Academics Bashir Bashir, Avi Shlaim, Moshe Machover, Haim Bresheeth, Ilan Pappe, Oren Ben Dor, Yael Korin, against Israel abroad


  • Hebrew and Syracuse U, Bashir Bashir: Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/Palestine. Nov 17
  • Avi Shlaim, Moshe Machover and Haim Bresheeth signed advertisement accusing the BBC of a pro-Israel bias
  • Ilan Pappe keynote speaker at the Banquet benefits Palestine Children's Relief, Orange County, California Oct. 23.
  • Oren Ben Dor with Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton oct. 04.
  • [UCLA] Yael Korin, responsible for StandWithUs head evicted from pro-Palestinian meeting

[Hebrew University, Gilo Centre for Citizenship] Bashir Bashir: Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/Palestine

Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/Palestine

The logic of partitioning the land has dominated the various attempts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Several developments in the last few years cast serious doubts regarding the feasibility of partition. This talk seeks to critically explore alternatives to partition in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More specifically, it seeks to examine feasible, reasonable, and fairly just alternatives to partition that would secure the national and individual rights, interests and identities of Arabs and Jews alike.
Bashir Bashir is a research fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and a Civic Education and Leadership Fellow at Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Sociology and Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught Political Theory at the London School of Economics, Queen's University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His primary research interests are democratic theories of inclusion, multiculturalism, civic education, conflict resolution and the politics of reconciliation, historical injustices, Palestinian nationalism, and Israeli politics.  Among Bashir's publications is: Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir (eds.), The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).
Wednesday, November 17, 2010. 12:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Where: Encina Hall Room C231 2nd Floor Central Conference Room 616 Serra Street Stanford, CA 94305 (Map)
The Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Admission: RSVP required by 5 PM November 16:

More information Last modified September 17, 2010

Conversations In Conflict Studies Series: Bashir Bashir

Oct 7, 2010 12:00 pm | Thursday

900 South Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

Conversations In Conflict Studies Series: Bashir Bashir at Syracuse University

The PARCC Conversations in Conflict Studies Series in collaboration with the Middle Eastern Studies Program presents Bashir Bashir (Research Fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), who will present on "Alternatives to Partition/ New Visions for Israel/Palestine". This talk seeks to critically explore alternatives to partition in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Location: 204 Maxwell Hall
Contact: Nakisha Duncan
Avi Shlaim, Moshe Machover and Haim Bresheeth signed advertisement accusing the BBC of a pro-Israel bias

‘New Statesman’ prints pro-Palestinian flotilla advert

10/10/2010 03:36

Activists accuse BBC of "a consistently pro-Israel bias"; other publications had refused to publish advertisement.  

LONDON – A British news weekly has published an advertisement, signed by activists accusing the BBC of a pro-Israel bias, that other publications refused to publish.
The New Statesman published the ad, a letter signed by 232 people berating the broadcaster for “a consistently pro-Israel bias” for its coverage of the Gaza flotilla incident and the conflict in general across its entire network.
“The BBC’s decision to broadcast uncritically Israeli film of the attack reflects a consistently pro-Israeli bias in its coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” the ad stated.
It was signed by a host of pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel activists including Liberal Democrat peer Jenny Tonge, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Methodist Church minister Stephen Leah, Palestinian academic Nur Masalha and Israel-born academics Avi Shlaim, Moshe Machover and Haim Bresheeth along with many involved in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.
Citing legal reasons, The Independent and The Guardian, publications with a critical stance toward Israel, rejected the advertisement, organized by a Brighton-based group calling itself the “Campaign to end BBC bias on Palestine” but asking that checks be made out to a radical group called “Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods.”
According to an activist who set up a Facebook protest page in August, the Independent said it would not publish the ad as it was “based on opinion and not facts.”
“The advertising department there does not seem to appreciate the virtues of a free press, because they kept telling me it was based on opinion not facts,” Cheryl “Filasteen” Abdul from Newcastle said on the Facebook page.
The Independent said the ad would make it vulnerable to a libel suit and raise questions from the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK’s advertising regulator.
The Guardian also refused to publish the letter without changes being made to the text.
“Legal have just got back to me and said that we’ll only be able to run your ad if you can make a few changes to the copy,” Jennifer Melmore from the Guardian’s advertising department told the activists in an email last month.
“The Guardian was approached about running the advert, but the advertisers chose not to proceed,” a Guardian spokesman said on Friday.
Changes had been made to the advertisement published in the New Statesman, compared to the original draft seen by The Jerusalem Post.
Taken out was the accusation that the “the BBC’s Orwellian production portrayed the victims of Israel’s premeditated attack on the ships as the ones guilty of violence,” as was an accusation that Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev “went unchallenged as he justified the murders and vilified the victims.”
A blanket accusation that “throughout its coverage” BBC News 24 broadcasted Israel’s own film evidence was taken out to read: “BBC News 24 broadcast uncritically Israel’s own film ‘evidence’ of their commandos being attacked, when it was fully aware that this had edited out the initial lethal attack.”
The words, “By the time the flotilla survivors were free to tell their side of the story, the BBC news agenda had conveniently moved on” were completely removed, as was a statement in the original draft to the effect that the Israeli commandos “were disarmed” on the Mavi Marmara, leaving, “They [viewers] were also not shown the photographs smuggled past Israel’s pirates, showing activists giving medical treatment to Israeli commandos.”
The advertisement asked why the BBC’s Panorama show documentary on the incident did not “investigate the attack from the standpoint of those who were killed and injured instead of allowing itself to be bought off with ‘unique access’ to the killers?” “Whilst the rest of the world expressed incredulity at Israel’s claim that its commandos had acted in self-defense, BBC’s radio and TV news broadcasted, without comment, Benjamin Netanyahu’s absurd claim that ‘Israel did all it could to avoid violence,’” the signatories claimed.
The ad also described the Panorama documentary, titled Death on the Med, as “a half-hour justification of the murder of 9 aid workers,” and said that Israeli troops deliberately fired a tear-gas canister directly at a protester in the West Bank.
Accusing the BBC of not providing context – and attacking a comment made by a BBC correspondent who had said in a report that the Israeli military was “very well-experienced at dealing with crowd control” – the letter said: “Knowledge of Israel’s routinely violent attacks on Palestinians and peaceful international protesters would have provided meaningful context to the attack on the flotilla.”
“The BBC’s behavior is an incentive to other states to behave similarly,” the activists wrote.
“If Iran or North Korean had carried out a lethal attack, in international waters, on a ship flying another country’s flag, can one imagine BBC broadcasting uncritical interviews with the killers?” they asked. “With the killers?” had replaced “with apologists for any resulting deaths?” in the advertisement.
While a call for “fundamental change in its news coverage in order that the context of events is always present in its coverage and that it doesn’t use Israeli film unquestioningly” was removed completely from the ad, it ended: “We wish to see the BBC stand up to threats from Israel instead of caving in, as occurred when the government of Ariel Sharon targeted [BBC correspondents] Orla Guerin and Jeremy Bowen.”
The New Statesman declined to comment on the issue.
In 2002, the magazine was accused of anti-Semitism when it published a story under the title “A Kosher Conspiracy?” The cover was illustrated with a gold Star of David piercing and dominating a British flag.
Last year, the British government accused former London mayor Ken Livingstone of handing a “propaganda coup to the leader of a terrorist organization” after the New Statesman printed an interview he did with Hamas head Khaled Mashaal.
In 2007, the magazine compared the Marva and Gadna IDF youth programs to Islamic Jihad “summer camps.”
Ilan Pappe keynote speaker at the Banquet benefits Palestine Children's Relief, Orange County, California

Banquet benefits Palestine Children's Relief Fund


The Palestine Children's Relief Fund will host its annual banquet and fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way.

Professor Ilan Pappe is the keynote speaker at the "Healing Hands" event.

Pappe is a professor of history at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He was formerly a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa and chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies in Haifa.

Dr. Mohamed Radhi, a pediatric cancer specialist, will also make a presentation. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and an opportunity to buy Palestinian items.

The PCRF is a non-profit organization that addresses the medical and humanitarian crises facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East.

Tickets are $100 per person. To buy them, call 562-432-0005.

Contact the writer:



Oren Ben-Dor with Palestine Solidarity Campaign

    Day for Jerusalem / Al-Quds - Saturday 9th October

    Posted by The Editors on October 4, 2010, 11:19 am

    *Day for Jerusalem / Al-Quds - Saturday 9th October from 12:30pm til 7:15pm* *2.00* – Speaker Baroness Jenny Tonge


    Friends Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton


    This coming Saturday we are holding an event to highlight the issues around

    Jerusalem / Al-Quds, and the struggles of Palestinian life under occupation.


    Speakers for the event include Baroness Jenny Tonge, authors Azzam Tamimi

    and William Parry, and BDS campaigner Angus Geddes.

    The event will also include some short films, music, and there will be an

    opportunity for questions and debate.

    We will also be providing some locally made Palestinian food.



    *12.30*– Doors Open – tea, coffee etc

     *1.00* –Films –‘Jerusalem, East Side Story’,

    ‘Bethlehem checkpoint 4am’

     *1.30* – Chair’s welcome – Suleiman Sharkh

    Dr. Redwan El Khayat and Oren Ben Dor on the significance of Jerusalem / Al Quds



*3.00* – Music : songs of Tagore - Ipsita
accompanied by Malcolm Levitt
*3.20* – Angus Geddes –Israeli colonisation
of East Jerusalem and West Bank
*4.00* – Film : ‘No way through’
*4.10* –William Parry, author of ‘Against the
Wall – the art of resistance in Palestine’.
Talk, slide show and book sales.
*5.00 *Appeal and Collection (funds for
National PSC and to sponsor a vehicle on
the ‘Road to Hope’ convoy to Gaza,
departing London in November)
*5.15* Palestinian Food + music by Eamon
and Hanan
*6.00* Azzam Tamimi (author of ‘Hamas –
Unwritten Chapters’) and Oren Ben Dor
(One State Group) speak on the current
situation of Jerusalem / Al Quds and the
way to a just resolution of the Israel/
Palestine conflict. Questions and debate.
*7.15* – Close of event.
Contact for more information – 0777 5982 908
*Admission free* - please contribute to collection to cover costs.
Wheelchair access
*If anyone is able to print and display a poster for this event, please
contact us, and we will send by email.*
*PSC Southampton Website*
We now have a new website, where you can find information on all our
upcoming events, and read the latest articles and videos.
You can find us at -



September 24, 2010 | 5:36 pm

StandWithUs Head Evicted from USC Pro-Palestinian Student Group Meeting

Posted by Jonah Lowenfeld

[Updated on September 25, 2010 3:35pm]

On Sep. 19, Roz Rothstein, executive director of the Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, was kicked out of a public meeting being held by a pro-Palestinian student group at the University of Southern California. When Yael Korin, head of the Los Angeles chapter of the anti-war organization Women in Black, recognized Rothstein, a member of Students for Justice in Palestine called USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), and asked the officers to remove Rothstein and StandWithUs Senior Developer Gary Ratner from the meeting. The officers came, asked them to leave, and Rothstein and Ratner complied with the request.

USC’s Senior Vice President for Administration Todd. R. Dickey said in a statement that Rothstein and Ratner should never have been asked to leave. Dickey said the DPS Watch Commander will apologize to them, and that, “additional training and information will be provided to the DPS Watch Commanders so this type of incident is not repeated.” As of Friday, no apology to Rothstein had been made by anyone from USC.

The meeting, held in the Taper Hall of Humanities, was organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. It was to be the Los Angeles launch of a statewide campaign to include an Israel divestment initiative on the ballot in a future election. If approved, the initiative, which was drawn up by the Sacramento-based Israel Divestment Campaign, would force California’s public retirement systems to divest themselves of all holdings of stock in corporations that, the initiative’s promoters say, provide “equipment and services to Israel that are used in the violation of human rights and international law, including but not limited to the building of the ‘Separation Barrier’ and illegal Israeli settlements.”

According to USC’s Annenberg TV News (ATVN), approximately 20 people attended the Sunday afternoon meeting, most of whom were, according to witnesses, “non-students involved in other groups associated with SJP.”

Korin, upon recognizing Rothstein, told her and Ratner to leave. “Our intention was to conduct the training meeting in an efficient way, not at the presence of people that clearly oppose our campaign and our efforts to obtain justice for the Palestinian people,” Korin wrote in an email to ATVN.

Korin told ATVN that Rothstein and Ratner’s presence at the meeting would “endanger our plans and reveal unnecessary working details to those that wish us complete failure.” According to an email from Rothstein, after being ejected from the meeting, Rothstein called the Watch Commander who informed her that she and Ratner had been asked to leave the meeting in order “to ‘keep the peace.’”

“Anti-Israel activists seem more than willing to violate fundamental American civil rights and University standards to further their cause,” Rothstein wrote in an email. “At USC, they did so not just with the acquiescence, but even the complicity of USC police.”

In his statement on Friday, USC’s Dickey made clear that the decision taken to remove Rothstein and Ratner was wrong. He listed the measures that will be taken in response to this incident:

  “The DPS Watch Commander will apologize to the individual who was asked to leave the event and acknowledge that this decision was in error.
  “Student groups on both sides of this issue will be reminded of university rules regarding meetings of this type.
  “Additional training and information will be provided to the DPS Watch Commanders so this type of incident is not repeated. This will include providing the telephone numbers of key individuals in the division of Student Affairs with whom they can consult when questions arise.
  “Additional measures may be implemented as we learn more about this situation.”

Korin could not be reached for comment. Attempts to contact representatives from Women in Black, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Israel Divestment Campaign have so far been unsuccessful. We are seeking further comment from both sides on this developing story.



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