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

African refugees stand up to Israeli racism

Kim Bullimore More than 3000 Sudanese and Eritrean refugees and their Israeli supporters took to the streets of Tel Aviv on 21 December, chanting “No more prison! We are Refugees! We want Freedom!” The protest comes in the wake of two unprecedented acts of civil disobedience in which hundreds of African...CONTINUE READING

Why the Palestinians don’t have a partner for peace

Kim Bullimore US Secretary of State John Kerry in early November chaired the latest round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. His visit to the region was downbeat, highlighting once again the failure of the US-backed “peace process”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pr...CONTINUE READING

Spurious case against Palestine activist

Kim Bullimore On 29 October, the Israel-based law centre Shurat HaDin filed a 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 of the Palestinian-initiated boycott, divestment and sanctio...CONTINUE READING

The farce of Oslo 20 years on

Kim Bullimore On 13 September 1993, a beaming US President Bill Clinton, flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, stepped onto the lawns of the White House. The men were there to sign the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, also...CONTINUE READING