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#TeamFOA hold 55 press jackets outside BBC to represent journalists killed by Israel

May 16, 2022

In response to Shireen Abu Aqleh’s murder by Israeli sniper and 74 years of the ongoing Nakba, on Saturday #TeamFOA held 55 paper press jackets outside the BBC headquarters in London to represent the 55 journalists killed by Israel since 2000. This was one of #TeamFOA’s many visual representations of the ongoing Nakba at Saturday’s march for Palestine in London, attended by 15,000 people. Protesters…

FOA statement on murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

May 11, 2022

This morning beloved Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces while reporting from Jenin. Shireen was fatally shot in the ear by an Israeli sniper, despite being clearly marked as press with a helmet and blue flak jacket with ‘PRESS’ across the front and back. Under international law, it is a war crime to target journalists. Yet this is not the…

Statement on BDS

May 5, 2022

At the Lobby for Palestine on 11th May, ask your MP to sign the statement on the value of BDS in allowing individuals to make ethical choices. Loading…

UK fails to support Palestinian rights at Human Rights Council

April 26, 2022

FOA is disappointed by the UK’s failure to support Palestinian human rights at two recent meetings of the UN Human Rights Council.  On 31st March and 1st April, the UK voted against resolutions on illegal Israeli settlements and the right of Palestinians to self-determination. At a time when the world’s leading human rights organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have agreed that Israel…

Gaza Open Letter

April 19, 2022

Share this page with your MP and ask them to sign the open letter below to Liz Truss, calling on Israel to end its illegal siege on Gaza. Find your MP and their email address: Click here Loading…

Attack on Masjid Al-Aqsa Statement

April 16, 2022

The brutal attacks by Israeli soldiers on unarmed Palestinian worshippers at Masjid Al-Aqsa are inhumane. This follows a significant increase in the violence against Palestinians living under apartheid illegal occupation. If worshippers, journalists, medics and others had been brutally attacked at any other of the world’s holiest sites, the world would be in an uproar. It would be all over the news. But it is…

Is ASDA misleading its customers?

April 11, 2022

Recently, it came to FOA’s attention that supermarket giant ASDA was selling dates from Israel, labelled ‘Extra Special Medjoul Dates’. FOA immediately launched a campaign for ASDA to remove these dates from its stores and website. The campaign was popular, with many individuals emailing Mohsin Issa, co-owner of Asda, saying that “Israel has a long history of committing war crimes against the Palestinian people… as…

Why you should join FOA’s National Lobby for Palestine this May

April 4, 2022

Have you ever wished you could speak directly to your MP about Palestine? On Wednesday 11th May people across the UK are meeting their MPs to discuss Palestine, with the support of FOA. This will be the first in-person lobby for Palestine since 2019 and it’s really important that we maintain the pressure on MPs to take action. Last year, hundreds of thousands of people…

25 prominent academics sign open letter to universities to divest for Palestine

March 22, 2022

Ahead of tomorrow’s International Day of Action taking place at university campuses across the world, 25 prominent academics have signed an open letter to universities worldwide to #Divest4Palestine. This open letter has been coordinated by FOA and a coalition of university student societies across the UK, including at Brunel, Cambridge, City, Glasgow Caledonian, KCL, LSE, Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham, Reading, UCL and Warwick. Signatories include Professor Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Professor Ilan Pappe…

IWD 2022 in Gaza: Palestinian Theatre and Arts Week empowers women

March 14, 2022

A mixture of drama and poetry adorned the theatre and Grand Hall of the Islamic University of Gaza last week, as Palestinian women’s voices were celebrated at the Palestinian Theatre and Arts Week organised for International Women’s Day 2022. The ‘Palestinian Theatre and Arts: Women and Inclusive Peace’ initiative was jointly organised by the English Department of the Islamic University of Gaza, the NAWA for…

FOA rejects Gove’s conflation of BDS with antisemitism

March 9, 2022

FOA condemns in the strongest possible terms Michael Gove’s conflation of BDS with antisemitism in the House of Commons earlier this week. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) is a peaceful method to stand up for Palestinian rights. It is inspired by the movement that helped end apartheid in South Africa. BDS is also the method of choice against Russia for its illegal occupation…

FOA on Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill

March 9, 2022

FOA strongly opposes the Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill, to be discussed in the House of Lords on Wednesday 9th March. It threatens the right of public sector pension schemes to boycott and divest from companies complicit in war crimes and the breaking of international law. It undermines Britain’s commitment to upholding international law. The British Government has deemed Israeli settlements illegal and…