On this day: Mahmoud Darwish dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Darwish was an iconic figure to the Palestinians; a poet, but also a prominent political voice. When he died he was mourned by ten thousand Palestinians and the Ramallah Cultural Palace was renamed in his honour.


The real issue is September

By Uri Dromi, August 4, 2011

What has caused the Prime Minister to - apparently - change his mind and accept the 1967 borders as a basis for peace talks?

Surely he hasn't, in the past few weeks, discovered some new data which sheds a different light on the question of defensible borders.


Has Netanyahu caved in to Obama's border plan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be moving closer to the international plan for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders.

A letter sent by Mr Netanyahu to the Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington three weeks ago, parts of which were leaked to the press this week, revealed the shift in his policy.


Pilgrimages a 'Christian Disneyland'

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned of the vulnerability of Christian communities in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dr Rowan Williams said British Christians need to do more to support the continued sustainability of groups in the West Bank.


Lush: Saudia Arabia gets under our skin

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

Skincare company Lush says concerns about the lack of a "mixed" workforce would prevent it opening a store in Israel - but it operates stores in Saudi Arabia.

And this week the company, which has just opened a new store in Brent Cross, north-west London, defended its decision to promote a pro-Palestinian song on its website.

Customers have been challenging staff in the Lush store in Brent Cr


Abbas urges protests to advance September UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for large-scale Arab Spring style protests in the West Bank to build up support for the planned bid for statehood at the United Nations.


Voices of dissent at Leeds council event

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2011

Leeds City Council has been criticised for allowing a pro-Palestinian speaker to address crowds, including South African dignitaries, at an anti-apartheid event.

Voices of Apartheid, a project which documents Leeds campaigners' involvement in the anti-apartheid movement, was launched last week at Leeds City Museum, attended by the Mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo, and the South African Deputy Hig


Palestinians: no to peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

An opinion survey carried out in the West Bank and Gaza shows a Palestinian public largely against a peace solution with Israel.

In a survey carried out by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, only 34 per cent of the sample accepted US President Barack Obama's proposal of a two-state solution, while 61 per cent rejected it.


Ivor Dembina's show no joke for protester

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Jewish comedian has called for an investigation and threatened legal action after a protester disrupted his set at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, urging him to reveal his anti-Israel views.

Ivor Dembina, founder of the Hampstead Comedy Club, was performing in Ivy House in Golders Green on Monday, as part of an Edinburgh Festival preview, when protester Harvey Garfield interrupted his set.


Don't target Hatton Garden, jewellers say

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

Pro-Palestine demonstrators have organised a protest in London's Hatton Garden as part of a campaign to boycott Israeli diamonds, which they claim "fund war crimes".

Diamond traders have raised concerns about the plans by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which call on demonstrators to gather in August to picket the famous London street lined with jewellery shops.