Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth -

Picnic video exposes both faces of Israeli apartheid

A short video of settlers disrupting a family picnic may be the best field guide yet to Israel’s complex apartheid system of state-sponsored Jewish supremacy.

Politics, not law, will decide whether Israel faces war crimes charges

Politics, not international law, will decide whether Israelis are ever put in the dock by the ICC for war crimes. And already western states are rallying to Israel’s side to ensure it continues to act with impunity

How Israel’s Netanyahu helped break apart the Joint List

The break-up of the Joint List means Netanyahu has succeeded dividing Israel’s Palestinian minority into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Arabs – and in setting them against each other.

Why Israel is joining the Pentagon’s ‘Arab Nato’

After political and economic ‘normalisation’ with Arab states, Israel is now moving on to military normalisation – and could soon be the linchpin of efforts to build and train armies in the Gulf.

Former Israeli army spy recruited by Labour should feel right at home

Assaf Kaplan’s work in a notorious Israeli cyber unit surveilling and extorting Palestinians fits with Labour’s new ethos under Keir Starmer

Israel is losing the fight to obscure its apartheid character

A new report by human rights group B’Tselem calling Israel an apartheid state will make it harder to smear Israel’s critics as antisemites for arguing that the Jewish state is a racist endeavour.

Is the UAE plotting with Israel against Palestinian refugees?

A report that the Gulf state is considering a plan to help eliminate the UN agency caring for millions of Palestinian refugees should be taken seriously.

Former general who called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians picked to head Israel’s Holocaust museum

Netanyahu picks an ex-army general who has regularly called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as the next head of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, as he seeks to forge even closer ties to ultra-nationalist world leaders.

How Gulf states became business partners in Israel’s occupation

The story of the Gulf’s Abraham Accords is not simply one of turning a blind eye to Israel’s decades-long oppression of Palestinians, but of actively becoming partners with Israel and the settlers in carrying out that oppression.

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.