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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the BBC accept that Hamas wants to kill lots of Jews?

15 July 2014 9:32

A fairly typically partisan report on the Israel and Palestine crisis last night on the BBC ten O Clock News. The focus was entirely on the killed or injured Palestinians,… Continue reading

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Video: Rules of engagement, according to Hamas

13 July 2014 13:50

CNN recently came across a video of Hamas officials calling on civilians in Gaza to volunteer to become ‘human shields’ so that Palestinian civilian casualties can be maximised. Fascinatingly a… Continue reading

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Palestinian men search through the rubble of buildings following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. Image: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images

If Britain was being shelled, as Israel is being now, how would we respond?

13 July 2014 10:41

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Continue reading

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Hamas has fallen out of favour with ordinary Gazans

11 July 2014 16:57

Earlier this year, Daniella Peled suggested that Hamas had finally lost its grip on Gaza: Gaza City   Tattered green Hamas flags still flap above the streets in central Gaza… Continue reading

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They always come for the Jews

1 June 2014 22:37

Just over a week ago a gunman opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Four Jews – including two Israeli tourists – were killed, shot in the face and throat.… Continue reading

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Hamas TV teaches children to kill ‘all Jews’

13 May 2014 18:49

Anyone who hasn’t seen Hamas TV is missing a treat. Of course the low production values are part of the fun. But for the Palestinian audiences, most entertaining of all… Continue reading

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Who will rid us of George Galloway?

2 April 2014 14:16

Nothing George Galloway says or does should surprise anyone any longer. Even so, his latest musings on the situation in Ukraine – delivered on the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV - are… Continue reading

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There's lots of competition for the coveted title of 'Islamophobe of the Year'; but I am hopeful of victory. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Islamophobe’ of the Year

3 February 2014 10:20

I have been honoured to receive a number of awards in my career. Yet one which I have especially yearned for has so far eluded me. Now it seems finally within… Continue reading

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Scarlett Johansson is in hot water over her association with Soda Stream, which has a factory in the Holy Land. Who cares?

Who cares about Israel and Palestine?

31 January 2014 9:58

The thing that most surprised me about Scarlett Johansson being asked to cut ties with an Israeli company she was brand ambassador for was that the company in question was Soda… Continue reading

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Ariel Sharon looks over a possible relocation area for Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip May 17, 2005 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. Sharon's government was planning to evacuate about 8,000 people from 17 settlements in Gaza as part of his proposed disengagement plan, which was praised by The Spectator. (Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)

The wild life and times of Ariel Sharon

13 January 2014 14:40

When Ariel Sharon slipped into a coma in January 2006, The Spectator was just beginning to rather like him. Days after his stroke, the magazine ran a piece arguing that… Continue reading

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'Bethlehem Unwrapped' at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London.

Absolute moral squalor on display at a London church

3 January 2014 16:09

‘Did Israel spoil Christmas again?’ I only ask because the claim that they did is becoming a modern tradition in Britain. The softest and most commonplace expression of the claim… Continue reading

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William Hague, Cathy Ashton and John Kerry celebrate this weekend's deal with Iran. Picture: Getty

William Hague: We will need to reassure Saudi Arabia and Israel about Iran deal

25 November 2013 17:20

The Commons was in congratulatory mode this afternoon when William Hague gave his statement on the deal with Iran. Baroness Ashton, not familiar with heaps of praise falling on her,… Continue reading

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An Iranian hardline student holds a port

Would you trust this man?

20 November 2013 19:16

In Geneva, America and her allies are limbering up for another round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear project. In a sign of the thaw Barack Obama and our own Prime… Continue reading

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Picture: Getty)

Israel still needs diplomatic support, even if Iran seems less aggressive

4 October 2013 17:45

Israel’s Prime Minister revealed a crucial truth about the foreign policy of the United Kingdom and our allies in his speech to the United Nations, the gravity of which is difficult… Continue reading

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President Rouhani addressing the United Nations.

Is President Rouhani’s Iran serious?

26 September 2013 17:58

Is Iran serious? That is the question everybody has been asking for the last 24 hours since the new Iranian President went to the UN in New York and gave… Continue reading

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George Galloway blames Israel for the use of chemical weapons in Syria

23 August 2013 9:58

Say this for George Galloway: every time you think he cannot sink any lower he finds new ways to surprise you. His latest contribution to Press TV, Iran’s propaganda station,… Continue reading

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Stone the soothsayer

9 August 2013 16:58

When the history books tell the story of peace in the Middle East, the name of Lord Stone of Blackheath, managing director of Marks & Spencer and a Labour peer, will be… Continue reading

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A Palestinian man holds a placard demanding the release of prisoners ahead of the latest talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Freeing terrorists for peace?

30 July 2013 14:16

Amid all the bloodshed in Egypt and Syria at the moment the fact that the Israelis and Palestinians are once again at the negotiating table has received less notice than… Continue reading

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Turkish protesters confront riot police. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey redux

8 June 2013 9:56

It must be boring for you too, returning to the same complaint, over and over again. Report on the BBC’s 10 O’Clock News about the trouble in Turkey. Not a… Continue reading

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A picture taken of protests taking place on Jerusalem Day held earlier in the week. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking shamefully boycotts Israel

10 May 2013 11:32

I thought readers might be interested in this piece by me in today’s Mail. It is on the appalling decision by Stephen Hawking to boycott a conference in Israel just… Continue reading

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The real significance of Israel’s strikes on Syria

7 May 2013 16:32

It is hard to overstate the significance of Israel’s surgical strikes against Syrian military positions over the weekend. The raids targeted missiles bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon while also destroying… Continue reading

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Another rocket attack on Israel is launched from Gaza. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Is that a ‘no’ then, Owen?

13 March 2013 12:56

To my simple suggestion that Owen Jones apologise for claiming that an 11-month old child killed by a Hamas rocket was in fact killed by an Israeli ‘so-called targeted strike’,… Continue reading

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Jerusalem Security Heightened Amid Threat Of Attacks

Death of the Two-State Solution

12 March 2013 13:49

At the (rejuvenated) New Republic, Ben Birnbaum has a comprehensive and comprehensively-depressing survey of the last-gasp prospects for a two-state solution to the Middle East ‘peace process’. If the two-state… Continue reading

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The Mishrawis were killed by a Hamas rocket, fired by Hamas Palestinians at Israelis, not by a 'targeted strike' carried out by Israel. Will Owen Jones apologise for having said the opposite? Image: Getty

Will Owen Jones apologise?

11 March 2013 13:22

Last November, during another exchange between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza, the left-wing columnist Owen Jones appeared on BBC Question Time. Invited to comment on recent events, what he… Continue reading

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Labour Party Focuses On Health And Education

Ed Miliband's Convenient, Part-Time, Cowardly, Zionism

8 March 2013 14:45

For a few hours this morning it looked as though Ed Miliband might do something uncharacteristically courageous. The Jewish Chronicle reported that the Labour leader had described himself as a… Continue reading

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