Monday, 7 December 2009

British and South African trade unionists join UK academics in push for Israel boycott

Israel, Palestine and Apartheid: the case for boycott and sanctions - Anti-Apartheid Anti-Zionist UK

Join a renowned panel of international speakers from South Africa and Palestine to find out more about BDS and what lessons can be learned from the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa.

Organised by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), Scottish Trades Union Council.
*Supported by War on Want; Palestine Solidarity Campaign + Scottish PSC.

Speakers include:

Ronnie Kasrils - former minister in Nelson Mandela's ANC government in South Africa & anti-Apartheid activist

Omar Barghouti - Founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Bongani Masuku - International Secretary COSATU - the South African trade union confederation

Contributions from:

George Mahlangu - Campaigns Officer, COSATU
Prof Steven Rose - Biologist, Open University, and founder member of BRICUP
Tom Hickey - National Executive Committee, University and Colleges Union (UCU)
Terry Brotherstone - General Council Scottish TUC and UCUS Past President
Yasmin Khan - Senior Campaigns Officer, War on Want

Dates and locations:

London - Friday 4 December 7pm
Khalili Lecture Hall, SOAS, University of London, Malet Street

Manchester - Monday 7 December 7pm
Lecture Theatre A, University Place, University of Manchester, Oxford Road

Leeds - Tuesday 8 December 7pm
Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane

Glasgow - Wednesday 9 December 7pm
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road

Edinburgh - 10 December 12noon
Theatre 183, Old College, South Bridge, University of Edinburgh


Third Viva Palestina aid convoy sets off for Gaza

Video from Press TV. Sadly, unlikely to see many reports in the UK media - unless someone gets arrested for being a 'terrorist'.
Around 200 peace activists have left the UK on a humanitarian mission to Gaza. The Viva Palestina convoy, organised by prominent politician George Galloway, is carrying medical aid to a people under Israeli economic siege. The convoy aims to arrive in Gaza on December 27, the anniversary of Israel's war on Gaza. Roshan Muhammed Salih reports from London.

Here's a report from a local paper in London on the convoy's departure.

And of course you can get up to date news on the convoy's progress at Viva Palestina.