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On ABC Lateline, Palestinian official's veiled rejection of Israel's existence

On ABC Lateline, Palestinian official's veiled rejection of Israel's existence Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

ABC TV Lateline's Ali Moore interviewed Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath last night about the PA's UN statehood bid. Shaath , an experienced statesman, gave what on the surface may be perceived as a compelling argument for supporting the statehood bid; however, further

The Last Word: Bullies, demonisers and slanderers

The Last Word: Bullies, demonisers and slanderers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

In recent weeks there has been a fair bit of attention on the activities of the anti-Israel bullies, demonisers and slanderers (who call themselves BDS for other reasons), who try to stop Australians from purchasing anything from hot chocolate and perfume to padlocks. The more the boycotters are ac

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Durban III Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This year's Durban III Conference also known as "World Conference Against Racism" held on 22 September in New York has lived up to expectations by promoting antisemitism and anti-Zionism. The participants at the conference voted on a political statement affirming the declarations of the original Du

Abbas losing support over hypocrisy in the UN

Abbas losing support over hypocrisy in the UN Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Quartet, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As expected, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for Statehood to the UN Secretary General. The application can be downloaded HERE. In addition to this, both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly and their two speeche

The Biblio File: The Right's Wrongs

The Biblio File: The Right's Wrongs Categories: Antisemitism, Far Right, United Kingdom     Author: Jeremy Jones

Reading Matthew Collins' Hate: My Life in the British Far Right, I am glad that I live in Australia and didn't have dealings with the UK far right... Through this autobiographical work, a reader is given an intensive view of the violent personalities who inhabit the British far right, with as much

Palmer vs Goldstone: lessons learned Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: Gerald Steinberg & Gidon Shaviv

Criticism of Israel is usually the foregone conclusion of any UN commission, particularly when human rights or humanitarian issues are involved. However, the recent Palmer Commission report deserves special notice. It investigated events surrounding the deaths of self-styled "peace activists" who w

Cairo's Embassy Riots and Egyptian Opinion

Cairo's Embassy Riots and Egyptian Opinion Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Eric Trager

The diplomatic documents had barely stopped drifting down from the Israeli Embassy in Egypt when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof referenced the root causes of the attack, as he saw them: "Attacking the Israeli embassy doesn't help Gazans, doesn't bring back the dead," he tweeted. "Instead it h

Setbacks and Opportunity

Setbacks and Opportunity Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The year was 1958 and Israel had noticed that Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser's agitation across the Middle East was disagreeable to many of his non-Arab neighbours. Israel therefore emerged with what came to be known as the "Periphery Strategy", which focused on Ethiopia, Iran and Turkey and eve

Origins of the Palestinian UDI bid

Origins of the Palestinian UDI bid Categories: Palestinians, United Nations, United States     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

The Unilateral Declaration of Independence, or UDI, initiative was reportedly born in May 2005, when Abbas attended the summit of South American and Arab states in Brazil, where he met with President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva. Lula is said to have promised Abbas that, toward the completion

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Marc Ginsberg

The unilateralist gambit by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ram through a resolution on Palestinian statehood in the UN General Assembly will produce little more than the mirage of a fleeting diplomatic triumph. No matter the hoopla surrounding it, the UN vote will certainly not represent a water

Europa Europa: Turkish Delight Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Douglas Davis

It is hard to remain unmoved by acts of blatant cynicism. Not those small, nasty gestures of crass stupidity that seek to advance a particular vested interest, but grand acts of faux-statecraft that leave the observer unsure whether to laugh or cry. Last month's antics of Turkey's Islamist Prime Min

Scribblings: The PA UN bid UNplugged Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The AIR has previously canvassed numerous critical arguments concerning the Palestinian bid to have their "statehood" recognised at the UN. These include: that it avoids badly needed negotiations, violates the Oslo Accords, feeds Palestinian illusions about achieving their goals without compromise,

Editorial: Autumn follows Spring Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It has become increasingly clear that, sadly, the Arab upheavals that swept the Middle East this year are not resulting in a democratic "Arab Spring". Rather an "Islamist awakening" seems to be occurring alongside a resurgence of extreme Arab nationalism. The middle class crowds demanding "freedom"

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