Watching the Watchers

  In July 2015, amid great fanfare, including a media blitz and later a press-conference in Jerusalem, Amnesty International and the UK-based Forensic Architecture project launched their “Gaza Platform.” The stated objective was to shed “new light on violations of international law committed” in last summer’s bitter war. This pseudo-scientific exercise repeated Amnesty’s standard political… » read more

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Once again, the self-appointed great and good of Europe claim to have a magic solution to the infinitely complex conflict between Palestinians and Israel. Under the ambitious (and misleading) heading of “a new EU approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, this group is calling on Frederica Mogherini to adopt their opinions. Far from being a… » read more

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In 1980, the 9 members of the European Economic Community adopted the Venice Declaration, which called for the establishment of a Palestinian state as the basis for peace with Israel. In part, this was an awkward European effort to compete with the US, which had recently gained diplomatic prestige as the mediator in the historic… » read more

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Political relations between the European Union and Israel are in bad shape, to greatly understate the case. The diplomatic airwaves are filled with mutual criticism and recrimination, often overwhelming the many shared concerns and perspectives. The EU’s policies towards Israel appear to focus almost exclusively on the unresolved conflict with the Palestinians. For its part,… » read more

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