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Media Microscope: Starved of information

Media Microscope: Starved of information Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The humanity of Israel's system of administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners was the main interest when Israeli-Palestinian issues were covered in the first two weeks of May. On May 7, Ruth Pollard wrote in the Age/Sydney Morning Herald that "the number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger st

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The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Benedetta Berti

Recent weeks have seen violent clashes around Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city located in the north of the country, between Alawite supporters of the Syrian regime and Sunni backers of the anti-Assad opposition forces. To many observers, this violent escalation came as a surprise, in light of

The rift behind Hamas' secret elections

The rift behind Hamas' secret elections Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ehud Yaari

Secretive elections for new Hamas leadership bodies unofficially continued until the end of May, but even before then, it was already safe to point out some emerging trends as the movement struggles to cope with fierce debate over its future course. Top leader Khaled Meshaal has been considerably we

Iran negotiations that matter

Iran negotiations that matter Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since we don't know what Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said at the recent late April confab in Istanbul, we can't be sure that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was right to dismiss that pow-wow as a "freebie" for Teheran. Also, the Islamic Republic is a theocracy: The most

Big Government, Israeli-style

Big Government, Israeli-style Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In one of the strangest about-faces ever seen in its politics, the Jewish State woke up Tuesday, May 8 with the main Opposition party, Kadima, joining the Government, after the country had gone to bed the previous night with an early-election bill already in the process of being legislated. The new

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Tahrir where?

Tahrir where? Categories: Egypt     Author: Mahmoud Salem

Fifteen months after the Egyptian revolution, the largely secular youth movement on the streets of Egypt has lost much of its enthusiasm. As the deadline for the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to transfer power looms ever closer, the most pressing issue for Egypt's revolutionaries

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran     Author: Douglas Davis

When Catherine Ashton arrived in Israel last month she was carrying an outsized bundle of political baggage. The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, who is leading the international talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, had ostensibly made the journey to assu

Scribblings: Hamas "Hudna" offer revealed Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A lot of international commentators have been taken in by Hamas claims to be ready to accept a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders as part of a deal with Israel (though most commentators gloss over the fact that Hamas always also demands a Palestinian "right of return" - which would lead to Is

Editorial: End of the Camp David era? Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's new national unity government - one of the country's broadest coalitions on record - will have its work cut out in the months ahead. Domestically, in addition to the need to re-write the rules on military service for the ultra-Orthodox minority, and promised efforts to implement overdue pol

 Israeli leaders condemn violent riot

Israeli leaders condemn violent riot Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

What started as a protest of some 1,000 people in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighbourhood on May 23 calling for the deportation of unauthorised African migrants to Israel, turned violent as demonstrators attacked African passersby while others lit garbage cans on fire and smashed car windows. Israeli polic

Our misguided boycotters

Our misguided boycotters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Peter Beinart's call for a boycott of Israelis in the West Bank opposes the policy advice of almost everyone involved in the debate on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Similarly, the choice of my friend and former colleague in AUJS, Liam Getreu, to adopt Beinart's policy has place Liam at-odds

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The recent "Nakba Day" protests in Sydney attracted some controversy due to a ruling by NSW Supreme Court Justice Christine Adamson allowing the protesters to block peak-hour traffic in the centre of Sydney's CBD. Adamson drew particular criticism for likening "Nakba Day" – a Palestinian comme

Is Turkey flipping Democracy the bird?

Is Turkey flipping Democracy the bird? Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

While many in the international media have recently "coronated" Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as "King" of Israel following his formation of a national unity government, surely the use of the term, with its non-democratic connotations, would be more apropos when referring to Turkey'

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Before the deal that ended it last week, the recent Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in Israeli prisons was being presented as some kind of grand, Gandhi-esque "resistance" movement, pitting peaceful Palestinian "political prisoners" against cruel Israelis. This is certainly the impression that

Palestinian factions announce broken record

Palestinian factions announce broken record Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

New New York Times Middle East Correspondent Judy Rudoren wrote yesterday that: The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement late Sunday in Cairo that paves the way for elections and a new unity government for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, officials said. If tha

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