Just what has the Gaza war and siege really achieved?

Happy anniversary, Gaza: Aid agencies have strongly criticised the international community for failing to help bring an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza. The charities made the accusation in a report published just ahead of the anniversary of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip. The aid agencies condemn not just Israel, but the world community.…

Obama: new neo-con?

My latest New Matilda column is about the incoming Obama administration and its likely foreign policy: Will Obama resist Zionist pressure and reveal his progressive side on Israel? Writing from the US, Antony Loewenstein isn’t optimistic I’m currently in the US on a book tour and I’ve been struck by the ubiquitous belief that Obama…

Who tells the truth wins

Leading Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein on academic scholarship, telling the truth about the Middle East, Alan Dershowitz and Christopher Hitchens: There’s no “intellectual” battle with Dershowitz.…  On his part there’s no summoning of facts or elegant use of logic.…  It’s just bar mitzvah speeches.…  He doesn’t know anything, I doubt if he’s read more than…

Israeli stupidity (part 6742)

Dissenting historian Norman Finkelstein explains why he may have been barred from entering Israel: Well, I guess there are two possibilities. One, I think I’m more effective than I have been in the past. I draw fairly large audiences. And I think Israel is now facing a major public relations challenge. They’re losing the moral…

How to create a martyr in one easy step

Leading American dissident historian Norman Finkelstein talks to Haaretz after being refused entry to Israel due to “suspicions involving hostile elements in Lebanon”: I did my best to provide absolutely candid and comprehensive answers to all the questions put to me. I am confident that I have nothing to hide. Apart from my political views,…

Futile silencing

The Jewish state creates a perfect PR disaster: The US political author and critic of Israel Norman Finkelstein was denied entry to the Jewish state on Friday, his lawyer said. Finkelstein landed at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv in the early morning and was told by a representative of the ministry of interior…