A celebration that ignores the plight of Palestine

My following piece in the Melbourne Age, co-written with Michael Shaik, reflects on Israel’s 60th anniversary: “If you will it,” wrote Theodore Herzl, the founding father of the Zionist movement, in 1902, “it is no dream.” The dream to which he referred was the establishment of a Jewish state in the Arab country of Palestine.…

Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq

My following book review appeared in the Melbourne Age on April 19: On the fifth anniversary the Iraq War, The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn, the finest Western reporter in Iraq, wrote that the conflict “has been one of the most disastrous wars ever fought by Britain. It has been small but we achieved nothing . .…

Self-defence or brutal occupation?

The following article, co-written with a colleague, appears in today’s Age newspaper: On the world stage, Israel has been traditionally cast as David in a battle against Goliath. But this is too simplistic, for Israel is not without its sins, write Peter Slezak and Antony Loewenstein. Speaking honestly about Israel and Palestine has always been…

No peace in Israel-Palestine

My following article in the Melbourne Age, co-written with Michael Shaik, the public advocate for Australians for Palestine, is about the realities on the ground in Palestine: It is difficult to overstate the lost opportunity that last week’s Annapolis conference represents. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, had agreed to all of Israel’s preconditions for negotiations…

Ghost Plane

My following book review of Stephen Grey’s Ghost Plane appears in today’s Age newspaper: If the pain is too much, the CIA can ship you somewhere for treatment Torture is as American as apple pie. The Bush Administration and CIA may have implemented a worldwide system of “extraordinary renditions” (the removal of prisoners to foreign…

A country lost in its own region

My following article appears in today’s Age newspaper: On October 30, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset’s Security and Foreign Affairs Committee that the Israeli military had killed 300 “terrorists” in the Gaza Strip in the past three months. According to the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, the Israel Defence Force has killed…