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Archive for 'Israel'

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 to [...]

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 it [...]

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 radical [...]

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 here.

All US senators call for fair treatment of Israel at UN

Given the general absence of bipartisanship and political consensus in the US these days, this is worthy of note: every member of the Senate– from Bernie Sanders to Ted Cruz– signed a letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres denouncing the UN’s bias against Israel:
The United States co-founded the United Nations with the intention [...]

An Israel-themed trio

First, a report of what sounds like a gruesome experience for David Collier in Cork – he’s attending the conference on Israel and international law.  Here’s an excerpt.
I have little doubt now that the Falk/Tilley report was timed to coincide with this Cork conference. Almost every speaker at Cork referenced it, and each in turn described [...]

Interview with Colin Shindler

Karl Pfeifer interviewed Colin Shindler, Emeritus Professor at SOAS University of London and author of Israel and the European Left
In November, we will mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour opposition, said that this declaration was a mistake. How will he react this time?

It was in 2013 [...]

America First, Israel Second

From the Israeli satirical TV news show “Gav Ha’Umah.”