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

Growing support for BDS campaigners

Kim Bullimore Since its launch in 2005, the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel has gone from strength to strength. There have also been increased attempts by opponents to undermine the right of pro-Palestine activists to free speech and freedom of assembly. Utili...CONTINUE READING

Yu Kwan-Sun, the soul of Korea

Kim Bullimore In 1920 and 1921, more than two million Koreans from all walks of life took to the streets to demand an end to Japanese colonial occupation and for Korean independence. Among those who risked their lives as part of the anti-colonial Samsil movement (also known as the Man Sei or “Long Live”...CONTINUE READING

Israel to escalate ethnic cleansing

Kim Bullimore The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has approved the first reading of the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev . More commonly known as the Prawer-Begin Plan, the bill allows for mass forced expulsions of the Palestinian Bedouin community from the Naqab (the Arabic name for the Nege...CONTINUE READING