Donnachie loses appeal as Scots judge rules no injustice at trial

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat last March at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a "terrorist".

Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last S


Viva Palestina's Gaza aid route - through Syria

By Jessica Elgot, April 25, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists Viva Palestina are to send a convoy of trucks through Syria to Gaza – despite protests and withdrawals from their own members.

The charity, co-founded by Respect MP George Galloway, launched the convoy which departed last Sunday from the UK.


'Blood libel' cleric Salah returns to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 17, 2012

Controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah returned to Israel last night – after a ten month stay in Britain.

Israeli media reported that Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained briefly by security forces at Ben-Gurion Airport but was later released.


Israel readies itself for mass fly-in

By Nathan Jeffay, April 12, 2012

Israel is preparing itself for a mass fly-in by Palestinian activists from around the world.

Hundreds of activists plan to board planes across Europe on Sunday and Monday and touch down at Ben Gurion airport to protest what they have described in a statement as "Israel's giant system of control" which prevents "the imprisoned Palestinians" from receiving international visitors.


Blogger emerges from anti-Israel ordeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A blogger questioned by police on suspicion of harassing anti-Israel demonstrators says he is a victim of "lawfare" tactics employed against supporters of Israel.

Richard Millett attended a protest outside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum last December.

He filmed demonstrators from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who were encouraging visitors t


In London, more needed to face down the bullies

April 4, 2012

London's Global March to Jerusalem demonstration took place last Friday evening opposite the Israeli Embassy.

About 15-20 Israel supporters turned up, the usual stalwarts who put themselves on the line to face a barrage of abuse from the bully boys of the PSC.


Battle of the maps takes a new turn

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2012

The Israel Government Tourist Office has been cleared of breaching advertising standards for a promotion of Jerusalem in the latest battle over tourism publicity.

More than a half dozen complaints over adverts for Israel or the Palestinian Territories have been adjudicated by the Advertising Standards Authority over the past three years.

Only a fortnight ago, the ASA upheld a complaint again


Israel buckles down for 'March to Jerusalem'

March 29, 2012

Israel is gearing up for another mass demonstration and potential incursions along its borders on Friday, as thousands are expected to take part in the "Global March to Jerusalem". Organisers expect demonstraters to arrive from all over the world.

Israel will deploy more than 2,000 border police throughout the West Bank to stave off disturbances.


Fayyad warns of new intifada

March 1, 2012

The Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, warned this week that "the security calm could collapse any moment".

Mr Fayyad was speaking following a round of violent confrontations between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces over the weekend in which one Palestinian man was killed.


BBC defends rap song censorship

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The BBC Trust has defended the censoring of a rap song which contained the words "Free Palestine".

The Trust's ruling - which was made on the basis of upholding impartiality - prompted pro-Palestinian activists to claim that the Corporation had an "institutionalised bias against the Palestinians".

When rapper Mic Righteous performed on a BBC Radio 1Xtra show, he sang: "I still have the same