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Jonathan Cook - 2019-10-27 - Original post - cached version

The judge who laid down the legal architecture needed to establish Israel’s settlements has just died. But his legacy has inspired a fresh generation of jurists to create new mechanisms for dispossessing the Palestinians.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Renewed efforts by Israel to turn tens of thousands of Bedouin into refugees in their own country – some for the second or third time – is proof that in a Jewish state some Israelis are simply the wrong kind of citizen.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Israel has ignored warnings by the United Nations that Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, acting as if Palestinians there can be caged, starved and abused indefinitely. Now crises are unfolding on all fronts – social, economic, political and humanitarian – and Israel is running out of time...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-10-10 - Original post - cached version

Israel's Palestinian citizens brought the country’s busiest highway to a crawl as they drove in a slow convoy towards Jerusalem to protest police inaction over a tide of violence that has swept their communities. More than 70 lives have been claimed so far this year.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version

It would be a grave mistake to assume that the continuing political deadlock in Israel is evidence of a deep ideological divide. There is nothing divided about Israel. In this month’s general election, 90 per cent of Israeli Jews voted for parties that identify as being either on the...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

New film The Voice of Ahmad documents an extraordinary story from Israel's early years – and erased from its official history – when the kibbutz movement adopted small numbers of Palestinian teens at the same time as stealing the village lands of their new recruits.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

The strangest thing about the coverage of the deadlock between the Israeli right and the “center-left” is that none of the parties view it that way. According to their own assessments, only a tiny fraction of the new parliament consider themselves to be on the so-called center-left.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-23 - Original post - cached version

As the Joint List endorses former general Benny Gantz for prime minister over Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Palestinian citizens have found themselves once again characterised as a threat to the country’s supposed 'Jewish and democratic' politics.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Netanyahu's failure to secure a majority for his far-right coalition in the election was all the more glaring, given that he conducted by far the ugliest – and most reckless – campaign in Israeli history, including a bid to bypass his military chiefs to wage war on Gaza to postpone the vote.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Every Israeli prime minister understands that a military entanglement with Hezbollah, Lebanon’s armed Shia movement, is a dangerous wager, especially during an election campaign. So why is Benjamin Netanyahu risking a dangerous clash on Israel's northern border?

Jonathan Cook - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

The real fight in Israel's imminent election re-run isn't between the right wing and a so-called 'centre-left' but between two rival camps within the ultra-nationalist right. The outcome may prove a moment of truth for the shrinking secular right as it comes up once again against an ever-more...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-07-28 - Original post - cached version

Western states have not only turned a blind eye to Israel's outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out, leaving Israel to luxuriate in its impunity. This was starkly illustrated when hundreds of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, many of them masked, raided a...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in 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...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-07-11 - Original post - cached version

With last night's Panorama programme on a supposed 'institutional anti-semitism' in Labour under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, the BBC demonstrated that it has become a media attack dog in the hands of the ruling Conservative party

Jonathan Cook - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Human rights groups have warned that the ban entry to Afula's public park for Palestinian citizens marks a growing trend by local authorities representing the Jewish majority towards explicit separation of public space in ways reminiscent of apartheid South Africa.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-07-08 - Original post - cached version

The arrival of Nigerian televangelist T B Joshua to Nazareth represents a growing trend of foreign Christians, driven by apocalyptic readings of the Bible, interfering ever more explicitly in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories – and in ways that directly aid the policies of Israel’s...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-06-30 - Original post - cached version

As with previous peace plans, Donald Trump's 'deal of the century' makes impossible demands of the Palestinians. The aim once again is to force the Palestinians to reject it – and provide Israel with a pretext to seize more of their homeland

Jonathan Cook - 2019-06-02 - Original post - cached version

In recent weeks, a political “resistance” movement has emerged in Israel against Netanyahu, echoing the one against Donald Trump in the US. With Gantz as its figurehead, it has mobilised over the threat Netanyahu poses to Israel’s system of checks and balances. The chief concern has been the far...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Israel is close to building a $55 million cable car through occupied East Jerusalem, despite opposition from archaeologists, architects, Palestinians, and a tiny community of Jews. Critics say the project is intended to hide the local Palestinian population from some 3 million tourists who visit...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, which is widely seen as a mouthpiece for Benjamin Netanyahu, has leaked a document purporting to be Trump's 'deal of the century' peace plan. If genuine, it offers a catastrophic vision of the future for the Palestinians.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-05-05 - Original post - cached version

With Israel and the Palestinian Authority at an impasse over tax transfers, the PA is facing imminent collapse. So, more in desperation than with any realistic prospect of achieving peace, attention is turning to Trump’s long-promised “deal of the century”. Reports suggest it is due for release...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

If the debate about the pro-Israel lobby in the US is for the first time making a nod to truth, the conversation about the pro-Israel lobby in the UK is becoming more and more divorced from reality. Part of the reason is the way the Israel lobby has recently emerged in the UK – hurriedly, and in...

Jonathan Cook - 2019-04-14 - Original post - cached version

With the election in the bag, Benjamin Netanyahu's only problem is that he faces imminent indictment for corruption. But he has a plan: extract an 'immunity from prosecution' law from his far-right coalition partners in return for annexing much of the West Bank

Jonathan Cook - 2019-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Benjamin Netanyahu now enjoys the luxury of choosing between a narrow government of far-right parties, and a right-wing national unity government embracing his rival Benny Gantz. Either way, this election demonstrates that opposition to Netanyahu and the right has been well and truly crushed.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Whether Netanyahu or Gantz wins Israel's election this week, more legislation will be drafted to advance institutional discrimination against the country's Palestinian minority, and the abusive treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories will intensify.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Armed with Donald Trump's blessing after he moved the US embassy to Jerusalem nearly a year ago, experts say Israel is now working more quickly, more confidently and more intensively to expel Palestinians from the city of their birth.

Jonathan Cook - 2019-03-24 - Original post - cached version

US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights will prove a boon for Israel's right, which has been clamouring to annex vast areas of the West Bank and thereby drive a final nail into the coffin of the two-state solution.

Jonathan Cook - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Israel benefits from a strong military and even stronger allies, but analysts warn the state faces major challenges Al Jazeera – 17 April 2018 It appears Israelis have every reason to be in festive mood this week as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of their state’s founding. This “...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli military made an unexpected admission last week. It warned a parliamentary committee that Jews are for the first time outnumbered by the Palestinians living under Israeli rule, both those inside Israel and in the occupied territories. Israeli officials’ ultimate fear is that the...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

How would you describe a white town in the United States that froze the tender for plots of land in a new neighbourhood because it risked allowing blacks to move in? As racist? And yet, replace the word “white” with “Jewish” and this describes what has just happened in Kfar Vradim, a small town...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

More than a decade ago, US President Jimmy Carter warned that Israel was practising apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories. But in truth, it would be more accurate to say Israel itself is an apartheid state.

Jonathan Cook - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

US officials have warned the Palestinian leadership that a final peace deal will be settled over their heads if necessary. This time the US plan is not up for negotiation; it is primed for implementation. What Donald Trump needs now is someone like Mike Pompeo to bulldoze the Palestinians into...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-03-17 - Original post - cached version

In Umm al-Fahm, more than a third of letters never reach their destination. Identity cards, passports and drivers' licences go missing, welfare cheques are lost, appointments expire, and penalties mount up over unpaid fines. For decades the town's 301 streets have lacked any names or house...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-03-16 - Original post - cached version

After seven years of delays, Israel's governing parties agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as "the nation-state of the Jewish people". It effectively blocks any chance for Israel's large Palestinian minority - one in five of the...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-03-04 - Original post - cached version

In the early 2000s, at the dawn of the social media revolution, Israelis used to dismiss filmed evidence of brutality by their soldiers as fakery. It was what they called “Pallywood” – a conflation of Palestinian and Hollywood. In truth, however, it was the Israeli military, not the Palestinians...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-02-28 - Original post - cached version

For the first time in living memory, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre slammed shut its doors to worshippers and tourists. But the protest was only tangentially concerned with the fate of Palestinian Christians. It was really about protecting the churches' profits from real-estate and...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-02-25 - Original post - cached version

The legal noose has tightened sharply around the neck of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as dramatic developments on two fronts last week left him more exposed than ever. He is due to be questioned by police in two new corruption probes before he leaves for the United States on...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

The recommendation by police to charge Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with two counts of bribery – there are more cases looming – marks a dangerous moment for Israel and the region. To bolster his position, Netanyahu is already provoking a damaging confrontation at home with legal...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Thousands of Israeli families who have been searching in vain for answers since their babies mysteriously disappeared in the early 1950s have been thrown a lifeline. The mystery of the missing children has plagued Israel for decades, with evidence mounting that at least some of the babies were...

Jonathan Cook - 2018-02-04 - Original post - cached version

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...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Did Britain and the US allow apartheid South Africa to advertise job opportunities to white Britons and Americans that were unavailable to those countries’ black citizens? And could it have held “employment recruitment” sessions for whites-only in British and American cities, in an effort to...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to expose Israel's long and covert history of supplying weapons and military training to regimes while they actively commit massacres, ethnic cleansing and genocide. The issue of Israel's trade with rogue regimes has been thrust into the spotlight...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-15 - Original post - cached version

At first glance, the decision by the Trump administration 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 Unesco is biased against Israel obscures the real...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-13 - Original post - cached version

The announcement of an Egypt-brokered reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas raised hopes that a decade of bitter feuding between the rival Palestinian factions may finally come to an end. The early conclusion of the talks in Cairo hinted at how much pressure both sides were under to...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

When the Palestinians gain a little visibility in the west, it is chiefly because of grassroots activities like Israel Apartheid Week and the BDS movement. When the Jewish Labour Movement and the Guardian's Jonathan Freedland reject such initiatives as evidence of anti-semitism, they choose to...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-04 - Original post - cached version

At last week’s Labour party conference, when members wanted to celebrate Jeremy Corbyn’s successes, media headlines were once again dominated by a supposed “anti-semitism crisis” in the party. But the real crisis is that Labour's pro-Israel old guard is now under fierce challenge from a new...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-02 - Original post - cached version

Israel's support for the Kurdish independence referendum was not surprising. The unravelling of Britain and France’s century-old map of the region would lead to chaos of the kind that a strong, nuclear-armed Israel could richly exploit. Not least, yet more bedlam would push the Palestinian cause...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-10-02 - Original post - cached version

Renewed moves towards reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah are being hailed by PA officials as a victory for Abbas after he imposed harsh sanctions on Gaza over the summer to punish Hamas. But experts argue that the drive for unity puts Hamas - not Abbas - in the driving seat, by helping it...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Israel has quietly revoked the citizenship of thousands of members of its large Palestinian minority in recent years, highlighting that decades of demographic war against Palestinians are far from over. According to government data, some 2,600 Bedouins are likely to have had their Israeli...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

The Greek Orthodox Church has been plunged into a renewed crisis in the Holy Land as its leaders are accused of selling off land to extremist Jewish settlers in prime locations in Jerusalem's Old City. Hundreds of Palestinians rallied in the city to call for the removal of Patriarch Theophilos...

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