Blog archive: Palestine

  • 28th July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Click here to enlarge image    Last Friday, @IsraelinIreland, a Twitter account belonging to the Israeli government and apparently managed by its embassy in Ireland, posted a series of images (above). One showed a famous Dublin landmark – the statue of Molly Malone – clad in...
  • 24th July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday, I got into a Twitter conversation with Benjamin Weinthal, a Europe-based correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Weinthal asked: "How does one explain that 1,700 people died in Syria over last seven days and zero protests in Europe. Hardly any media coverage." It's an...
  • 22nd July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Israeli students in the "Hasbara War Room"    Just over a week ago, when killings in Gaza had not yet reached the 200 mark, an Israeli website published a report about Herzliya university's "Hasbara War Room" where 400 student volunteers are waging an online propaganda battle...
  • 21st July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "The number of UK citizens and westerners travelling to fight in foreign conflicts has reached alarming levels unlike anything seen in recent years. We require an immediate response targeted at dissuading and preventing those who wish to go to fight from going."  These were the words of a...
  • 11th July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    James Duke Mason: obnoxious article    Shortly after bombing of Gaza got under way earlier this week, America's oldest and largest LGBT magazine published an article on its website urging gay people everywhere to "stand in solidarity" with Israel. Obnoxious as the...
  • 20th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As Barack Obama begins his first presidential visit to Israel, it's worth recalling the words of a veteran British diplomat who warned, just a couple of months ago, that Israel is on "a pathway to assisted suicide" – "suicide assisted by the Congress of the United States".  In January,...
  • 21st January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two British MPs have raised concerns in parliament about taxpayer subsidies for charities that support settlement activity in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Charities registered in Britain are entitled to various tax benefits regardless of where they operate, provided their activities are...
  • 1st January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A vociferous campaigner against NGOs that criticise Israel is appealing for money following a disastrous legal action in the European Court of Justice. His supporters in Britain are being urged to make donations through a registered charity – in effect, with a subsidy from taxpayers. Gerald...
  • 25th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I received an email the other day from MEMRI, the translation and "media research" outfit founded by former Israeli intelligence officer Yigal Carmon. It was appealing for money. Considering all the critical things I have said about MEMRI over the years (here, here, here, ...
  • 12th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The extraordinary tale of Walid Husayin, a quiet barber from the West Bank who dutifully went with his family to the mosque every Friday – while secretly posting atheist rants on Facebook – is reported by various news websites this morning, including al-Arabiya. Among other things, he is said to...
  • 30th October 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An intriguing report in Asharq Alawsat says the US and Israel have been quietly exploring the possibility of a land-lease option for parts of the West Bank.  The proposal is that under a peace deal, Israel would lease some land (including "land in occupied eastern Jerusalem and...
  • 21st July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Several papers are reporting the case of Sabbar Kashur, a 30-year-old Arab from East Jerusalem, who has been sentencedto 18 months in jail after having sex with a Jewish woman. An Israeli court convicted Kashur of "rape by deception" because although the sex was consensual he had misled the...

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