Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth -

How Israel’s religious right is now in the driving seat

The real fight in Israel’s imminent election re-run isn’t between the right wing and a so-called ‘centre-left’ but between two rival camps within the ultra-nationalist right. The outcome may prove a moment of truth for the shrinking secular right as it comes up once again against an ever-more powerful religious camp.

Sur Baher home demolitions illustrate a vicious spiral of oppression in Palestine

Western states have not only turned a blind eye to Israel’s outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out, leaving Israel to luxuriate in its impunity. This was starkly illustrated when hundreds of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, many of them masked, raided a neighbourhood of Sur Baher, on the edges of Jerusalem, to demolish dozens of Palestinian homes.

Israel’s machinery of dispossession has crushed the hopes of an inspirational family

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organisation. The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in the shadow of the Old City walls.

With Panorama’s hatchet job on Labour antisemitism, BBC has become the Tory’s attack dog

With last night’s Panorama programme on a supposed ‘institutional anti-semitism’ in Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the BBC demonstrated that it has become a media attack dog in the hands of the ruling Conservative party

Entry ban at Israeli city park provokes apartheid warnings

Human rights groups have warned that the ban entry to Afula’s public park for Palestinian citizens marks a growing trend by local authorities representing the Jewish majority towards explicit separation of public space in ways reminiscent of apartheid South Africa.

How Evangelical Christians risk setting the Middle East on fire

The arrival of Nigerian televangelist T B Joshua to Nazareth represents a growing trend of foreign Christians, driven by apocalyptic readings of the Bible, interfering ever more explicitly in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories – and in ways that directly aid the policies of Israel’s far-right government.

In Bahrain, the horizon of peace stretched further away from Palestinians

As with previous peace plans, Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ makes impossible demands of the Palestinians. The aim once again is to force the Palestinians to reject it – and provide Israel with a pretext to seize more of their homeland

Jerusalem’s Old City: How Palestine’s past is being slowly erased

Israel has left its physical and political mark within the historic walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. To consolidate its grip, it has demolished Palestinian homes, expelled residents, empowered Jewish settlers, damaged local traders, and imposed sweeping restrictions making it virtually impossible for most Palestinians to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Annexation: How Israel already controls more than half of the West Bank

At least 60 pieces of legislation were drafted by right-wing members of the Knesset during the last parliament to move Israel from a state of de facto to de jure annexation, according to a database by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din.

For Israel, annexation of the West Bank is a long-established goal

A new interactive map shows not only that Israel aimed to annex the West Bank from the outset but that the trajectory of its policies means it will not rest until all Palestinians under occupation are driven off their lands.

Trump enjoys bipartisan support for his plan to eradicate the Palestinian cause

As Trump prepares to bring his ‘deal of the century’ out of the shadows, he knows he can rely on bipartisan support for his plan to eradicate the Palestinian cause.

A second Israeli election proves Netanyahu’s grip on power is slipping

In recent weeks, a political “resistance” movement has emerged in Israel against Netanyahu, echoing the one against Donald Trump in the US. With Gantz as its figurehead, it has mobilised over the threat Netanyahu poses to Israel’s system of checks and balances. The chief concern has been the far-right’s intensifying assault on the supreme court, the last relatively liberal institution.

Jerusalem cable car project passes over objections from many quarters

Israel is close to building a $55 million cable car through occupied East Jerusalem, despite opposition from archaeologists, architects, Palestinians, and a tiny community of Jews. Critics say the project is intended to hide the local Palestinian population from some 3 million tourists who visit Jerusalem each year, turning the city into a ‘Disneyland’ focused on promoting Israeli interests.

Is leaked document Trump’s ‘deal of the century’?

The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, which is widely seen as a mouthpiece for Benjamin Netanyahu, has leaked a document purporting to be Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ peace plan. If genuine, it offers a catastrophic vision of the future for the Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority is no longer crying wolf over its imminent collapse

With Israel and the Palestinian Authority at an impasse over tax transfers, the PA is facing imminent collapse. So, more in desperation than with any realistic prospect of achieving peace, attention is turning to Trump’s long-promised “deal of the century”. Reports suggest it is due for release next month.

As the Israel lobby in the US weakens, its UK counterpart grows more fearsome

If the debate about the pro-Israel lobby in the US is for the first time making a nod to truth, the conversation about the pro-Israel lobby in the UK is becoming more and more divorced from reality. Part of the reason is the way the Israel lobby has recently emerged in the UK – hurriedly, and in a mix of panic and damage limitation mode.

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

With the election in the bag, Benjamin Netanyahu’s only problem is that he faces imminent indictment for corruption. But he has a plan: extract an ‘immunity from prosecution’ law from his far-right coalition partners in return for annexing much of the West Bank

Netanyahu reigns supreme, and all opposition has been crushed

Benjamin Netanyahu now enjoys the luxury of choosing between a narrow government of far-right parties, and a right-wing national unity government embracing his rival Benny Gantz. Either way, this election demonstrates that opposition to Netanyahu and the right has been well and truly crushed.

Netanyahu and Gantz are two sides of the same coin

Whether Netanyahu or Gantz wins Israel’s election this week, more legislation will be drafted to advance institutional discrimination against the country’s Palestinian minority, and the abusive treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories will intensify.

How Israel is working to remove Palestinians from Jerusalem

Armed with Donald Trump’s blessing after he moved the US embassy to Jerusalem nearly a year ago, experts say Israel is now working more quickly, more confidently and more intensively to expel Palestinians from the city of their birth.