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Media ignores the suffering in Palestine

08 July 2006
The mainstream media has failed to report the real issues behind the Israeli invasion.

‘We are stranded in Gaza with no power’

08 July 2006
As the Israeli siege of Gaza continued on Friday of last week, Palestinian refugee Fatima Helow contacted a friend who lives in Gaza City. He explained the situation to her. He did not want to give his name for fear of Israeli action against him

Palestine under siege: Israel holds a nation hostage

01 July 2006
Every inhabitant of the Gaza Strip knows what it is like to be held hostage by the Israeli state. It is the daily reality for the Palestinian population in one of the most densely inhabited places on the planet.

Israel sets a new trap for the Palestinian people

24 June 2006
At the heart of the tensions is disagreement over a "peace process" which is controlled by Israel and its backers in the US. The trigger for armed conflict could be a referendum set for July on the terms for peace with Israel.

Palestinians are never safe from Israeli attacks

17 June 2006
The British papers greeted the recent heatwave with pictures of crowded beaches. In Gaza, one of the most crowded corners of this planet, the beach provides one of few escapes.

Murder made in US and Britain

19 May 2006
Israel has abandoned any pretence of being interested in peace with the Palestinian people. It is using all its force – its US-supplied tanks, weapons and fighter jets – to crush a people's resistance. Israel has inflicted decades of repression, brutality and humiliation on the Palestinian people.

Palestine twinning campaign

06 May 2006
‘When the twinning conference in Palestine was planned in 2005, there was not yet a date for the Palestinian election. Following a conference in Camden last September, Palestinian delegates wanted to take the twinning movement forward by hosting a conference in the West Bank. The Hamas government had not been elected.

Paradise Now: film as a form of resistance

15 April 2006
Paradise Now, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, follows two Palestinian suicide bombers during their final days. It won the award for best foreign film at this year’s Golden Globes. In his acceptance speech, Hany said that he hoped the prize would bring "a recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally".

Outrage at Israeli siege of Jericho

18 March 2006
Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian jail in the West Bank town of Jericho on Tuesday, just after British and US forces, who were monitoring it, deserted the complex. At least one Palestinian police officer and one prisoner were killed by the Israelis.

Palestine solidarity in Camden

18 March 2006
A women’s delegation from the Palestinian town of Abu Dis visited Camden, north London, last week as part of the twinning project launched two years ago by the Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association.

Hip-hop is part of Palestine’s cultural intifada

25 February 2006
It's a hot night in the centre of the Palestinian West Bank town of Ramallah. Tonight the peace is disturbed not by the Islamic call to prayer or Israeli gunfire but by the sound of hip-hop music.

Hamas – ‘We have the people’s support’

04 February 2006
The Islamic movement Hamas last week won 73 of the 132 seats in the Palestinian parliament. The result stunned Western governments. Musheer al-Masri, the Hamas MP for the northern Gaza Strip, spoke to Socialist Worker by telephone

Munich: exploring the oppressors' troubled conscience

28 January 2006
Munich explores the moral disintegration of the Israeli hit squad assembled by Mossad, the Israeli secret service, to track down and execute the Palestinian "terror gang" known as Black September.

Analysing Zionism

21 January 2006
The state of Israel was founded in 1948 when Zionist militias — with the connivance of British authorities — embarked on a brutal ethnic cleansing programme that drove over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes, an event known as the Naqba, or catastrophe.

Ariel Sharon: Butcher of Beirut, not a man of peace

14 January 2006
The media is presenting critically ill Israeli leader Ariel Sharon as a ‘peacemaker’, but Palestinian Fatima Helou looks at his brutal record

George Galloway and Big Brother

14 January 2006
George Galloway has issued his own statement about appearing on Big Brother. In it he says he did it to raise money for a Palestinian charity, which he will, and to reach out to an audience turned off by conventional politics.

Palestine's songs of resistance

17 December 2005
For as long as the Palestinians have endured occupation and oppression—first under the British in the 1920-30s, then by the Israeli state after 1948—they have produced writers and poets who have articulated not only humiliation and despair, but also resistance and the hope of liberation.

Can Peretz bring peace to Palestine?

03 December 2005
Cynicism, from the most unexpected quarters, has greeted Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to quit the far right Likud Party and seek re-election as the leader who will make lasting "peace" with the Palestinian people.

Free Palestine

29 October 2005
Hundreds of activists attended a conference on Palestine, Israel and the Law in central London last Saturday. The conference was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Reviews round-up

08 October 2005
Palestinian poster exhibition

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