Israel to consider war crimes case

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Israel's Supreme Court will hear evidence that officials committed war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza. By Jonathan Cook - Sabbah Report § For the first time Israel's Supreme Court is set to consider evidence on April 2 that senior Israeli political and military officials committed war crimes in relation … [Read more...]

When the peace process grinds to a halt, what then?

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For the first time since the US launched the Middle East peace talks last summer, the Palestinian leadership may be sensing it has a tiny bit of leverage. Barack Obama met the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Washington last week in what Palestinian officials called a “candid and difficult” meeting. The … [Read more...]

Time to Stop Inflating Israel’s Huge Bubble of Denial

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The 24-hour visit by German chancellor Angela Merkel to Israel this week came as relations between the two countries hit rock bottom. According to a report in Der Spiegel magazine last week, Merkel and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been drawn into shouting matches when discussing by phone the … [Read more...]

The Tide Turns Against Israel

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Pariah Status and Isolation Lie Ahead By Jonathan Cook | Sabbah Report Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been so politically embattled. His travails indicate the Israeli right’s inability to respond to a shifting political landscape, both in the region and globally. The context … [Read more...]

Israel’s chemical arsenal under new scrutiny

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A plan to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons has focused new attention on Israel’s undeclared WMDs Israeli officials are reported to be increasingly nervous that international efforts to destroy of Syria’s chemical weapons might serve as a prelude to demands on Israel to eliminate its own, … [Read more...]

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s left turn to the far right

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Much of Israeli politics is myth-making – the creation of narratives based on illusions – and the country’s election last week was no exception. Commentators have been quick to characterize the result as a dramatic upset, with the right-wing led by Benjamin Netanyahu locked in a dead-heat with the … [Read more...]

Jonathan Cook: How 20 tents rocked Israel

When the Israeli security forces moved in to disperse the crowd, some were dragged away from their comrades... while others were physically lifted and carried away. Many were detained until late on Sunday. Activists said that six people were hurt as they were forcibly detained.(Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera)

Palestinians take the fight to their occupiers in Bab al-Shams When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians. The … [Read more...]

Jonathan Cook: Murdoch, Petraeus and the US media matrix

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The Murdoch story is one of the most important and far-reaching political/cultural stories of the past 30 years, an ongoing tale without equal. Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand. … [Read more...]

Why Gaza must suffer again

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The four guilty parties behind Israel's attack A short interview (see the clip below) broadcast by CNN late last week featuring two participants – a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli within range of the rocket attacks – did not follow the usual script. For once, a media outlet dropped its role as … [Read more...]

Israel’s Grand Hypocrisy

As protests raged again across the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, offered his assessment of the Arab Spring last week. It was, he said, an "Islamic, anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic wave", adding that Israel's Arab neighbours were "moving not forwards, but … [Read more...]

Palestine’s “last village” faces the bulldozers

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By Jonathan Cook* in Lifta | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On a rocky slope dropping steeply away from the busy main road at the entrance to West Jerusalem is to be found a scattering of ancient stone houses, empty and clinging precariously to terraces hewn from the hillside centuries ago. Although … [Read more...]

Egypt and Israel heading for crisis

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By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Israeli officials have expressed alarm at a succession of moves by the interim Egyptian government that they fear signal an impending crisis in relations with Cairo. The widening rift was underscored on 4 May when leaders of the rival Palestinian … [Read more...]

Goldstone’s Rethink: Cleansing Israel’s War Crimes

By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in last Friday's Washington Post by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel's attack on Gaza in … [Read more...]

Can the Palestinian Authority survive?

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By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz With the 18-year-long Middle East peace process finally pronounced dead, is the Palestinian Authority (PA) finished too? That is the question being asked by Palestinians in the wake of a week of damaging revelations that Palestinian negotiators … [Read more...]

Rabbis’ edict bars renting to Arabs

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By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The tranquility of Safed, a small Israeli city nestled high in the hills of the Upper Galilee close to the Lebanese border, is not usually disturbed except by the occasional pilgrimage by Madonna or other famous devotees of the Jewish mystical … [Read more...]

Israel’s other “peace” plan: arm-twisting Obama

By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A ghost haunted the meeting of the Arab League in Libya at the weekend, as its foreign ministers decided to give a little more time to the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Ghost of Camp David That ghost was the Camp David talks of … [Read more...]

Peace might upend wealth of Israelis

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With the resumption of settlement construction in the West Bank yesterday, Israel's powerful settler movement hopes that it has scuttled peace talks with the Palestinians, too. It would be misleading, however, to assume that the major obstacle to the success of talks is the right-wing political ideology … [Read more...]

Israel makes meeting another Arab a crime

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By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A vague security offence of “contact with a foreign agent” is being used by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, to lock up Arab political activists in Israel without evidence that a crime has been committed, human rights lawyers alleged this … [Read more...]