By Simon Friend
February 26, 2009
Activities and campaigns marking the Fifth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will be held next week on campuses around the country. In previous years, events have taken place in Oxford, Manchester, London and Edinburgh universities, as well as more than 40 other campuses around the world. The main aims outlined on the organisation’s website are “to achieve full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and an end to the occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands — including the Golan Heights, the Occupied West Bank with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”. A further aim is to “educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement”. Previous speakers have included prominent Jewish anti-Zionist academics such as LSE emeritus professor, Jonathan Rosenhead, member of the British Committee for Universities of Palestine.