In many cities around the world May 1, 2020 will be distinguished by the absence of demonstrations for International Workers’ Day, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, many will mark the occasion within their homes, as the crisis lays bare the deepening struggles faced by working-class people as a result of failed neoliberal policies, inequality and colonialism.
The Conference of Presidents, a powerful Jewish organization, caves to Islamophobic rightwing campaign on its leadership choice and liberal constituent groups dont walk away. Americans for Peace Now and Ameinu have stuck with the pro-settler organization for years, out of pro-Israel solidarity.
Scholar Achille Mbembe was booked to speak at a German festival, but he has been smeared as antisemitic for likening Israel to apartheid South Africa and supporting the boycott campaign. Israel lobbyists are also targeting the festival director, Stefanie Carp.
“Jews and allies for Rashida in Detroit are tired of profits, greed, and unchecked power being put before people. Last night was a demonstration of the strength of our community and an invitation to join us in the fight ahead.” said JVP Action Organizer Reuben Telushkin after the event, “The challenges faced by Palestinians are all too familiar to many Detroiters, who also contend with severe economic and racial injustice — and the horrifying ways those inequalities accelerate infection right now.”
Ian Wellens asks Labour’s new leader, who has said, “I support Zionism without qualification,” if there is a place for opposition to a discriminatory state in the Labour Party. “My politics is rooted in values, and chief among these are an opposition to all forms of racism and discrimination, and an insistence on equal rights which I am not prepared to compromise…However, my party now has a leader who has pledged his unqualified support to a country and a system which is utterly at odds with those same values…. Unless and until Israel re-constitutes itself into a single state with equal rights for all its inhabitants, it should not get any support from the Labour Party.”
In Gaza, Rana Shubair looks back with nostalgia on the Great March of Return: Approaching the fence the first day, that spine tingling moment brought back memories of my one and only visit to Jerusalem in the year 2000. Seeing hundreds of people all standing there gave me a physical feeling of being locked up in a big cage.
An explosive new report at The Intercept reveals that the FBI launched multiple terrorism investigations into the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led movement that supports the rights of Palestinians through non-violent direct action.
Ten members of parliament from various European countries such as Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom have called on governments of the Middle East to release prisoners of conscience, where thousands of political prisoners are held in countries such as Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
“Some of the most evil name-calling and epithet-slinging [against Israel] that takes place is sadly within our own Jewish community,” Laura Shaw Frank of the American Jewish Committee says. Her accusation echoes charges the AJC has made against Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow, but “evil” sure ups the ante.
The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), Palestine Legal, and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) held a Facebook conversation about the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) frivolous lawsuit against USCPR. The legal action is a clear attempt to silence and intimidate Palestine solidarity activists. Ramah Kudaimi of USCPR, Diala Shamas of CCR, and Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal break it all down in this informative chat. Watch the video on Facebook.