Ariel Settlement University

The motion below has been passed overwhelmingly by Exeter UCU:

Branch notes that Israeli settlements in occupied territory constitute a breach of international law, as is affirmed by (among many others) the British Government, the United Nations (Security Council and General Assembly), the International Court of Justice, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention.

Branch notes therefore that, because Ariel University is built in a settlement, for the University of Exeter to recognise degrees from Ariel University, or to collaborate with Ariel University in any way, would be complicity in the breaking of international law.

Don’t let science legitimise Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Open letter in the Guardian…

Educational trip to Kraków and Auschwitz

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is again organising an educational trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp and to Kraków in Poland.
The aim of the trip is to offer a greater
understanding of the Holocaust.

We will be based in Kraków, once one of the
great Jewish centres of Europe. Between June
1942 and March 1943, the Nazis ‘cleared out’
the city’s Jewish Ghetto, where the Nazis had
forced Jews to live, and sent all the inhabitants to extermination camps.

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KITES & KEYS

Waltham Forest Remembers Palestinian ‘Nakba’
(1948 catastrophe)
Bring your picnic!
Join us for a celebration in
Walthamstow Town Square!
4th May 1pm – 4pm• Kite decorating • Dabke dance workshop
• Poetry readings • Henna art & face painting
• Handmade gifts from Palestine
• Speakers from local Palestine solidarity organisations incl.
WFCOM, trade unions, Jewish groups, Cyclist for Palestine and more!

Stop British Corporations from Celebrating Human Rights Abusers

For several years the Horse Show has provided a platform for the Bahrain royal family – guilty of violently suppressing pro-democracy protests at home – by inviting them as guests of honour; accepting their financial support; displaying Bahrain signage; and naming events after members of the Bahrain royal family, no questions asked. Photographs of the King of Bahrain sat alongside the Queen at the event are trumpeted both within and outside Bahrain as evidence of acceptance by the international community.

But the reality is very different from the glossy images. In Bahrain – where pro-democracy activists are jailed for years for sending a tweet – the families of UK-based campaigners are detained on the day of the event and told to call their relatives to call off any protests.

Support the Legal Complaint…
Read our branch statement on the Royal Windsor Horse Show…

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) say:

We want to hold Land Rover, Rolex and HPower to account  for refusing to treat the infringement of human rights and civil liberties as a serious crime. 

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Petition: To impose an immediate two-way arms embargo between the UK and Israel

Trading arms with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law.

On the 30th March 2018, Israel murdered 15 and injured 1,500 Palestinians, who protested the occupation and siege on Gaza.

The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, was only one example of Israel’s acts of violence against the Palestinian people. Yet UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces.

Israeli military and industry sources openly attribute the success of Israeli exports to the weapons and technologies being ‘combat proven.’

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Friends and colleagues call for justice for Giulio two years on

Friends and colleagues of murdered Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni gathered to protest at the Egyptian embassy with campaigners from Amnesty International and the UCU union on 2 February, marking the second anniversary of the discovery of his body. This protest followed a vigil of around 150 people in Cambridge on the anniversary of Giulio’s disappearance.

Giulio’s friend, journalist Laurie Blair spoke at the protest:
“We, the friends of Giulio Regeni, will not forget about him. We will not be silent. We will resist any cynical attempt to divide us, because we know who our enemy is. We will stand firm and support each other, knowing that we cannot bring Giulio back to his family, but we can try to prevent the same horror from happening to others.

We will not rest until you, who are ultimately responsible for our friend’s murder, are made to pay for your crimes.”

Read the full speech online here…

Early Day Motion on Bahrain

SENTENCES HANDED DOWN TO RELATIVES OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR ALWADAEI AND SITUATION IN BAHRAIN

This is the title of Early Day Motion 509 that we would like to urge your MP to sign. It can be read here on the Parliament website…

And here is the page through which anyone who needs to can find their MP’s contact details https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

If you would like to have a model letter to send you MP, can we suggest the following:
I write to express concern for the treatment of prominent UK-based Bahraini activist and Director of Advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and that of his family, and urge you to sign EDM 509 to draw the government’s attention to the matter.

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, having sought refuge in the UK to avoid persecution and torture in Bahrain, has been targeted in reprisal for his human rights activities in the UK.

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Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane

Urgent Statement by academics and activists

We, the undersigned academics and human rights activists, insist that the leaders of Russia, Iran, and the U.S. ensure that the sovereignty of Syrian borders is not breached by Turkey and that the people of Afrin in Syria, be allowed to live in peace.

Afrin, whose population is predominantly Kurdish, is one of the most stable and secure regions in Syria. With very little international aid, Afrin has taken in so many Syrian refugees in the last five years that its population has doubled to 400,000. Afrin is now surrounded by enemies: Turkish-supported jihadi groups, al Qaeda, and Turkey.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to attack the U.S. military’s Kurdish partners – the Kurdish YPG or People’s Protection Units – with which the US has been allied against ISIS. Turkey accuses the YPG of being “terrorists” despite the YPG’s long track record of setting up local democratic governing councils in each of the towns it has liberated from ISIS and its repeated statements that it has no interest in Turkey and wishes to function only as a defense force for Syrian Kurds and other ethnicities living in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), also known as “Rojava,” which includes Afrin.… Read on ...