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Rather than compromising, Hamas is gaining confidence

Rather than compromising, Hamas is gaining confidence Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Over the past weekend, over two hundred rockets were fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, injuring several people, sending up to a million Israelis to the bomb shelter, and canceling school for approximately 200,000 students. Israeli air strikes targeted the Popular Resistance Committee (

Terror attack on Jewish school in France a stark reminder of antisemitic threat

Terror attack on Jewish school in France a stark reminder of antisemitic threat Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Far Right, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last month, I wrote in defence of the security concerns of Australia's Jewish community. With a heavy heart, I must note that these concerns have been unfortunately vindicated once again. Last night, a shooting attack outside Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in Toulouse, killed much-loved schoolteacher

The facts and the hearsay on Israel

The facts and the hearsay on Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Terror sponsorship has been around for as long as terrorism. It's a phenomenon that has been widely recognised, which allows a group to use terrorism as a tool while insulating themselves from direct responsibility. As an added benefit, in some cases it allows for additional logistical possibilitie

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Egypt to end Camp David?/ Syria Again

Egypt to end Camp David?/ Syria Again Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update deals with recent developments in Egypt, and especially the passage of a unanimous resolution by Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament demanding a severing of all ties with Israel on Monday. Israeli strategic analyst Jonathan D. Halevi looks at the implications o

 UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation

UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has done it again - in its annual session it condemned only one country - Israel, while ignoring the human rights violations of women around the world, including especially the current crisis in Syria - where women are being raped and murde

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Another child's death falsely blamed on Israel as leaked emails reveal Assad's scapegoating

Another child's death falsely blamed on Israel as leaked emails reveal Assad's scapegoating Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Just days after being exposed for fraudulently blaming the accidental death of a 15-year-old boy on an "Israeli airstrike", Hamas officials have again attempted to implicate Israel in the death of a Gaza youth -- this time, seven-year-old Baraka al-Mughrabi. Just after Mughrabi passed

More on Israel-China relations

More on Israel-China relations Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Burgeoning relations between Israel and China has been the focus of considerable attention in recent months, including from us here at AIJAC (see here and here) Now Israeli journalist Oren Kessler has written a new piece which is a must read for anyone interested in this subject - it's entitle

The Latest Gaza Flare-Up

The Latest Gaza Flare-Up Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with background to and details of the intensive flare-up over the weekend around Gaza, which saw over 200 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza (sending up to 1 million Israelis into bomb shelters) and Israel staging numerous counter-attacks a

False reports about the death of 15-year-old Gaza boy - and other internet falsehoods about the Gaza situation

False reports about the death of 15-year-old Gaza boy - and other internet falsehoods about the Gaza situation Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Kony2012 campaign was not the only viral campaign in recent days that spread some dubious information. A number of allegations of Israeli targeting of civilians that surface over the past few days have been outed as downright lies. The most glaring example is the death of 15-year-old Nayif

Peace through falsehood

Peace through falsehood Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Context is king and without it the most outrageous slurs can be given legitimacy. Unfortunately, some pro-Palestinian activists are prone to only offer facts in isolation to give their false allegations the air of authenticity and aid the ongoing campaign to delegitimise Israel. The most recent ex

The problematic Palestinian unity government deal

The problematic Palestinian unity government deal Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While the fractured rule of the Fatah-dominated PA in the West Bank and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip has been an obstacle to a two-state peace solution with Israel, it does not follow that this move towards Palestinian unification will improve the chances for peace. On the contrary, though the prospect

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Fraud suspected in Iranian election

Fraud suspected in Iranian election Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following yesterday's blog post on the outcomes of the Iranian Parliamentary election, there is further speculation that the Iranian government's claim of an election turnout of 65% is not accurate. Also, check out the "bravest, craziest, most ironic vote in Iran's election" - a young Iranian man w

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