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Co-op ditches ethics in purge of Palestine-related bank accounts

The Co-operative Bank – formerly known for its relatively ethical practices – has unilaterally closed the accounts of at least 20 groups involved in Palestine solidarity efforts – including the national PSC itself. This week the Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched a legal case against the bank on the grounds of discrimination. It is also urging … Continue reading

Students pour scorn on Israeli embassy propagandist

Guest post by Ellen Lee and Eman Salem, University of Kent Palestinian Solidarity Group On 10 November, several members of the Kent Palestinian Solidarity Group gathered in front of the Powell Lecture Theatre building on the Canterbury Christchurch campus to demonstrate against a talk being given that evening, by Israeli Embassy representative Rony Yadidia. Her … Continue reading

Tributes to Gaza children inspire art show

A Faversham project to mark the deaths of Gazan children during the 2014 massacre by Israel has now inspired an art exhibition opening in Margate next month. Faversham artists Bob Lamoon and Natalie Banaigs asked local people to respond to the children’s killing by placing small floral tributes in public places. The idea, called ‘I … Continue reading

University faces storm over Israel Embassy event

Canterbury Christchurch University (CCCU) has provoked a storm of criticism over its decision to host a lecture by Rony Yedidia, Israel’s Director of Public Affairs in the UK. The university’s debating society was approached by the Israeli Embassy, offering a speaker visit, which the university agreed to. Ms Yedidia requested that her identity be concealed … Continue reading

‘Women can do anything’, declares co-op founder

On 30 October it was an honour for us to host Nawal Slemiah, the formidable, passionate and talented founder of the Women In Hebron handicrafts co-operative. The co-operative has empowered hundreds of women from the city of Hebron and its surrounding villages, it offers a crucial income for families and it preserves and continues the … Continue reading

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