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The colourful Twitter history of Palestine

Social media sites such as Twitter portray a wonderful history of a state called Palestine – but first let us quickly remember the truth. The historical facts: For the Islamic world, the area of 19th century Southern Syria was a sparsely populated forgotten backwater with rival clans and nomadic tribes presenting a hazardous obstacle for every trip. The weakening of the occupying power (the Ottoman … Continue reading The colourful Twitter history of Palestine

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The BBC blood libel and the shame of a biased media

During an interview with Israeli ex-PM Naftali Bennett the BBC anchor Anjana Gadgil suggested that ‘Israeli forces are happy to kill children’. This is an antisemitic blood libel reworked for the 21st century. Many complained, the BBC apologised, and the Board of Deputies swiftly accepted the apology. I cannot be the only one who is sickened by this recurring pantomime. Anjana Gadgil’s words may have … Continue reading The BBC blood libel and the shame of a biased media

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Three Worlds by Avi Shlaim – a proper review

It was surprising to see a book based on an antisemitic conspiracy theory being given a gushing review by The Spectator. Much less surprising is that ‘Three Worlds: Memoir of an Arab-Jew’, is authored by Avi Shlaim – a Baghdad-born Jew best known for making it his life’s mission to wear his (lucrative) anti-Israel credentials on his sleeve. My response to The Spectator’s review was … Continue reading Three Worlds by Avi Shlaim – a proper review

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The Spectator falls down an antisemitic conspiracy rabbit hole

The Jews were persecuted, dispossessed, and forced out of Iraq. Most turned up as penniless refugees in Israel. This is fact, not opinion – and there is overwhelming evidence to prove that this is true. Yet Spectator Magazine has just published an article that gives legitimacy to a disgraceful antisemitic conspiracy theory – one which claims that it was the result of a Zionist plot. … Continue reading The Spectator falls down an antisemitic conspiracy rabbit hole

Muslim Brotherhood? Antisemites? Meet the Guardian’s ‘civil society’.

The Guardian recently published an article about the Government’s upcoming Boycotts, divestment and sanctions bill. It is a bill that sets out to stop activists damaging community cohesion and subverting the UK’s foreign policy positions, by forcing through local level boycotts. As always the principal target for boycott is the only Jewish state in the world. Supporters of the bill claim that taxpayer funded bodies … Continue reading Muslim Brotherhood? Antisemites? Meet the Guardian’s ‘civil society’.

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The Gaza Strip – always remember how we got here

For those that are old enough to remember, there was a time when Gazans commuted with ease to work in Israel, and Israelis went shopping in markets in the Gaza Strip. When I first arrived in Israel many of those I worked alongside lived in places such as Beit Lahia or Beit Hanoun (two towns at the northern tip of Gaza). This continued for a … Continue reading The Gaza Strip – always remember how we got here

The lies that MPs tell in Parliament

The lies that MPs tell about Israel in Parliament

On the 20th April 2023 several British MPs turned the Houses of Parliament into an anti-Zionist, Israel-bashing chamber. A house of antisemitic lies. This took place just 13 days after the brutal Palestinian terrorist attack that killed three British/Israeli citizens, Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee. MPs have a responsibility, and spreading blatant lies about Israel spreads antisemitism, which in turn poses dangers to British Jews … Continue reading The lies that MPs tell about Israel in Parliament

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Just where on earth was ‘Palestine’?

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” (source unknown, but often attributed to Mark Twain). The ‘success’ of ‘Palestine’-related myths provides excellent examples of how we are surrounded by Orwellian inversions of truth. From the Guardian and the BBC to the Washington Post and NYT, the mainstream media are all likely … Continue reading Just where on earth was ‘Palestine’?

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Jerusalem, dead Jews – and a history of media excuses

On Friday 27 January 2023, at about 8:15pm, a Palestinian terrorist murdered seven people outside a synagogue in Neve Yaakov, a neighbourhood of Jerusalem. This was a cold-blooded, inexcusable, and targeted terrorist attack against innocent civilians. Yet whenever Jews are murdered just for being Jews – the media has a long history of twisting events or making excuses for the terrorists that set out to … Continue reading Jerusalem, dead Jews – and a history of media excuses

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How the Twittersphere spreads antisemitism

We all know that Jew-hate spreads in the Twittersphere, but nobody touches on how much of it is there. Nor do people draw comparisons between the level of ‘anti’ activity, and the level of ‘pro’ that seeks to answer it. As a quintessential minority group, Jews are drowned out on social media, and because these platforms operate on algorithms that reward ‘popularity’, Jewish people are … Continue reading How the Twittersphere spreads antisemitism