with Ania, Emma and Shamini
7:15am Ania revisited a story from late last year - In October last year, a Sydney University academic, Professor Jake Lynch, refused to sponsor an Israeli academic from Hebrew University as an academic boycott of the institution's links to the Israeli military and the ongoing occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza. He subsequently was accused of being racist; an Israeli based law centre, Shurat HaDin claimed that Lynch's support of the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions campaign is anti-semitic and filed a court case against him in the Australian federal court in October 2013.
On July 10th this year Shurat HaDin dropped the case against Professor Jake Lynch. Ania spoke with Micaela Sahhar, Palestinian writer, about BDS, and then with Jake Lynch about his case being dropped.
7:30am We played an interview with Odile and Kemu Qoroya of 350 Pacific Climate Change Benefit. Kemu talked about the broad and diverse climate change movement that is gaining moment across the Pacific Island nations. There are also plans to bring climate warriors from several Pacific Islands to Australia, carrying traditional carved canoes, to make a stand at the source of the emissions that threaten their lands, Australia's coal industry. There will be a benefit at 7:00 pm on Friday night at Clayton town hall. There is an amazing line up of performances on Facebook page.
7:45am Shamini spoke to Suzanne Cory from the Australian Academy of Science about their recent Women of Science Wikibomb! For National Science Week this week, they got together a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers to research and write up Wikipedia articles for women in science, and produced over 100 new entries!
8:15am Ania spoke about last Friday's BDS action in Port Melbourne against an Israeli arms manufacturer, Elbit Systems. Elbit systems is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial drones used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in their ongoing offensive in Gaza and Elbit has profited over the month long attack with their share prices rising by 6.1% in July. Six protestors took to the roof of Elbit Systems' Port Melbourne building on Friday, while 20 others locked down the gates of Elbit with D-locks, and erected a replication of the Israeli Governments ’Separation Wall’.
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