False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare

2 July 2020 —

False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare is a new Medact report, written by Medact Research Manager Dr. Hilary Aked.

The report examines the implementation and impacts of the Prevent duty in the NHS, looking at the interaction between the duty and other professional duties. It analyses and gives a breakdown of the figures relating to the number of referrals to Prevent across a number of NHS Trusts, discussing the mental health and racialised implications of the duty. The report concludes with key recommendations to both Government and medical bodies based on the findings.

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Palestinians hunker down for Ramadan, facing a virus that doesn’t discriminate but an occupier that does

25 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Palestine DeepDive – 25 April 2020

As the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the coronavirus outbreak in Israel and the Palestinian territories is proving how inevitably intertwined the two populations’ lives are, while also underlining the extreme differentials of power between them.

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Entry ban at Israeli city park provokes apartheid warnings By Jonathan Cook

9 July 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Jewish mayor calls on residents to raise Israeli flags and play Hebrew music as mother and son barred from playground

Middle East Eye – 9 July 2019

The barring of a lawyer and her infant from a public park in the Galilee last week has triggered a legal battle over whether local authorities in Israel can segregate citizens on a racial basis.

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IRR News (25 October – 8 November)

8 November 2018 — IRR

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

Testimonies to the London hearing of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, held at Friends House on 3 and 4 November, revealed the workings of the hostile environment – in health and education, in policing and detention – and some of the inspiring acts of resistance and solidarity they have evoked. But they also described the struggles against exploitation and rightlessness at work in the global north, where migrants treated as no more than units of labour perform the hard, heavy and exhausting work – in warehouses, agriculture, hospitality, care and domestic work – that cannot be outsourced to the global south, often in conditions akin to modern slavery. We await the final verdict of the Tribunal, which together with the evidence, will be posted on the website of the PPT London hearing.

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Isa Muazu and the Perversion of Refugee Law By Akwesi Shaddai

17 December 2013 — New Left Project

Just as British wars abroad are justified by spurious claims about concern for human rights, it seems that the battle for rights at home has itself already been lost. It is well known that on-going conflicts throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and elsewhere have resulted in millions being displaced from their country of origin. However, when those fortunate enough to flee persecution arrive in the UK, they are often faced with the prospect of indefinite detention, followed by a fast-track evaluation system that leads to deportation in 99% of cases. Continue reading

Amnesty Intl. Tries to Explains Why It Won’t Oppose All Drone Murders By David Swanson

5 November 2013 —  DavidSwanson

I was on Margaret Flowers’ and Kevin Zeese’s Clearing the Fog Radio today (http://clearingthefogradio.org ) together with Naureen Shah of Amnesty International.  The show ought to appear soon on iTunes here, and mixcloud here, and is already on UStream here although it seems to be missing the audio.  I had earlier published a critique of AI’s report on drones.

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What Comes Next: A secular democratic state in historic Palestine – a promising land Omar Barghouti

21 October 2013 — Mondoweiss

“Because it is a distortion of being more fully human, sooner or later being less human leads the oppressed to struggle against those who made them so. In order for this struggle to have meaning, the oppressed must not in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both.” [1] –Paulo Freire

Repeal Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act!

14 October 2013 — Liberty

At Liberty we’ve long argued that Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is ripe for misuse and discrimination.

The power allows for people to be detained for nine hours, fingerprinted, strip searched and asked questions without a right of access to a lawyer. It can be exercised without the need for any grounds to suspect the person is involved in terrorism, or any other criminal activity. This means it can be used against anyone a police, immigration or customs officer chooses and has been used disproportionately against those of Asian origin.

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VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 13 October 2013: Court denial of Israeli nationality reinforces discrimination

13 October 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian village continuously inhabited for 3,000 about to be destroyed by Israel
IMEMC – The Israeli High Court is set to rule on the forced expulsion of all of the residents of the village of Khirbat Zanuta, southwest of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Monday. …

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Socialist Platform Statement of Aims and Principles

1 August 2013 — Left Unity

[The following is a statement that defines the proposed new party of the left, ‘The Left Unity Party’ by the undersigned at the end of the doc. Though frankly, after reading it, I’m trying to figure out why they bothered, its 10-point plan differs not one iota from the ‘plans’ of other supposedly left parties here in the UK and elsewhere amongst the imperialist states. WB] Continue reading

Media Lens: Cartoon Politics: Rupert Murdoch, The Pro-Israel Lobby And Israel’s Crimes By David Cromwell

31 January 2013 — Media Lens

A crucial element of pro-Israel political lobbying is the reprehensible smearing of justified criticism of the Israeli state as ‘antisemitic’. Thus, a recent cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in the Sunday Times provided a convenient target for outrage.

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Zygmunt Bauman: Palestinian persecution echoes the Shoah, which began with discrimination, ghettoes and pogroms By Paul Mutter, with Eva Smagacz

5 September, 2011 — Mondoweiss

Several weeks ago, the renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman gave a stunning interview to the Polish journal, Polityka, on Zionism, the Holocaust, and Israel’s cult of war. In it he charges Israel’s leaders with actively discouraging peace, with seeking war instead of peace, and accuses them of manipulating the Holocaust’s lessons to justify repression. In one of his most charged claims, he says the wall surrounding the Occupied Palestinian Territory is little different than the walls surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto.

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South African media watchdog says Israel can be called an apartheid state

5 July 2011 — SA Artists Against Apartheid

This afternoon, in a bold ruling defending the right to freedom of expression and political speech, the South African media watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), unequivocally dismissed all complaints relating to a radio advert that calls for the boycott of Israel and compares Israel to Apartheid South Africa.

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