Category Gaza

Does Israel Have the Right to Cage Two Million People in a Coronavirus-Ravaged Prison Camp?

My new article in Jacobin asks: If international calls to end the Gaza closure are ignored, and Israel’s blockade remains in force, would Israel have the right to obstruct Gazans fleeing a COVID-19 emergency? The article argues that, if our answer to this question is ‘no’, it follows that Israel also had no right to forcibly prevent […]

Arse From the Past

Grizzled online veterans might recall the name Seth Freedman, a former stockbroker and volunteer with the Israeli army who subsequently grifted as Comment Is Free’s resident ‘critical friend’ of Israel.  During Israel’s 2008-9 terror assault on Gaza, Freedman abandoned his ‘progressive’ posture as he used the Guardian website to defend the massacre—‘I struggle to see […]

PARTING WORDS FROM A UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL

Andrew Gilmour, departing UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, on Israel’s repression of popular protests against the siege in Gaza: I don’t believe that any of those actions [by Palestinians] could possibly justify the frequent targeting by snipers who know exactly what they are doing and are aiming with immense accuracy – sometimes to kill, […]

Interview on Gaza and Labour Antisemitism

In October 2017, I was invited by Tom Mills and Dan Hind to their excellent Media Democracy Podcast for a discussion about the Labour antisemitism controversy. I returned this week to talk about… the Labour antisemitism controversy. Good to see the political conversation has progressed over the past year. This time around, we also spoke […]

Israel Has No Right of Self-Defence against Gaza

Human rights groups and UN bodies have condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “disproportionate” use of force in Gaza. But this does not go far enough. In a new essay for Jacobin, Norman Finkelstein and I argue that Israel cannot claim a right to use any force in Gaza — whether moderate or excessive, proportionate or disproportionate; whether […]

Gaza’s Great March: Myth versus Fact

Muhammad Shehada and I have written an article debunking, in detail, Israel’s multifold misrepresentations of the Gaza protests. We conclude: In the face of Israel’s onslaught, and as the international community have looked on with indifference, the people of Gaza exhibited near superhuman courage and restraint. No amount of lies can efface this ineffaceable truth. […]

ANNELIESE DODDS MP: DEMAND ACTION TO HOLD ISRAEL TO ACCOUNT

The position of Anneliese Dodds MP (Labour – Oxford East) on the massacre in Gaza has improved has a result of pressure from constituents. But it remains wholly inadequate. OXFORD CONSTITUENTS: Please write to Anneliese to ask her to support a suspension of arms sales to Israel, an independent international inquiry into Israel’s massacre and […]

TWEET-STORM FOR GAZA: 8pm-9pm London Time, 15 May

EMERGENCY TWEET-STORM FOR GAZA: Hashtag: #ICCIndictIsraelNow! Time: 8pm-9pm tonight, London time. Spread the word! — Some example tweets: 1. Israel’s blockade of Gaza must be lifted “immediately and unconditionally” (UN Report by New York State judge Mary McGowan Davis). #ICCIndictIsraelNow! 2. “I’ve never seen such massive destruction ever before” (Peter Maurer, head of the International Committee […]

UK: ALL OUT FOR THE PEOPLE OF GAZA!

Emergency demonstrations across the UK today, 15 May: London: Downing Street, Whitehall, 5.30pm. London Jews Against the Massacre: Red Lion Pub, 48 Parliament Street, Westminster, SW1A 2NH, 5pm. Will join up with the main demonstration at 5.30pm. Manchester: Central Library, Central Street, 5.30pm. Sheffield: Pinstone Street, 5pm. Glasgow: 180 West Regent Street, 7pm. Edinburgh: Prince St./Castle St., from 12 noon. […]

GAZA’S MOMENT OF TRUTH — AND OURS

Muhammad Shehada and I have an article in VICE about the unfolding massacre in Gaza: Palestinians are often lectured from abroad on the merits of Gandhi. The current effort in Gaza will inevitably be viewed as a test case of the efficacy of a nonviolent approach; its success or failure will help determine the character […]