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Pompeo spells out the new normal: All criticism of Israel is ‘antisemitic’

Mike Pompeo’s statements equating both criticism of Israel and peaceful boycotts of its settlements as ‘antisemitic’ marks the logical endpoint of a new foreign policy consensus that is rapidly taking shape in the US and Europe.

Netanyahu seeks to smash the Joint List, and cement permanent rule by Israel’s far-right

With his corruption trial bearing down on him, Netanyahu seeks to smash apart the alliance of Palestinian parties in Israel known as the Joint List, in the hope of cementing permanent rule by the far-right.

Corbyn was never going to get a fair hearing in the EHRC antisemitism report

The EHRC’s deeply flawed antisemitism report holds Corbyn to an impossible standard. Labour was expected to demonstrate ‘zero tolerance’ on antisemitism, but his team are now accused of discrimination for having tried to make good on that pledge.

Social media’s erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future

The experience of Palestinians online points to a future in which tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter gain ever greater control over all of us – over what we know and what we are allowed to think, and over who is visible and who erased.

Biden or Trump will mean four more years of cheerleading for Israel

Biden represents the Democratic party’s old guard, beholden to powerful donors. Israel is one particularly stark illustration of how, unless the party adapts to new, more principled thinking, it is heading towards a war with its grassroots that could tear it apart.

The truth behind Netanyahu’s admission that police killing was a cover-up

Netanyahu has issued an unprecedented apology over the killing of a Palestinian in 2017, admitting Israeli officials covered up their role in his death. But the Israeli PM’s remarks don’t just belatedly expose a police crime, they expand and deepen the lies

How Israel wages war on Palestinian history

Israel has waged a long war against Palestinian history. Today, archives are sealed up, Palestinians are penalised in the law courts, the past is rewritten for the classroom, and reality is erased from the maps produced by digital behemoths like Google and Apple.

How the Israel-UAE deal puts the bogus peace industry back in business

For Netanyahu, a strategic alliance with the Gulf has always been about more than just grabbing the occupied territories. It is central to his vision of an unreformed, maximalist, ethnic supremacist, Israeli state secure in the Middle East, serving as a regional hegemon alongside US global power.

Can the anti-Netanyahu protests grow into a larger movement?

The rapidly growing demonstrations against Netanyahu have yet to draw a connection between his personal abuses of office and the systemic corruption of Israeli politics, with the occupation its beating heart.

UK Labour party teeters on brink of civil war over antisemitism

Antisemitism in the Labour party is making headlines once again – but this time it’s the party’s new leader, Keir Starmer, not the media or the Israel lobby, dragging Jeremy Corbyn’s name though the mud.

An Israeli charity group is uprooting Palestinians – not planting trees

The Jewish National Fund has won plaudits for its environmental work, but its real mission – pursued to this very day – is uprooting Palestinians on behalf of the Israeli state, not planting trees.

Liberal Zionism begins the journey towards a one-state solution

Peter Beinart’s argument – that a commitment to Israel is now entirely incompatible with a commitment to equality for the region’s inhabitants – is a potential hammer blow to the delusions of liberal Jews in the United States.

Israel’s new UK ambassador will expose delusions of Britain’s Jewish leaders

Tzipi Hotovely’s appointment as Israel’s new ambassador to the UK has put British Jews uncomfortably on the back foot. With Corbyn the bogeyman gone, they will finally have to face harsh truths about Israel they have deeply buried.

The threat of annexation is far from over

After making so much of annexation during three election campaigns, Netanyahu will not be forgiven by many on the right should he fail to capitalise on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab the title deeds to occupied Palestinian land with US blessing.

Keir Starmer’s ‘antisemitism’ sacking is a signal that Israel is safe in his hands

Through sacking Long-Bailey, Starmer has shown he is determined to tightly delimit criticism of Israel within Labour as the annexation issue unfolds. Like Johnson, Starmer will play his allotted role in this political game of charades – one long understood and tolerated by Israel and its UK lobbyists.

Why the assault on a diplomat in Israel should come as no surprise

Strangely, Israel’s large Palestinian minority has found itself treated both as much-abused, second-class citizens and as an unwilling shop-window dummy on which Israel can hang its pretensions of fairness and equality.

Parallels between Minneapolis and Jerusalem are more than skin deep

The US and Israel don’t just share brutal and racist policing methods. In a world of depleting resources and a contracting global economy, they are devising strategies to prevent resistance from a growing underclass.

The US and Israel hope to scare the Hague war crimes court off from helping Palestine

Washington and Israel are trying to intimidate the Hague ‘war crimes’ court so it drops its plans for investigations. But it is critically important to probe the US as the most powerful offender, and Israel as the most persistent.

The slow exodus of Palestinian Christians

Israel has exploited the steady decline in the numbers of Palestinian Christians to advance its claim that they are being hounded from the region by Muslim extremists. But the real blame lies with Israel and the foreign Churches

With Corbyn gone, the Israel lobby is targeting Palestinians directly

An attack on a prominent British-Palestinian doctor and academic, Ghada Karmi, by a self-styled “antisemitism watchdog” looks suspiciously like a new trend in anti-Palestinian bigotry and bullying dressed up as victimhood.

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