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

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

Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide

New Matilda, March 19 2015. Read the original here. When are protesters justified in disrupting a public event? Can they legitimately do so in the name of freedom of speech? What aspects of the context change the rights and wrongs of a disruption? These kinds of questions are among the most delicate, complicated and important… Continue reading Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide

Calls Grow For Boycott Of Sydney’s Israeli Film Festival

New Matilda, August 18 2014. Read the original here. Thursday will mark 45 days since Israel started Operation Protective Edge, the brutal assault that has now killed around 2,000 Palestinians. It is also the opening night of Sydney’s Israeli Film Festival (IFF), a nationwide showcase of Israeli cinema, sponsored by, among others, the Israeli embassy.… Continue reading Calls Grow For Boycott Of Sydney’s Israeli Film Festival