‘Honest Mistakes’: How US and Israel Justify Targeting and Killing Civilians

An “honest mistake” is buying your partner the wrong perfume or copying someone into an email chain by accident. It is not firing a drone missile at a car, killing 10 civilians – and doing so when a small child was clearly visible moments earlier. And yet, a supposedly “independent” Pentagon inquiry this month claimed … Continue reading “‘Honest Mistakes’: How US and Israel Justify Targeting and Killing Civilians”

Israel Calls the Fight for Palestinian Rights ‘Terror’ – and So Turns Reality on Its Head

It certainly looked that way last Friday as Israel’s defense minister – who has been presented as a force for moderation in an Israeli government led by the settler right – declared six leading Palestinian human rights groups to be “terrorist organizations”. The move effectively outlaws the most prominent organizations in the Palestinian human rights … Continue reading “Israel Calls the Fight for Palestinian Rights ‘Terror’ – and So Turns Reality on Its Head”

After Corbyn, Israel Lobby Turns Its Guns on UK Academia

The Israel lobby appears to be readying for a campaign to root out left-wing academics in the UK critical of Israel’s continuing oppression of the Palestinian people – echoing its efforts against the previous leader of Britain’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn. As with the attacks on Corbyn, the assault on academia is being led by … Continue reading “After Corbyn, Israel Lobby Turns Its Guns on UK Academia”

Iron Dome Funding: Don’t Be Deceived – US Aid to Israel Is Not About Saving Lives

Battles in the US Congress that erupted again this week, holding up an extra $1bn in military funding for Israel, underscored just how divorced from reality the conversation about US financial aid to Israel has become, even among many critics. For 48 hours last month, a small group of progressive Democrats in the US House … Continue reading “Iron Dome Funding: Don’t Be Deceived – US Aid to Israel Is Not About Saving Lives”

CIA Plan To Poison Assange Wasn’t Needed. The US Found a ‘Lawful’ Way To Disappear Him

A Yahoo News’ investigation reveals that, through much of 2017, the CIA weighed up whether to use wholly extrajudicial means to deal with the supposed threat posed by Julian Assange and his whistleblowers’ platform WikiLeaks. The agency plotted either to kidnap or assassinate him. Shocking as the revelations are – exposing the entirely lawless approach … Continue reading “CIA Plan To Poison Assange Wasn’t Needed. The US Found a ‘Lawful’ Way To Disappear Him”

Despite Its Exit, the US Will Continue To Wage War on the Taliban

The United States has always been a bad loser. Whether it has viewed itself as an imperial power, a military superpower or, in today’s preferred terminology, the “world’s policeman”, the assumption is that everyone else must submit to its will. All of which is the context for judging the outcry in western capitals over the … Continue reading “Despite Its Exit, the US Will Continue To Wage War on the Taliban”

Palestinian Prison Break: Israel Has Every Reason To Fear This Bold Move

It would be impossible for Palestinians not to revel in six prisoners carrying out a daring escape from one of Israel’s most secure and modern jails. Israel may be working overtime to demonize the six men as “terrorists”, but for Palestinians, they are among its finest and bravest foot soldiers. They are prisoners of war, … Continue reading “Palestinian Prison Break: Israel Has Every Reason To Fear This Bold Move”

Craig Murray’s Jailing Is the Latest Move To Snuff Out Independent Journalism

Craig Murray, a former ambassador to Uzbekistan, the father of a newborn child, a man in very poor health and one who has no prior convictions, will have to hand himself over to the Scottish police on Sunday morning. He becomes the first person ever to be imprisoned on the obscure and vaguely defined charge … Continue reading “Craig Murray’s Jailing Is the Latest Move To Snuff Out Independent Journalism”

Israel: Racist, Violent Policing Is at the Heart of Apartheid

Police made sweeping arrests of Israel’s large minority of Palestinian citizens after protests rocked the country in May during Israel’s 11-day attack on Gaza. Officers were documented beating demonstrators, and in some cases torturing them while in detention. Police also failed to protect the Palestinian minority from planned, vigilante-style attacks by far-right Jewish extremists. This … Continue reading “Israel: Racist, Violent Policing Is at the Heart of Apartheid”

Israel’s New Government Will Deepen Rifts, Not Heal Them

The photo was unprecedented. It showed Mansour Abbas, leader of an Islamist party for Palestinians in Israel, signing an agreement on Wednesday night to sit in a “government of change” alongside settler leader Naftali Bennett. Caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fervently try to find a way to break up the coalition in the next … Continue reading “Israel’s New Government Will Deepen Rifts, Not Heal Them”