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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...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration is using unprecedented threats and financial "blackmail" against the United Nations and its agencies to end their focus on human rights abuses by Israel, according to analysts and Palestinian leaders. They accuse the US of leading the campaign of intimidation to forcibly...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Palestinian leaders have denounced new construction projects they say will further tighten Israel's grip on occupied East Jerusalem and its holy places, including the incendiary site of Al-Aqsa mosque. The most elaborate plan is for a cable car intended to bring thousands of visitors an hour to...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-05-29 - Original post - cached version

On Thursday Donald Trump must decide whether to join his predecessors in signing a presidential waiver on moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognising it as Israel's capital. But the only real question to be decided is whether the US president prefers to take the fast or protracted route...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-05-15 - Original post - cached version

A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video. It shows four officers staging a mock anti-terror operation. As the “terrorist” lies badly wounded, the officers empty their magazines into him from close range. In Israel...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

New legislation to cement the definition of Israel as a state belonging exclusively to Jews around the world is a "declaration of war" on Palestinian citizens of Israel, the minority's leaders have warned. Critics are also concerned that the Jewish Nation-State Bill is intended to stymie...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House this week 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 Mr Abbas’s Fatah movement....

Jonathan Cook - 2017-04-26 - Original post - cached version

Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States at the weekend - a new generation of "near-invisible" planes that critics fear will free Israel's hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected. In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation. The jubilee is a potent reminder that for Israelis, most of whom have never known a time before the occupation, Israel’s rule over the Palestinians seems as irreversible as the laws of...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-04-09 - Original post - cached version

The annual "March of Return" by Palestinians in Israel, commemorating the Nakba - the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in 1948 - has been blocked by the Israeli police for the first time in its history. The police have denied the organisers a permit, saying...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

The current obsession with BDS reflects a changing political environment for Israel. Concealment at source of damning information is no longer easy, so the battle must be taken to those who disseminate this information. The urgency has grown as artists refuse to visit, universities sever ties,...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-03-15 - Original post - cached version

The one-man show “Taha” receives its English-language premiere this week in the United States. It offers not only a rare chance to learn about Taha Muhammad Ali, one of Palestine’s finest poets, but provides a visceral account of what it was like to live through the Nakba – the Catastrophe that...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-03-12 - Original post - cached version

The choice of US ambassador to Israel has never before incurred such scrutiny or provoked such controversy. David Friedman's confirmation by the Senate's foreign relations committee last week followed a petition signed by tens of thousands of American Jews opposing his nomination. Major Jewish...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Israel has given itself almost complete immunity from paying compensation in cases where its soldiers have killed, injured or disabled Palestinian civilians, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem warned in a new report this week. It said changes to Israeli law over the past 15 years meant Israel...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Arabs and Muslims have always struggled to gain entry to Israel. Palestinians are routinely abused at the borders, and thousands, especially from Jerusalem, have been stripped of the right to return home after living abroad. But new figures show entry denials have increased nine-fold in the past...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-03-02 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli leadership shows no signs of heeding the lessons of an official report into the 2014 Gaza war that led to massive destruction and loss of life in the tiny coastal enclave, Palestinians warned this week. In particular, Israel's State Comptroller faulted Prime Minister Benjamin...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Israel's 1.7 million Palestinian citizens are facing a tidal wave of incitement and hate speech on social media, including from government ministers, community leaders have warned. They say the increasingly hostile political climate in Israel is stoking violence from the police and street gangs...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-21 - Original post - cached version

In expressing ambivalence about the final number of states in a peace agreement, Donald Trump may have assumed he was leaving options open for his son-in-law and presumed peace envoy, Jared Kushner. But words can take on a life of their own, especially when uttered by the president of the world’...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Human rights groups and Palestinian leaders condemned what they called the “extremely lenient” punishment of Elor Azaria, the Israeli army medic who was filmed executing a severely wounded Palestinian in Hebron last year. On Tuesday, a military tribunal sentenced the soldier to 18 months in jail...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-15 - Original post - cached version

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet US President Donald Trump on Wednesday with the aim of winning major concessions on the two issues highest on his agenda, Iran and the Palestinians. Netanyahu hopes to return home with a policy "prize" from Trump that will help him ward...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Often described as the powder-keg issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem was expected to loom large in Wednesday’s meeting in Washington between Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Tensions about the city’s future are high, given that Trump has vowed to...

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

Some 17 Palestinian municipalities in the occupied West Bank have petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court to strike down a new law that retroactively sanctions the theft of their lands by settlers. Lawyers representing the villages have in the meantime asked the court to impose an immediate freeze...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-07 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli parliament passed the Legalisation Law on Monday – a piece of legislation every bit as suspect as its title suggests. The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the last fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits. Palestinian...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-02-03 - Original post - cached version

Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more than an imprudent taste for Cuban cigars and pink champagne. But the allegations reveal far more than his personal flaws. They shine a rare light on the corrupt nexus between...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-31 - Original post - cached version

If the Trump's White House approves a relocation of the US embassy, it would overturn decades of international consensus on Jerusalem. The message to the Palestinians and Arab world would be clear and provocative, said Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official. "Moving the embassy is the same...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu shrugged off the Paris peace summit as the 'last gasp of the past before the future sets in'. Israel has lost no time in preparing for the future, one in which peace talks and a two-state solution look obsolete. Ministers are rallying behind legislation...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Israeli police have refused to return the body of Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan, two days after he was shot dead during a pre-dawn raid to bulldoze his home and those of another dozen families in Umm al-Hiran. But claims that he was an ISIS terrorist who used his car to ram into police, killing an officer...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-15 - Original post - cached version

The smell of scandal has swirled around Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for years. Now the smell is starting to turn to a stench, say analysts. One commentator suggested Netanyahu's conduct risked being compared to the behaviour of a head of a "banana republic". In one of the police...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-10 - Original post - cached version

The popular reaction in Israel to the military court’s decision to convict Elor Azaria was far more telling than the decision itself. Like Brexit and Trump, Azaria’s trial exposed not only a deep social fissure, but also a moment of transition. Those who see a virtuous system punishing a rotten...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-05 - Original post - cached version

It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. It exposed not just the rogue actions of one soldier but the dark underbelly of Israeli society and its "citizens' army". Elor Azaria was taken to the Israeli public's bosom, celebrated as the "child of us all". But like many of his fellow...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-03 - Original post - cached version

A Greek Melkite archbishop, described as an "icon" of the Palestinian liberation struggle, has died in Rome at the age of 94. Hilarion Capucci, who was appointed the Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem in 1965, was jailed nine years later by Israel for arms smuggling. Hanan Ashrawi said Capucci "...

Jonathan Cook - 2017-01-02 - Original post - cached version

Some 200,000 documents concerning the mysterious disappearance of thousands of babies in Israel's early years have been made public for the first time. The Israeli government declassified the files, publishing them in an online archive, after decades of accusations that officials have been...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-12-27 - Original post - cached version

For leftwing Israelis, as well as Israel's Palestinian minority, Netanyahu is considered the king of incitement. His current conduct has revived memories of the mid-1990s, when Yitzhak Rabin, was drumming up support for the Oslo Accords. Footage of the period shows Netanyahu addressing crowds...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Israel is reported to be ready to expel an award-winning Australian journalist, Antony Loewenstein, after he asked a too-probing question of an Israeli politician. It is unsurprising to learn that Israel has no serious regard for press freedom. But more depressing has been the lack of solidarity...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-12-23 - Original post - cached version

As tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on the Holy Land this week to celebrate the birth of Jesus, senior Israeli rabbis have announced a war on the Christmas tree. In Jerusalem, the rabbinate has issued a letter warning dozens of hotels in the city that it is "forbidden" by Jewish...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Friedman's appointment would mean more than a change of address for the US embassy and a deterioration in the prospects for Palestinian statehood. Analysts say it would mark a seismic shift in the "special relationship" between the US and Israel - and an early casualty of the shockwaves might be...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-12-13 - Original post - cached version

Israel's military authorities have published a video on social media publicising Palestinian attractions in the West Bank, in what looks like a generous promotional stunt to bring tourists to Palestine. Except that is precisely not where the video invites them. Instead it beckons tourists to...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Filmed testimonies of Palestinians in Jerusalem reveal a growing trend of violent assaults by far-right Jewish activists belonging to Lehava, or Flame in Hebrew. Run by rabbi Ben-Zion Gopstein, Lehava rejects any interaction between Jews and Palestinians. Jerusalem's streets are littered with...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Fatah launched its seventh congress this week, amid heated speculation about the future of its leader, Mahmoud Abbas. Among those watching closely as events unfold is the Israeli leadership. The congress – the first since 2009 – will determine the make up of Fatah’s main representative bodies...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-11-28 - Original post - cached version

The forest fires that ravaged Israel over the weekend inadvertently drew attention to the deeper goal of Netanyahu's "muezzin bill". For many Israelis, the call to prayer threatens the contrived "European idyll" created after 1948 by a programme of planting thick pine forests – creating a fire...

Jonathan Cook - 2016-11-20 - Original post - cached version

A former Dutch ambassador planted 1,100 olive trees in the West Bank on Sunday to make amends, he said, for the fact that Israel had exploited his family’s name to “cover up an act of ethnic cleansing”. Erik Ader said the trees were his way of apologising for a similar number of pine trees...

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