Palestine

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

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Fast women of the Middle East feel the burn

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

In the male-dominated world of streetcar racing, three Palestinian women racers have begun their quest for international glory - starting in the UK.

The Middle East's first all-girl streetcar racing team, "Speed Sisters", were in London this week and training at Silverstone race track. They are three female drivers from Ramallah and Bethlehem, sponsored by the British consulate in Jerusalem.

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UNESCO cuts funding for 'antisemitic' Palestinian magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

UNESCO has cut off funding to a Palestinian children’s magazine that was revealed to have featured articles glorifying Adolf Hitler.

A human rights organisation, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, had sent a public letter of complaint to the UN’s cultural arm about its sponsorship of the ‘antisemitic’ publication, Zayzafuna.

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Deal struck for Hamas to join the PLO

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The terrorist organisation Hamas is planning to join the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

The partnership, agreed on at a meeting in Cairo on Thursday, marks the next step in efforts to forge unity between long-time rivals Hamas and Fatah.

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UNESCO criticised for 'antisemitic' Palestinian kids magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The UN’s cultural arm has been criticised by a human rights organisation for publishing a magazine featuring an "antisemitic" article that praised Adolf Hitler.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre took issue with the UNESCO magazine for Palestinian children, which in February 2011 carried an article by a young girl about meeting the Nazi leader in a dream.

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Study says Reuters biased in favour of Palestinians

By Eti Shechtman, December 22, 2011

An academic study carried out by Roosevelt University in the US has concluded that Reuters' coverage of the Middle East conflict is systematically biased in favour of the Palestinians.

The study, which took three months, claims to have found over 1,100 "ethical" or "reporting" failures in a sample of 50 Reuters articles.

The "failures" were divided into three broad categories - "propaganda",

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MEP sorry for 'put pressure on diaspora' blog

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.

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Palestinian mission rapped over Israel map

By Simon Rocker, December 8, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against the Palestinians' diplomatic mission to the UK for displaying a map which included the whole of Israel as part of Palestine.

The map, decked in red, green and black, the colours of the Palestinian flag, appeared on a tourist section of the mission's website called "Discover Palestine".

Barrister Jonathan Turner, head of the Z

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Board urges FCO to police Palestinian site

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Board of Deputies has clashed with the Foreign Office over the content of articles on the website of the Palestinian Mission in Britain.

President Vivian Wineman said the Board was "pretty angry" that the Foreign Office had refused to take action over the mission's promotion of work by Israeli-born antisemite Gilad Atzmon.

The website publishes news and information about the Palestinian

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Lauren Booth's attack points up new split in PSC

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activist Lauren Booth has launched a vitriolic attack on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for dissociating itself from antisemitic musician Gilad Atzmon, saying the central office should be working "to end Zionism".

Her comments highlight the internal divisions in the PSC, between the national body and its more radical branches.

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