The effort to gain recognition for a “State of Palestine” as a West Bank enclave inhabited by a fraction of the Palestinian people may intimidate Israel, but does not constitute a defining moment in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine, argues Ilan Pappe. Read more about The grumpy diplomats of the rogue state
Foreign policy and the conflict
Despite an unprecendented public outcry, Finland’s Ministry of Defense is set to go ahead with a controversial collaboration with Israeli arms companies deeply involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. Read more about Despite opposition, Finland proceeds with Israel arms deal
No doubt, Greece’s refusal to allow the Freedom Flotilla II to set sail for Gaza was partly the result of pressure — and possibly even financial blackmail — from the US and Israel. Nonetheless, it was not an isolated occurrence but the logical consequence of a process that was already underway. David Cronin analyzes for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about How Greece abandoned Palestine
Israel’s legal system, despite its reputation for presuming that Palestinian citizens are habitual security offenders, has neither found Sheikh Raed Salah guilty of anti-Semitism nor of directly helping terrorists. So why is Britain being even “more Israeli rather than the Israelis,” as two Arab members of the Israeli parliament caustically observed, and detaining him? Read more about Why was Salah muzzled for preaching peace in London?
After a furor in the British press, a political leader of Palestinian citizens in Israel remains in a British jail tonight. Authorities cut his speaking tour short by arresting him this week. Read more about UK deportation order against Palestinian leader to be appealed
The British prime minister has stepped down from his position as honorary patron of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The move comes as pressure on the JNF steps up in Britain, and is being hailed by activists as a big victory in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. Read more about British prime minister steps down as JNF patron