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11 October 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
UK Labour Party declares solidarity with the Palestinians
3 in-depth articles explaining the recent UK Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and the “anti-semitism crisis” narrative.
~ Effort to undermine Corbyn continues [Jonathan Cook]
~ Expelled after asserting ‘Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism’ [Jonathan Cook].
~ Palestine was the issue at Labour Party conference [EI].
and ICYMI... Ofcom dismisses complaints about Al Jazeera's The Lobby
Jeremy Corbyn address the annual UK Labour Party conference, held 24-27 September 2017.
New group challenges role of Israel lobby inside Labour Party as effort to undermine Corbyn continues
by Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, 4 October 2017 - PART 1
"The speech by British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn at last week’s annual party conference included an unequivocal declaration of solidarity with the Palestinians. 'Let’s give real support to end the oppression of the Palestinian people, the 50-year occupation and illegal settlement expansion and move to a genuine two-state solution,' he told delegates as they rose to their feet in applause... In truth, Corbyn’s declaration of support for the Palestinian cause came as sections of his party’s establishment demonstrated once again that they are determined to subvert his leadership. And the issue they have selected as his Achilles’ heel relates directly to the debate about the Palestinians’ future. ..."
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As battle rages in UK Labour Party, Moshe Machover expelled after asserting ‘Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism’
by Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, 5 October 2017 - PART 2
"Over the past 18 months the British Labour party has been beset by a moral panic. According to pro-Israel activists in Labour, there has been a surge of anti-semitism in the party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader two years ago. Corbyn has broken with decades of party policy by placing a much stronger emphasis on the need to end Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. As we will show, these activists’ concerns are much less about anti-semitism than about Corbyn and the trend he represents. Pro-Israel groups, who have strong backing among the party establishment opposed to Corbyn, fear he is changing the nature of the British political discourse about Israel and the Palestinians... The latest person accused by the party of anti-semitism – and this week expelled – is Moshe Machover, a mathematician and philosophy professor at the University of London. He was born and raised in Israel..."
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Palestine was the issue at Labour Party conference
by Asa Winstanley, Electronic Intifada, 6 October 2017
"...Left-wing magazine Red Pepper reported a new spirit of democratic debate at the conference, and clear signs that 'the left has emphatically won Labour’s civil war.' The other major arrival on the scene at this year’s conference was Jewish Voice for Labour, the new organization which opposes 'attempts to widen the definition of anti-Semitism beyond its meaning of hostility towards or discrimination against Jews as Jews.' The launch of the group was a direct challenge to the Jewish Labour Movement, a pro-Israel organization which has played a key role in a witch hunt aiming to misrepresent the Labour Party as 'institutionally anti-Semitic.' While the Israeli embassy’s allies at the conference were no doubt silently fuming, the mood among delegates was unmistakable – for Palestinian freedom and against Israeli occupation..."
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And in case you missed it...
Ofcom dismisses complaints about Al Jazeera's The Lobby, Aljazeera, 9 October 2017 - full article >>
"Al Jazeera did not breach any broadcasting rules in its coverage of the pro-Israel lobby in the UK, Britain's broadcasting regulator has ruled. On Monday, Ofcom dismissed complaints against Al Jazeera's four-part series "The Lobby", an undercover investigation that aired in January and made global headlines..."

Ofcom clears al-Jazeera of antisemitism in exposé of Israeli official, The Guardian, 10 October 2017 - full article >>
From Under The Rubble A Story From Gaza
Last screening tomorrow at Adelaide Film Festival!
Thursday 12 Oct., 6pm
Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide 

A detailed personal account of one of the worst single incidents to be documented during the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, in January 2009. Ten-year old Amal Samouni lost her father, brother and 48 members of her extended family. She spent three days trapped under the rubble before she was reunited with her mother. Now sixteen, Amal suffers daily from fifteen pieces of shrapnel imbedded in her head. Her shocking story is brought vividly to the screen in this powerful and affecting film from local director, Anne Tsoulis, that examines the sequence of events and the cost to those lives affected.

And also screening at the upcoming PALESTINIAN FILM FESTIVAL in SYDNEY >> and MELBOURNE >>
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