The editor of the New Statesman, Jason Cowley, has decided "to usher some established columnists, including John Pilger, out of the door."
(19 January 2009, troubled times at the New Statesman.)
This is the John Pilger who, on 8 January 2009, in the New Statesman, wrote a stunning article revealing the truth about Palestine:
New Statesman - Gaza under fire
Among the points made by John Pilger:
1. "Every war Israel has waged since 1948 has had the same objective: expulsion of the native people and theft of more land."
2. "It may appear that the silence on Gaza is broken.
"The small cocoons of murdered children, wrapped in green, together with boxes containing their dismembered parents, and the cries of grief and rage of everyone in that death camp by the sea can be witnessed on al-Jazeera and YouTube, even glimpsed on the BBC."
3. Pilger wonders why most of the Anglo-American intelligentsia has not told the truth about Palestine.
"They know that the horror now raining on Gaza has little to do with Hamas or, absurdly, 'Israel's right to exist'...
"They know... that Palestine's right to exist was cancelled 61 years ago and that the expulsion and, if necessary, extinction of the indigenous people was planned and executed by the founders of Israel.
4. "They know, for example, that the infamous Plan D of 1947-48 resulted in the murderous depopulation of 369 Palestinian towns and villages by the Haganah (Israeli army) and that massacre upon massacre of Palestinian civilians in such places as Deir Yassin, al-Dawayima, Eilaboun, Jish, Ramle and Lydda are referred to in official records as 'ethnic cleansing'.
5. "Arriving at a scene of this carnage, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, was asked by a general, Yigal Allon: 'What shall we do with the Arabs?' Ben-Gurion... said, 'Expel them'.
"The order to expel an entire population ... was signed by Yitzhak Rabin..."
6. "Every subsequent 'war' Israel has waged has had the same objective: the expulsion of the native people and the theft of more and more land.
7. It is a myth that in 1967 the Arab states struck first against Israel.
Mostly Jewish truth-tellers such as Avi Shlaim, Noam Chomsky, Tanya Reinhart, Neve Gordon, Tom Segev, Uri Avnery, Ilan Pappé and Norman Finkelstein have undermined this and other myths.
The Israeli historian Pappé, on 2 January, wrote about a clear pattern of genocide being carried out by Israeli governments.
A Palestinian boy cries in the rubble of his family home after Israeli army bulldozers demolished it in the West Bank village of Deir Razeh Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. Three houses and two shacks were demolished in the village which is near a Jewish settlement. A spokeswoman for Israel's military government in the West Bank said that the buildings were built without Israeli permission. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
8. In Gaza there has been:
The denial of humanitarian aid
The theft by the Israelis of life-giving resources such as fuel and water
The denial of medicines
The systematic destruction of infrastructure
The killing and maiming of the civilian population, 50 per cent of whom are children
All this falls "within the international standard of the Genocide Convention."
9. "Is it an irresponsible overstatement," asked Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and international law authority at Princeton University, "to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalised Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not."
Falk is a Jew.
10. Today, "it is a joint US-Israeli project.
"The F-16 jet fighters, the 250lb 'smart' GBU-39 bombs supplied on the eve of the attack on Gaza, having been approved by a Congress dominated by the Democratic Party, plus the annual $2.4bn in warmaking 'aid', give Washington de facto control."
11. "Outspoken about Russia’s war in Georgia and the terrorism in Mumbai, Obama has maintained a silence on Palestine that marks his approval, which is to be expected, given his obsequiousness to the Tel Aviv regime and its lobbyists during the presidential campaign and his appointment of Zionists as his secretary of state and principal Middle East advisers."
12. 'Operation Justified Vengeance' ... was launched by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 when, with George W Bush's approval, he used F-16s against Palestinian towns and villages for the first time.
13. "In that same year, the authoritative Jane's Foreign Report disclosed that the Blair government had given Israel the 'green light' to attack the West Bank after it was shown Israel's secret designs for a bloodbath...
14. "However, the Israeli plan, reported Jane's, needed the 'trigger' of a suicide bombing which would cause 'numerous deaths and injuries (because) the revenge factor is crucial'. This would 'motivate Israeli soldiers to demolish the Palestinians'.
"What alarmed Sharon and the author of the plan, General Shaul Mofaz, then Israeli chief of staff, was a secret agreement between Yasser Arafat and Hamas to ban suicide attacks.
"On 23 November 2001 Israeli agents assassinated the Hamas leader Mahmoud Abu Hanoud and got their 'trigger': the suicide attacks resumed in response to his killing."
15. "Something uncannily similar happened on 4 November last year (2008) when Israeli special forces attacked Gaza, killing six people.
"Once again, they got their propaganda 'trigger': a ceasefire sustained by the Hamas government - which had imprisoned its violators - was shattered as a result of the Israeli attacks, and home-made rockets were fired into what used to be called Palestine before its Arab occupants were 'cleansed'.
"On 23 December, Hamas offered to renew the ceasefire, but Israel's charade was such that its all-out assault on Gaza had been planned six months earlier, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.
Dagan was born in Russia.
16. "Behind this sordid game is the 'Dagan Plan', named after General Meir Dagan, who served with Sharon during his bloody invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
"Now head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence organisation, Dagan is the author of a 'solution' that has brought about the imprisonment of Palestinians behind a ghetto wall snaking across the West Bank and in Gaza, now effectively a concentration camp..."
Dagan's hasbara (propaganda) campaign says "Hamas is a terrorist organisation devoted to Israel's destruction and is to 'blame' for the massacres and siege of its own people over two generations, since long before its creation."
17. Hamas is a democratically elected government.
"Hamas is never described as a government...
"Neither is its proposal of a ten-year truce reported as a historic recognition of the 'reality' of Israel and support for a two-state solution with just one condition: that the Israelis obey international law and end their illegal occupation beyond the 1967 borders.
"As every annual vote in the UN General Assembly demonstrates, most states agree."
18. "The Dagan Plan foresees what Sharon called a '1948-style solution':
The destruction of all Palestinian leadership and authority
Followed by mass expulsions into smaller and smaller 'cantonments'
And perhaps, finally, into Jordan.
19. Dr Dahlia Wasfi, an American writer, has a Jewish mother. She sees what is being done to the Palestinians as being like what the Nazis did to their victims.
She says: "What I'm referring to is the holocaust we are all witnessing and responsible for in Gaza today and in Palestine over the past 60 years . . . Since Arabs are Semites, US-Israeli policy doesn't get more anti-Semitic than this."
20. According to John Pilger: "What happens in Gaza is the defining moment of our time, which either grants war criminals impunity and immunity through our silence, while we contort our own intellect and morality, or it gives us the power to speak out."
Is there a Kosher conspiracy?
Peter Wilby is no longer editor of the UK New Statesman. Why? Is it because he criticised Israel?
This is the New Statesman Editorial, 18th March, 2002: (http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2002/579/in1.htm)
"As for the Jewish claim to biblical lands, it makes no more sense to the Arab mind than an Italian claim to establish a Roman state along the length of the A5 would to the British. Indeed, it never made much sense to European minds either, given that they would happily have settled for a Jewish homeland in Uganda or Siberia, if they had thought it practicable."
One New Statesman cover showed the star of David at the heart of the Union Jack, and had the title, 'Kosher Conspiracy.'
The Spectator magazine had an article suggesting that 9 11 was an inside-job.
The Spectator's editor Boris Johnson found his private life exposed. He was sacked as the Conservative party's vice chairman and arts spokesman.
The Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan criticised the war in Iraq. He was sacked.
The BBC sacked journalist Andrew Gilligan after he suggested that a government document on Iraq had been 'sexed up'.
On 29th January 1987, Alasdair Milne, the BBC Director General was removed. He had allowed the BBC to critcise the government. (http://www.bilderberg.org/milne.htm)