Blog archive: Palestine

  • 14th July 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Britain's continuing political upheaval resulted not only in the appointment of a new prime minister yesterday but also a new foreign secretary, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – referred to by almost everyone simply as "Boris" or "BoJo".  In some ways, Boris and the Foreign Office...
  • 9th August 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The UAE has some of the world's toughest laws against drugs. Convicted drug traffickers are liable to be executed and possessing even small amounts of illicit substances can lead to a lengthy jail sentence. Not only that. The British Foreign Office warns travellers arriving in the...
  • 23rd June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Global Network for Rights and Development – the organisation at the centre of a $13 million money-laundering investigation by Norwegian police – declares itself to be an international NGO which is "neutral and impartial". It has made strenuous efforts to win acceptance as a normal,...
  • 20th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Multiple sources have identified Mohammed Dahlan, the former head of Palestinian “preventive security” in Gaza, as a provider of funds for the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) – the “human rights” organisation at the centre of $13 million money-laundering...
  • 22nd October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
        In your book you say the two-state solution for Israel/Palestine is dead and you talk instead about a "non-state solution". You are not really saying there should be no state at all but that discussion about states and boundaries has led...
  • 14th October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sir Richard Ottaway: Israel "has made me look a fool". Photo: Dean Calma, IAEA, via Wikimedia Commons Last night British members of parliament voted overwhelmingly for recognition of "the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated...
  • 30th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
         Yesterday, the UN General Assembly heard the voice of a man struggling to make himself sound relevant. Binyamin Netanyahu's speech, in the words of Haaretz writer Barak Ravid, was "a tour de force of déjà vu" or, as Chemi Shalev wrote: "His delivery...
  • 9th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Israel, as you may have noticed, has been having problems with its public relations recently. One of its difficulties is that the sort of propaganda messages that work well within Israel, rallying people to support the war in Gaza, do not resonate much outside Israel and may...
  • 5th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday Human Rights Watch made several specific allegations of war crimes committed by Israeli troops in Gaza. These included incidents where, according to local residents, Israeli forces had shot fleeing civilians when "no Palestinian fighters were present at the time and no...
  • 3rd August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Israel now says that Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin – who it earlier claimed had been "kidnapped" by Hamas – was actually killed while fighting in Gaza. On Friday morning, the Israeli military announced: "We are conducting extensive searches in S. Gaza in order to find a...
  • 31st July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Whenever I hear Israel's supporters defending the war in Gaza I wonder what they are hoping to achieve. Who do they think they are going to persuade?  Something has gone seriously wrong with Israel's once-reliable hasbara. Far from shifting opinion in Israel's favour, it is now having...
  • 30th July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The big picture is very clear. Israel's onslaught against Gaza is killing large numbers of civilians, including many children. Nobody can seriously dispute that. When the big picture is so clear it's easy to slip into the habit of seeing every new incident as further confirmation, but war is...

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