May 2011 has been busy on all fronts. The historic Cairo reconciliation agreement was signed by all Palestinian factions; BBC once again showed its bias by censoring Palestine and Palestinians, together with and activists around the world, commemorated the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba.
Early May saw the historic signing of a new Palestinian reconciliation agreement by all factions including Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo. The agreement, brokered and mediated by the new Egyptian government, brings an end to four years of bitter division and provides for the creation of a joint non-aligned technocratic caretaker government in the run up to Palestinians national elections scheduled for next year.
BBC Radio 1Xtra came under fire this month after it was revealed that they had censored the word 'Palestine' from a rap record. Pro-Palestinian campaigners were left outraged by yet another dubious BBC attempt to remain apolitical with its 'impartiality' policy. They have started a campaign to get pro-Palestinian artists such as LowKey to have their songs played on air.
MEMO and PSC held an event exploring media complicity in Israeli Oppression on Monday 23 May, which was hosted at Amnesty International. Prior to the event and on the event day itself, Israeli hirelings waged a concerted campaign to smear both MEMO and PSC.
On May 15th, Palestinians and supporters across the globe came together to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba (The Catastrophe). With the Arab uprisings still ongoing, the Nakba commemoration was especially poignant.
The international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel continues to gain momentum this month, with a series of successful BDS triumphs, including:
- Marc Almond & Andy McKee cancel concerts in Israel
- Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, supports economic sanctions against Israel
- 51 Canadian filmmakers protest Hot Docs documentary festival's normalisation with Israel
The Jewish Chronicle published an article by historian Geoffrey Alderman, in which he unashamedly expressed his "great pleasure" in the murder of the Italian human rights activist. When pressed to clarify his position by the Guardian, Alderman reiterated his views: "He was a Jew-hater like Adolf Hitler. Yes, he deserved to die for being a Jew-hater. I rejoiced in the death of a Jew-hater. I have no regrets."
Thomas L Friedman damaged his credibility this month when he claimed that "as Al Qaeda was put on the run, and spent most of its energies killing other Muslims who didn't toe its line, even its passive support melted away (except for the demented leadership of Hamas)." This is similar to the Israel Lobby's so far successful attempt to link legitimate resistance to Israel's military occupation with Al-Aqaeda terrorism.