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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

Digging for Evidence: Israel Uses Archeology to Claim Rights Over Palestine – Because Faith Is No Longer Enough By Jonathan Gornall - Aug 14, 2019

Digging for Evidence: Israel Uses Archeology to Claim Rights Over Palestine – Because Faith Is No Longer Enough  By Jonathan Gornall July was a particularly busy month for archaeology in the Holy Land. In Tell es-Safi in southern Israel, archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University excavating what some believe to be the remains of the ancient Philistine city … Continue reading “Digging for Evidence: Israel Uses Archeology to Claim Rights Over Palestine – Because Faith Is No Longer Enough”

Post-Imperial Conceits Ignore Instances of Good Governance to Be Found in Islamic Societies By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 25, 2019

It is symptomatic of the divisive wedge that has been driven through the psyche of the British by the Brexit farce that in two days last week two polarized representations of Islam emerged in the UK. One spoke to the tolerant nature of the open society that post-colonial Britain had aspired to become, embracing all faiths, … Continue reading “Post-Imperial Conceits Ignore Instances of Good Governance to Be Found in Islamic Societies”

Western Museums Should Give Back Antiquities So They Benefit the Countries They Originally Came From By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 17, 2019

What is the difference between antiquities seized by the British during the heyday of empire and those taken under cover of the chaos created by the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 21st century? The answer, according to the semantic dissembling of the British Museum, is that in the latter case the … Continue reading “Western Museums Should Give Back Antiquities So They Benefit the Countries They Originally Came From”

Paying Tax on Treats Is Worth It If It Means Improved Public Health – and the Gulf Countries Can Show How By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 11, 2019

With the news that Oman will introduce so-called “sin taxes” from the end of September, Kuwait is the only remaining member of the Gulf Cooperation Council yet to do so, but says it plans to follow suit in 2020-2021. The new taxes are hefty: 100 percent on tobacco and energy drinks and 50 percent on … Continue reading “Paying Tax on Treats Is Worth It If It Means Improved Public Health – and the Gulf Countries Can Show How”