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Spain, Ireland, Norway formally recognise Palestine as Israel’s isolation grows
28 May 24
The governments of Spain, Norway and Ireland join over 140 of the United Nations’ 193 member states in recognising Palestine as a state.
Source: inews
Category: ELECTORAL POLITICS | GOVERNMENT POLICY
Country: Spain
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Far-right AfD makes gains but fails to win outright in local elections
28 May 24
In county and mayoral elections in Thuringia, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) wins 26 percent of the vote, with nine candidates expected to go through to the second round of voting.
Source: Euronews
Category: ELECTORAL POLITICS | GOVERNMENT POLICY
Country: EU, Germany
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Munich’s Oktoberfest to ban Italian disco hit co-opted by far right
28 May 24
In Germany, Munich’s Oktoberfest bans the song L’amour Toujours after it is co-opted by neo-Nazis, who sing the phrase ‘Germany for the Germans, foreigners out’ over the tune.
Source: Guardian
Category: CULTURE | MEDIA | SPORT
Country: Germany
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Charity Commission drops inquiry into Campaign Against Antisemitism
28 May 24
Human rights lawyer Sir Geoffrey Bindman criticises as ‘clearly political’ a decision made by the Charity Commission to drop an investigation into Campaign Against Antisemitism initiated four years ago following a complaint by Jewish Voice for Labour, which the regulator rules does not have the legal status to make the application.
Source: Guardian
Category: CULTURE | MEDIA | SPORT
Country: UK
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Nigel Farage under fire after saying Muslims do not share British values
26 May 24
In his first interview since the general election was announced, Nigel Farage, honorary president of Reform UK, tells Sky News that a growing number of Muslims do not share British values, and ‘in fact loathe much of what we stand for’.
Source: Guardian
Category: ELECTORAL POLITICS | GOVERNMENT POLICY
Country: UK
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Hundreds of children under 10 subject to stop and search in England and Wales
25 May 24
An investigation reveals that least 432 children under the age of criminal responsibility were searched by police forces in England and Wales in 2023, with almost a quarter of the searches conducted on children from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Kent and Devon and Cornwall police forces record strip-searches on children under the age of ten.
Source: Observer
Category: POLICING | PRISONS | CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Country: UK
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Punched, choked, kicked: German police crack down on student protests
25 May 24
As German students rally for Palestine, the coalition government in the state of Berlin introduces a draft law to bring back ex-matriculation (disciplinary expulsion from university, used during the Vietnam War) of students accused of a crime. International students whose visas are tied to their enrolment at university could be deported.
Source: Al Jazeera
Category: ELECTORAL POLITICS | GOVERNMENT POLICY
Country: Germany
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Inside secret government Rwanda training base
24 May 24
The BBC is given access to a secret Home Office training facility where enforcement staff and private contractors are taught how to load unwilling deportees onto aircraft. Reporters are not permitted to watch training involving physical force, cuffs or leg restraints.
Source: BBC
Category: ASYLUM | MIGRATION | BORDERS | CITIZENSHIP
Country: UK
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14-year-old boy arrested in west London on suspicion of terror offence
24 May 24
A 14-year-old boy is arrested in west London on suspicion of possessing far-right material that would likely be used to prepare an act of terrorism.
Source: Standard
Category: ANTI-FASCISM AND THE FAR RIGHT
Country: UK
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Outrage at footage of people singing Nazi slogan at party on German island
24 May 24
German police investigate footage showing people illegally singing a Nazi rendering of ‘L’Amour Toujours’ and giving Nazi salutes at a Whitsun party on the island of Sylt, North Frisia. Similar chants are heard two days later by off-duty police officers at the Bergkirchweih festival in Erlangen, Bavaria.
Source: Guardian
Category: ANTI-FASCISM AND THE FAR RIGHT
Country: Germany
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Major BDS victory as anti-boycott bill defeated.
24 May 24
With the announcement of a general election, the government’s controversial anti-boycott bill, the stated aim of which was to shut down campaigns against Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, is defeated.
Source: PSC
Category: ELECTORAL POLITICS | GOVERNMENT POLICY
Country: UK
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Rantanen: Finland planning border ‘drone wall’ with Baltics, Poland and Norway
24 May 24
Lithuanian interior minister Agnė Bilotaitė announces an agreement among the NATO states bordering Russia – Finland, Norway, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania – for a ‘drone wall’ to protect their borders from threats including ‘instrumentalised migration’.
Source: YLE
Category: ELECTORAL POLITICS | GOVERNMENT POLICY
Country: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, EU, Poland, Finland
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Berlin police clear pro-Palestinian demo, open probes
23 May 24
In Berlin, Germany, riot police, allegedly called in by the university on the orders of the Berlin Senate and mayor, clear a pro-Palestine occupation at the Humboldt University, briefly detaining 169 people before making 25 arrests. Students describe the operation as police brutality. A journalist is amongst those injured.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Category: EDUCATION
Country: Germany
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Oxford University students arrested at pro-Palestinian sit-in
23 May 24
Sixteen Oxford University students are charged with aggravated trespass after the police break up a Palestine solidarity sit-in at the vice-chancellor’s office. In a statement, students blame the university administration for escalating ‘unprecedented violence’ against them in response to their demands that the university cuts its ties with Israel.
Source: Reuters
Category: EDUCATION
Country: UK
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UK complaint alleges politicians’ complicity in Israeli ‘war crimes’
23 May 24
The Met says it is assessing a new criminal complaint made by the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians against five British government ministers allegedly complicit in Israeli war crimes in Gaza, as well as private British citizens fighting for the Israeli military.
Source: Al Jazeera
Category: DISCRIMINATION | EQUALITIES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Country: UK, Scotland
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