Magical ​Recipe to ​W​rite for the ​N.Y. T​imes

On Monday, May 30th, 2016 in Blog, News, Voices.

The following piece is a simple comment on an article that was published in the NYTimes front page under the provocative title: “As Hamas Tunnels Back Into Israel, Palestinians Are Afraid” on the 20th of May 2016. In an attempt to justify the Israel bombing of civilian areas, the article argues that the “terror tunnels” are the main and only causative of the misery of Gaza. Put ​on ​lots of makeup, wear hot tight jeans, speak so cutely with ​a


Jonathan Freedland keeps digging—how low will he go?

On Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Voices.

Guest post by Jamie Stern-Weiner In a recent interview leading Israel-Palestine scholar Norman Finkelstein recounted a shocking, but revealing, encounter with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland: [W]hen my book, The Holocaust Industry, came out in 2000, Freedland wrote that I was ‘closer to the people who created the Holocaust than to those who suffered in it’.  Although he appears to be, oh, so politically correct now, he didn’t find it inappropriate to suggest that I resembled the Nazis who gassed my family. We appeared on a


COMPETITIVE GRIEF IN GAZA: HOW HAMAS AND FATEH SHOW SYMPATHY TO EVADE RESPONSIBILITY

On Monday, May 9th, 2016 in Voices.

A sleepless night after the shadow of death reaped the souls of three angels while Gaza was, as usual, swamped in darkness. Yosra, Rahaf and Nasser Al-Hindi, three siblings, were burned to death in their house in Al-Shatti refugee camp, the poorest neighborhood in Gaza Strip, after, according to their bereaved mother, having a remarkable day at the Gaza seaport, one of the few places left for fun from the latest destruction of the besieged strip. “Macaroni, it was the


Labour antisemitism witch-hunt turns on leading anti-racism campaigner

On Monday, May 9th, 2016 in Voices.

Last week, prominent Momentum activist Jackie Walker was suspended from the Labour Party for alleged antisemitism.  (Momentum is a grassroots movement affiliated with the Labour Party, which currently supports the elected leadership of the socialist and veteran Palestine solidarity campaigner Jeremy Corbyn.) There are five points to make about this. The antisemitism allegations against Walker are devoid of factual basis The evidence against Walker consists of two Facebook comments.  In the first, Walker dismissed claims that Labour has ‘a major


Jonathan Freedland’s plea

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016 in Voices.

Let’s imagine for just a moment that a people was forcibly dispossessed of its homeland. Let’s imagine that a portion of this people had rotted in refugee camps for some seven decades while the rest had lived under a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. Let’s imagine that the people living under this military occupation were systematically tortured, abused, stolen from, and prevented from exercising their most basic and universally ratified human and political rights. Let’s imagine that for


UK ‘antisemitism’ smear campaign claims its most high-profile scalp to date

On Friday, April 29th, 2016 in Voices.

Yesterday Ken Livingstone, a prominent UK politician, socialist and key ally of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended for allegedly antisemitic comments.  His suspension brings the phony ‘antisemitism’ smear campaign being waged against the elected leadership of the Labour Party to within an inch of Corbyn himself. Over the past 36 hours Livingstone has been accused of being a ‘Nazi apologist’, a ‘disgusting racist’ and a historical revisionist – and that’s just from one of his party colleagues. I’ve written a short piece


Another day, another ‘antisemitism’ smear campaign

On Thursday, April 28th, 2016 in Voices.

I have an article up at openDemocracy debunking the ‘antisemitism’ smear campaign against the elected leadership of the UK Labour Party. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with antisemitism.  The outbreak has been blamed on the veteran socialist and prominent Palestine solidarity campaigner Jeremy Corbyn, and the mass influx of new members who were inspired by his leadership to join. These attacks are



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