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Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. He is the 2011 winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East" (Pluto Press) and "Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair" (Zed Books). His website is www.jonathan-cook.net
SHARE Sunday, October 13, 2019 Uninhabitable: Gaza Faces the Moment of Truth
Stories of Gaza's endless suffering a short distance from Israelis' homes are unlikely to shame them into action. They can be roused only out of self-interest - a fear for their own safety and the well being of their loved ones.
SHARE Friday, October 11, 2019 Israeli Police 'turning a blind eye to killing spree'
The absence of banking services in many Palestinian towns, and the difficulties Palestinian citizens faced gaining loans and mortgages, had strengthened the role of criminal groups. They lent money at extortionate rates that borrowers could often not afford to repay.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 2, 2019 How Israel's Religious Right is now in the driving seat
Yossi Gurvitz, an Israeli journalist and researcher on religious extremism said the rise of the religious right was an indication of wider shifts in Israeli society. "Israel is getting more religious and its religious parties are getting more extreme".
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2019 The plot to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power
But just as Russell Brand's rejection of the old politics began to articulate a wider mood, it was stopped in its tracks. After Corbyn was unexpectedly elected Labour leader, offering for the first time in living memory a politics that listened to people before money, Brand's style of rejectionism looked a little too cynical, or at least premature.
SHARE Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Trump's Peace Plan Has Been Designed to Fail -- Exactly Like Its Predecessors
When Trump's plan crashes, as it will, Washington will have the chance to exploit a supposed Palestinian rejection as justification for approving annexation by Israel of yet more tranches of occupied territory. The Palestinians will be left with a shattered homeland. No self-determination, no viable state, no independent economy, just a series of aid-dependent ghettos.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 30, 2019 In Bahrain The Horizon of Peace stretched further away from Palestinians
Once more the West is trying to foist on the Palestinians an inequitable peace deal. The one certainty is that they will reject it - it is the only issue on which the Fatah and Hamas leaderships are united - again ensuring the Palestinians can be painted as the obstacle to progress.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 20, 2019 Forget Trump's "deal of the century." Israel was always on course to annexation
Netanyahu is in an unusually tight spot, even by the standards of an often chaotic and fractious Israeli political system. After a decade in power, his electoral magic may be deserting him. There are already rumblings of discontent among his allies on the far right. Some observers fear that he may need to pull a new kind of rabbit out of the hat.