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  • Westminster hears that Tunisia is ‘killing of the last remnants of the Arab Spring’

    Tunisian’s troubling slide back into authoritarianism and the crushing of democracy by President Kais Saied was the focus of a private briefing this week between British parliamentarians, family members of the head of Ennahda Movement, Rached Ghannouchi, legal experts and journalists. Organised by Forward Thinking on the back of...

  • Algeria: A populist leader challenging our notions of what is possible in the Middle East

    Much has been said and written about the rise of populism around the world and the threat it poses to traditional politics, dominated as it has been by the centre right and centre left. As the new wave of populism sweeps across various continents, the Middle East has been...

  • Sudan bloody war shows UAE is an agent of chaos and instability

    In 2019, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the head of a paramilitary organisation called the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) pledged over $1bn to help stabilise the Sudanese Central Bank in the aftermath of the economic crisis and protests which led up to the ouster of dictator, President Omar Al-Bashir. “We put...

  • Foreign Affairs magazine lays down the facts about Israel apartheid and Jewish supremacy

    The remarkable pace by which the term “apartheid” has moved from the margins of the Israeli-Palestinian debate to its centre was on powerful display this weekend. The prestigious American magazine, Foreign Affairs, widely considered one of most influential foreign policy magazines shaping Washington’s thinking, added its weight behind the...

  • The dark, Islamophobic world of a UAE ‘dirty smear campaign’

    A “smear campaign” alleged to be orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates and executed through a Geneva-based private intelligence firm has apparently been peddling hateful misinformation associated with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists, an article in New Yorker Magazine has revealed. In “The dirty secrets of a smear campaign”, which is...

  • In rushing to consensus, UK media failed in its duty during Labour anti-Semitism row

    I’ve been watching the fallout from KC Martin Forde’s first public interview since the release of his report examining the handling of anti-Semitism complaints within the UK Labour Party. I’ve also been listening to British-American broadcaster Mehdi Hasan discuss his new book, Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating,...

  • We cannot begin to defeat authoritarianism without first combatting Islamophobia

    Discrimination and outright hatred towards Muslims have risen to “epidemic proportions”, the UN said while issuing a warning to mark the first anniversary of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. Launched on the third anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque shootings in New Zealand, in which 51 Muslim worshippers were...

  • UK Labour owes an apology to pro-Palestinian British Jews ‘purged’ from the party

    It seems a long time since UK’s Labour was accused of “purging Jews” from the party over allegations of anti-Semitism. But does the party and its leader Keir Starmer owe an apology to anti-Zionist Jewish members for the way they have been treated? Near universal concern over Israel’s metamorphosis into an anti-democratic apartheid regime suggests that an apology is long overdue. British Jews critical...

  • Israel’s ‘right to exist’ challenged in expert testimonies

    “Israel’s right to exist” has been challenged in expert testimonies by leading scholars Professor John Dugard and Professor Avi Shlaim. Dugard is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He has served intermittently as Judge of the International Court of Justice. His other high-profile appointment was at...

  • Israel has never had a democracy, so how can it lose it?

    What should we make of the daily warnings issued about democracy being in peril in Israel? Over the weekend it was US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides who sounded the alarm. “What unites America and Israel is the love of democracy and democratic institutions,” said Nides while calling on...

  • Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no reason left to defend Israel

    I watched the recent discussion between Thomas Friedman and Peter Beinart with great interest. Friedman, a New York Times columnist and arguably the journalist who has most shaped the US debate over Israel-Palestine in recent decades, was invited onto Beinart’s podcast to talk about Zionism, the two-state solution and...

  • Is Rishi Sunak really going to appoint critic of IHRA UK’s free speech tsar?

    A staunch critic of the highly controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism is reportedly being considered by the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to become the first ever Director for Free Speech on university campuses. Favoured by Israel, the IHRA has become a major fault line...

  • Jewish supremacy is state policy, says Netanyahu

    American Jewish leaders are right to be worried. As Benjamin Netanyahu peels away at the façade that has maintained support for the occupation state within liberal Jewish constituencies in the US and elsewhere, they are discovering that their democratic image of Israel is but a figment of their imagination....

  • The Israel you knew, has not ‘gone’ it never existed

    Israel’s war on Palestine is not confined to the battlefield. It is also waged in the media, nowhere more prominently than in the New York Times. Long regarded within the industry as a national “newspaper of record”, its record on impartially reporting on Israel’s brutal military occupation and takeover...

  • What British comedian, David Baddiel, gets wrong about Israel and anti-Semitism

    British comedian, David Baddiel, is right about one thing: Jews are not “collectively responsible” for the policy and behaviour of the State of Israel, but he is complaining about the wrong group. Instead of criticising left-wing progressives and black anti-racists for why he thinks “Jews Don’t Count” within such...

  • Donors withdraw millions in support for controversial programme whitewashing Israeli crime

    One of Israel’s most successful initiatives peddling state propaganda has suffered a major blow following the decision by major donor, the Adelson Family Foundation, to pull millions of pounds from the “Birthright” Israel programme. The highly controversial initiative offers all-expenses-paid trips to Israel for 18–26-year-old Jews. Since its inception...

  • Outrage over the rise of Jewish Power will not stop shameless dishonesty about Israel

    Israel’s far-right ultranationalists have become the new power brokers. For the foreseeable future, the government of the Occupation State will include openly fascist parties. The likes of Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich are likely to be handed important ministerial positions that will further entrench Israel’s illegal occupation. Nevertheless, despite...

  • Tolerance Is a Wasteland: Palestine and the Culture of Denial

    One of the most startling aspects of Israel’s ongoing takeover of historic Palestine is how, despite the catalogue of human rights abuse, violations of international law and the practice of the crime of apartheid, the Zionist project has been able to maintain support for its cause amongst large sections...

  • Historians reveal Israel’s use of poison against Palestinians

    The details of Israel’s secret use of biological weapons and poison against Palestinians during the 1947/48 ethnic cleansing campaign has been revealed in a recent article by historians Benny Morris and Benjamin Kedar. The 84-year-old Kedar is professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the more well-known...

  • British democracy undermined by ‘lawless’ Labour weaponising anti-Semitism

    The first of three programmes produced by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) on the turbulent five years of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the UK Labour party was aired yesterday. It began by asking: is UK Labour a “lawless party”? Revelations by the I-Unit – which is the same team...

  • Elizabeth II: Britain's last colonial queen

    At the time of her accession, there were more than 7.3 million subjects in the Middle East and North Africa region, while a further 55 million at least were under British influence....

  • An anti-Semitism expert says that progressives ‘have the right to exclude Zionists’

    A leading expert on anti-Semitism has said that university campus groups “have the right to exclude Zionists.” Writing in the Times of Israel, Kenneth Stern argued that, although it may be “hurtful” and counterproductive, the right of progressive groups to exclude advocates of the occupation state must be respected....

  • Attack on anti-Zionist Jewish leader exposes scale of UK Labour’s anti-Palestine problem

    The scale of Labour’s anti-Palestine problem under the leadership of Keir Starmer was laid bare yesterday following the election of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC). Wimborne-Idrissi, who is a co-founder of Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) – the main grouping of left-wing Jews in the...

  • Palestine exposes the limits of free-speech and the morally bankrupt ‘cancel culture’

    The firing of Palestinian American woman, Natalie Abulhawa, has sparked a debate over free-speech, “cancel-culture” and the ever-growing crackdown on pro-Palestinian activism. The 25-year-old athletic trainer was fired by a private girls school in Bryn Mawr over years-old social media posts criticising Israel. In March the Council on American-Islamic...