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About Hilary Aked

Hilary Aked is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, researching the pro-Israel lobby in the UK. A freelance researcher and journalist for Spinwatch, she is co-author of ‘Giving peace a chance? The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre’ (2013) and ‘The Henry Jackson Society and the degeneration of British neoconservatism: Liberal interventionism, Islamophobia and the ‘War on Terror’” (2015). She previously studied at the University of Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 

Articles by Hilary Aked

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The undeniable overlap: right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia

A considerable faction of right-wing Zionists, of the sort who have long dominated pro-Israel politics, are often linked to organised Islamophobia promotion.

Taking racism seriously: Islamophobia, civil liberties and the state

Racism and Islamophobia are driven by the practices of the powerful. Self-proclaimed 'liberals' need to know this.

The five pillars of Islamophobia

Vague categories like ‘extremist’ and ‘radicalisation’ are trawling Muslims in a very large ‘counter-terrorism’ net.

So much for free speech: Southampton University and the pro-Israel lobby

If our universities can’t stand up to the Israel lobby and uphold free speech, how will the international community ever stand up to the state of Israel and uphold international law?

The UK’s pro-Israel lobby in context

The pro-Israel lobby is not only important in the US, but is a transnational phenomenon, fostered by transnational organisations – many headquartered in Israel – and funded in large part by transnational corporate actors.

BBC bias? Reporting on Israel and the Palestinians

When it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, both lobbies claim that the Corporation is 'on the other side'. Is there any truth in it?

Anger and activism at the G4S annual meeting

More than 70 people demonstrated outside the G4S Annual General Meeting in London yesterday to protest against the security company’s human rights record in various business sectors, from Israeli prisons to “asylum markets” in the UK. Protesters told Hilary Aked why they were there.  

Occupy London: keep your nerve, your unity and your integrity

The London occupation is nearing its one month anniversary, and the cracks are beginning to show.

No deadlines: Occupy London activists won't be co-opted

The City of London Corporation has dropped its threat to evict 'tent city' at St Paul's Cathedral. Negotiations are on, but occupiers are wary of being transformed into a mute tourist attraction.

#OccupyLondon: not the beginning or the end, but a momentous opportunity

The first weekend of the London occupation felt victorious, as the protesters established their own democracy and showed solidarity with a growing global movement. Even if it is soon disbanded, this is one step forward in an ongoing struggle.
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