France’s Macron leads the way as western leaders malevolently confuse anti-Zionism with antisemitism

27 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Mondoweiss – February 27 2019

How far the international community’s approach towards Israel has reversed trajectory over the past half century can be gauged simply by studying the fate of one word: Zionism.

In 1975 much of the world broke ranks with the United States and Europe at the United Nations general assembly to declare that Zionism, Israel’s founding ideology, “is a form of racism and racial discrimination”.

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The denial of taxes to the PA is an ominous sign of Netanyahu’s grand plan By Jonathan Cook

24 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The National – 24 February 2019

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.

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Settlers, soldiers seize Jerusalem home from Palestinian family

18 February 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Israeli forces expelled a Palestinian family from their home in the Muslim Quarter of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday and handed it to Jewish settlers.

The Abu Asab family received eviction orders earlier this month demanding they vacate the building by 12 February.

Hatem Abu Asab was able to postpone his family’s expulsion until 28 February through his lawyers, but Israeli police paid no heed.

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How the rule of the rabbis is fuelling a holy war in Israel

13 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched

Middle East Eye – 13 February 2019

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 – urging their disciples to murder babies belonging to other religions.

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The observer mission in Hebron acted as a restraint on the settlers’ worst excesses. Now that has come to an end

13 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The National – 10 February 2019

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 of Hebron, home to 200,000 Palestinians, barely caused a ripple.

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Nora Barrows-Friedman The Electronic Intifada Podcast 1 February 2019

1 February 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Welcome to a new era and a new format for The Electronic Intifada Podcast!

Joining Nora Barrows-Friedman as co-host for the first time is her colleague and fellow reporter Asa Winstanley.

This week we take a deeper look at Asa’s latest investigative article, “Fake Labour accounts fueling ‘anti-Semitism crisis’,” which went viral soon after publication.

We discuss how the story came about and the wider background of events in the UK Labour Party over the last few years.

Who is behind the “anti-Semitism crisis” in Labour? Is this media narrative having an effect? How is Israel like ISIS? Has there been any official response to the story?

What would Asa say to Jeremy Corbyn if he had another chance to interview him? And why do people who try to ban the term “Israel lobby” annoy the hell out of us?

Palestinian killed during attack by West Bank settlers By Ali Abunimah

27 January 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Relatives of Hamdi Naasan, who was killed during a settler incursion into the occupied West Bank village of al-Mughayyir a day earlier, mourn during his funeral on 27 January. – Ahmad Arouri APA images

A Palestinian father of four was fatally shot on Saturday as Israeli settlers, protected by soldiers, stormed the village of al-Mughayyir, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

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Palestinians in Israel face uncertain political future amid Joint List split By Jonathan Cook

25 January 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Analysts warn that breakup of faction risks Palestinian citizens of Israel staying home – bolstering the right in April’s ballot

Middle East Eye – 25 January 2019

A political coalition representing Israel’s Palestinian minority – currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset – has been plunged into crisis by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to call for a surprise general election for April.

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