Author Archives: Gemma Ksenia La Guardia

Why not to boycott Israel over Eurovision

The beginning of May is always a busy and emotional time in Israel. First comes Holocaust Memorial Day between the 1st and 2nd, and then on the 8th, Remembrance Day, when Jews commemorate the fallen soldiers in Israel’s history. The week long mourning ends with a huge celebration: Independence Day on the 9th. This year,

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Naik Nicked

Indian hate preacher, Zakir Naik has been charged with money laundering by Indian prosecutors in Mumbai on Thursday. They claim that he has acquired $28 million worth of criminal assets, a charge which he denies.  The prosecution’s case is that he acquired funds from dubious sources in order to buy property in India and to

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Notre Dame and Crank Politics

Incommensurable: “ Not able to be judged by the same standards; having no common standard of measurement”. This is the nature of those comparisons between Grenfell, colonialism, climate change and the destruction of Notre Dame. Incommensurable. It does not mean that they are any less important: but there is no common denominator. It is facile

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Great Replacement Conspiricising

Amongst the scrawling on the weapon and magazines of the Christchurch shooter, was the slogan “14 Words”. His manifesto stated those fourteen words: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”. These words, also abbreviated 14 or 14/88, were coined by alt-right terrorist David Lane. They are used frequently

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What now for Algeria?

Tens of thousands of Algerians are protesting the decision of their ailing President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term. The 82-year old announced his candidacy for the April 2019 elections by letter last month despite having suffered a stroke in 2013, being in a wheelchair and potentially unable to speak. His last public

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History will damn us for our apathy towards migrants

In the garden of the Righteous Among Nations in Jerusalem, a memorial to the gentiles who helped Jews during the Holocaust, the smell of pine fills the air and the sun dapples the white stone plaques, engraved with thousands of names. One of those Righteous, Gustav Schrӧder, the captain of the ship St Louis, ferried

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Muziqa Mizrahit in the Arab World

Sometimes at the restaurant which I work at, we play our own music on the speakers, and I’m usually the DJ. The mix tends to go through a plethora of rap, raï, R’n’B and whatever else is on my phone. I also have a significant collection of Israeli music on my phone but I have Arab

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The Quilliam Winter Gala: In Review

In a whirl of glitz and glamour, Quilliam International’s Winter Gala brought together hundreds of people with the same interest at heart: promoting solidarity between communities. The guests were greeted in the Ladies’ Smoking Room in the Renaissance Hotel, where they were able to see a number of items for sale at auction, and to

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