About and contact


“A star of true and honourable journalism” — Abdel Bari Atwan

Wicked investigative reporting” — Ali Abunimah

“An excellent journalist speaking out about Israeli crimes against Palestinians” — former Sunday Times senior correspondent Hala Jaber

“Essential reporting”Max Blumenthal

One of my favourite journalists working today” — Matt Kennard

Asa Winstanley is an investigative journalist living in London who writes about Palestine and the Middle East. He has been visiting Palestine since 2004.

He writes for the award-winning Palestinian news site The Electronic Intifada where he is an associate editor. He is co-host of The Electronic Intifada Podcast, with Nora Barrow-Friedman.

He also writes a regular column for the Middle East Monitor.

Other publications he’s written for include: Al-Akhbar English (Lebanon), Middle East EyeThe National, JacobinCeasefire Magazine, New Left ProjectJerusalem Media and Communications Centre, the Morning Star and Freedom.

He wrote a chapter in the book Israel and Gaza: Behind the Media Veil, published by MEMO in 2014. Along with Frank Barat, he was the editor of Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation (Pluto Press) a collection of written and spoken evidence from the London session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

He has also done research for SpinWatch and press work for the publisher Just World Books. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists.


Asa Winstanley is originally from south Wales, first went to Palestine at the end of 2004 and worked in the occupied West Bank until 2007. Among other things, he was media coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement, and later wrote for and was an editor at the late Palestine Times, the first Palestinian English-language daily newspaper published in the occupied West Bank.

Contact details

To send information, commission an article, request a media appearance or anything else, email me on: mail@asawinstanley.com. Twitter: @AsaWinstanley. I can’t promise to reply to all emails, but I do appreciate all tips and leads, and will reply to any I use.

My PGP public key can be found here. Here is is a decent-looking guide on how to use email encryption. German newspaper Der Spiegel has some good general tips on leaking in a secure way.

Here is my Scribd account, which I’ve used in the past to publish certain documents — a useful tool for buttressing articles with source documentation. I publish most documents straight to the EI site these days though.

About this website

Everything posted here is protected by copyright, unless otherwise mentioned. You must contact me before republishing some of my work. It is fine to post a short extract (three paragraphs) as long as you credit both me and the original publication, and link to the original article.

Some of my critics

“No need to read this nonsense” — Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, John McTernan

“A bit dogmatic”Toby Young

“Prominent anti-Israel journalist” — the Jewish Chronicle

“Your story was opportunistic, insensitive, ill informed and lazy”Jon Donnison, BBC correspondent

“He’s a dickhead … these people are sad, sad tossers … they can go die in a hole”Ella Rose, former Jewish Labour Movement director, also a former Israeli embassy officer.

“Absolutely appalling and vapid” — Times of Israel blogger Jenni Frazer

“A known Israel traducer” — Times of Israel blogger Jonathan Hoffman

[Among] some of Britain’s worst extremists” — Anonymous Harry’s Place blogger

A hit in anti-Israel circles… [has] links to terror-enabling organisations” — Anonymous blogger at UK Media Watch

15 Responses to About and contact

  1. Muhon Haris

    Please can you remind me closer to time when your book comes out


  2. Eugene Egan

    Keep up the great work, you put those journalists in the mass media to shame!

  3. graham matthews

    Encouraged by your efforts and I support you. Every voice that speaks a truth needs to be heard.

  4. Rosa María Ríos Rey

    Thanks, for your eye opening journalism.

    Montreal, December 8, 2014

    After historic win for the BDS movement, Concordia undergraduates invite all students to action
    Students voted ‘Yes’ to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel’s occupation and segregation of Palestinians

    Concordia undergraduate students voted ‘Yes’ to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian people and land, and now invite fellow students to participate in the BDS committee. “By joining this grassroots global movement for Palestinian human rights, students are highlighting the commitment of our campus to social justice and collective moral responsibility,” said Javier Hoyos, Chairperson of the Yes to BDS Committee.

    “We thank students for their depth of character and their courage to contest our university’s complicity with violations of international human rights,” added Hoyos. “We’re glad that students were given the opportunity to read the information accompanying the altered question at the voting booth, as this allowed them to make an informed decision in spite of the opposition’s defamation of the BDS and their move to change the question hours before polls opened.”

    The initial question proposed by the Yes Committee stated that the BDS stands against Israel’s occupation of Palestine until Israel respects International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights. Israel violates a number of United Nations Resolutions as well as the Geneva conventions through its occupation and settlements; and the International Court of Justice ruled Israel’s wall to be illegal. Concordia’s successful BDS vote is another step towards effectively and non-violently pressuring Israel to meet its obligations under international law, as exemplified in the global boycott movement to abolish apartheid in South Africa.

    The BDS thus calls for the end of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the dismantling of the wall; full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel; and respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

    The BDS stands fundamentally against all forms of racism and does not target individuals, but rather institutions complicit with Israeli apartheid. “The next step is to invite Concordia students to join the BDS committee and continue in-depth research into Concordia’s ties to institutions complicit with Israel’s occupation,” said Hoyos.

    Friday evening’s referendum results mean that Concordia’s two largest accredited student unions now officially support the BDS campaign; the Concordia Student Union (CSU) now joins the university’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), which endorsed the BDS in January 2013.


    Javier Hoyos, on behalf of the Yes to BDS Committee

    concordiabds@gmail.com / http://yestobds.wordpress.com

  6. matt6402014

    Hey Asa!
    I enjoy reading your work allot! Keep up the good work.
    Can I ask how old you were when you first went to Palestine?

  7. Thomas VONELSASS

    What do you think of about that, please,
    “On 29 November 1947, without respecting  its Charter, under the combined influence of the conflicting objectives of Truman, Stalin, also of ” France “and, evidently under the influence of the Zionist right and left of the planet (not only future Israelis ) in favor of a state exclusively inhabited by Jews or believers of old ancestry trimillénaire such, thirty-three member countries of the UN General Assembly on fifty-seven whereas others should legitimately be included) officially voted “Yes” to the recommendation (prescription only and not binding) of  a partition plan for Palestine (without consultation with indigenous referendum). A partition into three territories (and in fact geographically, eight territorial units), including the international status to the Holy Places, Clause absolutely essential to obtain several votes, and a clause that the Zionists had no more intention to respect than  the other three, a Jewish state, an Arab state and an economic union. Knowing that the majority required to validate the vote of the UN General Assembly was two-thirds (but ironically) of  the only voting “Yes” or “No”, and that three votes  needed were either extorted or blackmailed, while those four countries were in fact driven by the Soviet big brother, and that also at least two other  votes of Central America (Costa Rica and Guatemala) and also Uruguay were purchased as shown by the records of the Zionist state anomaly. Thus actually, less than 25 free “Yes” on 56 possible”.
    Obviously it is not either very short or succinct compared to the ultra-disinformation “In November 1947: The UNO decides to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state”! But more  brevity is an automatic false conceptualization to the serious detriment of Palestinian patriots, because the Zionists constantly hypocritically invoke their legitimacy on the basis of this flawed vote that the UN Charter does not allow him to present as demonstrated by  the both French and English speaking Palestinian who was also lawyer of the Arab delegation Henry Cattan.

    A french palestinophile

  8. Dear mister winstanley,

    How do i gt in touch with miss, activist and wonderful lawyer Salma Karmi-Ayyoub?

    I am calling from Brasil.

    tHANKS SO MUCH, Fernando Tavares

  9. Lee White

    I am in the process of a suit against the United States concerning the World Zionist Organization and Palestine. If you can give me a link to attach a file in Microsoft Word; I will be more than happy to give you a work in progress copy, even to the point of allowing you to help me edit it.

    I must however, get everything into the Court House, no later than February 26, 2015

    I live in El Paso, Texas 79902. I am very much interested into Palestine!

  10. Though I would take a very different point of analysis, I do very much appreciate your work. It has been a pleasure to read your articles and aside from conclusions drawn I am so impressed at the thoroughness of research, Your arguments are cogent and so composed and authoritative. it is heartwarming to see such again. please feel free to call on me if I can assist with analytic in our part of the world, My contact: jeankisarl at etikx dot com. With my respects and best wishes from myself and my family to you and yours. Your friend Jean Kisarl

  11. Willy

    Thanks for the review on Palestine Israel Conflict by G Harms – will be wary while reading

  12. Finished G Harms` book – could write twice as much script based on the facts and figures they omitted !

  13. Well, I thought maybe the ‘mail’ contact was for mail.com, which I will use if I find that aol.com blocks my emails the way gmail did. But my sent message went nowhere.

    This was it:

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    Hello. I’ve been following politics for some time now in no special way other than lots of reading (books and blogs). I avoid the major media (and much that I consider to be fake alt/progressive, although I check that out sometimes). For a long time, I was quite favorable toward Vijay Prashad. Then he penned that Alternet article. It’s small but it’s not small. It’s small in the sense that EI and others (except for Barbara Mckenzie) seem to have not minded Prashad’s mistake. (Mistake or ‘mistake’?) I see that EI has no problem picking up his articles from time to time. Then again, Ali Abunimah is very critical of Bashar al-Assad and perhaps doesn’t have too much time for those defending Syria’s right to defend itself against imperialism. But I don’t know. Vijay Prashad seems to be solidly behind the cause of human rights for Palestinians (as am I). I haven’t read the book, “Letters To Palestine,” that he editted, but will get around to it eventually. It’s on my book shelf. In your view, How hard should I take his stated attitude toward Syria as revealed in that Alternet article? (I hope that EI, which I don’t follow closely, supports the Syrians in their struggle against the US’s and Israel’s efforts at regime change there. Yes, Ali is right. What did Assad do for Golan in all the time before Syria became a target? Syria, though, is not solely Assad. I don’t believe in ignoring anyone’s crimes.) I always feel the need to offer a disclaimer when I quote the usually very quotable Vijay Prashad (as I bump into him often enough; as I did recently trying to get info on McKinsey). I don’t know how to ask this question and not make it not quite reasonable. Sorry. I understand that you’re busy and can’t answer all emails sent to you. Not hearing from you won’t bother me, so don’t sweat it. I’ve always found your work to be useful by the way. Rick Battams (A Yappy Trade Barrier)
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  14. Charlie Browne

    Could I recommend Wikipedia pages to you on Hagangh, Stern Gang, The King David Hotel Bombing, The Sergeants’Affair and the founding of Israel?

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