Annexation of West Bank May Provide Key to Unlocking Netanyahu’s Legal Troubles

After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party broke regulations – and possibly … Continue reading “Annexation of West Bank May Provide Key to Unlocking Netanyahu’s Legal Troubles”

After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for its First Media Rendition

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations. For … Continue reading “After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for its First Media Rendition”

This Israeli Election Is Between the Right Wing and the Even More Right Wing

Israel’s election campaign, now in its last days, must be the first in which a sitting Israeli prime minister has sought to win over voters by boasting about how much he insulted a president of the United States. One of the last campaign videos by Benjamin Netanyahu spliced together media clips of US analysts voicing … Continue reading “This Israeli Election Is Between the Right Wing and the Even More Right Wing”

Trump’s Golan Green Light Paves Way to Israel’s Annexation of West Bank

When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook. Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter. Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized … Continue reading “Trump’s Golan Green Light Paves Way to Israel’s Annexation of West Bank”

The UN Fails To Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel’s Illegal Settlements

The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United States … Continue reading “The UN Fails To Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel’s Illegal Settlements”

Britain’s Witchfinders Are Ready To Burn Jeremy Corbyn

"McCarthyism" is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process its true meaning – and horror – has been increasingly obscured. McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation by the powerful of a perfect, self-rationalizing system of incrimination – denying the victim … Continue reading “Britain’s Witchfinders Are Ready To Burn Jeremy Corbyn”

Is Israel’s Tax Grab a Prelude To Further Hollowing Out the PA?

Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments’ relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about $200 … Continue reading “Is Israel’s Tax Grab a Prelude To Further Hollowing Out the PA?”

How the Rule of the Rabbis Is Fueling a Holy War in Israel

In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become “warriors”, emulating a group of young men who had murdered a woman of another faith? The cleric did so with impunity. In fact, he was only echoing other highly placed colleagues who have endorsed a book – again without penalty … Continue reading “How the Rule of the Rabbis Is Fueling a Holy War in Israel”

In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city … Continue reading “In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror”

Israeli General Mounts Challenge to Netanyahu by Flaunting Gaza Carnage

With April’s elections looming, Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Israeli Resilience, just as the net of corruption indictments is closing around the prime minister. Already, at this early stage of campaigning, some 31 per cent of the Israeli public prefer … Continue reading “Israeli General Mounts Challenge to Netanyahu by Flaunting Gaza Carnage”