The Attack on Palestinian Universities

Jacobin, 30 December 2018. Read the original here. Israel’s efforts to cripple higher education in occupied Palestine continued relentlessly in 2018, with Israeli universities acting as key tools of the occupation. The systematic punishment inflicted on Palestinian academics and students didn’t attract anything like the global attention of Gazans’ March of Return, but it deserves… Continue reading The Attack on Palestinian Universities

If Israel Was A School Shooter There Would Be A Moral Debate

New Matilda, May 19, 2018. Original here. Israel’s killing of at least 60 Palestinians at the Gaza boundary fence on Monday defied the 24-hour news cycle and stayed firmly in the headlines most of the week. For good reason: on its own, Monday’s death toll constituted over half of the one hundred and eleven people… Continue reading If Israel Was A School Shooter There Would Be A Moral Debate

Nakba Day: The Palestinian Slaughter Goes On But A Path To Peace Is Still Possible

New Matilda, May 15, 2018. Original here. Today is Nakba (‘catastrophe’) Day, when Palestinians commemorate the cataclysm of their expulsion from their homes in 1948. The most important voices to hear today are theirs: before they read Western commentators, anyone who cares about the tragedy of the Middle East should read Palestinian ones. There could… Continue reading Nakba Day: The Palestinian Slaughter Goes On But A Path To Peace Is Still Possible

Boycotting Eurovision: Why Aren’t Progressives Doing More For Palestine?

New Matilda, 23 October 2018. Original here. Last week’s announcement that the government is open to moving Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem caused consternation among progressives and, indeed, most reasonable people. As if Morrison’s irresponsible bid for the Zionist vote in Wentworth wasn’t enough, Australia last week also joined Israel and the US in… Continue reading Boycotting Eurovision: Why Aren’t Progressives Doing More For Palestine?

BDS – a global intifada for justice and peace in Palestine

Israeli Apartheid Week protest, Sydney, March 18 2018. We’re standing today with millions of people in Palestine and around the world. Our demands are modest. We’re calling for the bare minimum that anyone committed to peace and justice should be demanding: an end to apartheid in Israel – now; the release of Ahed Tamimi and… Continue reading BDS – a global intifada for justice and peace in Palestine

BDS creates the conditions for a real dialogue

The Australian, 26 July 2017. Originally published under the headline 'BDS encourages Israel to enter into a two-state dialogue', which misrepresented my position. Read the original here. A major national conference on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestine will be held at the University of Sydney this week. Predictably, the conference has been… Continue reading BDS creates the conditions for a real dialogue

A question of academic freedom

Jacobin, 31 July 2017. Read the original here. Many academics have objected to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on the grounds that it violates academic freedom — an accusation that has been remarkably successful in gaining traction.Zionists denounce those who would disrespect the “free flow of ideas within the international scholarly… Continue reading A question of academic freedom

Right to Boycott: Against the Complicit Quietism of Mendes and Dyrenfurth

Nick Riemer and David Brophy ABC Religion and Ethics, 8 May 2015. Read the original here. With American support, a prosperous nuclear-armed state illegally pursues a brutal policy of ethnic cleansing. The local populations that, decades earlier, were dispossessed in a bloody colonial war are now the objects of relentless oppression. Protracted negotiations at the… Continue reading Right to Boycott: Against the Complicit Quietism of Mendes and Dyrenfurth

Disruptive or productive? Two sides of the protest coin

The Australian, April 22, 2015 Last week, the University of Sydney announced formal misconduct allegations against academic Jake Lynch and five students after a campus protest in March ­interrupted an advocate for the ­Israel Defence Forces. Let’s leave aside the particulars of the allegations, the case is important because it raises vexed questions about universities’… Continue reading Disruptive or productive? Two sides of the protest coin

Why Jake Lynch was waving money around at an anti-Israel protest

Crikey, March 25 2015. Read the original here. In 2014, my colleague Jake Lynch, the distinguished peace-journalist and academic, head of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, made international news by defeating a racial discrimination lawsuit brought against him by an Israeli “lawfare” centre for his support for the international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign… Continue reading Why Jake Lynch was waving money around at an anti-Israel protest