War on Palestine: How the fates of Gaza and Julian Assange are sealed together

  • Jonathan Cook Independent journalist, United Kingdom
Keywords: First Amendment, freedoms, Gaza, International Court of Justice, Israel, journalism, Julian Assange, justice, Palestine, United Kingdom, United States, WikiLeaks


Commentary: Were they being properly reported, two critically important court hearings in February 2024, in London and The Hague, would expose the US ‘rules-based order’ as a hollow sham. Both posed globe-spanning threats to our most basic freedoms. Neither received more than perfunctory coverage in Western establishment media such as the BBC. One was a week-long hearing by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a United Nations General Assembly request for an advisory opinion over Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories and the other was a last-ditch appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against efforts by the United States to extradite him so that he can be locked away for the rest of his life.

EDITORIAL NOTE: After the editorial of Pacific Journalism Review and the lead article in this edition (Vol 30, No 1&2) about the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were printed, the Australian journalist was set free and he arrived back in Australia after a plea bargain. The winner of his country’s Walkley Award for journalism excellence, Assange was freed by a US federal court in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, on 26 June 2024 after a plea bargain to plead guilty to one charge of violating the US Espionage Act and the judge sentenced him to 62 months, jail time already served in the UK on remand. His 14-year struggle for freedom was over, but his lawyers say they will press for a full US presidential pardon.


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Author Biography

Jonathan Cook, Independent journalist, United Kingdom

Jonathan Cook is an award-winning British journalist. He was based in Nazareth, Israel, for 20 years. He returned to the UK in 2021. He is the author of three books on the Israel-Palestine 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), and Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (2008). He has also contributed chapters and essays to several edited volumes on Israel-Palestine. An earlier version of this article was published in the Middle East Eye on  23 February 2024.


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How to Cite
Cook, J. (2024). War on Palestine: How the fates of Gaza and Julian Assange are sealed together. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 30(1and2), 14-21. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v30i1and2.1345