Free Britain’s Palestinian political prisoner

6th July 2011 Socialist Action 0

By Frances Davis

Britain’s current detention of Sheikh Raed Salah, the high profile and well-respected Palestinian political leader, represents a serious attack on the right to political expression and an attempt to suppress the views of a popular representative who opposes Israeli state policies against the Palestinians. Britain’s arrest of him, essentially because of his political views, is a stepping up of cooperation with Israel’s attempts to suppress the growing solidarity movement.

Young people fighting for Palestine

29th June 2011 Socialist Action 0

By Jennifer Nash

The youth movement for Palestine in Britain has continued to strengthen, with a number of significant advances.

The growing support for Palestine amongst young people in Britain has finally encouraged the National Union of Students (NUS) to join the growing movement for justice and peace for Palestine.

Photo: Rusty Stewart

Palestinian struggle advances as unity is restored

6th May 2011 Socialist Action 0

By Andrew Williams

The unity agreement signed this week in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah marks a significant step forward in the Palestinian struggle. Under the deal there will be an interim government running the West Bank and Gaza Strip whilst preparations are made for parliamentary and presidential elections within the year. Elaboration of the agreement will unfold over coming weeks, but initial steps are already being implemented, such as on TV broadcasting where the principal Fatah-controlled station is transmitting again in Gaza and Hamas is back on air in the West Bank.

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The Israeli-Palestinian Authority talks

20th September 2010 Socialist Action 0

 By Andrew Williams

Freedom For Palestine

Photo: Walt Jabsco

The direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that began in early September will go nowhere. Presented by the US as negotiations to create a Palestinian state, in fact the objectives of the US and other participants are not this at all. For the US and Israel the current framework of talks allows them to set an agenda that reinforces the occupation – as happened in the Oslo talks (1992-3) and subsequent negotiation processes – simultaneously settlements expand, more Palestinians are displaced, and Israeli missiles are fired on Gaza, whilst Palestinians are told they must not resist. The objectives are to weaken Palestinian resolve, deepen the internal Palestinian divisions, enhance the US’s image in the region and rehabilitate Israel’s battered international reputation. For Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s chosen negotiating partner, it is hoped the international stage can bolster his reduced standing. Amongst Palestinians there is widespread understanding of, and consequently little support for, this framework.