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

Publisher MEMO Publishers & Spinwatch
Published November 06, 2013
Digital 96 Pages
Language English
ISBN 978-0957027428

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.

About the Author


Tom Mills

Tom Mills is a freelance investigative researcher based in London and a researcher and doctoral candidate at the University of Bath. He is a coeditor of New Left Project. Follow him on Twitter.

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David Miller

David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. In 2012 he was appointed to the editorial board of the BSA journal Sociology. In 2013 he was appointed a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow by the Economic and Social Research Council to examine the construction, use...

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Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin is a freelance writer and researcher and a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath. He is a contributing editor of OpenDemocracy’s OurKingdom blog and writes for Spinwatch. He is a former executive editor and political correspondent of the Irish World. Follow him on twitter.

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Hilary Aked

Hilary Aked is a freelance researcher and writer and a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath. She is a former editor of London Student, the student newspaper of the University of London. Follow her on twitter.

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