Jonathan Cook

Endless procedural abuses show the Julian Assange case was never about law

It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: “But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.”

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Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis a Lesson Worthy of Gandhi

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticized Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela.

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Team Trump Add Insult to Injury for the Palestinians

It is tempting to interpret the announcement last week of a delay until the new year in US vice-president Mike Pence’s visit to the Middle East as the ultimate travel warning. It follows an eruption of regional unrest over Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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The Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light

The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after holding secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday,” offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby. 

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Balfour Declaration: Britain Broke Its Feeble Promise to the Palestinians

There is more than a little irony in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to attend a “celebration” dinner this week in London with his British counterpart, Theresa May, marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

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Why Trump Is Pushing the U.S. to Abandon the World's Main Organization for Protecting Historic Sites

At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalize a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights?

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How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel's Plan to Reshape the Middle East

Palestinians and Israelis watched last week’s referendum of Iraq’s Kurds with special interest. Israeli officials and many ordinary Palestinians were delighted – for very different reasons – to see an overwhelming vote to split away from Iraq.

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How Netanyahu’s Son Became the Poster Boy for White Supremacists

The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.

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Israel Is Playing Charades in Its Population Battle with Palestine

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a crushing rebuke to the hopes of perennial optimists roused by the visit to the Middle East last week of Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. At an event on Monday in the West Bank celebrating the half-centenary of Israeli occupation, Netanyahu effectively admitted that U.S. efforts to revive the peace process would prove another charade.

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NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Admits Palestinians Experience Apartheid - After Leaving the Bureau

Guess who said this recently: Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid”—and not just in the occupied territories, but inside Israel too, where one in five citizens are Palestinian.

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Israel's Ever More Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore up a Sense of Victimhood

When Israel passed a new counter-terrorism law last year, Ayman Odeh, a leader of the country’s large minority of Palestinian citizens, described its draconian measures as colonialism’s “last gasp,” comparing it to "the panic of the French at the end of the occupation of Algeria.”

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An Army of Smear Artists Is Working Overtime to Undermine Sy Hersh's Syria Bombshell

There has been much disingenuous criticism of those, like me, who question why the western corporate media have studiously ignored the latest investigation by journalist Seymour Hersh on Syria. Hersh had to publish his piece in a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, after the entire US and UK media rejected his article. There has still been no mention of his investigation more than a week later.

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After Sy Hersh's Bombshell Investigation, Why Won't Media Tell the Real Story of Trump's Military Strike in Syria?

If you wish to understand the degree to which the supposedly free western media are constructing a world of half-truths and deceptions to manipulate their audiences, keeping us uninformed and pliant, there could hardly be a better case study than their treatment of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.

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The More Young Jews Learn About Israel, the Less They Like It

Few books on Palestinian history become bestsellers. But one, titled A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, managed to rocket to the top of Amazon’s charts this month.

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Asking the Big Question: What Were the London Bridge Terrorists Trying to Achieve?

One has to wonder why terrorists like those who struck Saturday night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. It is difficult not to infer that the violence was timed to influence the U.K. election this coming Thursday. Those behind the attacks—whether those carrying it out or those dispatching the terrorists—want to have an effect. Terrorism is the use of indiscriminate violence for political ends. It has a logic, even if it is one we mostly do not care to understand.

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Here's What Will Probably Happen If Assad Falls in Syria (Hint: The Opposite of Peace and Democracy)

A decade ago I published a book, Israel and the Clash of Civilisations, that examined Israel’s desire to Balkanise the Middle East, using methods it had refined over many decades in the occupied Palestinian territories. The goal was to unleash chaos across much of the region, destabilising key enemy states: Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
The book further noted how Israel’s strategy had influenced the neoconservative agenda in Washington that found favour under George Bush’s administration. The neocons’ destabilisation campaign started in Iraq, with consequences that are only too apparent today.

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Ugly Anniversary: Israel Has Been an Occupier for Half a Century

Nazareth—Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights,” or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centerpiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement “bloc” enjoys wide support in Israel, not least because it was established long ago by the supposedly left-wing Labour party, now heading the opposition.

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Trump Shows His Hand on Israel-Palestine

For more than 15 years, the Middle East “peace process” initiated by the Oslo accords has been on life support. Last week, President Donald Trump pulled the plug, whether he understood it or not.

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Israel to Color-Code 'Good' and 'Bad' Palestinians

Launched this month, as much of the world was on holiday, Avigdor Lieberman’s plan for the Palestinians – retooling Israel’s occupation – received less attention than it should.

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Israel's Origins Have Everything to Do with the Human Rights Catastrophe It Went on to Create

Nazareth -- It was an assessment no one expected from the deputy head of the Israeli military. In his Holocaust Day speech last week, Yair Golan compared current trends in Israel with Germany in the early 1930s, as Nazism took hold.

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How Most Aid to the Palestinians Ends up in Israel's Coffers

Diplomats may have a reputation for greyness, obfuscation, even hypocrisy, but few have found themselves compared to a serial killer, let alone one who devours human flesh.

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Welcome to Israel’s Version of Apartheid

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YouTube Becomes Israel’s New Battleground Against Palestinians

Once it fell to politicians and diplomats to solve international conflicts. Now, according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responsibility lies with social media.

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How Failing to Make Peace with Palestinians Could Cost Israel $250 Billion Over the Next Decade

Two recent reports suggest that Israel could face catastrophic consequences if it fails to end the mistreatment of Palestinians under its rule, whether in the occupied territories or in Israel itself.

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Israeli Security Veterans Speak Out Against Netanyahu, Calling Him a 'Danger' to Israel

In an unprecedented move, 200 veterans of the Israeli security services accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being a “danger” to Israel.

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How Israel Is Turning Gaza Into a Super-Max Prison

It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting.

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