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Archive for 'Israel'

Are Guardian columnist Owen Jones’ views on Israel and Hamas shaped by “racism = prejudice + power”?

This is a cross-post by Adam Levick from UK Media Watch Jeremy Corbyn supporter Owen Jones took to the pages of the Guardian on Friday to argue that the UK is complicit in the killing of Palestinian civilians by the IDF by virtue of the country’s arms sales to Israel and, in so doing, provided […]

Israeli Labor party suspends ties with Corbyn

A letter from the chair of the Israeli Labor party to Jeremy Corbyn. No doubt a cause for celebration among the Corbynites. They are probably only unhappy that he didn’t cut ties with British Labour entirely. Here’s the full letter from Avi Gabbay, the Israeli Labour leader, to Corbyn. “We cannot maintain relations with you…while […]

Antisemitism, homophobia and the NUS’s National Executive Council

This is Ayo Olatunji. Ayo is running to sit on the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Council (NEC) at this week’s NUS conference in Glasgow. Ayo is best known for his role in the Hen Mazzig protest at UCL in November 2016 where Jewish students were trapped in a room by a mob […]

Polyamory in the time of malaria: Israel and progressive Jews

Guest post by Shahar Luft An alarming chasm is said to be opening up between Israel and American liberal Jews. It’s in the air in AIPAC meetings, in JCC offices and campus lawns. Concerned Jewish liberals tell Israelis: where your government is taking you, we cannot follow for long. You shut yourself in an ethnostate, […]

Go to jail?

This is actually the third time the Israeli police have recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges. In 1997, police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges for influence-peddling. He was accused of appointing an attorney general who would reduce the charges and prosecutors ruled that there was insufficient evidence to go […]

Jerusalem through clear eyes

Matti Friedman, a former AP reporter living in Jerusalem, may be the best English-language writer about Israel today. He avoids the cliches and ready-made formulas that infect the writing of many foreigners (and some Israelis) of all political stripes. We’ve linked to articles he wrote about the awful foreign media coverage of the 2014 Gaza […]

An open letter to support the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

This open letter to Tulip Siddiq MP is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman Dear Tulip, I am writing to you as I know you are an incredibly responsive MP to all your constituents. I have sent this email through We Believe in Israel’s email system, but I thought it would help if I sent […]

Vincent Harris, AfD and Netanyahu

Would it surprise anyone that Vincent Harris, a Texas-based political consultant who helped the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) achieve 12 percent of the vote and 94 seats in the Bundestag in the recent German election, has also consulted for the campaigns of US Senator Ted Cruz, (briefly) Donald Trump– and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud […]

DSA endorses BDS

The Democratic Socialists of America has seen a surge in membership and attention following the failed campaign of Bernie Sanders. It is, without a doubt, the largest socialist organization in American politics (sorry Social Democrats USA). Last week, they held their largest conference to date in Chicago, debating and passing their current manifesto. During my […]

May Day in Tel Aviv: 70 years ago

To mark International Workers Day, here are some photos from the 1947 May Day Parade in Tel Aviv– the year before the State of Israel was declared. Many of the participants in that parade– including deluded Stalinists– went on to fight (and some to die) in Israel’s war of independence the following year. More photos […]