Simon Assaf

'Sparks of Hope in the Past'

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John Rose, author of a new book on Israel, spoke to Simon Assaf about the roots of Zionism and the Palestinian struggle today.

Your book The Myths of Zionism charges that the ideology behind Israel is based on a whole series of myths, going all the way back to ancient Israel. Can you tell me what those myths are?

In the book each chapter heading is based on a myth. The first two myths are based on ancient Jewish history, the next two myths are based on medieval Jewish history, and the last six myths are based on the modern period starting roughly in the 19th century.

A New Left is Born

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Simon Assaf reports on the anti-war movement in the Middle East.

'Now the anti-war movement has become a movement against occupation in Palestine and Iraq,' the Al Jazeera correspondent declared from the London demonstration on 12 April. Images of the protest, and the millions out across Europe, punctured the mood of despondency that had gripped the Arab world since the fall of Baghdad. The anti-war movement served notice on the warmongers that they will continue to face deep opposition.

Victory to the Intifada

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Anger against Israel's murder of Palestinians has led to mass protests throughout the Middle East. Simon Assaf reports from Lebanon.

On Friday 29 March the Arab world changed. Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon sent his troops in the deadliest assault so far on the Palestinians. Tanks surrounded Yasser Arafat's office, and the massacre of Palestinians began in Ramallah, Jenin, Nablus, and countless towns and villages across the West Bank.

Losing the Appetite for War

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Simon Assaf reports from Lebanon about the growing unrest in the Middle East.

With the Afghan war still smouldering the US is having difficulties in moving to the next stage of its 'war on terror'. US vice-president Dick Cheney toured the Middle East trying to win Arab support for a full scale invasion of Iraq. The Arab leaders, however, have shown little appetite for a third Gulf War while the Occupied Territories are ablaze.

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