Palestinian unity government no step towards justice

Kim Bullimore After seven years of internecine fighting, the two largest Palestinian political factions, Hamas and Fatah, have formed a technocratic “unity government” in Ramallah. Sworn in on 2 June, the 17-member assembly consists of non-aligned academics, businessmen and independents. The swearing-in...CONTINUE READING

Murder and lies in Palestine

Kim Bullimore Israeli occupation forces continue to deny killing two Palestinian teenagers during a protest marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (the “catastrophe”) despite video footage showing they were shot in cold blood. On 15 May, 17-year-old Muhammad al-Thahir and 15-year-old Nadim Nuwarah we...CONTINUE READING

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

Kim Bullimore More than 100 Palestinian political prisoners have been on hunger strike since 24 April. They are protesting Israel’s administrative detention regime, under which people are locked up without charge or trial. Under the regime, Palestinians are detained using secret “evidence”. Israel has r...CONTINUE READING

Anger continues over ferry tragedy

Kim Bullimore More than 30,000 South Koreans joined a candlelight protest on 17 May to demand that the right wing Park Geun-hye government take responsibility for the Sewol ferry disaster. The Sewol capsized on 16 April with 476 people on board. However, due to a botched rescue attempt by government aut...CONTINUE READING

Bloodshed at Nakba

Kim Bullimore Two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces on Thursday 15 May, as they participated in a protest rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (the “catastrophe”) and in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners outside Ofer Prison in the Occupied West Ba...CONTINUE READING

Crony capitalism and the South Korean ferry tragedy

Kim Bullimore The tragic death of more than 300 South Korean students last month has revealed starkly the menace of neoliberal economics. The students were aboard the Sewol ferry, on a school trip, when it capsized with 476 passengers and crew on board. Only 170 people managed to escape. Hopes for the r...CONTINUE READING

Palestine solidarity scores a victory

Kim Bullimore On 24 April, Sydney University Professor Jake Lynch and his legal team claimed victory in the first round of a legal case brought against him for supporting the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. The BDS campaign, which was launched by Palestinian civil society i...CONTINUE READING

Palestine solidarity still under attack

Kim Bullimore In October 2013, the Israel-based law centre Shurat HaDin filed a test case in the Australian Federal Court against Professor Jake Lynch, the director of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, over his support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...CONTINUE READING

Christmas in Bethlehem

Kim Bullimore The festive season is once again here. Nativity scenes abound in public squares, churches and even shopping centres, depicting the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Christmas carols and songs of joy are sung remembering this little town. The Bethlehem that exists in popular consciousness is th...CONTINUE READING