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  • Only Israelis sympathise with Mubarak

    It was not surprising to see Israeli officials expressing great sympathy for ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak as they objected to him being put on trial, not least because he gave the Zionist state thirty years of stability. One of the main objectives of Mubarak’s regime was to provide...
  • Could Arab staying power ultimately defeat Zionism?

    There is an Arabic word you come across a lot when Palestinians talk about their future. Sumud means steadfastness, and it has turned into a strategy: when the imbalance of power is so pronounced, the most important thing to do is to stay put. Staying put against overwhelming odds...
  • Norwegian massacre exposes prejudices of pro-Israel apologists

    One week after the horrific massacre in Norway two parallel debates have opened up. Inevitably, one is dominated by security concerns. The other equally important discussion examines the role of the right-wing media. Writing in the Financial Times, Norwegian journalist Petter Nome noted that many of the ideas articulated by...
  • Let's just suppose...

    Let’s just suppose that it was a Palestinian state holding 1.5 million Israeli Jews under siege to the point that their health sector was on the verge of collapsing, the economy was in tatters and almost 50% of adults were unemployed. Let’s just suppose that Palestinians were occupying Israel...
  • Michael Weiss and Co., and the former Israeli general

    Last week’s swift getaway from Britain by Major-General Danny Rothschild has left a trail in its wake leading to key assets of the pro-Israel Lobby, Just Journalism and its partner, the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). The latter is headed by Michael Weiss, who is also a spokesperson for Just...
  • Murdoch's dirty tricks against Palestinians

    Hacking the mobile phones of British families who had lost loved ones to sexually depraved violent criminals, al-Qaeda inspired “terrorists” and Taliban insurgents proved the tipping point that led to the closure of Britain’s most popular Sunday newspaper The News of the World, first published in London in 1843...
  • Discordant approaches to Islamic movements

    A discordant trend is tearing apart the Western alliance and its Middle East policies. The armed intervention in Libya has highlighted this graphically, with the US giving only token assistance to the NATO-led strikes. Robert Gates, the outgoing US Secretary of Defence, roundly criticised European countries in a valedictory...
  • A preacher's arrest shows the UK can be led by the nose

    Jonathan Cook is The National’s correspondent in Nazareth, Israel. He won this year’s Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism He is an Islamic “preacher of hate” whose views reflect “virulent anti-Semitism” and who has funded Hamas terror operations, according to much of the British media. The furore last week over...
  • The Raed Salah affair in the Arab media

    Using the clumsiest of methods, Britain has sleepwalked into a high-profile political imbroglio in its relations with the Palestinian people and the Arab world. At the centre of this putrid mess is the arrest and detention of Shaikh Raed Salah. The Conservative-led coalition government has gone to great lengths...
  • Fighting 'hate speech' smears on Sheikh Salah

    Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah was barred from the UK due to unfair allegations from neo-conservatives. Writing in the Guardian newspaper Hanan Zoabi, a member of the Knesset, where she represents the Balad Party, asks how Sheikh Raed Salah’s “struggle for equality” has become a “form of racism?” She is...
  • An Israeli trap for Britain

    In arresting Sheikh Raed Salah, the UK authorities support the persecution of Arab citizens of Israel The decision to ban the Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah from entering Britain, and then to arrest him, was transparently not based on any serious examination of his political activities. It was an...
  • Al Dustour opinion: In the Arab absence, Judaisation is continuous

    The impartial observer of the Arab and Palestinian scene cannot fail to notice the unfortunate and unjustifiable absence of an Arab political stance while Israel’s Judaisation programme continues apace to transform the character of the Arab/Islamic of Jerusalem. Alongside efforts to change the West Bank into a series of...
  • More extremist than their Israeli paymasters

    The decision by London’s Queen Mary University to pull the plug on an event hosted by the Middle East Monitor (MEMO), the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Islamic Forum of Europe is disappointing, but not surprising. It followed a hysterical hue and cry by Israel’s lackeys in Britain who...
  • Britain's untouchables

    In the week that the British government announced its latest Prevent counter-terrorism strategy, events in the occupied Palestinian territories took yet another sinister turn; illegal Israeli settlers heightened their campaign of terror against Islamic sites. First, they burned Al-Mughir village mosque in the occupied West Bank and within hours...
  • Let them have people's democracy for a change

    Throughout post-colonial history Arab aspirations for democracy have never been fulfilled. That was because governance was imposed from above. The region’s people have never had ownership of their countries’ wealth or their own political destiny. Today, they are on the threshold of change because the centre of power has...
  • Israel's PR victory shames news broadcasters

    Our latest analysis of news bulletins reveals how Israel continues to spin images of war The propaganda battle over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached a new level of intensity. In 2004 the Glasgow University Media Group published a major study on TV coverage of the Second Intifada and its...
  • An inglorious and shameful retreat by Obama

    No one could have expected that US President Barak Obama’s resistance to the Israeli campaign against him, led by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, in response to statements he made about the borders of an independent state of Palestine would collapse in just two days. This not only reveals the...
  • Palestine in the Obama speech

    With a better track record of positive action, Barak Obama could have returned to Cairo to deliver his latest speech on the Middle East. Having failed to deliver on his many promises, however, he chose to speak instead from the US State Department. No one had any delusions about...
  • Time to replace the memory of expulsion with the reality of return

    This year’s commemoration of the Nakba (catastrophe) is like no other. For the first time in many decades the Palestine issue has truly found its way to the top of the Arab political agenda; that’s a long overdue achievement. Palestinians in the historic homeland and the diaspora recognise the...
  • Palestinian reconciliation is the fruit of Egypt's revolution

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right to say that Palestinian reconciliation is a blow for Israel. However, he was wrong to suggest that it is damaging to the prospects for peace. The agreement reached between Fatah and Hamas thwarts Israel’s ambition to prolong its illegal occupation of Palestine...
  • Honest people can't be indifferent to Israeli fascism

    I read with utter contempt the article by Israeli apologist Michael Weiss in which he asked, “Why is Amnesty hosting a Hamas-friendly publisher of racists?”. It deserves a response, not because Weiss and other propagandists for the Zionist state of Israel are right; as far as I and millions like...
  • Israeli scheming is too late: the horses of freedom have bolted

    First there was the ‘Israeli peace initiative’, and then the media reports that Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was considering withdrawing the Israeli occupation army from the West Bank. Two developments which, on the face of it, appear to be responses to the changes taking place across the region. Israel’s...
  • Analysis of the FCO Human Rights Report

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released its annual report on human rights which examines the implementation of human rights and their abuses across the globe. The report dedicates section 7 to a list of countries of concern and, unsurprisingly, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories are still...
  • Mixed messages from Mr Hague

    The balancing act of international diplomacy is never an easy task. It becomes especially difficult for British diplomats when dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict. This is not because the problem is beyond human comprehension, but because of what they try to do. Foreign Secretary William Hague proved this when...
  • After unscripted Arab drama, the west sneaks back on set

    Arab dictators were not the only ones to have been taken aback by the scale and speed of events in the region. Their allies were also caught off guard. The changes were simply “too much, too fast”, as a stunned US official put it. From being the sole actors...
  • Syria must change or be changed

    On Friday 18 March more than 2,000 citizens staging a demonstration in the southern Syrian city of Deraa were confronted with live bullets, water cannon, fire trucks and clubs. Four were killed and dozens were injured. The following day 8,000 mourners turned out for their funerals. Despite the release...
  • No no-fly zone for Gaza

    The Israeli government is taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation with developments in Libya to commit bloody massacres in the Gaza Strip. Earlier this week, its missiles killed eight people, including three children, and wounded at least ten others. Eyewitnesses said the bodies of some of the victims were...
  • The common thread that binds the Israel lobby with the Arab dictatorships

    In theory they do not seem to have a common cause. In practice, however, the pro-Israel lobby shares several vital interests and characteristics with the dictatorships that have bedevilled the Middle East for decades. They share a common desire to perpetuate the culture of subservience and dependency in the...
  • Europe's Israel romance is on the wane

    In Europe, Israel has historically enjoyed a high level of support, not least because it was perceived as a progressive democracy in a sea of Arab backwardness. At the same time, most Europeans knew very little about the Israel-Palestine conflict: as recently as 2004, the Glasgow University Media Group...
  • Europeans divided on Israel

    A poll conducted in Europe reveals growing disconnect between governments and people over the policy on Israel. The Middle East is not the only region witnessing a growing disconnect between governments and people. In Europe, a major survey has shown that governments there have become increasingly out of tune...
  • Message to America and Europe: Spare us the crocodile tears over Libya

    The uprising in Libya and the government’s response dominate the news.  After the success of the revolution which ousted President Mubarak in Egypt, it only took a few days for the Libyan people to begin their own revolution against a megalomaniac dictator who has oppressed them for more than...
  • The economic mirage in the West Bank - Ramallah

    Ramallah in the West Bank is seen as a beacon of economic success and the symbol of economic development as the Palestinian Authority has pursued peace with – Israel. As a sprawling metropolis has begun to develop and the sound of construction can be heard echoing across the city, Ramallah...
  • British minister endorses election trap to de-legitimize Hamas

    The announcement by the Palestine Liberation Organisation that it will hold national elections by September has prompted Britain’s Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, to say that Britain “welcomes the announcement” and that “we, together with our European partners stand ready to support the electoral...
  • Egypt opens a new chapter for Palestine

    The Egyptian people could not have chosen a better date than 11 February to bring down the Mubarak dictatorship. It was on 11 February 1250 that the Egyptian army led by the Ayyubid Sultan Turanshah defeated the Seventh Crusade led by King Louis IX of France. Not only this,...
  • Mistaken notions about the Egyptian uprising

    One of the most devious claims doing the rounds in the media is that the crisis in Egypt is about food; this is only partly true. There is another side to the picture. Egypt’s abject poverty and pervasive hunger did not spring out of a vacuum. It came about...
  • Turkel is another nail in Zionism's coffin

    News that Israel’s Turkel Commission has found that Israeli soldiers fired at unarmed civilians on a peace flotilla in “self-defence” should come as no surprise. The Zionist state is adept at covering up its many military “mistakes” so why should this decision of the government-appointed commission about the assault...
  • Tunisians must dismantle the monster Ben Ali built

    By Soumaya Ghannoushi The people have toppled a dictator. Now they have to forge a coalition of socialists, Islamists and liberals for real change Few Tunisians could have imagined that a president who had repressed and stifled them for more than 23 years could be so fragile, so vulnerable....
  • After the failure of negotiations what next?

    Despite months of pleading and incentive packages from Washington Israel refused to halt its settlement activity on Palestinian land occupied in 1967. Israel’s defiance of the international will brought the mediation efforts to a grinding halt. In desperation, the humiliated Obama administration conceded that it is incapable of reining...
  • Israeli soldiers murder in cold blood yet again

    The brutal murder of an innocent 66-year old Palestinian man in his bed today has left another indelible stain on Israel’s already blood-stained image. This latest crime comes less than one week after a young Palestinian woman was killed by lethal tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a...
  • Jesus Recruited: God-TV Helps Israel Oust Bedouin

    By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel’s Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV. A sign posted a few kilometres north of Beersheba, the Negev’s main...
  • Is the British government going to allow a foreign state to threaten its citizens?

    Media reports about the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) being “designated” by Israel have come sooner than expected. They follow closely on the heels of the two besmirched reports written in Israel which described London as the global hub of “delegitimization” of the Zionist state. The media cite Israeli claims...
  • What do the latest "de-legitimization" reports tell us about Israel?

    Israel must be losing too many battles in the war to win global public opinion. This is the conclusion to be drawn from the release of a 66-page document by the Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute, which was followed quickly by a similar report from the Jerusalem Centre for Public...
  • The delusions of the peace process

    The politics of the peace process have emphatically ensured that the mere prospect for producing peace is nonexistent. By Richard Falk It is astonishing that despite the huge gaps between the maximum that Israel is willing to concede and the minimum that the Palestine Authority could accept as the...
  • Israeli ethnic cleansing surge: How many more Palestinian homes must be demolished before western governments act?

    As Westerners busy themselves preparing for Christmas, Israel has accelerated its campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and within its own (non-declared) borders. Those familiar with the conduct of successive Israeli governments, right-and left-wing, will not be surprised. They have a long-standing reputation for using international...
  • Turkey and Israel's half-hearted apology and compensation

    A meeting has been held in Geneva between Turkish and Israeli delegations trying to resolve the differences between the two countries. The Israelis in particular hope for a return to the relationship they enjoyed before the assault and massacre on the Freedom Flotilla carried out by their naval commandos...
  • Israeli rabbinical racism is no longer the lunatic fringe

    When Samuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safed, issued an edict in October calling on Jews to refrain from renting or selling apartments to non-Jews many dismissed him as a lone fanatic. Today, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, more than 300 rabbis across Israel have signed a...
  • London is the hub of justice, not hate

    An article in the Jewish Chronicle, London’s hub of Israel hate, coincided with a disturbing report from the Guardian’s correspondent in the Galilee. The former is based on a report by the Israeli Reut Institute, a think-tank that advises the Israeli government. Interestingly, the word hate is not used...
  • British Jewry reeling from the apartheid analogy

    One week on, the controversy triggered by Mick Davis, Chair of United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) shows no sign of abating. When he criticised the policies of the Israeli government he effectually fired the opening salvo of a long overdue debate. A rather chastened Jewish Chronicle editorial has finally...
  • Student activism and the pro-Palestinian movement gains momentum

    Activism and protest have long been a part of a student’s passage through university. From fighting for women’s right to vote, to equal rights for African Americans; from standing up to dictatorship in China to the global movement against South African apartheid – all of these historic popular movements succeeded...
  • MEMO's open letter to the Deputy Prime Minister

    Dear Mr. Clegg, Were we wrong about you? Your speech to the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel signalled the end of your relationship with the British electorate. It marked a pitiful about-turn from the solemn pledges you made during the election campaign. You now need to act in order...