Alex Brummer

Germany still hides its death-camp past

By Alex Brummer, June 27, 2008

The Times reveals that ordinary Germans are living in a former concentration camp

More than six decades after the liberation of the camps, tales from the Shoah remain as shocking as ever. And pair of articles from The Times and Sunday Times last weekend challenged some conventional wisdom.

The first, in The Times, concerned the families who have chosen to make their homes on land still toxic with Jewish blood from the Holocaust, puncturing the image that, of all nations, the Germans have sought to sanctify the lives of those who perished.


The BBC must be held more accountable

By Alex Brummer, June 13, 2008

Our national broadcaster is crushing its commercial rivals, with no proper supervision

The battle to establish the BBC Trust as an independent regulator of the BBC is not off to a flying start. The name and personnel may have changed since Sir Michael Lyons took over as chairman from Michael Grade in May 2007, but the tendency to circle the wagons when the Beeb is under attack still prevails.


Livni’s Mossad past charms our media

By Alex Brummer, June 6, 2008

Profiles of Ehud Olmert’s heir-presumptive, Tzipi Livni, focus on her James Bond credentials

The idea of a woman PM is still unusual enough to make the progress of Tzipi Livni to the top of Israel political tree fascinating. Israel may have been here before, in the age of Golda Meir (1969-74), but it is long enough ago for this generation of political watchers to have forgotten.


How Avram turned the media around

By Alex Brummer, May 23, 2008

It wasn’t his football accomplishments which finally got the Chelsea manager some good press

There can be little dispute as to who is the most famous Israeli in Britain. No, it is not the articulate new Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor, despite his impressive media appearances. Nor is it the conductor Daniel Barenboim, who has recently garnered acres of space in The Guardian, pronouncing on the difficulties of his adopted land.


The pro-Israel lobby? Mostly in Hari's head

By Alex Brummer, May 16, 2008

The Independent columnist says there is a concerted campaign to smear pro-Palestinian advocates

One of the great privileges of columnists is to robustly express your views. Independent writer Johann Hari exercised this right in forthright style in his article marking Israel’s 60th anniversary. Among other things, he accused West Bank settlers of dumping raw, untreated sewage on Palestinian land and poisoning the reservoirs.


The Nakba narrative now dominates

By Alex Brummer, May 2, 2008

The Palestinian ‘disaster’ framed much of the UK media’s coverage of Israel’s 60th

Anyone tuning into Jeremy Bowen’s documentary Birth of Israel, reviewed below, would instantly recognise the progress the revisionists and the Palestinians have made in framing the history of the Jewish state. No longer is it sufficient to record how Ben-Gurion and his generals repelled five Arab armies in the aftermath of the United Nations vote in favour of the Jewish state.


Comment is free, but can be dangerous

By Alex Brummer, May 2, 2008

The Guardian blog gives a prestigious platform to enemies of Israel and friends of the BNP

Among Britain’s newspapers, The Guardian enjoys the lead on the web, although it is closely pursued by rivals. Among the intriguing features of the Guardian site is the Comment is Free blog, open to all-comers, including its own staff, who think they have something sensible to say.


Israel must explain a Reuters man’s death

By Alex Brummer, April 25, 2008

The IDF’s inquiry into the death of a TV cameraman in Gaza must be open and thorough

Israel’s defence forces are again being accused by human-rights groups of alleged reckless or deliberate use of firepower in Gaza. The death of Reuters TV cameraman Fadel Shana, 23, during the violence which erupted on April 16 is rapidly becoming a cause célèbre.


How one settler upset American academia

By Alex Brummer, April 18, 2008

The New Yorker examines a battle over the tenure of an American-Palestinian professor


Why The Economist writes down Israel

By Alex Brummer, April 11, 2008

The weekly magazine runs a pessimistic report on the Jewish state to mark its 60th anniversary

The media likes anniversaries. They are fixed points in a fast moving news agenda which allow stocktaking. As we move towards May and Israel’s 60th birthday, Israel is certain to come into focus. The Economist was fast off the mark in last week’s issue with a densely written 16-page report, The next generation, which examines dilemmas facing the Jewish state.


Wow. A non-sensational story on Charedim

By Alex Brummer, April 4, 2008

The Independent offers a meaty feature on the Shas party

Mostly when the strictly Orthodox community makes it into the mainstream British press, it is for the exotic value. In the past, there has been an unhealthy interest in the small Neturei Karta sect because of its habit of inserting itself into appalling causes like Iranian Holocaust-denial and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Trafalgar Square on Shabbat.


Despite its free press, Israel bans Al-Jazeera

By Alex Brummer, March 20, 2008

Israel prides itself on its independent and open media in a region not known for its freedom of expression. So it was somewhat against the grain when Deputy Foreign Minister Majalli Whbee announced that Jerusalem would be clamping down on the activities of the Qatari-based network Al-Jazeera within Israel.