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Iranian sources discuss plans to destroy Israel

Iranian sources discuss plans to destroy Israel Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Iranian leaders have done it again - publicly stating their intention to destroy Israel. As was widely reported, the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 3 said in a speech to worshippers at prayers in Teheran and broadcast on state TV, that Israel is a "cancerous tu

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The Syrian Opposition/Russia and Syria

The Syrian Opposition/Russia and Syria Categories: Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update focuses on the situation in Syria and especially on what is known about the varied opposition to the Assad regime. The first piece up comes from Nic Robertson of CNN, who just returned from a visit to Syria which is something increasingly rare for Western journalist

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Israel and the Iranian nuclear issue

Israel and the Iranian nuclear issue Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates    

Last week, Israel Defence Minister Ehud Barak spoke at the annual Davos Forum, and told listeners that tough sanctions on Iran may be too late because Iran was " drifting into what we call an immunity zone where practically no surgical [military operation] could bl

You may have missed Categories: Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Some stories that readers may be interested in: An al-Qaeda inspired cell has confessed to plotting terror attacks in London. Their targets included "two rabbis" in addition to high-profile ones such as the London Stock Exchange and Westminster Abbey. Israel has been given a top s

Media Week - McDonald's harm; Palestinian racing story the pits; Highly speculative speculation Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Sydney Morning Herald's Hamish McDonald (Jan. 21) came away from a recent visit to Israel with the view that the country's "old liberality" is being whittled away by the right and the ultra-orthodox. The latter, he wrote, "are 20 per cent of the population, breeding three times faster than more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

January 27 marks the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau - the largest Nazi death camp was liberated. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to designate January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD) to honour the victims of the Holocaust - the genocide that resulted in the

One year on: how much has changed in Egypt?

One year on: how much has changed in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The New York Times' Lede blog is commemorating the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution through a post containing reflections by an Egyptian activist, interspersed with footage he took from the protests in Cairo on 25 January last year. The piece

The truth behind the "water libel"

The truth behind the "water libel" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The claim of Israel maliciously depriving Palestinians of water, in order to steal more for its own citizens, has been often repeated amongst Israel's critics. To Jerusalem Post blogger Petra Marquardt-Bigman, the accusation is reminiscent of Medieval accusations of Jews poisoning water su

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Israel's Chinese Puzzle

Israel's Chinese Puzzle Categories: China, Iran, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Over the past 10 to 15 years, China has become a rising power in the Middle East, rivalling the United States and Russia for strategic influence. Its presence in the region rests squarely on a strategic relationship with Iran, and friendly, interlocking relations with Arab oil states to ensure a co

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