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Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel?

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel? Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

What's wrong with being religious in Israel? Nothing at all - though there is of course much controversy in Israel at the moment over the exemption from the draft for most ultra-Orthodox young men following a Supreme Court ruling last week, and other issues, including views on women's rights. But t

Politicians report on Israel visit

Politicians report on Israel visit Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Henry Benjamin

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has hosted a meeting in Sydney at which three Australian members of Parliament told of their experiences on a recent visit to Israel. Liberal Bob Baldwin member for Paterson near Newcastle, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister

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The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving

The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving Categories: Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Muslim-owned café in an east Jerusalem suburb, discussing the complexities of Middle Eastern affairs with a Greek Orthodox Palestinian nationalist. Hours earlier, I had met with a young, American-born Jewish woman, a high achiever academically who seemed to

Media Microscope: Nuclear Reactions Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The recent international focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions generated a lot of heat and occasionally some light in the Australian media. A Sydney Morning Herald (February 6) editorial astutely warned "there is simply no precedent for a revolutionary Islamist regime getting its hands on nuclear weapo

Essay: Creative Desecration

Essay: Creative Desecration Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran     Author: Matthias K√ľntzel

Iran's policies now lie at the centre of world politics. Far too little attention, however, is being paid to the unique ideological atmosphere that makes the Iranian nuclear weapons program so dangerous. Holocaust denial is certainly the cruellest aspect of this ideology, for whoever denies the Hol

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Stuck in the Middle

Stuck in the Middle Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Half-a-decade after it won its first and last general election, Israel's political centre is scrambling for a future in a rapidly changing ideological landscape. At the heart of the jockeying is a three-way contest over the leadership of the main Israeli opposition party, Kadima, and the emergence

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier?

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

On February 6, 2012, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed a new agreement to create a Palestinian national unity government for the West Bank and Gaza. The Doha Declaration, like previous Fatah-Hamas agreements, emphasises the need to implement th

The Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Civil War Categories: Syria     Author: Jeffrey White

What began in March 2011 as an attempt to suppress peaceful anti-government demonstrations has evolved into a war - one that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now waging against armed groups and the Syrian people with utter determination and extreme violence. Viewing the conflict as a life-or-deat

Inside Free Syria

Inside Free Syria Categories: Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Idlib Province, Syria - The mountains outside Antakya were wrapped in black clouds the day we crossed the border from Turkey into Syria. The smugglers said this was a good sign as the Syrian Army patrols don't care for rain and mud, and would tend to stay in their huts, making our crossing safer. Th

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In December, I wrote on AIJAC's "Fresh AIR" blog (available on-line at www.aijac.org.au/news/article/antisemitism-in-the-middle-east-in-1835) about a 19th century book that had been rediscovered which shed a great deal of light on the situation of Jews in the Arab Middle East in the 1830s - before Z

Editorial: Abbas' Unfortunate Choice Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Recently, detailed accounts were published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of the January round of Israeli-Palestinian "negotiations about negotiating" held in Amman, Jordan. According to the Haaretz account, Israeli negotiators offered a somewhat vague but important statement of the principles wh

Egypt and the NGOs

Egypt and the NGOs Categories: Egypt, NGOs, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the crisis between Egypt and the US sparked by the Egyptian government's crackdown on pro-democracy NGOs in the country, and more importantly, what these events say about Egypt's potential for progress toward genuine liberal democracy. Stephen Mc

The other concern about Greece: Antisemitism

The other concern about Greece: Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Greece has been repeatedly in the headlines in recent months for one simple reason - because of that small country's massive debt crisis and the huge implications it has for the wider European Union. But there's another reason that the world should be paying attention to Greece.  In Greece, ant

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