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…
Waltham Forest Remembers Palestinian ‘Nakba’
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!
On Wednesday 21st November, a group of residents from Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign presented a petition to the full council meeting, requesting that the council ‘Safeguard Palestinian Solidarity’.  This was in response to the recent adoption of the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, without any caveat that would enable Palestinians and their supporters to continue to speak out freely about harmful actions of the Israeli government.
Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign are pleased that in response to our petition councillors Sirajul Islam, Kevin Brady, and Mayor John Biggs made supporting statements in solidarity with Palestine. All three noted that it is not racist to criticise Israel. After the petition Councillor Andrew Wood suggested that Israel’s policies might be ‘war crimes’. 
In light of this, we are disappointed that the Mayor chose to reject our petition at full council, and not make a clear commitment to protect freedom of speech.… Read on ...
What is undeniable is that an atrocity has taken place. Whether or not we discover the full story, Khashoggi is a victim of state murder by agents of a regime synonymous with repression and his death has provoked global outrage. The killing is anything but an isolated event….
Read the full branch statement “Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia and the Labour Movement”, which may be downloaded here….
The last branch meeting also asked Dave to draft a motion formally expressing our position.
This may be read here…
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.
Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) say:
… Read on ...
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.
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.’