Jonathan Cook - A British Freelance Journalist - based in Nazareth - writes first hand account of the real face of Israel
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|Education||Southampton University (B. A., 1987)|
Cardiff University (Post-graduate diploma, 1989)
School of Oriental and African Studies, London University (M. A., 2000)
Jonathan Cook (born 1965) is a British independent freelance journalist and writer based inNazareth, Israel. He has written about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict for a number of newspapers, and is the author of three books, Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State (2006), Israel and the Clash of Civilizations: Iraq, Iran and the plan to remake the Middle East (2008), and Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair (2008).
Cook was born, educated and raised in Buckinghamshire, England. He received a BA Honours in Philosophy and Politics from Southampton University in 1987, a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University in 1989, and a Masters degree in Middle Eastern studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2000.
Cook was a reporter and editor with regional newspapers 1988-94, a freelance sub-editor with several national newspapers 1994-96, and a staff member of The Guardian andThe Observer 1996-2001.
Since September 2001, he has been a freelance writer based in Nazareth, Israel, covering theMiddle East, and publishing his articles in The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Al-Ahram Weekly, among others. In February 2004 he founded the Nazareth Press Agency. Cook has said he is the first foreign correspondent to be based in Nazareth, and as such has a perspective unavailable to Western journalists based in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv in Israel, or Ramallah in the West Bank.
In an article in The Guardian, Cook wrote that there was, "a relentless campaign to target, discredit and silence critics of Israel."
Cook's Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State was published in 2006. The book argues that Israel's recent treatment of its own Palestinian citizens, a group also known as Israeli Arabs, has exposed the contradiction between the state's Jewish anddemocratic
In 2008, Cook published Israel and the Clash of Civilizations: Iraq, Iran and the plan to remake the Middle East That same year,Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair was also published. This book is broken into two parts. The first half is an essay that seeks to trace the overarching principle guiding Israeli policies in the conflict. Cook's thesis in the essay, as identified by reviewer Gabriel Ash in Electronic Intifada, is that, "the goal of Israeli policy is to make Palestine and the Palestinians disappear for good." The second half of the book consists of a selection of articles Cook has published over the last six years in various media outlets.
- (2008), Israel and the Clash of Civilizations: Iraq, Iran and the plan to remake the Middle East, Pluto Press, ISBN 978-0745327549
- (2008), Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair, Zed Books, ISBN 978-1848130319
- (2006), Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State, Pluto Press, ISBN 0-7453-2555-6
- (2005) Catastrophe Remembered: Palestine, Israel, and the Internal Refugees, Zed Books, Nur Masalha, ed. (Cook, a co-contributor) ISBN 1842776231
- When and How Was the Jewish People Invented? Letter from Nazareth (May 2009); Review of Shlomo Zand's book in Holy Land Studies. Volume 8, pp. 113-117.
- The Stand-Tall Generation; Review of Coffins on Our Shoulders in Holy Land Studies. Volume 5, pp. 121-124.
- Crime and Punishment on Israel's Demographic Frontier (May 2005); Co-authored by Peter Lagerquist in Middle East Report. No. 237, pp. 46-64.
- Israeli Constitutional Committee Faces Double Bind (August 2004); Adalah's Newsletter. Volume 7, pp. 1-7.
- ^ Masalha 2005, p. viii
- ^ a b ""Disappearing Palestine" by British journalist". TimeTurk. November 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- ^ a b Jonathan Cook, Jkcook.net,Short Biography
- ^ Catastrophe remembered: Palestine, Israel and the internal refugees, p. viii.
- ^ Cook, Jonathan. "Jonathan Cook website". Jonathan Cook News Archive. Retrieved 2006-10-14.
- ^ Raymond Deane (11 February 2008). "Book review: "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations"". The Electronic Intifada. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- ^ Pam Hardyment (May 18, 2009). "Disappearing Palestine, Israel's Experiments in Human Despair by Jonathan Cook". Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- ^ a b Gabriel Ash (February 12, 2009). "Book review: Un-erasing the erasure of Palestine". The Electronic Intifada. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- ^ "(Review of) Catastrophe Remembered: Palestine, Israel, and the Internal Refugees". Journal of Refugee Studies 19 (2). 2006.
- Masalha, Nur (2005). Catastrophe Remembered: Palestine, Israel and the internal refugees: Essays in Memory of Edward Said. Zed Books. ISBN 978-1-84277-623-0.