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Israel and Gaza: Sexy Cool Genocide

  • August 03, 2014
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In 1955 the dovish Israeli prime minister Moshe Sharett wrote in his diary that his countrymen had transformed revenge into a ‘sacred principle’ and worried that such tendencies ‘ must make the State appear in the eyes of the world as a savage state that does not recognize the principles of justice as they have...

The Deaths of Others: 10 ways that Israel justifies the killing of Palestinians

  • July 13, 2014
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Modern war is rarely limited to the ‘battlefield’ or war zone.     Today’s wars are also waged in tv news studios, chat shows and op ed columns, in what the Pentagon calls ‘public diplomacy’ or ‘information warfare’ that attempts to shape the way that war is perceived, and enlist the active support or passive...

The Honourable Woman

  • July 08, 2014
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I tend to be wary of Western films and dramas about the Middle East.   Too often they tend to reduce Middle Eastern politics to easily digestable and simplistic tropes whose primary purpose is entertainment.

As Jack Sheehan has pointed out in Reel Bad Arabs, Hollywood has a particularly bad record when it comes to dealing...

Leaving the Huffington Post

  • July 04, 2014
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Since 2011 I have posted 66 of my blog posts on the UK Huffington Post website.   It has been for me, an odd and often disconcerting experience, to find myself on the same website as Alistair Campbell, Cherie Blair, or the dreadful hatemonger/bigot Katie Hopkins, who HP has assidiously promoted, for reasons known only...

Israel’s Golden Summer

  • September 01, 2013
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In the midst of the carnage and political chaos that is sweeping through the Middle East, one state is basking in one of the most satisfying periods in its history.     Reporting from Jerusalem last week on the Israeli national mood regarding the possibility of missile strikes on Syria, the New York Times found...

Julian Schnabel Says the Unsayable

  • May 31, 2011
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I’ve just watched Julian Schnabel’s ambitious epic about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict  Miral.  It’s not a great movie, and certainly doesn’t bear comparison with Schnabel’s brilliant cinematic rendition of  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, but I felt that the dismissive and damning reviews that it received were unfair.  It’s true that some of the acting...

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