Is Celebrity Culture Political? Zionism Prevails in Hollywood, Again

Yasmin Elsouda, BA International Relations Whether or not celebrity culture should be politicised is incessantly debated in the media. Is Kanye crazy? Shouldn’t Kaepernick just stick to sports? Why is Kim in The White House? The notion that popular culture is somehow isolated from the rest of the world and does not intersect with politics […]

Vote ‘yes’ to boycotting Israeli academic institutions

BDS Working Group   SOAS is buzzing with conversation about the academic boycott of Israel referendum, which is to be held on campus from 23-27 February. The referendum will be school-wide and will call on students, academics, and other staff members to vote in favour of boycotting Israeli academic institutions. The campaign aims to raise […]

Vote ‘no’ to boycotting Israeli academic institutions

Kay Lees, LLB Law The BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), calls for international support to help achieve its goals of boycotting Israeli academic institutions and academics in order to chastise Israeli treatment of Palestinians— from human rights violations to the marginalisation of academics and activists. Taking into account the conflicts over the past year and […]

Ex-Foreign Office official calls for pressure on Israel-Palestine solution

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish “I believe firmly in the two-state solution,” began Sir Vincent Fean, ex-Consul General to Jerusalem, although, he continued, it “is in very severe danger of disappearing before our eyes.” The London Middle East Institute holds talks every Tuesday evening that seem to attract people from all ranks, both within […]

Israeli and Palestinian professors back SOAS boycott calls

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish Launching its campaign for an academic boycott of Israel, SOAS Palestine Society yesterday hosted distinguished Israeli historian Ilan Pappe and Palestinian-American Oxford professor Karma Nabulsi to debate the issue amongst the student body. From 23rd to 27th February, SOAS students will have the opportunity to vote on whether to call […]

Boycotts ‘costs Israel $8 billion’

Tom King, BA Politics Israel has incurred losses of up to $8 billion as a result of the campaign to boycott illegal settlements, according to Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative movement.   The claim comes as the European Union issued demands for Israel to label poultry, dairy and meat products to […]