ICAHD INTO 2015

Posted May 16, 2015, by & filed under Opinion.

  Well, we started last year’s January newsletter on an encouraging note. “Let’s begin with the good news,” I wrote, “2014 will likely mark the beginning of the end of the Israeli Occupation.” I wrote that in the wake of the likely – and finally definite – end of Kerry’s ill-fated attempt to broker yet… Read more »

The Power of Women

Posted March 7, 2015, by & filed under Opinion.

Jerusalem grandmother

As International Women’s day approaches, I reflect on a conversation I had with a striking woman of 80 years old. She is a Palestinian woman who has lived through the Nakba (‘catastrophe’) in 1948, losing her home, her history and heritage virtually overnight. Her vision now is to create a ‘Grandmothers Solidarity Group’ to challenge… Read more »

Wall replica “overwhelming”? Er, yes! Is that not the point?!

Posted January 16, 2014, by & filed under Articles, Opinion.

In the Sunday programme on BBC Radio 4 on January 5th, presenter Ed Stourton suggested to Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James, Piccadilly, that the 26 foot replica wall installation outside her church, which hosted the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival, risked overwhelming the other aspects and messages of the festival. He was questioning whether it… Read more »

Jeff Halper an extremist? Absolutely! I heard it first on the BBC….

Posted January 13, 2014, by & filed under Articles, Opinion.

…..so it must be true! On the Radio 4 Sunday programme on January 5th this year, Professor Alan Johnson of Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM) bracketed Jeff Halper with what Prof Johnson regarded as “extremists”. In the same breath he described “a certain wildness” about the popular and successful “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival. This… Read more »

An enlightening book on Gaza to read and pass on

Posted April 18, 2013, by & filed under Articles, Opinion.

The Irish travel writer Dervla Murphy, in A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza, (Erland Press 2013), has given us a book which, I am sure, will be of interest not only to ICAHD members. It is a torch to put into the hands of sceptical friends and colleagues… like Palestinian Walks, or I… Read more »

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITYiS HISTORIC MISTAKE AND OPPORTUNITY

Posted July 5, 2011, by & filed under News, Opinion.

No one knows the precise plans of the Palestinian Authority vis-a-vis September: will Mahmoud Abbas declare a Palestinian state within recognized borders and ask that it be admitted as a full member of the UN n or not? Perhaps Abbas himself does not know. Now political leaders often make decisions alone or in consultation with… Read more »

Israelas Insane Attack on the Freedom Flotilla

Posted June 9, 2010, by & filed under Articles, Opinion.

The following article by Avi Shlaim, ICAHD UK patron, appeared in the Daily Mirror on 1st June. My heart sank when I heard the news of the IDFas insane attack on the unarmed boats carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in which ten international volunteers were killed and many more were wounded. It was with great… Read more »

The True Story Behind the War

Posted January 15, 2009, by & filed under Articles, Opinion.

In this article, Johann Hari lays out with his normal clarity the recent history leading to the current Gaza conflict, and Israel’s culpability, Hamas rockets nothwithstanding. He reminds the reader of its refusal of Hamas’ ceasefire offer last week, and the onus on Israel to begin the end of the cycle of violence and horror…. Read more »