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Campaign launched to get Britain to Apologise for the Balfour Declaration*

Campaign launched to get Britain to Apologise for the Balfour Declaration*

A campaign launched by Palestinian activists and the diplomatic mission of Palestine in the U.K. has demanded that the British government apologise for the Balfour Declaration, writes Ahmed Kaballo.

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 promised Zionist organisations a “Jewish state” in the homeland of the Palestinians, in what was at the time the British Mandate of Palestine. Ultimately it led to the creation of Israel after Palestinian land was stolen and ethnically cleansed.

Palestinian groups and their supporters have attributed the plight of the Palestinian people, as well as a legacy of occupation, displacement and injustice, to the decision taken by the British colonial regime to give away Palestinian land. Thus, they have asked for a formal apology and for the British government to accept responsibility for the catastrophe that they caused.

The campaign to get the British government to apologise has received support from all corners of the world and even has the backing of a number of pro-Palestinian Chilean MPs who, from Santiago, made a public call on the U.K to apologise for Balfour declaration.

The Campaign is spearheaded by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) which launched the initiative in an event hosted inside the UK Parliament a week ahead of the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, last year.

In a Press Release, the PRC stated: “The Balfour Declaration, which had no basis of legal authority, promised the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, where the indigenous Palestinians amounted to 90% of the total population.”

They have also launched a petition and if it reaches 100, 000 signatures, the B0ritish Parliament will have to consider debating the subject. The petition, which currently has over 12,300 signatures, calls on:

“Her Majesty’s Government to openly apologise to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration. The colonial policy of Britain between 1917-1948 led to mass displacement of the Palestinian nation.”

Baroness Jenny Tonge, an independent member of the House of Lords, said pro-Palestinian MPs from across the spectrum would push the issue regardless of what happens with the petition. “There will be people in the House of Commons and the House of Lords who will be raising the issue all through the next year,” Tonge said.

The activists, backed by the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the UK, intend to pressure the British government in the lead up to the hundredth anniversary of the pledge in November 2017.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has criticised the campaign and called it “amazing” because it shows the true nature of Palestinians who are “100 years on” challenging the very idea of a home for the Jewish people.

Moreover, the neo-Conservative Zionist think tank the Henry Jackson Society hosted an event in the House of Commons as a direct response to the Palestinian Return Centre’s meeting held in the House of Lords. The panel included Israel’s ambassador to the U.K. and other figures close to Netanyahu’s government.


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The Heart of the Beast: The Sykes-Picot Agreement and Europe’s Colonial Partition of the Middle East*

Wish you well against Jewish invaders: Himmler’s Letter to Palestinian Arab Leader Discovered*

When Palestine was 85% Arab, 15% Israeli and U.K. and U.S. Paid the Jews from the Caucasus to Live There*

Rothschild Crime Syndicate in Israel *

A 1829 Newspaper Reports on the Rothschilds and Jerusalem*

The Rothschild’s Zionist World Order*

Rothschild Temple: The Conspiracy, the Call, the Plan to Destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque*

Tony Blair Visits Caesarea, an Israeli Rothschild Estate*

Israeli Geneticist: Ashkenazi Jews come from Turkey, not Palestine*

French Presidential Favorite Macron sparks firestorm for Speaking the Truth about Colonization*


Former Israeli MP Jailed for Smuggling Phones to Palestinian Prison Inmates*

Former Israeli MP Jailed for Smuggling Phones to Palestinian Prison Inmates*

Basel Ghattas, of Palestinian-dominated Joint List, also resigned his seat in Israeli parliament as part of plea bargain

Basel Ghattas earlier this year in Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, which is not recognised by the Israeli government, near southern city of Beersheba in Negev desert (AFP/file photo)


An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced a Palestinian Israeli former MP to two years in jail after he pleaded guilty to smuggling mobile phones to Palestinian prisoners, a court transcript showed.

Basel Ghattas, of the Palestinian-dominated Joint List, resigned his seat in the Israeli parliament as part of a plea bargain reached last month in which he admitted handing the phones and SIM cards to Palestinian inmates.

The prosecution dropped charges of terrorism and endangering state security for which he could have faced up to 10 years in prison.

In addition to the reduced sentence of 24 months he was fined about $33,000 according to the transcript released by the justice ministry.

Basel Ghattas lost his seat in the Knesset and faces two years imprisonment for aiding prisoners but regrets nothing https://t.co/d2FumKuh8D

— Electronic Intifada (@intifada) April 7, 2017

It said the court, in the southern city of Beersheba, also ruled that Ghattas’s offence constituted what is known in Israeli law as “moral turpitude,” meaning he is barred from standing for parliament for seven years after his prison term ends.

His lawyers have 45 days to appeal.

The court ordered the 60-year-old Christian to begin serving his sentence at Dekel prison in Beersheba on 2 July, granting his request not to be jailed until the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan because he will be confined with Muslim prisoners.

Israeli media have reported that 12 mobile phones were found on two prisoners in searches after Ghattas visited the high security Ketziot prison in December, using his parliamentary immunity to avoid being searched.

One of the prisoners is serving time for kidnapping and murdering an Israeli soldier in 1984, the Ynet news website said.

Ghattas has said his actions were motivated by “humanitarian and moral positions towards prisoners”.

Lawmakers of the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in parliament with 13 seats, frequently clash with Israeli authorities.

Palestinian citizens of Israel make up almost 18 percent of the country’s population and are descended from Palestinians who remained on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.

They hold Israeli citizenship but most see themselves as Palestinians.

Ghattas’s party, Balad, is especially critical of Israeli policies.

Its three lawmakers triggered outrage among Jewish Israelis last year when they met relatives of Palestinians who authorities say were killed while carrying out attacks.


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The ‘Jewish National Fund’ and Its Role in Israel Thus Palestine*

Noble Energy’s Natural Gas Discovery in the Levant Launched U.S.-Israeli Operation ISIS to Oust Assad*

Israel Lobby Fails to Expel U.K.’s Veteran Politician Ken Livingstone*

E.U., Israel Agree to Develop Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline*

Britain hands over its Embassy to Israel’s War Industry*

Students Walk Out on Israeli Ambassador in France*

Jews Slam Support for Israel*

Noble Energy’s Natural Gas Discovery in the Levant Launched U.S.-Israeli Operation ISIS to Oust Assad*

Noble Energy’s Natural Gas Discovery in the Levant Launched U.S.-Israeli Operation ISIS to Oust Assad*

Although the fossil-based energy systems are rendered obsolete more than a century ago, the Vatican-led Corporatocracy would like us to sustain this planet’s technological mediocrity as it serves its purpose of gaining subservience from all its subjects.

More than that, it provided the rationale why its puppet governments must invade and conquer other resource rich countries, in a larger scheme of divide and conquer for all eternity.

Noble Energy natural gas discovery in the Levant Basin launched U.S. Israeli Operation ISIS/ISIL to overthrow Syrian government

By Paul W Kincaid

The United States, Israeli and Saudi governments joined forces and launched paramilitary Operation ISIS after CIA and MOSSAD mercenaries were unsuccessful in overthrowing the Syrian government of President Assad.  The U.S. and Israeli governments’ sole objective is to deny and steal Syria’s offshore oil and gas rights.  The 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea guarantees Syria a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone offshore.

In July 2010 Noble Energy, a petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Houston, Texas discovered oil and natural gas in the Levant Basin. The Levant has throughout history meant Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.  The discovery is the largest discovery in the history of Noble Energy, “more than 40 Tcf of natural gas resources in the Levant Basin”.

According to International law, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine (Gaza) all have rights to extract oil and gas from the Levant Basin as they all have a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone offshore. The US and Israel know this but are intent on robbing Syria, Lebanon and Palestinians of $billions in oil and gas revenue.

An exclusive economic zone is a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over which a state has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind.  Syria, Lebanon and Palestine’s oil and gas rights stretches out to 200 nautical miles (nmi) from their respective coast.

PRESS Core first reported this 3 years ago with the report titled “Oil and Gas find offshore Syria motive for US Israeli mercenary uprising and bloodshed in Syria“. This report is meant to help you understand why U.S. President Barack Obama, the Crown (Pope Francis), former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, current Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, Saudi King Salman, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NATO and the New World Order HQ U.N. joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in fabricating an ISIS terrorist threat. ISIS also known as ISIL or Daesh or just IS is codename for a paramilitary Operation to overthrow Syrian President Assad. ISIS as a terrorist group is purely propaganda. ISIS is a means to keep you and the World distracted while the U.S., Canadian, U.K., Turkey, Saudi Arabian and its Gulf Coast Council (GCC), and Israeli governments commit heinous crimes in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and against their own people.

‘… just informed that ISIS and ISIL are 2 different Operations. However, the 2 Ops work effectively as one. Both are used as a means to achieve the same end result – U.S. Israel hostile takeover of the Levant states’ oil and gas.

The codename ISIS is predominately used by the U.S. and Israeli governments to coordinate and describe CIA MOSSAD terrorism. ISIS refers only to CIA and MOSSAD acts of and threats of terrorism.

The codename ISIL is predominately used by the US and Israeli governments to coordinate and describe CIA, Israeli, Saudi GCC paramilitary operations in the Levant, the region where in 2010 U.S. oil and gas exploration company Noble Energy discovered very large deposits of oil and gas.

Operation ISIL is the U.S., Israel waging unconventional war against and in Syria, Palestine (Gaza) and Lebanon to deny those states their oil and gas rights.

Humanity has waited long enough to realize that peaceful means don’t work all the time and in most cases, have only empowered the high-profile shenanigans occupying the highest echelons of our society.

They believe that in the natural system, only the fittest survives. So far, they are right, as not one of them has been arrested yet for corruption, treason, or paedophilia.


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Why is the Holiest Shrine in Christianity Guarded by Two Muslim Families?*

Why is the Holiest Shrine in Christianity Guarded by Two Muslim Families?*

By Wu Mingren

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is considered to be the holiest site in Christianity. According to tradition, this was the place where Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead. Whilst this sacred site is divided between several Christian denominations, the overall custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in the hands of two Muslim families.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (Jorge Láscar/CC BY 2.0)


The History of the Church

The original Church of the Holy Sepulchre was constructed in the 4th century AD, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine. This structure was eventually destroyed during the 11th century AD by the Fatimids, though the church was rebuilt not long after its destruction by the Byzantines. Modifications were made to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by the Crusaders after they had captured Jerusalem in 1099.

Painting by Émile Signol (1804–1892) of the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders on 15 July 1099 – 1. The Holy Sepulchre 2. The Dome of the Rock 3. Ramparts


From the time of the Crusades up until the 19th century, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre had three custodians – the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic, and the Roman Catholic Churches. During the 19th century, this custodianship was extended to three more churches, namely the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox, and the Syrian Orthodox Churches. Nevertheless, these three churches have lesser responsibilities as compared to the three original custodians. Whilst these custodians generally co-exist peacefully with each other, it may be pointed out that conflicts, sometimes leading to violent confrontations, have broken out occasionally in modern times between them.

A diagram of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre showing the traditional site of Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus. (CC BY-SA 3.0)


It is perhaps not too difficult to imagine that the medieval custodians of the holiest site in Christianity would have found themselves in disagreement with each other at times, and perhaps even being involved in physical violence, as some of their modern counter-parts have had the same experience. This has been cited as the foremost reason for the overall custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre being in the hands of two Muslim families.

Tourists and pilgrims at a side entrance to the Holy Sepulchre, photo by Bonfils, 1870s.


According to one account, the Muslim custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was granted by the Caliph Omar when Jerusalem was captured by the Muslims in 637. The Nuseibehs, a family whose origins lie in the city of Medina, and claiming to have relations with the Prophet Muhammad, were chosen for this task.

Depiction of Umar’s entry into Jerusalem from a 1905 French series entitled Great Conquerors.


After several centuries of Muslim rule, Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders. In 1187, however, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Jerusalem were once more in Muslim hands, as they were captured by Saladin. The Nuseibehs were re-appointed by the Sultan to serve as the caretakers of the church. Saladin had the second front gate of the church sealed, and gave its key to this family.

The Church’s Co-Guardians

According to the Nuseibehs, it was only during the 16th century (when Jerusalem was under Ottoman rule) that the Joudeh family was appointed as the ‘co-guardians’ of the church. The Joudehs, however, claim that they had been the guardians of the church since the time of Saladin. Furthermore, the first Joudeh who was given the key to the church is said to have been a sheikh, and was not expected to do physical labour. Therefore, the Nuseibehs were appointed to unlock the gate of the church.

Today, the Joudeh family continue their job of protecting and keeping the key, whilst the Nuseibeh family is responsible for opening the gate to the church. As a matter of fact, there are actually two keys today. One of these is claimed to be 850 years old, though it is now broken, and hence no longer used. The other key, which is 500 years old, is the only functioning key, and is kept in a small office attached to the church. Since the end of the 19th century, a ceremony is held each year by the three main Christian denominations to renew their acknowledgement of the Muslim custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Adeeb Joudeh, the current custodian, with the key. (The Joudeh Family)


The custodians from each of the three main denominations are given the key for as long as they need to make a procession around the church, and then allowed to open the door after the morning liturgies, after which it is returned to the Muslim guardians. This occurs on Maundy Thursday, Orthodox Good Friday, and Holy Saturday for the Roman Catholic, the Greek Orthodox, and Armenian Apostolic Churches respectively.

Doors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. (Nuseibeh Family)



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A Sacred Place

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Israel Lobby Fails to Expel U.K.’s Veteran Politician Ken Livingstone*

Israel Lobby Fails to Expel U.K.’s Veteran Politician Ken Livingstone*

By Asa Winstanley

Ken Livingstone outside his Labour Party disciplinary hearing in London.


Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone on Tuesday had his suspension from the Labour Party extended for “bringing the party into disrepute” last year.

But Israel lobby elements within the party had pushed hard for Livingstone, long a supporter of Palestinian rights, to be expelled outright.

Livingstone vowed in a statement to fight the suspension.

“Today’s Labour Party panel extended my suspension for another year because of my political views, not because I have done anything to harm the Labour Party,” he said.

Livingstone is a left-wing veteran of Labour, and for decades led anti-racism efforts in local government in London.

The new suspension is “an attempt to protect Israel from criticism, while simultaneously weakening the position of the pro-Palestinian left in the party,” a statement by Jewish members of the Labour Party said.

“It is the verdict, not Ken Livingstone, that has brought the Labour Party into disrepute,” they asserted.

In April last year, Livingstone was asked in a BBC radio interview if a Labour lawmaker’s comments about Hitler’s actions being “legal” had been anti-Semitic.

He replied by referring to the 1933 Ha’avara agreement between the Nazi government and the Zionist Federation of Germany as Hitler “supporting Zionism” by transferring Jews to Palestine.

Moving the goalposts

After initially being suspended for “anti-Semitism,” the charges against Livingstone were changed to “bringing the party into disrepute.” Now he is accused of having “revised the history of the Holocaust.”

His suspension was the peak of a witch hunt manufactured by right-wing Labour lawmakers and their allies in the Israel lobby.

The moral panic sought to portray the party under new pro-Palestinian leader Jeremy Corbyn as a hive of anti-Semitism.

But the media obsession with the “anti-Semitism crisis” in Labour was highly exaggerated and, in some cases, outright fabricated.

Livingstone’s historically accurate comment about Zionism was met with a storm of attacks by right-wing Labour lawmakers and anti-Palestinian activists.

At the time, these forces were seeking to undermine the Labour leader in the run-up to May 2016 local elections.

The manufactured crisis led to dozens of suspensions of Labour Party activists, usually for little more than an out-of-context social media posting from years earlier.

Fighting expulsion

One veteran Labour activist in south London was suspended for 10 weeks for merely agreeing that Livingstone’s comment on the radio was “largely accurate.”

Livingstone described the three-day Labour disciplinary hearing this week as like something out of North Korea. The three-person panel of the National Constitutional Committee questioned Livingstone, as well as witnesses against him.

They insisted on keeping the hearing closed to the public, despite Livingstone’s request it be open. He had vowed to fight any expulsion in a legal action.

In an LBC London radio interview on Wednesday, Livingstone said that the only reason he had not been expelled was because the party’s lawyer must have told them they didn’t have a chance if it went to court.

Livingstone was represented in the hearing by Michael Mansfield, the high-profile human rights lawyer known for overturning miscarriages of justice.

Israel lobby fury

Labour Friends of Israel reacted with fury on Tuesday night, saying it was disgraceful that “Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party” had allowed Livingstone to remain a member and had decided his “behavior is acceptable.”

Corbyn himself reacted by criticizing Livingstone’s accurate historical comments as causing “deep offense and hurt to the Jewish community,” and saying Livingstone could face further disciplinary action.

This was not enough for Labour Friends of Israel though, which retorted on Wednesday that Corbyn’s statement had “failed to mention anti-Semitism,” and demanded he call on Labour’s ruling body to “review the inappropriate sentence delivered last night.”

Labour Friends of Israel was shown by an undercover Al Jazeera documentary in January to be working in close financial and logistical coordination with the Israeli embassy.

Its leader, Labour lawmaker Joan Ryan, was also shown fabricating an accusation of anti-Semitism against a party member who challenged her group’s policies with respect to Israeli settlements.

The Jewish Labour Movement, which was also shown in the documentary to be working closely with the Israeli embassy, has led much of the campaign to boot Livingstone out of the party.

Its chair, Jeremy Newmark, has vowed to take the matter to the party’s conference in September.

Newmark has been a leading voice calling for Livingstone to be expelled. He was one of the witnesses at the hearing against Livingstone, reportedly submitting a 170-page dossier.

A veteran Israel lobby activist, Newmark has a history of lying, with a tribunal judge in 2013 calling his evidence in a failed case about supposed “institutional anti-Semitism” in the University and College Union “untrue” and “preposterous.”

Newmark’s campaign against unions that dare express solidarity with Palestine continued. He told an Israeli newspaper in 2012 that he was “liaising closely with the government of Israel” in a similar lawsuit against public sector union Unison.

Newmark’s close connection to the Israeli embassy begs the question of whether they are working together on the campaign to oust Livingstone from Labour.


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How the Israel Lobby Manufactured U.K. Labour Party’s Anti-Semitism Crisis*

Israel Infiltrates U.K. Student Movement*

Pro-Israel Donor Suspended by U.K.’s Labour Party*

Pegida-U.K. — Smoke, Mirrors and Zionism*

Britain hands over its Embassy to Israel’s War Industry*

The Plot against Britain…*

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E.U., Israel Agree to Develop Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline*

E.U., Israel Agree to Develop Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline*

By Tsvetana Paraskova

Three Mediterranean E.U. countries and Israel agreed on Monday to continue pursuing the development of a gas pipeline project that could link gasfields offshore Israel to Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, and potentially help the E.U. to diversify supplies away from Russia.

The energy ministers of Cyprus, Israel, Italy and Greece agreed to initiate discussions on an intergovernmental accordance on the EastMed Pipeline, Greece’s Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Georgios Lakkotrypis tweeted on Monday after meeting with his counterparts in Israel.

The pipeline could be completed in 2025, but the parties will try to speed up the project, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said after the meeting, as quoted by Reuters.

“This is going to be the longest and deepest subsea gas pipeline in the world. It’s a very ambitious project,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Steinitz as saying.

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, who attended the ministerial summit, said in a statement:

“In the next decades, gas flows from the eastern Mediterranean region will play a vital role in the energy security of the European Union. The Commission strongly supports the construction of the necessary energy infrastructure and developing a competitive and liquid gas market in the region.”

IGI Poseidon, the company that has completed the feasibility study, sees a final investment decision on the project by 2020, chief executive Elio Ruggeri told Reuters.

According to Ruggeri, the pipeline would cost $5.3 billion (5 billion euro) to reach the Greek gas system, and $6.4 billion (6 billion euro) to reach the Italian system.

IGI Poseidon—a 50/50 joint venture between Greece’s DEPA and Italy’s Edison SpA¬—said on Monday that it welcomed the support to the EastMed Pipeline Project given by Italian Energy Minister Carlo Calenda and Israeli Minister Steinitz and “confirms its endeavour to advance Project’s development activities in accordance with the existing European framework for expediting Project of Common Interest.”


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No Gas from Russia to Europe

The Secret Oil War Has Begun*


Students Walk Out on Israeli Ambassador in France*

Students Walk Out on Israeli Ambassador in France*

By Ali Abunimah

Students at Sciences Po Rennes, a public university in northwestern France, staged a mass walk-out from a lecture by the Israeli ambassador on Thursday.

The video above shows the students chanting “Liberté pour la Palestine” – freedom for Palestine – as the ambassador, Aliza Bin Noun, sits at the podium.

Then, speaking in turns, students deliver an uninterrupted five-minute statement indicting Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, condemning efforts to censor the Palestine solidarity movement in France and calling for full support of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

“We, students at Sciences Po Rennes, declare that we are firmly opposed to holding this lecture,” the statement begins.

“Aliza Bin Noun was invited to our institution to represent the state of Israel, a colonial state governed by the extreme right.”

Calling it an apartheid regime, the students list Israel’s decades of violations, including settlement building in occupied territory, home demolitions, the 10-year blockade and repeated assaults on Gaza that have left thousands of civilians dead and injured and Israel’s violent repression of Palestinians who resist.

The students cite the landmark U.N. report, published this month and then quickly withdrawn under intense political pressure, that finds Israel guilty of apartheid.

“In recent weeks, the embassy that Aliza Bin Noun runs increased the pressure on several universities in order to prevent the holding of events as part of Israeli Apartheid Week,” the students charge.

They claim that members of a Palestine solidarity group received violent threats from far-right pro-Israel activists.

Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of events that last year took place in more than 225 cities across the world to raise awareness about how Israel meets the U.N. definition of apartheid and to build support for the BDS movement. It has also faced attempts at repression in the U.K.

“We do not understand how a representative of the Israeli government can claim the right to speak in French universities while denying the right of activists against the Israeli occupation to express their solidarity with the Palestinians,” the Rennes students add.

They call on the French government to end its repression and prosecutions of BDS activists and for a full boycott of Israel. At the end, the students ask the audience to walk out of the room. The video shows dozens doing so to loud cheers and chants in support of Palestinian rights.

A local media report shows students holding a large Palestinian flag inside the lecture hall, while others rallied outside.


The ambassador gave her talk to the remaining students, but the event ended earlier than planned, an organizer told media.

Bin Noun later tweeted that it was “a shame that the pro-BDS students preferred to disrupt the lecture rather than stay and dialogue.”

In a statement published on the BDS France website, the student activists dismissed her comment in light of the efforts to censor Israeli Apartheid Week.

“We also reject the hypocrisy of making believe that this is a conflict between two entities with equal power that can be resolved by dialogue,” they added

While these kinds of protests have been seen on campuses in North America and Britain, they have been relatively rare in France. In February, students at the University of Vienna protested during a talk by Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister who has promoted calls for genocide of the Palestinians.

Effort to ban rally

Meanwhile, the kind of censorship efforts the students condemn are continuing. France’s main Israel lobby group CRIF called on Paris police to prohibit a rally planned for Saturday in solidarity with Palestinians and in support of BDS.

CRIF claims that the rally will be anti-Semitic. CRIF president Francis Kalifat wrote to the police chief demanding the “banning of this demonstration that is contrary to the laws of our country.”

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also urged the police to ban the rally, claiming it could endanger “public order.”

But the rally is set to go ahead at a location a short distance from the original venue. The local group organizing the rally – which is separate from BDS France – says that the new venue is one that the police said would be easier to secure.

Meanwhile, BDS France, the main coalition supporting the Palestinian-led boycott campaign, has not been deterred from mounting its own nationwide campaign.

“Despite all the legislative attacks, court trials, attempts at intimidation and cyber-attacks” against activists, BDS France said educational events were held all over the country for Israeli Apartheid Week.

“The success of these events encourages us to intensify our efforts to further develop the BDS campaign in France and especially its university component,” BDS France said.


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