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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  

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36,000 Bedouin all of them Israeli citizens discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country driving them into holding camps, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 17, 2019
Bedouin Mass Eviction is part of Israel's efforts to drive Palestinians off their historic lands The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes - some for the second or third time - should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be.
Environmental experts from two Israeli universities issued a report in June warning that the imminent collapse of Gaza's water sewage and electricity infrastructure would soon rebound on Israel, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Palestinian citizens of Israel take to streets to accuse police and politicians of exploiting crime wave in their communities, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        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.
These are not political enemies They are ideological bedfellows, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Why Israel is Struggling to find a way out of its political deadlock Mr Gantz thinks it is important to maintain bipartisan US support for Israel's belligerent occupation while Mr Netanyahu has preferred to throw Israel's hand in with Donald Trump and the Christian religious right.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 27, 2019
Film Charts Failed Experiment inviting Palestinian teens to become kibbutzniks A new documentary brings to light an episode almost completely erased from Israel's official history - and one that reveals how Israel's apartheid character was established from its birth.
The election result offers us a simple but effective way to gauge how well the center-left did and understand the wider ideological composition of Israeli Jewish society as it exists today, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2019
The Real Divide in Israeli Politics is between religious and secular ultra-nationalism The center-left represents 10 per cent of the Jewish public, the nationalist right 31 per cent, and the religious and fascist far-right 59 per cent. In other words, the Israeli far-right should have a permanent and large majority.
Israel's Palestinian citizens are once again being discussed as a threat to their country's democracy, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Netanyahu, the Joint List and a history of demonising Palestinian voters Israel's re-run election last week revealed the bitter struggles within the Israeli right for dominance, between a coalition of religious and settler parties led by Benjamin Netanyahu and their opponents in the secular Blue and White party of army generals.
Netanyahu will continue as caretaker prime minister for several more weeks until a new government is formed, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Israelis Have Made their verdict clear - Benjamin Netanyahu's Time is up There looms the possibility of weeks of horse-trading and the Joint List of Arab legislators becoming the official opposition.
As the divide has deepened it has become clear that neither side is prepared to pay more than lip service to democracy, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2019
Brexit Reveals Jeremy Corbyn to be the True Moderate These UK politicians aren't just Remainers, they are Remainists, who not only refuse to contemplate any weakening of the bonds between the UK and Europe but actually want those bonds to tighten.
In the words of Mr Netanyahu Iran
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
With strikes against Iran, Netanyahu risks jeopardising his closest alliance If Mr Trump indicates a readiness for rapprochement with Iran before polling day, Mr Netanyahu's narrative is sunk and the corruption allegations he faces are likely to take a stronger hold on the public imagination.
Netanyahu is expected to be charged with fraud and breach of trust in the immediate wake of next month's election, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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".
Explosives and bulldozers destroyed dozens of homes leaving many hundreds of Palestinians without a roof over their heads, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 28, 2019
Sur Baher Home Demolitions illustrate a vicious spiral of oppression in Palestine The Sur Baher demolitions took place in "Area A", land assigned by Oslo to the Palestinians' government-in-waiting - as a prelude to Palestinian statehood.
Dozens of families in the Silwan neighbourhood have endured the same fate as the Siyams and the Israeli courts have approved the imminent eviction of many hundreds more Palestinians from the area, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 14, 2019
Israel's Machinery of Dispossession has crushed the hopes of an inspirational family Palestinians such as Jawad Siyam exist all over the occupied territories - men and women who have given Palestinians a sense of hope, commitment and steadfastness in the face of Israel's machinery of dispossession.
The party has been riven by bitter very public feuds between an old guard which dominated under Tony Blair and the rapid rise of the party's left wing under Corbyn, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 12, 2019
With Panorama's Hatchet Job on Labour Antisemitism BBC has become the Tory's attack dog While the Conservatives' undeniable racism problem has failed to attract any sustained media attention the Labour Party's much less serious antisemitism problem has been blown out of all proportion.
An Israeli court will have to decide whether it is reasonable for Afula a city in the country's north to deny non-residents entrance to the main local park, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Entry Ban at Israeli City Park provokes apartheid warnings The barring of a lawyer and her infant from a public park in the Galilee last week has triggered a legal battle over whether local authorities in Israel can segregate citizens on a racial basis.
TB Joshua is the latest in a wave of pro-Zionist preachers taking an active interest in Israel and Palestinians will pay the price, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 9, 2019
How Evangelical Christians risk setting the Middle East on fire The Nigerian pastor, who has millions of followers worldwide and calls himself a prophet aroused local hostility not only because his brand of Christianity strays far from the more traditional doctrines of Middle Eastern churches.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Partition Plan Middle East, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
The Peace to Prosperity Workshop held in Manama is just the latest in a long running series of impossible propositions, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.

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