Commemorating Nakba 75

15 May 1948-15 May 2023

The call to Make Apartheid History is more resonant than ever as we mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the NAKBA – the Palestinian Catastrophe – as the state of Israel was founded, along with the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland.

On 15 May MAH shared its short videos  in solidarity with NAKBA 75 and BDS including BSC calls for both a cultural boycott and military boycott of Israel until it complies with international law.


Why Make Apartheid History.  A short explanatory video with Leila Sansour, Reem Talhami,  Iman  Aoun, Sliman Mansour, Atef Abu Saif, Issam Aruri, Adjoa Adoh, Juliet Stephenson, Ken Loach, Dave Randall, and our beloved Jeremy Hardy.


Born on the same day 15 May 1948 – Brian Eno and his support for Palestine.


Israel: A militarized state – infographic. TNI and TPNS worked together on these infographics that tells a chilling story.


One sunny day on Hampstead Heath….

Nov 29 UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November

In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II))

In resolution 60/37 of 1 December 2005, the Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights, as part of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November, to continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN.

The resolution on the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People also encourages Member States to continue to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.

MAH supports BDS wholeheartedly and the call for the UN to investigate Israel as an apartheid regime in the way it investigated South Africa. Here UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi says #UNInvestigateApartheid – and explains why.

TNI State of Power 2021: Coercive World


State of Power 2021: Coercive World (

To Make Apartheid History means dismantling the structures of the state which oppress and separate. TNI’s ‘Coercive World‘ is a brilliant resource on the all pervasive – and very well funded – presence of military, security, police and prison power across society.

And in light of the latest hammering of the Palestinian people – unbelievably in the midst of a pandemic – by the full might of the Israeli armed forces, the project took a specific look at Israel.

Because what is not widely known is that the brutal violence of the bombing of Gaza and the constant harassment and dispossession of Palestinians is not only at the heart of Israel’s occupation, it is also shaping the coercive dimensions of states everywhere, exporting the politics and methodology of occupation to other countries and regimes.

So, after decades of refining the ‘art’ of occupation, land grab, containment and apartheid policies, it’s not surprising that Israel’s occupation of Palestine has become highly lucrative and so enmeshed in its wider economy, it’s hard to see where one begins and the other ends.

People like to buy things that have been tested. If Israel sells weapons, they have been tested, tried out. We can say we’ve used this for 10 years, 15 years.” (Former Israeli defense minister, Benjamin Ben Eliezer)

  • Israel is the fifth largest military spender in the world in terms of share of GDP
  • But relative to its size, Israel has consistently been the world’s top arms seller
  • 80 percent of Israeli military production is exported. Weapons make up 25 percent of Israel’s total industrial exports
  • Since Israel’s 2008 Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Israel has exported arms to more than 65 countries in the world

One has to be left asking: what is Israel’s economy without the occupation?

And with whose support is this all made possible?

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TNI infographic research was undertaken by Transform Defence.  

MAH and Transform Defence are projects of Tipping Point North South.



Important New Book by Jeff Halper

Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism and the Case for One Democratic State.

USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia… and Israel.

All ‘settler colonial’ states. If you stop to think for a moment, it’s crystal clear. And it’s starting to become more widely understood.

Here MEMO (Middle East Monitor) interviews Jeff Halper about his latest book: Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism and the Case for One Democratic State. He explains why he thinks the usual framing of the dispute as a “conflict’ was incorrect and why there was a need to reframe the issue as settler colonialism.

Continue reading Important New Book by Jeff Halper

A New Nakba

Today we join with all those who commemorate the Nakba; the catastrophe that began in 1947 which saw Zionist militias destroying over 500 Palestinian villages and towns and driving 750,000 Palestinians into exile, and you can read PSC’s account of this history here. But history continues to play out in the same way for Palestinians today as Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes and villages, colonise the West Bank and East Jerusalem with illegal settlements, deny Palestinian citizens of Israel equality under the law, and deny Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homeland.

Palestinians face what many are calling a “New Nakba” – annexation of the settlements in the West Bank; no Palestinian capital in Jerusalem; Palestinians left trapped in network of disconnected Bantustans, permanently denied the right to determine their own lives as a people. Alongside this will be an attempt to persuade the word to redefine the status of refugee so that it is removed from the descendants of those expelled in 1948, thus leaving the majority of Palestinian people cut off from their homeland in a permanent exile.

But the global solidarity movement for Palestine grows daily. The thousands who marched for Palestine on Saturday were inspired by Ahed Tamimi’s address to them. The march and the speakers sent a clear strong message of UK support to the Palestinian people.

On this Nakba Day, please support PSC campaign calls below.

#DeactivateAirbnb for one day

Stand for justice and #deactivateAirbnb on 15th May, Nakba Day.

Join the international day of action against Airbnb’s decision to continue listing holiday homes in illegal Israeli settlements. Every settlement home is a war crime built on stolen Palestinian land.

Click here to deactivate your Airbnb account for one day


On Saturday, as Israel invites the world to drown out the Palestinian call for justice with the Eurovision Song Contest, we will be hosting a “Not the Eurovision: Party for Palestine” gig in central London featuring a whole host of incredible artists including Lowkey, Wolf Alice, Mic Righteous and more. This gig will be linking up with concerts around the world as part of the Watch Globalvision initiative. We are down to our last batch of tickets, so don’t miss out and buy yours here now!

Together Against Trump

On June 4th we will be back on the streets of London as part of the mass demonstration against Trump’s visit to the UK. Once again, we will be organising a large and vibrant Palestine bloc on this demo – more details coming very soon!

Celebrating Mandela Day with short video compilation

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

July 18th is International Mandela Day. It asks ‘what will you do to serve your fellow human beings?’.

One of the things you can do to answer this call, is to support Palestinian civil society’s call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel until it complies with international law and to make apartheid history, once and for all.  As South Africans, and over many years,  Nelson Mandela and his dear friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, made their support for the Palestinian struggle clear as they saw the parallels between apartheid South Africa and Israel/Palestine.

Make Apartheid History launched one year ago. We are marking this Mandela Day by sharing a short video loop of the highlights of our first year’s activity. We hope you enjoy this compilation of short films, events and performances.

MAH headerMake Apartheid History is an international project that brings together creative individuals, organisations and networks from around the world – starting with Palestine and the UK; South Africa and USA – for a programme of popular events connecting civil rights, anti-apartheid and Palestinian solidarity movements which commenced summer 2015.

We thank the many artists and campaigners who have supported our activity to date – from Palestine and the UK, USA and South Africa.

If you’d like to find out more about why the term ‘apartheid’ can be applied to Israel’s policies, here is our ‘rationale.’

Together we can MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY once and for all.

Best wishes from everyone on the Make Apartheid History team.

Make Apartheid History is supported by Trust Greenbelt and Amiel & Melburn Trust.

supported-by-trust-greenbelt_white  Amiel and Melburn Trust