The BBC has provided space on its website for readers to complain that the Israeli naval raid off Gaza was “piracy” because it took place in international waters. A rather better use of the page would have been a piece informing its readers of the position in international law.

The recent Israeli Apartheid Week shamefully neglected Zionism’s complaisance to peaceful co-existence

Even the Oxford Union is not immune.

A speech by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, on Monday was disrupted by protestors. Legitimate protest is one thing – but what transpired in Union revealed the underbelly of some very ugly politics.

So the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is back in with government. It was not all that long ago that the Department for Communities and Local Government cut ties with the group after its Deputy Secretary General, Daud Abdullah, signed the Istanbul declaration which you can read in full here.

The Times reported yesterday that Hamas is “masterminding efforts to have senior Israeli leaders arrested for alleged war crimes when the visit European countries.”  The recent arrest warrant issued for Tzipi Livni by a British Court is certainly tied to this, and it is no surprise that the UK is the first port of call in this latest act of Hamas asymmetric warfare.

It can be only a matter of time before a prominent Israeli is arrested in London for alleged war crimes. I explain why in the print edition of Standpoint magazine.

Israel has one – but have you heard about the others?

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. During that time scores of other barriers and walls have gone up around the world as documented in a fascinating report by the BBC.


The Muslim World News (MWN) has provided a translation of a report by NowLebanon which covers a high level meeting in Beirut between between members of Hamas, Hizbullah, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Lebanese Muslim Brotherhood.