A selection of news reports and background material in the aftermath of Israel’s shooting, on the Gaza border, of over 1500 Palestinian demonstrators
This New Cold War dossier provides background material for readers seeking to understand the current situation in Gaza. Each section deals with one aspect and contains links to relevant articles on the New Cold War website, together with a brief introduction to the article.
New Cold War dossiers will be updated and republished from time to time as new items are added.
To view an article click on its headline; to view the original, click on the ‘originally published’ link immediately preceding the introduction to the article.
By Alan Freeman and Radhika Desai, editors, NewColdWar.org, 10 Jun, 2018
Behind the scenes
Egypt blames Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sparking the escalation on the Gaza border by sabotaging Palestinian reconciliation efforts. In other words, though Egypt has yet to join the condemnation of the slaughter, it holds Israel responsible for provoking the demonstrations. If true, it sheds a different light on claims that Israel is shooting in self-defence
By Ben Caspit, Apr 25,2018
First published on AL-Monitor
The Land Day Massacre of March 30, 2018 along the Gaza/Israel border: original article and an important compilation of news sources and journalist responses
First published in A Socialist in Canada, by Roger Annis, Apr 2, 2018.
Original article By Chris Cook, Pacific Free Press (Victoria BC), Saturday, March 31, 2018 with news compilation below
Israel: Rogue Client State
“Democratic party leaders are as always firmly behind their Israeli clients, and their party machinery remains under lock and key,” writes Black Agenda Report’s Bruce Dixon
By Bruce A. Dixon, May 17, 2018
First published on Black Agenda Report
Israeli and Jewish opposition
40 Dead, 5,511 Wounded: UN releases figures on Palestinian casualties in Gaza’s mass protests on Israel border
Haaretz reports detailed information on Palestinian Casualties and their location from the UN, clearly showing that live fire was the principal cause of death and injury.
By Jack Khoury, Apr 25, 2018
First published on HAARETZ
Opponents of the Gaza massacre are not confined to Israel’s enemies. Courageous Jewish voices within Israel, including soldiers, are also critical of what is happening. Netanyahu’s response is to try and ban the organisation that publishes their testimonies
By Philip Weiss, Apr 17,2018
First appeared on MondoWeiss
Philip Weiss, April 5, 2018. Major mainstream voices have condemned Israel’s shootings of unarmed Palestinian protesters on March 30, in which 17 were killed. This is hugely meaningful: The American Jewish love affair with Israel is over.
Originally appeared in MondoWeiss
Censorship, censorship, censorship
After protests, YouTube reinstated a video exposing brutality towards Palestinians which it previously deleted. However, it classified the video as ‘pornography’ and restricted access to signed-in users who confirm their age.
Middle East Monitor, 26 Apr 2018
Originally published on Middle East Monitor
By James Wright, April 6, 2018. YouTube has blocked 28 countries from watching a video of two journalists exposing the Israeli occupation. Presenter of Empire Files Abby Martin interviewed author Max Blumenthal, who also criticised violence from Israel’s military against Palestinian protestors. The programme was broadcast on Latin American network teleSUR English.
Originally published in The Canary
The Guardian censors celebrated cartoonist Steve Bell’s comment on Razan al-Najjar. Here is his response
The UK Guardian refused to publish a cartoon by celebrated cartoonist Steve Bell, commenting on the 10 Downing Street meeting between Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is Bell’s open letter to the Guardian in response.
By Robin Beste, 10 Jun, 2018
First published on Public Reading Rooms
The murder of 21-year-old medical volunteer, Razan Al-Najar was a turning point in international perceptions of Israel’s actions in Gaza, violating all international treaties and conventions that protect medical staff in conflict zones. This article reprints official Palestinian reaction.
First published on RT
Jun 2, 2018
Dublin becomes first European capital to endorse BDS for Palestinian rights and drops Hewlett Packard for Its complicity in Israeli Apartheid
Dublin has offered the strongest response to date to Israel’s latest massacre against unarmed Palestinian protesters in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip. This is the most impressive win yet for the BDS movement in 2018.
By Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) / Ireland, Apr 11, 2018
Originally published by BDS
Ireland’s reaction to the massacre on the Israel/Gaza border has been the strongest in Europe, and has led calls for an international investigation. Irish actions include recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv. Ireland’s small size belies the significance of this development; it is a significant European base for the headquarters of many international companies operating in Europe – and firmly at the heart of Britain’s current Brexit difficulties.
First published on The New Arab
May 15, 2018
Black anti-war activists call on members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the leadership of the Poor People’s Campaign to publicly condemn Israeli violence
First published by The Black Alliance for Peace
May 15, 2018
Nearly 70% of European Members of Parliament voted for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade of Gaza and condemned the killings on the Israel/Gaza border
Apr 28, 2018
First published on: The Palestinian Information Center