This week, January 9th-15th, 2017, the dominant story should have been the revelations from Al Jazeera about the extent of Israeli interference in British political life and the methods used to achieve this. The investigative unit of Al Jazeera took their material to the Mail on Sunday which duly published it with bravado. But otherwise, […]
Robert Grenier, former director of the CIA’s counter-terrorism operation, asks why the UK accepts ‘those who would passively allow their democratic institutions to be suborned to the benefit of a foreign power’. He asks us to ‘wake up’.
Today, Sunday January 15th, over 70 representatives of countries and organisations were drawn to Paris to discuss the Israel/Palestine stalemate. Working groups will present their proposals on civil society, institution and state capacity building and economic assistance. French Foreign Minister Ayrault did not need months of deliberation to warn Trump of the consequences of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu says the conference is futile. Well he would wouldn’t he.
Jerusalem is a primary destination for many tourists. However the number of tourists happy to stay in East Jerusalem has declined. Curfews, high taxes on local businesses, road blocks, checkpoints… E Jerusalem urgently needs a plan for its recovery and growth argues Nur Arafeh.
The damage done by Israeli interference in British political life is incalculable. Rightly, Palestinians here protest. Any pro-Israel tactic is going to be an anti-Palestinian move. Al Jazeera has captured recent plots – for instance, to oust the president of the NUS, also in this posting. But what of the past? The damage caused to British Jews is also incalculable. Why do Israeli officials feel it right and necessary for them to do this?
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has quite rightly said that the evidence of the Israeli subversion of British political life, especially amongst students, shows a threat to national security and there should be a public inquiry, Hear hear. Write to your MP. This was a blip on the national news agenda. Stop the cover-up.
The rift in Israeli society about the trial of Elor Azaria spreads. If it had been up to the civil state, he would never have been prosecuted (he was within the military system of justice). Voices of Palestinians asking – why just this one soldier – are rising. Amnesty condemns the normal impunity of soldiers who carry out extra-judicial killings.
Emad Abu Shamsiyah is the Palestinian from Hebron who used a camera provided by Human Rights Defenders to film the shooting dead of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron, leading to the verdict against shooter Elor Azaria. Since then Shamsiyah has been the target of countless death threats from Israeli settlers for his use of that most potent defence against naked oppression – the camera.
There is no starker proof of the golden chains in which Israel has entangled the British political class, writes former diplomat Craig Murray, than the fact that subversive agent Shai Masot has not been expelled. Who is protecting him and why?
To defend each and every piece of Palestinian land from the increasingly aggressive, unchecked, settlers is not possible. Here David Shulman describes the efforts near several illegal outposts while Margaret Olim photographs them. Soldiers ignore the illegal settlers and their aggression – but are upset at being photographed. You might say it’s a picture of another ordinary day in Palestine – but no day is ordinary in a situation of ongoing criminality.
The US decided not to veto resolution 2334 because of alarm at the increased pace of building settlements on Palestinian land. For the same reason the EU, Israel’s largest trading partner, decides to increase pressure on Israel and set up a P4+1 to agree on change. Uri Savir.
It is now clear that, after the feeding frenzy about antisemitism among Labour students, Shami Chakrabarti should have instead investigated Israeli manipulation of student politics. Al Jazeera’s latest revelations are shocking – as is the willingness of the British press to follow the Israeli line. All this feeds the antisemitic stereotype of Jewish power plotters. But, obviously, the state of Israel is so much more important than the lives of ordinary Jews.
The extraordinary evidence produced by Al Jazeera (posted here last Sunday) of extensive Israeli efforts to change British politics has been met with apparent calm by our PM. Mike Cushman and Free Speech on Israel arraign all those who have colluded with this foreign intervention.
Trump has carried through his up-yours attitude to the make-up of his team. His latest appointment of son-in-law, Orthodox Jew Jared Kushner, is in line. Nepotistic appointments are legally dubious. Jared has the advantages of being loyal, family and bringing order to chaos- though whether he has any more time for Palestinians than does Trump is highly doubtful. Shmuel Rosner questions, New York magazine explains.
President Abbas has started a campaign to marshall opposition to moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Trump seems to be unaware that Jerusalem has a special and guarded status as a sacred city for Christians, Muslims and Jews. Treating it as an American province will have widespread repercussions.
In this first full week of the new year, January 2nd-8th, 2017, there is no good in feeling relieved that the awfulness of 2016 is over. That was just the beginning of an ascendant and iconoclastic Right Wing, anti-intellectual, anti-‘expert’, anti-foreigner era. They began as they mean to carry on. However, the week did end with […]
The corridors of power resound with the bangs of doors slamming and feet running as Israeli diplomats put as much distance between their London embassy and a plot revealed by Al Jazeera to bring down MPs critical of Israeli policy, beginning with May’s chum and deputy foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan. The key transcript is included in the Mail article.
Netanyahu’s snub to the U.N. is puny and petulant. Neither he nor his U.N. ambassador can give a coherent justification for settlements or the outposts’ ‘regulation bill’ – so they sink into claiming the 15-person UNSC is ‘anti-Israel’ .
Miri Regev’s view of history, as retold by Kobi Niv, is comical if inventive; she is as unsuited to be Israel’s culture minister as her hero D. Trump is to be America’s president. Well, stuff happens.
Writer AB Yehoshua, a long-term critic of the Occupation, argues that granting Israeli residency status to Palestinians in Area C would give them access to many rights until 2 states can be achieved. Amira Hass challenges his argument saying all it does is create yet another division amongst Palestinians – and many of his facts are wrong.