Palestinians always claimed their rights to historical Palestine. . . Then someone came along and convinced them that this was utopian and would not happen, offering a trade-off to go for the possible instead. Now people realise the possible and the impossible are both impossible, so they might as well stick to the impossible. But […]

Israeli newspaper Ynet reports: “UAE, Qatar donate funds to stave off Gaza health crisis“. Let’s see: The United Arab Emirates has donated $2 million… The private yacht of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE and Emir of Abu Dhabi, is worth $400m. Qatar has pledged another $9 million… The private yacht of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad […]

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that he would accept US mediation of the peace process, reported yesterday. Abbas accepted this on the condition that he is part of the international effort. An unnamed Palestinian source said: “Abbas told Al-Sisi that he accepts the return of US mediation even without […]

[I]s the Two State Solution dead? If it is, it means that the Solution is Dead, period. The idea of taking up instead the One State Solution – i.e., that Jewish Israelis rejecting a Palestinian State on the West Bank would be ready to embrace millions of Palestinians as their new fellow citizens of Israel – […]

The truth is that the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did. – Alistair Burt, Minister for the Middle East. Free Ahed Tamimi!   Full exchange: Julie Elliott MP (LAB): Does the Minister share my outrage at the continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi […]

[T]here is a surreal quality to the debate about Labour’s attitude to anti-Semitism. . . . Within the community, the Board of Deputies added heat to the situation last week when its president, Jonathan Arkush, warned that British Jews ‘can’t trust Labour’. No one doubts the seriousness of antiSemitism, but such language is unhelpful, even […]

I spoke to the terrific Media Democracy podcast about claims of antisemitism at the Labour Party conference, and what they reveal about the susceptibility of our media organisations to organised falsehood. Have a listen here. Many thanks to Tom Mills and Dan Hind for inviting me on.