| Jonathan Cook |
Jonathan Cook pictured in Nazareth
Buckinghamshire, England, UK
|Alma mater||Southampton University, Cardiff University, SOAS|
|Founder/Owner of||Jonathan Cook/Website|
Jonathan Cook is an award-winning British journalist based in Nazareth, Israel, since 2001.
Jonathan graduated from Southampton University in 1987 with a degree in philosophy and politics, and then earned a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University in 1989. He gained a masters degree in Middle Eastern studies, with distinction, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, in 2000. He worked on regional newspapers before becoming a staff journalist at the Guardian in 1994. He later joined the Observer newspaper.
Residence in Nazareth
Jonathan Cook moved to Nazareth to become a freelance reporter in September 2001. He is the only foreign correspondent to be based in Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian minority in Israel. He explains the significance of his choice of location:
“Most reporters covering the conflict live in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, with a handful of specialists based in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The range of stories readily available to reporters in these locations reinforces the assumption among editors back home that the conflict can only be understood in terms of the events that followed the West Bank and Gaza’s occupation in 1967. This has encouraged the media to give far too much weight to Israeli concerns about ‘security’ – a catch-all that offers Israel special dispensation to ignore its duties to the Palestinians under international law.
“Many topics central to the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, including the plight of the refugees and the continuing dispossession of Palestinians living as Israeli citizens, do not register on most reporters’ radars.
“From Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian minority in Israel, things look very different. There are striking, and disturbing, similarities between the experiences of Palestinians inside Israel and those inside the West Bank and Gaza. All have faced Zionism’s appetite for territory and domination, as well as repeated attempts at ethnic cleansing. These unifying themes suggest that the conflict is less about the specific circumstances thrown up by the 1967 war and more about the central tenets of Zionism as expressed in the war of 1948 that founded Israel and the war of 1967 that breathed new life into its settler colonial agenda.”
“It looks suspiciously like one scene in particular, of people with horrific burns, was staged.”
Jonathan Cook (8 March 2017) - 
On 6 February 2016, Cook wrote on his Blog from Nazareth:
Something extremely dangerous is happening before our eyes as we watch British officials and the corporate media respond to today’s ruling of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which found that Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained in the UK.
A major international institution upholding the rights of political dissidents around the world as they face illegal detention, abuse and torture is being turned into a laughing stock with the enthusiastic connivance of supposedly liberal media outlets like the Guardian and the BBC.
Reporters, columnists and comedians are pouring scorn on the UNWGAD group, legal experts who until yesterday were widely respected in the west and seen as a final bulwark against the most oppressive regimes on earth.
The most glaring example of this process, as pointed out by the former UK diplomat Craig Murray, is an outright lie being peddled by the British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond. He says the UN panel is “made up of lay people and not lawyers”. In reality, the panel consists of distinguished legal experts in the field of international law. You can see their CVs here.
Jonathan Cook is the author of three books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
- Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish State (2006)
- Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (2008)
- Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (2008)
He has also contributed chapters and essays to several edited volumes on Israel-Palestine.
In 2011 Jonathan was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. The judges’ citation reads:
“Jonathan Cook’s work on Palestine and Israel, especially his de-coding of official propaganda and his outstanding analysis of events often obfuscated in the mainstream, has made him one of the reliable truth-tellers in the Middle East.” 
Jonathan’s reports and commentaries have appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Times and the New Statesman (London); The International Herald Tribune and Le Monde diplomatique (Paris); Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); The National (Abu Dhabi); The Daily Star (Beirut); The Middle East Report and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (Washington); and The Irish Times (Dublin). He has contributed to many online sites, such as CounterPunch, Israeli Occupation Archive, Al-Jazeera.com and Electronic Intifada.
Documents by Jonathan Cook
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:A dissenting opinion on Nelson Mandela||article||6 December 2013||Nelson Mandela|
|Document:A lesson from Brussels we refuse to learn||article||24 March 2016||2016 Brussels Bombing|
"War on Terror"
|Commentary on the shortcomings of a Simon Jenkins article on the Mass murder in Brussels|
|Document:Empire of Lies||speech||25 February 2011||Iraq war 2003|
|Document:HSBC and the sham of Guardian’s Scott Trust||Article||3 March 2015||Scott Trust Ltd|
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
|Britain, we are told, is privileged to have two “liberal” media outlets, the BBC and Guardian, that are seen either as neutral or as a leftwing counterbalance to the rightwing agenda of the rest of the media. Here are three illuminating articles and a short video that should help to dispel any such illusions.|
|Document:Israeli immigration plan for ethnically pure bunker state||article||18 January 2012||Israel|
|Document:Labour’s witch-hunt against Ken Livingstone||article||31 March 2017||Ken Livingstone|
Jewish Labour Movement
|Labour's kangaroo court trying to justify suspending Ken Livingstone for stating the fact that Hitler supported Zionism|
|Document:MI6, Theresa May and the Manchester attack||Article||30 May 2017||MI6|
2017 Manchester bombing
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk
|And so the story of MI6 and Theresa May, their sponsorship of Islamic jihadism, and the likely “blowback” the UK just experienced in Manchester is a sleeping dog no one seems willing to disturb.|
|Document:Monbiot is not only a hypocrite, but a bully too||Article||12 January 2018||George Monbiot|
Bashar al Assad
|It is time for George Monbiot’s legion of supporters to call him out. Not only is he a hypocrite, but he is becoming an increasingly dangerous one!|
|Document:More Guardian ‘brainwashing’ on Putin||commentary||24 March 2014||Corporate media|
2014 Ukraine coup
|A master-class in how the celebrated 'Free-Press' of the Western commercially controlled media is harnessed to the narrative requirements of the Establishments of which they are a part, turning them into little more than propaganda organs where major foreign policy issues are concerned.|
|Document:My offer to Owen Jones: A tour of Nazareth||article||3 April 2017||Owen Jones|
Jewish Labour Movement
|One has to look at what Zionism did when the Labour party was directing it – in Israel’s formative stages and for most of its history. Only then can you understand that what you see in Hebron or Nablus was created in Haifa and Nazareth first. The template was set in Israel, at a time and place where there were no security issues. It was not Palestinian bombs Israel feared from its Palestinian citizens but their wombs.|
|Document:No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardian||article||5 February 2016||Julian Assange|
United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
|Demonstrates the Establishment-friendly double standards of the UK's flagship 'Left-wing' newspaper - The Guardian - through analysis of its coverage of a UN decision on the political asylum of Julian Assange|
|Document:Spot-Shoot||article||13 July 2010||Israel/Defense Forces|
|On the use of drones against Palestinians|
|Document:The Dangerous Cult of The Guardian||article||28 September 2011||The Guardian|
|Document:The corporate media’s world of illusions||blog post||11 June 2018||Razan al-Najjar|
|Once one is prepared to step through the door, to discard the old Great Western Narrative script, the new narrative takes its hold because it is so helpful. It actually explains the world, and human behaviour, as it is experienced everywhere.|
|Document:The deeper truths journalists are blind to||article||21 February 2016||Corporate media||Corporate media is constitutionally incapable of honest objective reporting on matters affecting the vital interests of Establishment power|
|Document:The method in Netanyahu's madness||speech||18 July 2011||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Document:The sharks circling around Corbyn scent blood||blog post||26 March 2018||Jeremy Corbyn|
|The sharks circling around Jeremy Corbyn will not ignore the scent of his bloodied wounds; rather, it will send them into a feeding frenzy. As hard as it is to do when the elites so clearly want him destroyed, Corbyn must find his backbone and start to stand his ground.|
|Document:Under Trump, the Israel lobby is a Hydra with many heads||Article||30 May 2018||Israel Lobby|
|Since Trump took office, the Israel lobby has mobilised four other powerful lobbies: Christian evangelicals, the alt-right, the military-industrial complex and Saudi Arabia|
- "Lies about UN body imperil not just Assange"
- Martha Gellhorn Journalism Awards - UK Guardian 2 June 2011
- Human rights abuses continue in Palestine - Project Censored 11 October 2010
- Back to Basics: Israel’s Arab Minority and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - International Crisis Group 14 Ma 2012
- Extreme Makeover? (II): The Withering of Arab Jerusalem - International Crisis Group 20 December 2012