Ending Palestinian Statehood as ‘Path’ to Palestinian Statehood

31 January 2020 — FAIR

by Joshua Cho

Kushner Map

Detail of Trump’s “conceptual map” for Israel/Palestine.

Media coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict over the years has typically portrayed Palestinians as obstinate and imperious negotiating partners who insist on unreasonable preconditions before reaching an agreement (e.g., US News, 6/20/12; Wall Street Journal, 4/28/13; Jerusalem Post, 7/18/17). When Israel’s preconditions are reported, the precondition that the peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians should be mediated by the US is often omitted.

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The Holocaust, the BBC and antisemitism smears

28 January 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Senior BBC news reporter Orla Guerin has found herself in hot water of an increasingly familiar kind. During a report on preparations for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, she made a brief reference to Israel and an even briefer reference to the Palestinians. Her reporting coincided with Israel hosting world leaders last week at Yad Vashem, its Holocaust remembrance centre in Jerusalem.

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Antisemitism has been used to smear the left, while the right targets Jews

7 January 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Israel may emerge stronger by playing politics with antisemitism, but not without severe repercussions for Western Jews

Middle East Eye – 30 December 2019

The year ended with two terrible setbacks for those seeking justice for the Palestinian people.

One was the defeat in the British election of Jeremy Corbyn – a European leader with a unique record of solidarity with Palestinians. He had suffered four years of constant media abuse, recasting his activism as evidence of antisemitism.

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Finally charged and lacking a mandate to govern, Netanyahu’s days are numbered

24 November 2019 — Jonathan Cook

As the deadlock over forming a government continues, charges against the caretaker prime minister have tipped the country into an uncharted constitutional crisis

The National – 24 November 2019

The decision to indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on three separate criminal counts pushes the country’s already unprecedented electoral stalemate into the entirely uncharted territory of a constitutional crisis.

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Israel Is Killing Children Asleep In Their Homes. Humans. Not Numbers.

14 November, 2019 — Source: Common Dreams

by Abby Zimet, Further columnist

The Sawarka family’s dead. Photo by Fatima Shbair/MEE. On front, an Israeli drone-fired missile killed 7-year-old Amir Rafat Ayyad as he rode on a motorbike with his father Rafat Muhammad Ayyad, 54, and older brother Islam Rafat Ayyad, 24, as they were trying to get to al-Shifa Hospital

The reign of terror, which we help fund, goes on. In the last two days of airstrikes over the open-air prison that is Gaza, where two million beleaguered people, almost half of them children, are packed and trapped, Israel has killed at least 34 Palestinians and injured more than 111. Many of the victims were children. The dead included eight members of the Sawarka family – three adults, five kids – killed around midnight as they slept in their house.  The only survivor of the slaughter of the Sawarkas was a month-old girl named Marah; her mother, father, aunt and siblings were all buried in the rubble. A relative, Taleb Mesmeh, said that when people heard the explosions, “We never expected (they’d target) a civilian home that looked like any normal house.” The retrieved bodies “were torn into pieces, and there was blood everywhere,” he said. “This is Israel targeting children inside their homes.” Then he began picking some children’s school uniforms from the rubble. “This is Mariam’s school uniform,” he wailed. “She was still in first grade. What did she do to be killed?”

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A small victory for free speech on Israel

11 November 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Chris Knight

Noam Chomsky has described attempts to limit what may be said at a London book launch as an “utter outrage.” Ashraf Amra APA images

When we first began organizing a launch event for a Noam Chomsky book, we suspected it might be targeted by pro-Israel activists.

After all the book, The Responsibility Of Intellectuals: Reflections by Noam Chomsky and Others after 50 Years, was based on a 2017 conference at University College London (UCL) that had been targeted by such activists.

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Uninhabitable: Gaza faces the moment of truth

13 October 2019 — Jonathan Cook – Americans for Middle East Understanding

Israel has ignored warnings by the United Nations that Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, acting as if Palestinians there can be caged, starved and abused indefinitely. Now crises are unfolding on all fronts – social, economic, political and humanitarian – and Israel is running out of time to find solutions

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In Media Newspeak, a ‘Peace Plan’ for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes

30 September 2019 — FAIR

by Joshua Cho

Prior to the elections in Israel/Palestine in September—marred by blatant racism posturing as the “democratic process,” with millions of Palestinians living under varying degrees of Israeli rule unable to vote due to their ethnicity—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated headlines for repeatedly pledging to annex nearly a third of the illegally occupied West Bank, in violation of international law, to gain support for his and the Likud party’s reelection (New York Times, 9/10/19).

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“Ally” Jon Lansman wanted Jeremy Corbyn removed

6 September 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Jon Lansman addressing the Jewish Labour Movement at Labour conference 2018. Joel Goodman ZUMA Press

Jon Lansman, a prominent figure in the UK Labour Party, advocated that Jeremy Corbyn be removed as party leader three years ago.

The revelation challenges Lansman’s reputation as a key Corbyn supporter.

In 2016, Lansman told Labour activist Graham Bash that the left would be much better served if Corbyn was replaced by John McDonnell, the shadow finance minister.

Bash recounted his conversation with Lansman to The Electronic Intifada.

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