Edinburgh University students have occupied the George Square Lecture Theatre. This is the 19th occupation (3rd in Scotland) in what has been described as a reawakening of the spirit of ‘68. (Edinburgh Blog / Facebook). Around 30 students of Edinburgh University are currently peacefully occupying George Square Lecture Theatre in protest at Israel’s actions in Gaza, and to encourage the University to accept a list of demands which were put to them in the form of a petition this morning.
by Mustafa Barghouthi When I am asked about Palestinian identity, one idea keeps coming to mind. I was told it would be translated into English as “steadfastness.” I looked up what a steadfast person would be like and the dictionary says, “One marked by firm determination or resolution–not shakable–of firm convictions and strong resolve. A man of unbendable perseverance and unwavering loyalty.” Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi: A leading Palestinian politician defends his people and their nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation. That’s
Campus sit-ins began as a response to the Gaza attacks, but unrest is already spilling over to other issues. Emily Dugan reports They are the iPod generation of students: politically apathetic, absorbed by selfish consumerism, dedicated to a few years of hedonism before they land a lucrative job in the City. Not any more. A seismic change is taking place in British universities. Around the UK, thousands of students have occupied lecture theatres, offices and other buildings at more than
[VANCOUVER – Jan. 22, 2009] – Just days after the end of a violent confrontation between Israel and the militant Palestinian organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Canadians offer harsh criticism to both parties involved in the conflict, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll has found. On Dec. 27, Israel launched a military operation in Gaza seeking to stop rocket fire coming into its southern border. The Israeli government holds Hamas—a military and political organization in charge of Gaza—responsible for
By Andrew Sullivan Photo: Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP/Getty Images. A Palestinian schoolgirl inspects her classroom which was burnt during Israel’s offensive, at UNRWA’s (UN Relief and Works Agency) primary school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on January 24, 2009. Some 200,000 Gaza children returned to school for the first time since Israel’s offensive, many having lost family members, their home and their sense of security. The main UNRWA centre and several schools were destroyed by Israeli bombing during the
By Jamie Glazov Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law school professor. FP: Alan M. Dershowitz, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Dershowitz: Thank you. FP: What were the key issues on your mind during the Gaza war? Dershowitz: Hamas figured out how to win a media victory by sacrificing its own civilians. It was committing a double war crime by targeting Israeli civilians from behind Palestinian human shields. This despicable and unlawful tactic could never have succeeded without
By Noam Chomsky and Assaf Kfoury Noam Chomsky interviewed by Assaf Kfoury For more than three weeks, starting December 27th, Gaza and its 1.5 million people bore the brunt of a massive Israeli military campaign, supported and abetted by the US government. While Israel has now stopped its devastating air and ground operations in Gaza, it continues the total blockade from both the land and the sea, still pursuing the futile goal of trying to destroy Hamas and allied resistance
Issued by Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) The Congress of South African Trade Union is pleased to announce that its members, dock workers belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) achieved a victory last night when they stood firm by their decision not to offload the Johanna Russ, a ship that was carrying Israeli goods to South Africa. This, despite threats to COSATU members from sections of the pro-Israeli