On Gaza Beach

CROWDS MEET AID CONVOY NEAR GAZA CITY

On the very day when Israel was ordered by the ICJ to submit a report on the measures it had taken to avoid acts of genocide since the court’s ruling on January 26th, Israeli tanks and soldiers opened fire on crowds gathered on Gaza’s ‘corniche’ – Al Rashid street – close to the heavily damaged… Continue reading On Gaza Beach

Time to Choose a Side

Resistance

Never have the words of South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu been more appropriate: “To remain neutral in a situation of injustice is to choose the side of the oppressor”. Following the ICJ’s unanimous decision to accept South Africa’s case that Israel is committing a genocide in Gaza, those who support international law and human rights… Continue reading Time to Choose a Side

Jabaliya Flood

Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Anas Al Sharif sent this report from Jabaliya, where heavy rain had led to a new disaster – flooding. What might have simply been a transient problem is turned into a disaster because Israel has destroyed all the municipal vehicles, and power supplies for pumps, as well as sewage treatment facilities… Continue reading Jabaliya Flood

Dead and Buried Under the Rubble

RAFAH November 11th

“It is feared people are trapped under the rubble” – was the presenter’s solemn announcement following an earthquake in Japan on the first day of 2024. International aid agencies had offered assistance, while civil defence crews were busy searching in collapsed buildings for those trapped people. Back in February last year, one of the largest… Continue reading Dead and Buried Under the Rubble

When Atrocities are a Tragedy.

Rescue of a dead child

The widening gulf between those who condone Israel’s daily atrocities committed against innocent Palestinians and those who daily scream in pain and shout in anger against them, is reflected in a catalogue of divided language. Increasingly this language becomes a means of controlling the narrative, and restricting the viewpoint of the target audience to that… Continue reading When Atrocities are a Tragedy.

Odious Theocracies and their agents.

KMG in ISRAEL

In my previous article on the rules for kidnappers and hostages I didn’t draw attention to one of the highest profile cases of ‘kidnapping’, and the price paid by Israel to retrieve their hostage. I wrote about this in some detail in the now kidnapped American Herald Tribune, details of which we may need reminding… Continue reading Odious Theocracies and their agents.

Kidnapping Rules

VANUNU's KIDNAP

Everyone knows the rules of kidnapping. Both in real life and in film, those rules are unquestioned and brutal – the kidnapper’s demands must be met or there will be consequences worse than paying the ransom, which will often be the death of the captive, preceded by torture. This period, between the taking of the… Continue reading Kidnapping Rules

The Rough Beast

THE SECOND COMING

Fourteen years ago, and in the wake of “Operation Cast Lead” – the first of Israel’s brutal attacks on Gaza, I created the scene pictured above. It was a pictorial representation of WB Yeats famous poem “The Second Coming”, which seemed to me to relate to the terrible events in Gaza and the people who… Continue reading The Rough Beast

Witness to Genocide

FORCED EXPULSION, GAZA 18 NOVEMBER 2023

It was on this day that the world was witness to a crime against humanity almost without precedent – the forced clearance of a whole community from their land by a country’s army. After weeks of deprivation, thousands of terrified people were finally forced to leave their ruined homes and shelters, and marched south with… Continue reading Witness to Genocide

A Tale of Two Sieges.

Maternity hospital Azov battalion base

Two cities, Mariupol and Gaza, have been under siege, but only one is liberated. The besiegers, Kiev and Tel Aviv found common cause, as the Western coalition gave them money and weapons to fight for this cause against any comer. Both are colonial enterprises, set up to further the interests of the Empire, and constructed… Continue reading A Tale of Two Sieges.