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My first trip to Palestine. By Jordan Stapleton

Jordan is the young members’ officer for Unison’s Derbyshire branch in the East Midlands region. Jordan visited Palestine with a Unison delegation organised by PSC in April 2016. A full report from the delegation is available here. It was his first time visiting Palestine this is a blog of his experiences and reflections since the trip.…

BBC’s Newsnight says Jerusalem is ‘Israel’s capital’

Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. All journalists and news organisations should know this basic fact. The BBC, apparently, doesn’t. On 14th October, the BBC’s nightly current affairs programme ‘Newsnight’ wrongly referred to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Reporting from East Jerusalem, the BBC’s Diplomatic Editor, Mark Urban, said: “This evening, there were…

Report: Transport Unions Delegation to Palestine 2015

Between July 21st and 28th 2015, a trade union delegation with representatives from ASLEF, TSSA and RMT travelled to Palestine with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.   The delegation included: Mick Whelan (ASLEF General Secretary), Manuel Cortes (TSSA General Secretary), Andi Fox (TSSA executive), Colin Smith (ASLEF), Marz Colombini (ASLEF executive), Mick Carney (TSSA President), Peter…

Why won’t the media report on Israeli violence in East Jerusalem?

Israel operates a regime of control and violence across East Jerusalem. The Israeli army, police and settlers all play their part in the daily aggression against Palestinians, whose very existence in East Jerusalem is becoming increasingly precarious. But this large-scale violence goes unreported in the mainstream Western media. PSC’s last update on East Jerusalem at…

What the media won’t tell you about East Jerusalem

Palestinians in East Jerusalem live their daily lives under the brutality of Israeli occupation. However, their suffering is ignored by most of the western media. Download our East Jerusalem factsheet Last week, western journalists turned their focus on Jerusalem only because an Israeli settler, Yehuda Glick, was shot and injured near the Old City on…