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Palestine

The poster for Incubator Theatre's 'hip hop opera' The City

Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company from Tel Aviv, this year it’s an Israeli theatre company… 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 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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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood march in Egypt. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

At last, Britain is investigating the Muslim Brotherhood

1 April 2014 15:23

The UK government has announced a long-overdue investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. I am delighted. Why Britain should continue to act as an Argentina-like… 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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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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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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A Palestinian land owner shouts at an Is

David Ward and the Ruthless Suppression of Anti-Israel Criticism - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 18:02

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, is unhappy that his recent comments about The Jews attracted such widespread criticism. You see: “There is a huge operation out there,… Continue reading

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Is Britain becoming increasingly anti-Semitic? Image: Getty

Should Jews leave Britain?

29 January 2013 15:39

Should Jews leave Britain? The question is prompted by this piece written by the Israeli journalist Caroline Glick. Glick recently came to London to take part in an Intelligence Squared… Continue reading

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Netanyahu Casts His Vote In Israel's General Election

Israel Votes and Hope Loses - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 16:18

Today’s Israeli election does not, it is fair to say, take place in at a moment of supreme hope in the Middle East. Quite the contrary. This is an election… Continue reading

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Tunisians demonstrate outside the Interior Ministry recently after a spate of Islamist attacks across the country. Image: Getty.

Arab Winter update

14 December 2012 9:54

Rachid al-Ghannouchi is a great British success story. This Muslim Brotherhood leader sought asylum in Britain in 1989 and stayed here throughout the reign of Tunisian dictator President Ben Ali.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that Israel will recommence the construction of settlements in the West Bank has prompted international ire; but are they to blame for the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians? Image: Getty

Did Israeli settlements in the West Bank kill the two-state solution?

3 December 2012 16:18

When did the dream of a two-state solution die? When it became clear that there are already two Palestinian states – the Hamas-run Gaza and the Palestinian Authority-governed West Bank?… Continue reading

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Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations earlier this evening. Image: Getty.

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit least bloody – Middle East conflict, tonight’s UN speech by… Continue reading

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Palestinian Continues To Launch Rocket Attacks On Israeli Towns As Israel Continues Airstrikes On Gaza

Israel's Tragedy: Even If She Wins She Loses - Spectator Blogs

21 November 2012 17:10

Next time someone bores on about the so-called decline of the British literary novel you might consider pointing out to your dinner-party companion that this is not such a bad… Continue reading

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Some questions for the apologists of Hamas

17 November 2012 0:47

The latest offensive between Israel and Hamas may only just have begun. But already a set of the usual lies have entered the British coverage. Let me pose a few… Continue reading

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Israeli emergency services assist a wounded civilian yesterday morning, prior to the attack on Hamas. Image: Getty

Israel vs Hamas: Who started it?

15 November 2012 7:32

The papers and media are full of the news that Israel has killed a Hamas leader in the Gaza. Why did this happen? Where did it come from? Is it… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Conference - Day 3

The UK pays salaries to terrorists

26 October 2012 12:22

Why are UK taxpayers paying salaries to terrorists? The answer, as I explain in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, is Alan Duncan. The International Development Minister has been told repeatedly… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney has claimed that ‘the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever' in a two state solution. Is that really a 'gaffe'?

Mitt Romney’s ‘gaffe’ is nothing of the sort

19 September 2012 15:06

The papers today are full of the latest alleged ‘gaffe’ by Mitt Romney. It has become a staple of US election coverage that any Democrat’s foreign policy fumble is a… Continue reading

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Supporters of Israel are losing the battle of ideas in the UK. Images: Getty.

Israel is losing the battle in Britain

14 September 2012 17:02

The simplest way to react to the madder pronouncements of the trade union movement is to dismiss it as so much infantile ‘group think’. Solidarity can be very selective and… Continue reading

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The Gazan double standard

18 July 2012 14:45

The journalist Tom Gross notes a story that you may have missed.  One hundred and twenty families in Gaza have lost their homes. ‘Ma’an and other Palestinian news agencies report… Continue reading

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Palestine presses on in the UN

4 November 2011 14:22

While the Palestinian bid for membership at the United Nations moved closer to rejection, it turned out that Palestine has a veto over which UN agencies the United States funds.… Continue reading

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Hamas splashes out

20 October 2011 12:36

There are many questions arising from the prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas, not least whether it opens the door to a more lasting deal in future. But one question that… Continue reading

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