The State of Israel is the product of a political movement, Zionism, aimed at providing a solution to “the Jewish question”, i.e. the rise of modern Anti-Semitism in Europe at the end of the 19th Century. “The Palestinian question” is the direct result of the unilateral drive to resolve the Jewish question by creating a Jewish State in Palestine, without taking into account the existence and the rights of the indigenous population.
In this piece, Yvonne Ridley speculates as to whether or not Israel would be able to survive independently of aid and support from the United States. Ridley considers whether, politically and economically, Israel has become a greater liability than benefit to its greatest ally.
Review of Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East, by Jonathan Cook, Pluto Press, ISBN 978-0-7453-2754-9, pp204
This issue marks the Nakba with an overview of how a permanent state of war is not just a myth promoted by the Israeli establishment to win international friends. Rather than the besieged, Israel’s genesis and academic, military and political history point towards the drive
The book under review courageously explores the bitter realities behind the creation of Israel, a process of ethnic cleansing which continues today.
While We Stand Aside and Look: Demonising Palestinians in Hollywood Movies – Where is the Responsibility? Review of the DVD, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, DVD, 50 mins, Media Education Foundation, ISBN: 1-932869-00-X
A review of the documentary based on the book of the same name which meticulously examines the portrayal of Arabs in some 750 movies from Hollywood’s earliest days until today.
Extracts from a study by the Islamic Human Rights Commission into the representation of Muslims in the media that reflect the intersection of ideas of Palestine and Muslims and Islam in the British media. These particular extracts look at the portrayal of Palestine in some Hollywood movies and suggest that the impact of these types of images and ideas are of huge significance in shaping public opinion against Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims.
Palestine and the ‘Humanisation’ of the Historical Arab in Hollywood : Still Racism by any Other Name?
Using two recent Hollywood blockbusters (‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Munich’) as case-studies, Seyfeddin Kara draws parallels between the traditional presentation of racial minorities in Western cinema and the representation of Palestinians in Hollywood today.