. Sarah Schwartz, CEO of the Jewish Council of Australia, did emphasise that antisemitism is a serious and rising issue, but suggested the government’s choice of envoy who lacks a background in fighting anti-racism and, instead, has a history of lobbying for Israel, could be used politically to stifle voices supporting Palestinian rights and does not enhance the safety of Jewish people in Australia.

    The Labor government’s siding with the conservative side of the Jewish community, particularly in the context of appointing a pro-Israel envoy, illustrates their alignment with certain influential lobby groups. This strategy, however, overlooks the broader spectrum of Jewish opinions and fails to address the legitimate concerns of those who support Palestinian human rights. By not engaging with these progressive voices, the government risks alienating a significant portion of the electorate that values a more balanced and human-rights-focused approach to the Israel–Palestine conflict.

    Symbolic gestures fall short in addressing broader issues of discrimination

    Prime Minister Albanese announced that he would also appoint a special envoy to combat Islamophobia, but this announcement seems to have come as an afterthought rather than a serious commitment. Islamophobia has long been a significant issue for the Islamic community in Australia and if the government was genuinely committed to combating discrimination, why not announce the special envoy for Islamophobia simultaneously with the one for antisemitism? The staggered approach suggests a reactive rather than a proactive stance, casting doubt on the sincerity of these initiatives.

    The necessity and efficacy of these special envoys are debatable. Australia already has an Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and a Human Rights Commission that have been effectively addressing issues of discrimination for years. Appointing additional special envoys seems redundant and politically motivated, serving more as a token gesture than a genuine solution. Antisemitism is unacceptable, as is any form of discrimination. However, creating specific envoy positions without a comprehensive strategy appears to be more about appeasement than about real change.

    The broader issue at stake is how to combat all forms of discrimination and ensure that every Australian citizen lives safely and peacefully, without harassment based on their background or beliefs. The focus should not be on protecting certain segments of society while neglecting others but on fostering an inclusive environment for all. The government’s current strategy, marked by knee-jerk reactions and a lack of comprehensive planning, falls short of this ideal.

    A more thoughtful approach would involve a genuine commitment to addressing all forms of discrimination equally and transparently. This means listening to and incorporating the voices of all affected communities, not just the most politically influential ones. It means leveraging existing frameworks such as the Human Rights Commission more effectively rather than creating redundant positions. Ultimately, it requires a shift from reactive to proactive governance, where the safety and wellbeing of all citizens are paramount.

    The Labor government’s current handling of the Palestine issue and its approach to addressing discrimination reflect a problematic strategy driven more by political appeasement than by genuine commitment to justice and equality. A more inclusive and proactive strategy is essential to ensure that all Australians, regardless of their background, can live free from discrimination and harassment.

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