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The Last Word: Of Walls and Words

The Last Word: Of Walls and Words Categories: Europe, Palestinians     Author: Jeremy Jones

From the tastefully placed pavement plaques to the grand museums, from the confronting and disorientating Holocaust Memorial to the larger than life-sized photographs of citizens fleeing Communist dictatorship, Berlin is a city steeped in memory. It is also a lively, vibrant locus of arts and anarc

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Israel looks to Asia's next generation

Israel looks to Asia's next generation Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

In recent years, Israel has been coming to sees its future as increasingly linked with Asia. This fact is underscored by changing strategic realities, the region's influential emergent economies, and American and European woes in an unresolved global financial crisis. Three of the world's largest ec

Romirowsky: Challenging UNRWA

Romirowsky: Challenging UNRWA Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), formed as a temporary organisation in 1949 to take care of the immediate needs of the Arab refugees from Israel's existential War of Independence, has evolved into a sprawling, politically compromised advocat

Essay: Legal Blindness

Essay: Legal Blindness Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Since Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced on May 28 that he would be increasing funding to the UN Relief and Works Association for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), there has been a great deal of focus on the true nature of UNRWA and its activities. UNRWA is the single biggest influence on the

Out of Africa

Out of Africa Categories: Africa, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Compared to the revolutionary upheavals in the Arab states, the Jewish state is a haven of political stability, domestic quiet and economic prosperity. And while it involves a hazardous, overland desert journey fraught with Bedouin marauders and human traffickers, Israel's largely unfenced Negev bor

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Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood

Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Barry Rubin

Today, the Muslim Brotherhood is the most important international political organisation in the Arabic-speaking world. It just won the presidency of Egypt and is the dominant party in Egypt's Parliament, having obtained about 47% of the vote there and in the Tunisian Government, having received 40%

O, Brother

O, Brother Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Robert Satloff

For both Middle Easterners and Americans, Muhammad Morsi's victory in Egypt's presidential election is a watershed moment. Eighty-four years after an obscure schoolteacher founded the Muslim Brotherhood, and nearly 60 years since the Egyptian army overthrew King Farouk and established a republic, Mo

Asia Watch: Both sides of the coin

Asia Watch: Both sides of the coin Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Over the past decade, Indonesia's counter-terror operations have been undeniably effective, with all of the key Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leaders either dead or behind bars. The successes pile up, yet the extremism and intolerance that provided the basis of the worst acts of terror still finds expression

Editorial: Egypt as Islamist Epicentre Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Just last month, Tareq al-Suwaidan, a leading Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood figure, was granted a visa to give lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, including at a forum on the campus of Monash University. It was his second visit to Australia. Al-Suwaidan has a long history of espousing antisemitic statem

Egypt under a Muslim Brotherhood President

Egypt under a Muslim Brotherhood President Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update focuses on new analysis from noted experts on the likely trajectory of Egypt under its new President, Muhammed Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood. First is Eric Trager, the expert on Egyptian domestic politics for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who discusses w

Israeli music builds bridges

Israeli music builds bridges Categories: Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Andrea Nadel and Tzvi Fleischer

Anti-Israel activists have been sponsoring intense campaigns of intimidation, emotional blackmail and misinformation to encourage prominent musicians to boycott Israel by not performing there, as reported on June 4 ("Stars under fire for concerts in Israel"). These activists claim that they are act

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Did Israel's government covet the land it captured as part of the defensive war of June 1967, which ended with Israeli forces in control of the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza? For the most part, not at all, according to 200 pages of newly declassified transcripts from cabinet an

Media Week - Antisemitic poster boys; Radio daze; Go Canada

Media Week - Antisemitic poster boys; Radio daze; Go Canada Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A Sydney Morning Herald story (16/6) on the Egyptian Supreme Court overturning a ban on the presidential candidacy of former Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq featured a picture of a male protester holding a poster of Shafiq covered in at least five Star of Davids. The paper's accompanying ca

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Egypt's Uncertain Post-Election Future

Egypt's Uncertain Post-Election Future Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates    

This Update deals with the aftermath of events in Egypt over the weekend - both the run-off presidential election (which the Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammed Morsi claims to have narrowly won, though his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, makes the same claim, but election authorities are review

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