Category Gaza

DID ISRAEL THWART ANOTHER PALESTINIAN “PEACE OFFENSIVE”?

At this point, the script writes itself: Hamas threatens to moderate its position by amending its Charter, so Israel assassinates a senior Hamas militant.[1] Whenever a credible Palestinian force threatens by political moderation to undermine Israel’s pretexts for diplomatic rejectionism—by offering/adhering to a ceasefire; signalling acceptance of the international consensus framework for resolving the conflict; […]

JOHN DUGARD ON ISRAEL, APARTHEID AND RESOLVING THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT

The great John Dugard, former United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and reputed father of human rights in South Africa, on… Israel’s apartheid: it’s very clear that apartheid is practiced within the Occupied Palestinian Territories . . . You cannot dispute it. It’s just so clear. (However, it is […]

B’TSELEM ON ISRAEL’S ‘WHITEWASH MECHANISM’

Yesterday, former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan testified in defence of an Israeli soldier (Sgt. Elor Azaria) who was captured on film summarily executing a Palestinian man in Hebron who posed no threat. Dayan protested that, in opening an investigation into the incident, the authorities had violated the accused’s ‘right to innocence’: […]

TALK OF IDF ‘DOCTRINES’ IS SO SILLY

As if firing at everything in sight was a new invention! A high-ranking officer has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives in order to minimise military casualties during last year’s Gaza war. . . . The officer, who served […]

What Israel did in Gaza

Al-Monitor reports on the forthcoming publication of the Shapira report into Israel’s summer 2014 assault on Gaza: As one senior Israeli security official confided to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “If data on the number of missiles and shells fired during Operation Protective Edge was released to the public, everyone would be horrified.” Since it had […]

Norman Finkelstein on David Cameron’s Dodgy ‘Friends’

British Prime Minister David Cameron has long professed himself a ‘passionate friend of Israel’.  He is also a passionate supporter of the Conservative Friends of Israel, whose meetings he has repeatedly addressed and whose long-time director, Stuart Polak, he awarded with a peerage.  Cameron is reputed to be an intimate friend and ally of Israel’s […]

JONATHAN FREEDLAND’S PLEA

Let’s imagine for just a moment that a people was forcibly dispossessed of its homeland. Let’s imagine that a portion of this people had rotted in refugee camps for some seven decades while others had lived under a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. Let’s imagine that the people living under this military occupation were […]