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Labour’s Zionism Problem

  • April 08, 2016
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The idea that opposition to Israeli settler-colonialism or the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people is anti-Semitic is a well-established propaganda weapon, which Israel and its supporters have wielded to great effect for many years.  In recent weeks a number of Labour MPs and Labour supporters have picked it up once again to argue...

Israel’s Phony Culturati

  • October 24, 2015
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As someone who has spent much of his life writing and reading, and often writing directly or indirectly about politics,  I’ve often had doubts about the role of writers and how relevant and useful we actually are, about the extent to which writing actually contrbutes to bringing about social and political change,  and...

Antisemitism: a blight that Palestinian solidarity doesn’t need

  • March 06, 2015
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No one who has been involved in Palestinian solidarity or who has even had the temerity to criticize the actions of the Israeli state will be unaware of the explosive issue of antisemitism.   The anti-apartheid movement was directed against a system whose essential iniquity was almost universally recognized, even by the states that covertly...

Gaza in Ruins

  • February 23, 2015
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More than eight months after Israel’s latest high-tech onslaught on Gaza, large sections of Gaza City continue to resemble the dead cities left over from twentieth century saturation bombing or 21st century ‘chimneyvilles’ that Sherman’s army left in Atlanta and Georgia.    Looking at the shocking photographs of the devastation during the last week or...

2014: Gaza’s Year of Mayhem

2014: Gaza’s Year of Mayhem

  • January 01, 2015
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There are some years when Gramsci’s adage about pessimism of the mind and optimism of the will seems more appropriate than others, and 2014 was a year filled with some pretty awful events, whether it was kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria or a summer in which more migrants drowned in the Mediterranean than ever.

In Ukraine the...

Gaza: Who Won?

  • August 31, 2014
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After seven weeks of horrendous violence,   the third Gaza war is over, leaving an eye-wateringly lop-sided audit of destruction.   On the Palestinian side, more than 2,143 people have been killed, included more than 400 children, and thousands injured.   17, 200 homes have been destroyed, and 100, 000 Palestinians made homeless.

Israel has levelled...

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