Category Operation Cast Lead

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Norman Finkelstein on Bernie, Palestine and Politics

The great Norman Finkelstein has been interviewed on Bernie, Palestine and Politics. Among other things, he talks about how Israel has successfully defanged human rights NGO coverage of Israeli crimes: most human rights organisations sat out Operation Protective Edge (2014), while Amnesty reverted to its pre-1987 apologetics. This is an extremely dangerous development, since the human rights […]

PALESTINE AFTER THE ARAB SPRING

Mouin Rabbani, Norman G. Finkelstein and I have an article in the latest issue of Insight Turkey examining the impact of the Arab uprisings on the prospects for Palestinian self-determination. Unfortunately the full text is behind a pay-wall (accessible via ProQuest), but here’s how it begins: When a series of uprisings across the Arab world […]

BAN KI-MOON STARS IN LIVE PUPPET SHOW

In the course of ‘Operation Cast Lead’ (2008-9), Israel attacked multiple UN facilities in Gaza, including with white phosphorus. For example, on 17 January 2009 Israeli forces rained down white phosphorus on an UNRWA elementary school in Beit Lahia that was sheltering some 2,000 people, injuring 13 and killing two children. A subsequent UN Board […]

ENDING COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT IS NOT CONDITIONAL (UPDATED)

A concerted effort is underway to render the lifting of the Gaza blockade conditional on Hamas’s disarmament.* In the UK, this is the central message of a new campaign by Labour Friends of Israel (LFI). During a debate in parliament yesterday, LFI vice-chair Michael McCann MP was emphatic: The international community needs to put an end to […]