The 2019 Jerusalem Peace Prize speech and Q&A

At the recent ceremony of the 2019 Jerusalem Peace Prize, one of Australia’s leading peace awards that I won, I gave a speech on the themes of the night and then spoke with esteemed journalist Mary Kostakidis about my work on Israel/Palestine, drugs, disaster capitalism, Wikileaks etc. Here’s the video of my speech and Q&A…

My Jerusalem Peace Prize acceptance speech

Last week I was awarded the Jerusalem Peace Prize in Melbourne Australia for my 15 years of work on Israel and Palestine. It was a surreal and rather overwhelming evening at Victoria’s Parliament House in front of 150 people. The audience was a diverse combination of Palestine supporters, Palestinians, Arabs and dear friends and family.…

On illegal Israeli colonies in the West Bank (and their legality or otherwise)

The Trump administration recently announced that illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine don’t violate international law (a view held by virtually nobody). I was interviewed by international broadcaster TRT World about the decision: Despite the enormous pressure from Israel and divided leadership, most Palestinians still want to stay in their homeland at any cost. “The truth…

Ethical ways to end the brutal war on drugs

My interview in the Guardian about my book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, by Jenny Valentish: In August 2018 there was a flurry of headlines about the hypocrisy of middle-class cocaine users, dubbed “the woke who do coke”. Hot takes were prompted by the comments of UK Metropolitan police commissioner…

When Arab and Muslim states get intimate with Israel

Why are growing numbers of Arab and Muslim states getting cosy with Israel? I was interviewed about this for global broadcaster TRT World: Israel’s new policies indicate that it’s trying to isolate the Palestinians by gaining favour with nations traditionally opposed to its policies. But Antony Loewenstein, a Jerusalem-based independent journalist, author and filmmaker, argues…

A day in the life of the occupied Jordan Valley

My investigation in global broadcaster TRT World: The Palestinian shepherds in the Auja region of the Jordan Valley were scared. Living under Israeli occupation and harassed daily by both the Israeli army and Jewish settlers, they wanted to herd their sheep across the green, rolling hills. On the day I recently visited, the Palestinians were…