The truth comes out

The Guardian’s Israel correspondent, Chris McGreal, has produced some of the best reporting from the region. His latest reports (part one and part two) discuss the long-standing relationship between South Africa and the Jewish state and the similarities between apartheid South Africa and present day Israel. This series is some of the finest journalism I’ve read in months.

Meanwhile, as US Zionists are concerned about the Hamas win – and seem to believe that the US should undermine democratic elections if the desired party won’t win – and complain about an awarded film from Palestine, facts on the ground continue to prove the devastation of the occupation. Amira Hass reports:

“While the international community busied itself with the disengagement from the Gaza Strip last summer, Israel completed another cut-off process, which went unnoticed: in 2005, Israel completed a process of cutting off the eastern sector of the West Bank, including the Jordan Rift Valley, from the remainder of the West Bank.

“Some 2,000,000 Palestinians, residents of the West Bank, are prohibited from entering the area, which constitutes around one-third of the West Bank, and includes the Jordan Rift, the area of the Dead Sea shoreline and the eastern slopes of the West Bank mountains.”

Last, but not least, yet more confirmation that the Israeli security services always knew that the 2000 Intifada was not a premeditated move by Arafat.

When it comes to Israel, it’s usually best to avoid official versions of every event. Lying has become a full-time business.

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