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Ed: 33: June/2008

Editorial: The Past and the Future

Last month, Israel celebrated its 60th anniversary while Palestinians mourned the same event as their "naqba" (catastrophe). The duelling commemorations prompted considerable media commentary, some of which provided highly distorted views of Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians. It's time to set the record straight.

Europa Europa: London Calling

The gaggle of assembled hacks chortled at what they took to be yet another gaffe by Boris Johnson. The joke was on them. When the two million-plus votes were counted in last month's mayoral election, Boris had delivered a knock-out blow to two-term incumbent, Ken Livingstone.

Asia Watch: Mixed Messages

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary celebrations in Jerusalem.

1948 Revisited – The true story

Far from being the hapless objects of a predatory Zionist assault, it was Palestinian Arab leaders who from the early 1920s onward, and very much against the wishes of their own constituents, launched a relentless campaign to obliterate the Jewish national revival.

The Biblio File: The Mufti and the Holocaust

At the very least, Gensicke's account shows the relationship between the Mufti and the Nazis to have been very much a two-way street: even - or indeed especially - as concerns the notorious "Jewish Question".

Media Microscope: Botched Balancing Act

To mark the anniversary of Israel's independence, SBS showed two documentaries about the war of 1947-49. The first, "I Remember 1948", shown on May 13, was so tilted towards the most extreme, absurd Palestinian narrative of the events of 1947-48 that it was laughable.

The Last Word: March to the Future

In Poland last month, I was shown a copy of the April 3-9 issue of Tylko Polska, an extreme right-wing tabloid available on Warsaw newsstands. There, on page 17, I saw a piece in which I featured by name as an enemy of Holocaust deniers.