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Brexit reveals Jeremy Corbyn to be the true moderate

Brexit reveals Jeremy Corbyn to be the true moderate

If there is an upside to Brexit, it is this: it has made it increasingly hard to present Jeremy Corbyn, contrary to everything the corporate media has been telling us for the past four years, as anything but a political moderate. In truth, he is one of the few moderates left in British – or maybe that should read English[Read More…]

With criticism crushed in the west, Israel can enjoy its impunity

With criticism crushed in the west, Israel can enjoy its impunity

Nazareth: Recent events have shone a spotlight not only on how Israel is intensifying its abuse of Palestinians under its rule, but the utterly depraved complicity of western governments in its actions. The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in[Read More…]

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How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

Jerusalem: Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organisation. The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in[Read More…]

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The plot to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

The plot to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

In the latest of the interminable media “furores” about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed unfitness to lead Britain’s Labour party – let alone become prime minister – it is easy to forget where we were shortly before he won the support of an overwhelming majority of Labour members to head the party. In the preceding two years, it was hard to avoid[Read More…]

Trump’s peace plan has been designed to fail – exactly like its predecessors

Trump’s peace plan has been designed to fail – exactly like its predecessors

Nazareth: Donald Trump’s supposed “deal of the century”, offering the Palestinians economic bribes in return for political submission, is the endgame of western peace-making, the real goal of which has been failure, not success. For decades, peace plans have made impossible demands of the Palestinians, forcing them to reject the terms on offer and thereby create a pretext for Israel[Read More…]

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Forget Trump’s ‘deal of the century’. Israel was always on course to annexation

Forget Trump’s ‘deal of the century’. Israel was always on course to annexation

Nazareth: When Israeli prime ministers are in trouble, facing difficult elections or a corruption scandal, the temptation has typically been for them to unleash a military operation to bolster their standing. In recent years, Gaza has served as a favourite punching bag. Benjamin Netanyahu is confronting both difficulties at once: a second round of elections in September that he may[Read More…]

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A second Israeli election proves Netanyahu’s grip on power is slipping

A second Israeli election proves Netanyahu’s grip on power is slipping

Nazareth: In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week – less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting a chance to assemble[Read More…]

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Endless procedural abuses show Julian Assange case was never about law

Endless procedural abuses show Julian Assange case was never about law

It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: “But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.” That short sentence includes at least three factual errors. In fact, to repeat it, as so many people do, you would need to have been hiding under a rock[Read More…]

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The western media is key to Syria deceptions

The western media is key to Syria deceptions

The media are not a watchdog on power but the public relations arm of giant corporations pursuing their narrow interests in the Middle East By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province — their final holdout in Syria — should have been treated by the western media[Read More…]

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Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

  Nazareth: After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party broke regulations – and possibly the law –[Read More…]

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 After 7 years of deceptions about Assange, the US readies for its first media rendition

 After 7 years of deceptions about Assange, the US readies for its first media rendition

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations. For seven years, we have had[Read More…]

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 The media smoothed the path to British soldiers using Corbyn as target practice

 The media smoothed the path to British soldiers using Corbyn as target practice

It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the British political and media establishments have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of political life, and that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our democratic institutions. How do they persuade us of[Read More…]

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 Three lessons for the left from the Mueller inquiry

 Three lessons for the left from the Mueller inquiry

Here are three important lessons for the progressive left to consider now that it is clear the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russiagate is never going to uncover collusion between Donald Trump’s camp and the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election. Painting the pig’s face The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an[Read More…]

Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

  Nazareth: When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook. Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter. Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in[Read More…]

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The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

Nazareth: The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United States and many of the[Read More…]

Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

“McCarthyism” is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process its true meaning – and horror – has been increasingly obscured. McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation by the powerful of a perfect, self-rationalising system of incrimination – denying the victim a voice, even in their[Read More…]

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Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA?

Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA?

Nazareth: Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments’ relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about $200 million each month in[Read More…]

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In Hebron, Israel Removes The Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

In Hebron, Israel Removes The Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

Nazareth: You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city of Hebron, home to[Read More…]

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 A liberal elite still luring us towards the abyss

 A liberal elite still luring us towards the abyss

A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent collapse of Europe and its supposed Enlightenment values of liberalism and rationalism. The idea of Europe, they warn, “is falling apart before our eyes”, as Britain prepares for Brexit and “populist and nationalist” parties look poised to make sweeping gains in elections across the[Read More…]

 Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage

 Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage

Nazareth: With April’s elections looming, Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Israeli Resilience, just as the net of corruption indictments is closing around the prime minister. Already, at this early stage of campaigning, some 31 per cent of the Israeli public prefer Gantz to head the[Read More…]

Growing US public support for one state shared equally by Israelis and Palestinians falls on deaf ears

Growing US public support for one state shared equally by Israelis and Palestinians falls on deaf ears

Nazareth: Two years of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu as a Middle East peacemaking team appear to be having a transformative effect – and in ways that will please neither of them. The American public is now evenly split between those who want a two-state solution and those who prefer a single state, shared by Israelis and Palestinians, according to[Read More…]

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech[Read More…]

Guardian escalates its vilification of Julian Assange

Guardian escalates its vilification of Julian Assange

It is welcome that finally there has been a little pushback, including from leading journalists, to the Guardian’s long-running vilification of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. Reporter Luke Harding’s latest article, claiming that Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly visited Assange in Ecuador’s embassy in London on three occasions, is so full of holes that even[Read More…]

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Nazareth: Palestinians in Gaza should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as precarious ceasefire talks survived a two-day-long, heavy exchange of strikes that threatened to unleash yet another large-scale military assault by Israel. Late on Tuesday, after the most intense bout of violence in four years, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas, the Islamic[Read More…]

TOPSHOT - Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL) Jair Bolsonaro (C) gestures flanked by his son and Rio de Janeiro's elected Senator Flavio Bolsonaro (L) and the president of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) Gustavo Bebianno during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 11, 2018. - The far-right frontrunner to be Brazil's next president, Jair Bolsonaro, stumbled Wednesday by spooking previously supportive investors, while a spate of violent incidents pointed to deep polarization caused by the election race. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images)

 With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel finds another natural partner on the far-right

Nazareth: The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former[Read More…]

Bolsonaro: a monster engineered by our media

Bolsonaro: a monster engineered by our media

With Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election at the weekend, the doom-mongers among western elites are out in force once again. His success, like Donald Trump’s, has confirmed a long-held prejudice: that the people cannot be trusted; that, when empowered, they behave like a mob driven by primitive urges; that the unwashed masses now threaten to bring down the[Read More…]

Everyone washes their hands as Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Everyone washes their hands as Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Nazareth: The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in “freefall”. At a meeting of international donors in New York on Thursday, coinciding with the annual meeting of the United[Read More…]

Palestine: The testbed for Trump’s plan to tear up the rules-based international order

Palestine: The testbed for Trump’s plan to tear up the rules-based international order

Nazareth: Washington’s decision to intensify swingeing aid cuts to the Palestinians – the latest targets include cancer patients and peace groups – reveals more than a simple determination to strong-arm the Palestinian leadership to the negotiating table. Under cover of a supposed peace effort, or “deal of the century”, the Trump administration hopes to solve problems closer to home. It[Read More…]

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US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

Nazareth: The Trump administration’s decision to scrap all future aid payments to the main agency helping Palestinian refugees marks a new – and most likely disastrous – chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US State Department said on Friday it would no longer continue its $360 million annual contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees[Read More…]

In detaining Peter Beinart, Israel has declared it no longer represents millions of Jews overseas

In detaining Peter Beinart, Israel has declared it no longer represents millions of Jews overseas

Nazareth: There are few places in Israel where its apartheid character is more conspicuous than the imposing international airport just outside Tel Aviv, named after the country’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. Most planes landing in Israel have to circle over the West Bank before making their descent. Below, more than two million Palestinians living under cruel Israeli occupation are[Read More…]

By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

Nazareth: Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar. It was[Read More…]

Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid

Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid

Nazareth: For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a “light unto the nations”. It claimed to have “made the desert bloom” by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the “most moral army in the world” reputedly cried[Read More…]

Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?

Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?

Fathi Harb should have had something to live for, not least the imminent arrival of a new baby. But last week the 21-year-old extinguished his life in an inferno of flames in central Gaza. It is believed to be the first example of a public act of self-immolation in the enclave. Harb doused himself in petrol and set himself alight[Read More…]

West’s failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre

West’s failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre

  Nazareth: The contrasting images coming out of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday could not have been starker – or more disturbing. Faced with protests at the perimeter fence in Gaza, Israeli snipers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinians and wounded more than 2,000 others, including children, women, journalists and paramedics, in a hail of live fire. Amnesty,[Read More…]

Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify today’s massacre in Gaza

Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify today’s massacre in Gaza

  Nazareth: On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians were turned into refugees, denied by Israel the right to return to their homes. Tens of thousands turned[Read More…]

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Robert Fisk’s Douma report rips away excuses for air strike on Syria

Robert Fisk’s Douma report rips away excuses for air strike on Syria

  Nazareth: It seems that many who supported the weekend’s air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk’s report from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at the clinic that treated victims[Read More…]

US Smooths Israel’s Path To Annexing West Bank

US Smooths Israel’s Path To Annexing West Bank

  Nazareth: Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories. Last week, during an address to students in New York, Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett publicly disavowed even the notion of a Palestinian state. “We are done with that,” he said. “They have a Palestinian[Read More…]

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Israeli Army’s Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its Image

Israeli Army’s Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its Image

  Nazareth: It is has been a very bad week for those claiming Israel has the most moral army in the world. Here’s a small sample of abuses of Palestinians in recent days in which the Israeli army was caught lying. A child horrifically injured by soldiers was arrested and terrified into signing a false confession that he was hurt[Read More…]

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The UK’s Hidden Hand In Julian Assange’s Detention

The UK’s Hidden Hand In Julian Assange’s Detention

  Nazareth: It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assange’s effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade. Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend[Read More…]

A 14-Year-Old Girl Forced Alone And At Night Into The Gaza Cage. Another Routine Mishap For Israel’s Occupation

A 14-Year-Old Girl Forced Alone And At Night Into The Gaza Cage. Another Routine Mishap For Israel’s Occupation

  Nazareth: How did a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who has never set foot in the open-air prison of Gaza find herself being dumped there by Israeli officials – alone, at night and without her parents being informed? The terrifying ordeal – a child realising she had not been taken home but discarded in a place where she knew no one[Read More…]

Why Is The Israeli Army Finally Worried About Gaza?

Why Is The Israeli Army Finally Worried About Gaza?

  Nazareth: Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gaza’s economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse. They should know. More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in[Read More…]

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Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis A Lesson Worthy Of Gandhi

Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis A Lesson Worthy Of Gandhi

  Nazareth: Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. Eventually, colonised peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the core of the society oppressing them. Ahed is well qualified for the task.[Read More…]

Team Trump Add Insult To Injury For The Palestinians

Team Trump Add Insult To Injury For The Palestinians

  Nazareth: It is tempting to interpret the announcement this week of a delay until the new year in US vice-president Mike Pence’s visit to the Middle East as the ultimate travel warning. It follows an eruption of regional unrest over Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. During protests last Friday, Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians and[Read More…]

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Netanyahu Ditches US Jews For Alliance With Christian Evangelicals And The Alt-right

Netanyahu Ditches US Jews For Alliance With Christian Evangelicals And The Alt-right

  Nazareth: For decades most American Jews have claimed an “Israel exemption”: resolutely progressive on domestic issues, they are hawks on their cherished cause. Racism they would vigorously oppose if applied in the United States is welcomed in Israel. Reports at the weekend suggested that Donald Trump is about to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, throwing a wrench in any[Read More…]

From An Open Internet, Back To The Dark Ages

From An Open Internet, Back To The Dark Ages

  Nazareth: Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west? In China and other autocratic regimes, leaders have simply bent the internet to their will, censoring content that threatens their rule. But in the “democratic” west, it is being done differently. The state does not have[Read More…]

 Syria, ‘Experts’ And George Monbiot

 Syria, ‘Experts’ And George Monbiot

Nazareth: Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israel’s bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. [https://consortiumnews.com/2017/11/18/israels-ploy-selling-a-syrian-nuke-strike/] Although the attack on the “nuclear reactor” occurred a decade ago, there are pressing[Read More…]

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Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into The Light

Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into The Light

  Nazareth: The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby. Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of[Read More…]

Balfour Declaration: Britain Broke Its Feeble Promise To The Palestinians

Balfour Declaration: Britain Broke Its Feeble Promise To The Palestinians

There is more than a little irony in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to attend a “celebration” dinner this week in London with his British counterpart, Theresa May, marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Palestinian objections to the 1917 document are well-known. Britain’s Lord Balfour had no right to promise a “national home for the Jewish people” in[Read More…]

Harvey Weinstein And The Politics Of Hollywood

Harvey Weinstein And The Politics Of Hollywood

  Nazareth: There is something truly exasperating about digesting the steady flow of horror stories relating to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In part, of course, it is because the reports that Weinstein allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women over decades are deeply disturbing. In part, it is because one can be certain that there are still young aspiring actresses desperate[Read More…]

The Real Reasons Trump Is Quitting UNESCO

The Real Reasons Trump Is Quitting UNESCO

  Nazareth: At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalise a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the[Read More…]

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How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel’s Plan To Reshape The Middle East

How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel’s Plan To Reshape The Middle East

  Nazareth: Palestinians and Israelis watched last week’s referendum of Iraq’s Kurds with special interest. Israeli officials and many ordinary Palestinians were delighted – for very different reasons – to see an overwhelming vote to split away from Iraq. Given the backlash from Baghdad and anger from Iran and Turkey, which have restive Kurdish minorities, the creation of a Kurdistan[Read More…]

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How Netanyahu’s Son Became The Poster Boy For White Supremacists

  Nazareth: The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. Last week these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described 27-year-old Yair Netanyahu as “awesome” and “a total bro” for posting a grossly anti-semitic image on social media. It[Read More…]

Israel Seeks ‘Jewish’ Non-Jews In Numbers Battle With Palestinians

Israel Seeks ‘Jewish’ Non-Jews In Numbers Battle With Palestinians

Nazareth: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a crushing rebuke to the perennial optimists roused to hopes of imminent peace by the visit to the Middle East last week of Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. At an event on Monday in the West Bank celebrating the half-centenary of Israeli occupation, Netanyahu effectively admitted that US efforts to revive[Read More…]

Israel’s Ever-More Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore Up A Sense Of Victimhood

Israel’s Ever-More Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore Up A Sense Of Victimhood

When Israel passed a new counter-terrorism law last year, Ayman Odeh, a leader of the country’s large minority of Palestinian citizens, described its draconian measures as colonialism’s “last gasp”. He said: “I see … the panic of the French at the end of the occupation of Algeria.” The panic and cruelty plumbed new depths last week, when Israeli officials launched[Read More…]

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Journalist Seymour Hersh

The Useful Idiots Who Undermine Dissent On Syria

There has been much disingenuous criticism of those, like me, who question why the western corporate media have studiously ignored the latest investigation by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh on Syria. Hersh had to publish his piece in a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, after the entire US and UK media rejected his article. There has still been no mention of[Read More…]

Israel’s Efforts To Hide Palestinians From View No Longer Fools Young American Jews

Israel’s Efforts To Hide Palestinians From View No Longer Fools Young American Jews

  Nazareth: Few books on Palestinian history become bestsellers. But one, titled A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, managed to rocket to the top of Amazon’s charts this month. Its author, Assaf Voll, an Israeli academic, claims to have reviewed “thousands of sources” to explain “the Palestinian people’s unique contribution to the world[Read More…]

UN The Last Hurdle Before Israel Can Rid Itself Of The Palestinians

UN The Last Hurdle Before Israel Can Rid Itself Of The Palestinians

  Nazareth: Israeli and US officials are in the process of jointly pre-empting Donald Trump’s supposed “ultimate deal” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They hope to demote the Palestinian issue to a footnote in international diplomacy. The conspiracy – a real one – was much in evidence last week during a visit to the region by Nikki Haley, Washington’s envoy[Read More…]

How Israeli Moves In Jerusalem Are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’

How Israeli Moves In Jerusalem Are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’

Nazareth: A decision by Donald Trump this Thursday could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region. He must decide whether to renew a presidential waiver, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that expires on June 1. The six-month waiver delays implementing a law passed by Congress in 1995 that requires the US[Read More…]

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear And Loathing

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear And Loathing

  Nazareth: A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost, or how to report someone suspicion hanging around the school? No. In Israel, they do things differently. The video shows four officers[Read More…]

Abbas Fears The Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Abbas Fears The Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Nazareth: The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday to discuss reviving the long-cold corpse of the peace process. Back home, things are heating up. There is anger in the West Bank, both on the streets and within the ranks of Abbas’s Fatah movement. The trigger is a two-week-old hunger strike[Read More…]

Israel Celebrates 50 Years As Occupier

Israel Celebrates 50 Years As Occupier

  Nazareth: Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement[Read More…]

Israel Steps Up Dirty Tricks Against Boycott Leaders

Israel Steps Up Dirty Tricks Against Boycott Leaders

Nazareth: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his government’s example and defend Israel on the “moral battlefield” against the growing threat of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In[Read More…]

Israel’s Welcome Now Reserved Only For Jews Who Back Netanyahu

Israel’s Welcome Now Reserved Only For Jews Who Back Netanyahu

Nazareth: Dustin Pfundheller, 30, an American dentist living in Singapore, was set to become the youngest person to visit every country in the world while in a full-time job. His globetrotting has taken him to 192 of the 193 recognised states, bringing his medical skills to the world’s remotest places. But in January he was barred for the second time[Read More…]

Trump Has Reminded Palestinians That It Was Always About One State

Trump Has Reminded Palestinians That It Was Always About One State

  Nazareth: For more than 15 years, the Middle East “peace process” initiated by the Oslo accords has been on life support. Last week, United States president Donald Trump pulled the plug, whether he understood it or not. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could barely stifle a smile as Trump demoted the two-state solution from holy grail. Instead, he said[Read More…]

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Israel’s Settlers Clear Path To Annexation With New Land Law

Israel’s Settlers Clear Path To Annexation With New Land Law

Nazareth: The Israeli parliament passed the legalisation law on Monday night – a piece of legislation every bit as suspect as its title suggests. The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the final fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits. Palestinian leaders warned that the law hammered the last nail[Read More…]

Fury At Azaria Verdict Is Israel’s Trump Moment

Fury At Azaria Verdict Is Israel’s Trump Moment

  Nazareth: The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming president Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. Two fallacious narratives have greeted the army medic’s manslaughter conviction last week, after he was filmed firing a bullet into the head of a[Read More…]

Clinton’s Defeat And The ‘Fake News’ Conspiracy

Clinton’s Defeat And The ‘Fake News’ Conspiracy

  There is an astounding double standard being applied to the US presidential election result. A few weeks ago the corporate media were appalled that Donald Trump demurred on whether he would accept the vote if it went against him. It was proof of his anti-democratic, authoritarian instincts. But now he has won, the same media outlets are cheerleading the[Read More…]

Israel’s West Bank Tourism Drive Makes Palestinians Invisible

Israel’s West Bank Tourism Drive Makes Palestinians Invisible

Nazareth: At first glance, it looked like a generous promotional stunt by Israel to aid the Palestinians’ struggling tourism industry. Israeli military authorities published this month a video on social media publicising Palestinian attractions in the West Bank. Most are Christian, including Jesus’s birthplace in Bethlehem – now the Church of the Nativity – and more obscure locations such as[Read More…]

The Real Link Between Israel’s Forest Fires And Muezzin Bill

The Real Link Between Israel’s Forest Fires And Muezzin Bill

  Nazareth: Israeli legislation ostensibly intended to tackle noise pollution from Muslim houses of worship has, paradoxically, served chiefly to provoke a cacophony of indignation across much of the Middle East. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his support this month for the so-called “muezzin bill”, claiming it was urgently needed to stop the dawn call to prayer from mosques ruining[Read More…]

Trump May Kill Netanyahu With Kindness

Trump May Kill Netanyahu With Kindness

Nazareth: While the United States presidential election bitterly divided the American public, most Israelis were sanguine about the race. Both candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – were keen to end eight years of icy mistrust between Barack Obama, the outgoing president, and Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister should – at least on paper – be happier with[Read More…]

American Liberals Unleashed The Trump Monster

American Liberals Unleashed The Trump Monster

The earth has been shifting under our feet for a while, but all liberals want to do is desperately cling to the status quo like a life-raft. Middle-class Britons are still hyperventiliating about Brexit, and now middle-class America is trembling at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House. And, of course, middle-class Americans are blaming everyone but themselves.[Read More…]

Western Leaders Grow Deaf To Israeli Abuses

Western Leaders Grow Deaf To Israeli Abuses

  Nazareth: Israel has just emerged from its extended, three-week high holidays, a period that in recent years has been marked by extremist religious Jews making provocative visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. Many go to pray, in violation of Israel’s international obligations. Most belong to groups that seek the mosque’s destruction and replacement with a[Read More…]

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Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel’s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the “Land of Israel”. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their happiness. First it’s the Assyrians, followed by the[Read More…]

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light To Israel’s Erasure Of Palestine

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light To Israel’s Erasure Of Palestine

   Nazareth: The announcement last week by the United States of the largest military aid package in its history – to Israel – was a win for both sides. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast that his lobbying had boosted aid from $3.1 billion to $3.8bn a year – a 22 per cent increase – for a decade starting[Read More…]

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

 Nazareth: Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation? On one side is a new peace movement, Decision at 50, stuffed with former political and security leaders. Ehud Barak, a previous prime minister who appears to be seeking a political comeback,[Read More…]

Frecha Amar, 84, an Israeli Jew of Moroccan descent, holds a picture of her baby, who she says was abducted in 1958, at her home in the village of Kfar Chabad, near Tel-Aviv (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)

The Dark Secret Of Israel’s Stolen Babies

  Nazareth: It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark episodes. Last month Tzachi Hanegbi, minister for national security, became the first government official to admit that hundreds of babies had been stolen from their mothers in the years immediately following Israel’s creation in 1948. In[Read More…]

 Israeli Racism Unmasks Netanyahu Goodwill Video

 Israeli Racism Unmasks Netanyahu Goodwill Video

Nazareth: Was it meant as an epic parody or an insult to his audience’s intelligence? It was hard to tell. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to social media to apologise for last year’s notorious election-day comment, when he warned that “the Arabs are coming out to vote in droves” – a reference to the fifth of Israel’s population who[Read More…]

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Money Talks As Trump Does U-Turn On Israel

Money Talks As Trump Does U-Turn On Israel

  Nazareth: The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn’t get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel. New depths are likely to be plumbed this week at the Republican convention in Cleveland, as[Read More…]

Brexit And The Diseased Liberal Mind

Brexit And The Diseased Liberal Mind

  The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological – and helps to shed light on why a majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlier a majority of Labour party members voted for Jeremy Corbyn as leader. A few years ago the American writer Chris Hedges wrote[Read More…]

Israel’s Fear Of The ‘Desert’ Jews In Its Midst

Israel’s Fear Of The ‘Desert’ Jews In Its Midst

Ashkenazim feared that one day the Arab Jews might make a political alliance with the native population, the Palestinians. Then the Ashkenazim would be outnumbered. The Mizrahim, who came from countries as diverse as Morocco and Iraq, had a lot more in common with Palestinians than they did with the recently arrived Europeans.

Israel Wants A Peace Process – But Only If It’s Doomed To Fail

Israel Wants A Peace Process – But Only If It’s Doomed To Fail

Nazareth: In a familiar muddying of the waters, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the past week talking up peace while fiercely criticising Friday’s summit in France – the only diplomatic initiative on the horizon. As foreign ministers from 29 nations arrived for a one-day meeting in Paris, Netanyahu dusted off the tired argument that any sign of diplomatic[Read More…]

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