Jonathan Cook

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(author, journalist)
Jonathan Cook pictured in Nazareth
Born 1965
Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Residence Nazareth,  Palestine
Nationality British
Citizenship British,  Israeli
Alma mater Southampton University, Cardiff University, SOAS
Founder/Owner of Jonathan Cook/Website
Interests • Palestine
• Israel
• Zionism
SubpageJonathan 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)  - [1]


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.[2]


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.” [3]

The same year, Project Censored voted a report by Jonathan, “Israel brings Gaza entry restrictions to West Bank”, one of the most important stories censored in 2009-10. [4]

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, and Electronic Intifada.

He has been a senior consultant and lead writer on two major reports by the International Crisis Group, a think-tank based in Washington and Brussels dealing with conflict resolution. [5] [6]


Documents by Jonathan Cook

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:A dissenting opinion on Nelson Mandelaarticle6 December 2013Nelson Mandela
Document:A lesson from Brussels we refuse to learnarticle24 March 20162016 Brussels Bombing
Simon Jenkins
"War on Terror"
Commentary on the shortcomings of a Simon Jenkins article on the Mass murder in Brussels
Document:Empire of Liesspeech25 February 2011Iraq war 2003
Corporate Media
Document:HSBC and the sham of Guardian’s Scott TrustArticle3 March 2015Scott Trust Ltd
The Guardian
Glenn Greenwald
Seumas Milne
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Alasdair Milne
Swiss Leaks
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 statearticle18 January 2012Israel
Document:Labour’s witch-hunt against Ken Livingstonearticle31 March 2017Ken Livingstone
Iain McNicol
Owen Jones
Jeremy Corbyn
Jewish Labour Movement
Jonathan Freedland
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 attackArticle30 May 2017MI6
Theresa May
2017 Manchester bombing
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
Salman Abedi
Cressida Dick
Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk
Amber Rudd
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 tooArticle12 January 2018George Monbiot
White Helmets
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 Putincommentary24 March 2014Corporate 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 Nazaretharticle3 April 2017Owen Jones
Jewish Labour Movement
Moshe Dayan
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 Guardianarticle5 February 2016Julian Assange
The Guardian
Corporate media
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-Shootarticle13 July 2010Israel/Defense Forces
On the use of drones against Palestinians
Document:The Dangerous Cult of The Guardianarticle28 September 2011The Guardian
Document:The corporate media’s world of illusionsblog post11 June 2018Razan al-Najjar
Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Official narrative
Corporate media/Censorship
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 toarticle21 February 2016Corporate mediaCorporate media is constitutionally incapable of honest objective reporting on matters affecting the vital interests of Establishment power
Document:The method in Netanyahu's madnessspeech18 July 2011Benjamin Netanyahu
Mark Regev
Document:The sharks circling around Corbyn scent bloodblog post26 March 2018Jeremy Corbyn
Jewish Chronicle
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 headsArticle30 May 2018Israel Lobby
Christian Zionism
Saudi Arabia
Donald Trump
Mike Pence
Benjamin Netanyahu
Military-industrial-congressional complex
Nikki Haley
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