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Back to Beersheba

Back to Beersheba Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Even before departing Australia for the landmark historic commemoration at Beersheba, the excitement was palpable. Flights to Israel, connecting through Asia, were heavily booked. One could not be unmoved by the unusual sight of row upon row of Australians flocking from city and countryside alike, p

Crisis in Lebanon

Crisis in Lebanon Categories: Lebanon, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Just what transpired when the 47-year-old Hariri arrived in Riyadh is unclear, but circumstantial evidence suggests the resignation was not his idea and its text was written by someone else.

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Danby vs the ABC

Danby vs the ABC Categories: Australasia, Jordan, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

You'd think that, with its $1 billion budget, the ABC could handle a little criticism. Not so, as Melbourne Ports ALP MP Michael Danby recently discovered. In late September, Danby had the temerity to use his electoral allowance to run two advertisements in the Australian Jewish News questioning th

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Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims

Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

Peter Boyer ("History bent to shape to fit Anzac devotion" November 7) claims Beersheba had never been a Jewish town. In fact, it was founded by Jews in biblical times, and has a Hebrew name, meaning Seven Wells. The reason it had few Jews up to 1947 is that they had been driven out in Arab rioting.

Noted and Quoted - November 2017

Noted and Quoted - November 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Lowy Institute analyst Rodger Shanahan bizarrely argued that "much of Iran's attraction in the Arab world is the result of discriminatory policies towards Shia populations in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, or the unwillingness of Arab states... to compete diplomatically or economically with Iran..." Sin

Behind the News - November 2017

Behind the News - November 2017 Categories: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Israel has said it will prevent ISIS operating close to its border. Both the Islamic State-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly the al-Nusra Front, linked to al-Qaeda, already reportedly have a presence close to Israel's Golan borders.

Deconstruction Zone: How Palestine "occupies" itself

Deconstruction Zone: How Palestine "occupies" itself Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Asaf Romirowsky

A consistent Palestinian strategy for seeking statehood while blaming Israel for its absence has been codified through the narrative of "occupation." The anniversary of the 1967 war brought this to the forefront in endless accusations regarding the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank. There is eve

Hamas, Iran and Palestinian Reconciliation

Hamas, Iran and Palestinian Reconciliation Categories: Hamas, Iran, Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

In a historic reawakening, Iran is once again meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians. This does not bode well for the future of "reconciliation" between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Fatah faction run by PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The re-emergence of Iran, as it pursues i

Asia Watch: Decapitation not always fatal

Asia Watch: Decapitation not always fatal Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

The death in Marawi of the top two leaders of the Islamic State-aligned forces in Southeast Asia was a significant achievement for the Philippines military. However, few believe it will end Islamist terrorism in the southern Philippines and neighbouring regions, as the remnants of the Marawi campaig

ISIS after the fall of Raqqa

ISIS after the fall of Raqqa Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Ely Karmon

With the looming defeat of ISIS, and with many of the surviving fighters unable to return to their homes, the question arises as to where the remaining ISIS fighters will scatter as they look for safe havens and attempt to rebuild a territorial stronghold.

Media Microscope: Trial by Media

Media Microscope: Trial by Media Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

If you are a high profile supporter of Israel and criticise the reporting of a Middle East correspondent, prepare for blowback, even if what you say is completely correct. Federal Labor MP Michael Danby experienced trial by media over two ads in the Australian Jewish News (Sept. 28/Oct. 5) question

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Austria and Israel's dilemma

Austria and Israel's dilemma Categories: Europe, Far Right, Israel     Author: Herb Keinon

Israel has not yet clearly reacted to the elections in Austria that will likely catapult the far-right Freedom Party into the government, but this outcome poses a clear challenge to Jerusalem: Should it engage with European far-right parties if they become a part of a government?

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