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Minister for Asia Amanda Milling refuses to condemn Israel’s labelling of six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups

December 3, 2021

On Tuesday, Minister for Asia Amanda Milling refused to condemn Israel’s designation of six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist groups. Responding to Labour MP Marsha De Cordova’s concern that Israel’s move represents ‘a clear attempt to silence the peaceful defence of Palestinians’ rights’, Milling said this was ‘a matter for the government of Israel’. Milling’s failure to condemn this attack on Palestinian civil society is the…

BDS motion at City must be respected by Board of Trustees

December 2, 2021

FOA welcomes the motion on BDS passed at the Student Members’ Meeting at City, University of London yesterday. 93% of student members voted in favour of BDS, the movement calling for boycotts, divestment and economic sanctions on Israel for its ongoing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians. The Board of Trustees must now respect this democratic vote. Investigations into City’s links and complicit investments…

FOA PRESS RELEASE

November 29, 2021

DEMANDS TO DIVEST FROM ISRAELI APARTHEID ON OVER 35 UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES On 29th November, universities across the country faced calls from students to divest from Israeli apartheid. Coinciding with the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine, a National Day of Solidarity on Campus was organised by pro-Palestinian NGO FOA, who have launched a campaign for students to write to their Vice Chancellors demanding that they…

Starmer to Labour Friends of Israel – Statement

November 17, 2021

FOA strongly opposes Labour leader Keir Starmer’s position on anti-Zionism and the BDS movement, as outlined in his address to Labour Friends of Israel on 16th November. Starmer’s conflation of anti-Zionism with antisemitism is highly alarming, but given his unreserved loyalty to Israel it is not surprising. The ability to criticise the actions of the state of Israel is vital to ending Israel’s ongoing occupation…

Sheikh Jarrah families reject to pay Settlers for living in their homes

November 3, 2021

In October, Israel’s Supreme Court proposed that four Palestinian families remain in their homes for 15 years as “protected tenants” while paying rent to the illegal settlers. The court gave the families until November 2 to decide whether to accept. However, the Palestinians “unanimously rejected the settlement offered by the occupation (Israeli) court”. Muna el-Kurd, one of the Palestinians facing eviction, said, “this refusal comes…

Financial Aid to Gaza Restricted by Israel

July 15, 2021

The Israeli military blockade of Gaza started in 2007. In practice, this means all imports and exports of goods, services and people are regulated. The Israeli siege has had a devastating effect on the region’s economy. The UN reports that over one million people in Gaza suffer from poverty and at least 65% of Palestinians under the age of thirty are unemployed. The people of…

Starmer’s Response is ‘Disappointing’

June 23, 2021

Dear Sir Keir Starmer MP, Whilst we are thankful for your reply to our letter, we remain nonetheless disappointed. You said you do not ‘’take our votes for granted’’ and you say that you’ll ‘’ensure that the interests of the community are respected and visible.’’ Yet you have failed to go beyond rhetoric in your reply to the two policy areas we identified as essential…

Nafisa Khuwais love for al-Aqsa as Resistance

June 23, 2021

“I just want to go to Aqsa. No matter how, I just want to go Aqsa.” These are the words of Nafisa Khuwais, a 68 years lady from Jerusalem. Since 2019, Israeli authorities banned Nafisa from praying in the al-Aqsa mosque, the holiest Muslim site in Jerusalem. Raised within the Holy City, Nafisa recalls how her “love for al-Aqsa mosque” started as a girl with…

The British Government’s response to Sanctions on Israel is woefully inadequate.

June 17, 2021

The government has, once again, demonstrated its failure to stand for the human rights of Palestinians. A petition calling on the government to introduce sanctions against Israel has passed 386,000 signatures at the time of writing. Unfortunately, instead of acknowledging the strong public support for sanctions against Israel, our government has instead attempted to justify its support for Israel. The response from the government to…

Press Release: Batley and Spen open letter to Keir Starmer

June 16, 2021

Dear Sir Keir Starmer MP, For over 40 years Muslim communities throughout the United Kingdom have supported the Labour Party loyally. In Batley and Spen particularly, through different leaders, times and political climates, our community has been amongst the most steadfast Labour voters anywhere in the country. We are writing to you today as representatives from different Mosques and Muslim organisations across Batley and Spen…

Flag March

June 15, 2021

Today is the annual, ‘Flag March’ when Israel celebrates its 1967 capture of East Jerusalem. Hundreds, if not thousands of right-wing Israeli citizens will parade with Israeli flags throughout the occupied East Jerusalem. The demonstrators will, march by Sultan Suleiman Road, before arriving at Damascus Gate. Demonstrators will chant, dance and sing patriotic songs in front of Damascus Gate walking into the Muslim Quarter. Initially,…

JOB: Palestine-Israel History Content Writer

June 9, 2021

Resources for Teachers and Children The position is project-based employment to last approx. 6 months.  Salary £14 to 18,000 [depending on expertise, qualifications and subject to meeting deadlines].  It can be remote but will need regular visits to the office in Leicester.     The role We are looking for a creative individual with strong writing skills to join us as a text, graphic and digital…