Jonathan Cook outlines Israel’s long-running war on Palestinian history, and those who try to tell it.
Demonstrations against Benjamin Netanyahu have yet to draw a connection between the prime minister’s personal abuses of office and the systemic corruption of Israeli politics, with the occupation its beating heart.
Jeremy Corbyn, the former left-wing leader of Britain’s Labour party, is once again making headlines over an “antisemitism problem” he supposedly oversaw during his five years at the head of the party. This time, however, the assault on his reputation is being led not by the usual suspects – pro-Israel lobbyists and a billionaire-owned media – but by Keir Starmer, the man who succeeded him.
The Jewish National Fund is a thriving relic of Europe’s colonial past, even if today it wears the garb of an environmental charity. As recent events show, ethnic cleansing is still what it excels at.
An open letter published by Harper’s magazine, and signed by 150 prominent writers and public figures, has focused attention on the apparent dangers of what has been termed a new “cancel culture”. It is easy to agree with the letter’s generalized argument for tolerance and free and fair debate, but the intent of many of the letter’s signatories is the very reverse of their professed goal: they want to stifle free speech, not protect it.
Ishmael Khaldi’s success as an Israel diplomat, as well as his experience as a Palestinian of abuse at the hands of the security services, exemplifies Israel’s hybrid version of apartheid.
The US and Israel are stepping up their attacks on the International Criminal Court as its chief prosecutor finally looks poised finally to give the court some teeth. Fatou Bensouda is threatening to investigate the two states whose actions have been particularly damaging to international law in the modern era.
Gaza is entirely dependent on Israel and an international community preoccupied with its own troubles. But if the coronavirus does overwhelm Gaza, the truth about who is really responsible will be hard to conceal.