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The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?

The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?

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Renewed 'peace talks' between Israeli and the Palestinian Authority officials have quietly been going on behind closed doors and a U.S.-imposed media blackout for three months now. Like all previous such exercises they will almost certainly break down without delivering justice or bringing peace. Even though the Palestine Papers made it clear that the leaders of the PA, a creation of the Oslo process, have offered huge concessions in past rounds of talks, pro-Israel commentators are nonetheless pre-emptively rehearsing their arguments to blame the Palestinian side and obfuscate the fundamental longstanding issue: Israeli intransigence. A key - though little known - organisation engaged in this activity in British political circles is BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. 'BICOM: Giving peace a chance?', a new report published by Spinwatch, subjects this organisation to detailed scrutiny for the first time. It concludes that BICOM, like Israel itself, seeks to maintain the façade of progress towards peace, but in practice exhibits deep disdain for international law.
Renewed 'peace talks' between Israeli and the Palestinian Authority officials have quietly been going on behind closed doors and a U.S.-imposed media blackout for three months now. Like all previous such exercises they will almost certainly break down without delivering justice or bringing peace. Even though the Palestine Papers made it clear that the leaders of the PA, a creation of the Oslo process, have offered huge concessions in past rounds of talks, pro-Israel commentators are nonetheless pre-emptively rehearsing their arguments to blame the Palestinian side and obfuscate the fundamental longstanding issue: Israeli intransigence. A key - though little known - organisation engaged in this activity in British political circles is BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. 'BICOM: Giving peace a chance?', a new report published by Spinwatch, subjects this organisation to detailed scrutiny for the first time. It concludes that BICOM, like Israel itself, seeks to maintain the façade of progress towards peace, but in practice exhibits deep disdain for international law.

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The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre
Giving peace a chance?
 
 Tom Mills David Miller  Tom Griffin Hilary Aked
 
 The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?  Tom Mills, David Miller, Tom Griffin, Hilary Aked British Cataloguing-in-Publications Data. A catalogue record for this report is available from the British Library. ISBN 978-0-9570274-2-8 Design@GloryHall.comPrinted and bound in the UK
COPYRIGHT
Public Interest Investigations © 2013 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form of by any means without the prior permission from the copyright holder.
DISCLAIMER
 Views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of Public Interest Investigations/ Spinwatch or Middle East Monitor.
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 This report is available to download free of charge via Spinwatch website: spinwatch.org Order hard copies online on the Spinwatch bookshop: http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/about/bookstore E-mail: info AT spinwatch.orgWrite to: Spinwatch Box 1 c/o Govanhill Baths Community Trust 99 Calder St Glasgow G42 7RA Public Interest Investigations is an independent non-profit making organisation. Founded in 2004, Public Interest Investigations promotes greater understanding of the role of PR, propaganda and lobbying and of the power networks that they support, through its website Spinwatch (www.spinwatch.org) and its investigative wiki site Powerbase (www.powerbase.info). Spinwatch is a founder member of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency UK (ALT-UK).
 
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Contents
List of Figures 4Preface
 – The national interest, pro-Israel advocacy and anti-Semitism
5
 
Summary 8Introduction
 
11Chapter One
 – Shlomo Zabludowicz and the business of war
13Chapter Two
 – Poju Zabludowicz and the business of peace
17Chapter Three
 – The second intifada and the establishment of BICOM
22Chapter Four
 – BICOM and British Zionism
28Chapter Five
 – BICOM strategy, elite networks and the media
39Chapter Six
 – Funding and finances
54Chapter Seven
 – BICOM’s views and arguments
61Chapter Eight
 – The Fox-Werritty scandal and the decline of democracy
66Chapter Nine
 – Conclusions
77Biographical Details 79 Acknowledgements 79Notes 80

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