we bomb them


We turn a family out of their own house at gunpoint. We tell them that they never lived there anyway: the land was uninhabited. No-one lived there. There were houses but no people.

We kill the father and two children as they flee the house. We chase the mother and remaining child far, far away. We chase them to the tip, right at the edges of the land, and keep them there. They throw a storm of pebbles and we shoot them.

We turn the neighbours out as well, the neighbours' neighbours, and the neighbourhood. We fill the empty houses with our things. The tip gets full of people and the people still won't calm themselves. We send the army in to keep them in the tip and keep the peace outside the tip.

The tippers try to make a life without their things and homes and all their nearest relatives who never made it to the tip. They set up schools, plant olive groves and try to trade.

the money well


If the government hands out land, or newly discovered oil and gas reserves to private companies, we call it corruption. If a private company takes ownership of land or oil and gas which seem to belong to everyone and no-one, we call it robbery, appropriation. And if the land or oil and gas are all the people have in order to grow food, build houses and lead normal lives, we call it exploitation. The ‘owners’ can put up the price at will, withhold the goods from those it chooses, remove them from the market, waste them, derive substantial profit for themselves – and use this to improve their own lives and to influence decision-makers on all kinds of issues.



Dear Julian Brazier

I used to write to my MP regularly (not to you - I was in a different constituency). I no longer do so. I know that I shall receive a template letter outlining the position of the Government. I am already fully aware of that position and I find it odious.

But I cannot not write about Gaza - and indeed about your general policy towards Israel. I know how you will reply and that my letter will make not the slightest bit of difference. Regard it as the 'vote' of one in your constituency who is effectively disenfranchised. There are many of us.

fighting the media war for israel

PR advice for Israeli spokesmen:

Americans agree that Israel 'has a right to defensible borders'. But it does you no good to define exactly what those borders should be. Avoid talking about borders in terms of pre- or post-1967, because it only serves to remind Americans of Israel's military history. Particularly on the left this does you harm. For instance, support for Israel's right to defensible borders drops from a heady 89 per cent to under 60 per cent when you talk about it in terms of 1967.

the khan younis massacre

[In 1956], when the fighting was over, Israel moved into Khan Younis and carried out what is now etched in the Palestinian collective memory as one of the most horrific mass killings in Gaza’s history - a massacre of 124 men and boys in the Rafah refugee camp known as al-Amiriyah School Massacre

chile's experiment was a disaster

Chile's early experiment with neo-liberalism, led by the so-called Chicago Boys... was a disaster. It ended in a terrible financial crash in 1982, which had to be resolved by the nationalization of the whole banking sector. Thanks to this crash, the country recovered the pre-Pinochet level of income only in the late 1980s. It was only when Chile's neo-liberalism got more pragmatic after the crash that the country started doing well.

a damning indictment of neo-liberalism

In the 1960s and 1970s, per capita income in Latin America was growing at 3.1% per year, slightly faster than the developing country average. Brazil, especially, was growing almost as fast as the East Asian 'miracle' economies. Since the 1980s, however, when the continent embraced neo-liberalism Latin America has been growing at less than one-third of the rate of the 'bad old days'.... per capita income in the region during the 1990s drew at basically half the rate of the 'bad old days' (3.1% vs 1.7%).

we will have to kill and kill and kill

We will tell the Palestinians that if a single missile is fired over the fence, we will fire ten in response. And women and children will be killed and houses will be destroyed...

when 2.5 million people live in a closed off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will be even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day

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