17 May 2021 As part of its ongoing war on two million Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, on 15 May 2021, the Israeli air force destroyed an “11-storey building in Gaza City housing some 60 residential apartments and a number of offices, including those of Al Jazeera Media Network and The Associated Press,” after giving a one-hour warning to its residents to evacuate it. 

These attacks have resulted, at the time of writing, in the killing of 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, in the Gaza Strip, 11 in the West Bank, and over a thousand injured throughout the territory.

Today, we mark the 73rd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe).

Despite the deep pain and grave loss of lives and livelihoods, most Palestinians see rays of hope on the horizon and feel proud for standing up to Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid across historic Palestine. 

We Palestinians are facing yet another massacre in besieged Gaza, resisting ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley and rising against oppression in our cities in Historic Palestine. Israel’s military and policing arsenal, is raining death and destruction on our loved ones, families and friends. It is bolstered by arms exports from the United States and European countries and flourishing military ties across the globe, making all those involved complicit in this colonial violence. 

Most mainstream media outlets are parroting apartheid Israel’s propaganda morally equating the violence of the nuclear-powered oppressor with the resistance of the oppressed. In a typically colonial inversion of the truth, they whitewash the violence of apartheid Israel as “violent clashes” between the “two sides.” Here are 3 key points to remember in your reporting or when refuting this myth:

In many countries, governments and corporations are deeply complicit with Israel’s decades-old regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, just as they were complicit in the apartheid regime in South Africa. Israel can only sustain this regime of oppression with international complicity.  Here are the 5 most effective things YOU can do to challenge this complicity and support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality:

Dear Pearson Education,  We the undersigned Palestinian teachers’ unions and schools’ councils, all working in Palestinian schools that use the IGCSE curriculum, or higher education institutions that accept IGCSE graduates, are writing this letter to add our voices to those calling for withdrawing all copies of the biased versions of two GCSE books, revised under political pressure from Israel lobby groups in the UK.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society which leads the global BDS movement, expresses its deep solidarity with the Colombian people, our brothers and sisters who today are struggling against the brutality and repression of their far-right government, particularly given the deteriorating socio-economic conditions that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (TACBI), supported by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian academics, and the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE), strongly protest the decision by the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) to move its 6th conference from its original designated location at the University of Manouba in Tunisia, which was supposed to be held on 19-23rd September 2022.

Over the last number of weeks Palestinian protests to #SaveSheikhJarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem, have grown in size. They have been met with brutal repression by Israeli apartheid security forces, including police officers trained in Israel’s police training academy partially owned by G4S and Allied Universal. 

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