Growing US Support for One State Falls on Deaf Ears

Two years of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu as a Middle East peacemaking team appear to be having a transformative effect – and in ways that will please neither of them. The American public is now evenly split between those who want a two-state solution and those who prefer a single state, shared by Israelis … Continue reading “Growing US Support for One State Falls on Deaf Ears”

Israel’s New War of Attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade center, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to … Continue reading “Israel’s New War of Attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians”

Guardian Escalates Its Vilification of Julian Assange

It is welcome that finally there has been a little pushback, including from leading journalists, to the Guardian’s long-running vilification of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Reporter Luke Harding’s latest article, claiming that Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly visited Assange in Ecuador’s embassy in London on three occasions, is so … Continue readingGuardian Escalates Its Vilification of Julian Assange”

Netanyahu’s Ceasefire Is Meant To Keep Gaza Imprisoned

Palestinians in Gaza should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as precarious ceasefire talks survived a two-day-long, heavy exchange of strikes that threatened to unleash yet another large-scale military assault by Israel. Late on Tuesday, after the most intense bout of violence in four years, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu … Continue reading “Netanyahu’s Ceasefire Is Meant To Keep Gaza Imprisoned”

With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right

The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “colored in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colors of Israel’s flag. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to … Continue reading “With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right”

Everyone Washes Their Hands as Gaza’s Economy Goes Into Freefall

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in “freefall”. At a meeting of international donors in New York on Thursday, coinciding with the annual … Continue reading “Everyone Washes Their Hands as Gaza’s Economy Goes Into Freefall”

US Cuts to UNRWA Point to the Dark Future Being Readied for the Palestinians

The Trump administration’s decision to scrap all future aid payments to the main agency helping Palestinian refugees marks a new – and most likely disastrous – chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US State Department said on Friday it would no longer continue its $360 million annual contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works … Continue reading “US Cuts to UNRWA Point to the Dark Future Being Readied for the Palestinians”

Corbyn Smeared as Anti-Semite, For a Reason

The Labour party, relentlessly battered by an organized campaign of smears of its leader, Jeremy Corbyn – first for being anti-Semitic, and now for honoring Palestinian terrorists – is reportedly about to adopt the four additional working “examples” of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Labour initially rejected these examples – stoking … Continue reading “Corbyn Smeared as Anti-Semite, For a Reason”

Israel Bulldozes Khan Al Ahmar and Buries the Two-State Solution

Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But Israel only allows vehicles like the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan … Continue reading “Israel Bulldozes Khan Al Ahmar and Buries the Two-State Solution”

How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions

For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show … Continue reading “How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions”