Reassessing the British Mandate in Palestine: The Contribution of the British Mandate in Realising the Urban Dimension of Herzl’s Plan by Maha Samman on Institute for Palestine Studies

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“During the British Mandate the purchase of land in Palestine and the Jewish migration in groups increased, and continued until the declaration of the Israeli state in 1948. It paved the way for many other detailed ideas, plans and implementation through different means, including extensive use of military power and violence. 
I will talk briefly about Jerusalem now. As you know, several planning schemes were proposed, starting with Mclean 1918 [plan], and then the 1919 Patrick Geddes [plan], and the 1922 [plan], the 1930 [plan], and ending by the Henry Kendal’s 1944 [plan]. Despite some differences, all have proposed the development and the proposals for networks of roads in the western side of the city, concentrated open spaces, public parks; and restricted areas in the eastern part of the city. Outside old city walls the urban patterns that developed were diverse and influenced by the the centralized planning approach. Lands were bought by Jewish organisations and urban ideas designed by architects influenced by the modern European movement rapidly developed. A trend clearly called for in the Hertzel pamphlet. For Geddes, Jerusalem was an integral part of Jewish heritage, and developing plans to protect this heritage was of ought most importance… Crookston emphasises that planners were Jewish
immigrants- and most planning staff in district commissions- employees already were Jewish, not Arab. This again shows the binary of making the Zionist dream a reality while making Palestinian reality a nightmare towards elimination… And if we look at  Jerusalem today, we see how these plans influenced planning with Israeli settlements.. the play with “ideal ideas” to achieve power, domination, and control within a colonial context, to use the urban dimension within the British and the Zionist spheres, until the British [retreated] and announced the Zionist state.”  [59:45]

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Israeli weapons maker shuts London HQ following sustained protest by Palestine Action

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The firm has abandoned its office at 77 Kingsway, leaving Elbit’s London Headquarters permanently closed. Since 2020, activists have taken action 15 times at the site, disrupting business by blockading, occupying and defacing the property. The campaign culminated in 60 arrests for which activists continue to face trial. Elbit’s exit in London comes just 5 months after it was forced to shut Elbit Ferranti in Oldham.
…In August 2020, a sister campaign against Elbit’s London landlord, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), was also launched. JLL’s sites have been routinely defaced, smashed and doused in the Palestine Action iconic red paint, as activists continued to demand that the landlords “Evict Elbit” and cease profiting from the genocide of the Palestinian people. 

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Student Forcibly Removed, Israeli Security Intimidation at Protest outside Union Event hosting Israeli Ambassador by Andrew Wang on The Oxford Student

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Dozens of protesters gathered this afternoon outside the Oxford Union’s event hosting Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK. Chants of ‘Genocide in slow motion,’ and ‘Oxford Union shame on you’ could be heard throughout the event, even from inside the Union Chamber. 

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Palestine Action Blockaded Elbit HQ in London this Morning on real media

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“Those weapons are used to kill innocent people in the apartheid, in the genocide, in the military invasion, happening in Palestine and in occupied Palestinian land.”

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“Israel” silencing a Palestinian lecturer with “anti-Semitic” claims on Al Mayadeen

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A first-year student was accused of being anti-Semitic for the mere reason of holding a placard that said, “End the Palestinian Holocaust.”
“I wasn’t part of the event”, Shahd stated, “and I said in a Twitter thread that I wouldn’t myself use this language because I understand the Instrumentalization and weaponization of terms like that.” Despite her clarification, people rushed to attack her based on the Twitter post. 
Shahd felt that it would be “ridiculous that something like that would amount to accusing a Palestine student of anti-Semitism when she was using this term while thinking of the longstanding genocide that has been committed against the Palestinian people by Israel.”

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If Even Emma Watson Says Free Palestine, We’re Winning by Rivkah Brown

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Wheeler notes that the invisible cordon between Israeli apartheid and other political causes is wearing thin, a trend he attributes in part to social media. “As […] previous editorial controls have been lifted,” he says, “celebrities have become more confident that they can engage in the Israel–Palestine dispute.” Wheeler wrote this in 2014, shortly after the last but one Israeli war on Gaza. It was a period when many celebrities stood with Palestine – including, importantly, a coalition of the world’s sexiest Spaniards. Yet this outpouring of solidarity was followed by an equal deluge of apologies, as Israel’s supporters successfully framed the celebrities’ use of the term “genocide” as antisemitic (rather than, as scholars of international human rights law have frequently argued, accurate). These celebrities learned the hard way why their peers had been silent.

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Palestinians’ right to live free from Israeli occupation, apartheid and genocide should never be up for debate by Sophia Purdy-Moore

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Palestine Action Occupy Property Manager of Israel’s Drone Engine Factory by Palestine Action

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“The message to all other firms with Palestinian blood on their hands is simple: until you end your facilitation of Israel’s brutal repression of Palestinians and sever ties with Elbit, Palestine Action will shut you down and cease your contribution to genocide for you.”

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China hawks suffer a setback by Gus Carter

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The House of Commons was due to vote on the so-called ‘genocide amendment’ to the Trade Bill later today. The proposal gives British courts the right to decide if a country is committing genocide and was on course to trigger a major Tory rebellion — with China hawks ready to take a stand. However, that plan has been made much harder. The government intervened last night in a bid to avoid a possible defeat. 

…the government is opposed to the so-called genocide amendment, arguing that trade decisions are for politicians rather than judges. Ministers are worried that it could be used to prevent trade with lots of countries — for example, activists could attempt to undermine any future relationship with Israel by bringing a genocide case over alleged poor treatment of Palestinians. 

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Activists claim to have occupied Elbit Ferranti building in Waterhead on The Oldham Times

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Extinction Rebellion and Palestine Action was the UK government to end its relationship with Elbit and what they claim is its “complicity in Israeli apartheid”. Commenting on the first collaboration between the two groups, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion North said: “We stand resolutely against the apartheid and genocide of the Palestinian people, we will not accept an economy based on devastation, occupation and war. Our communities deserve and want a sustainable, fair and healthy future, for all people.

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