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Out of the Fire Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The conflagration's duration and breadth, and the five million trees it reduced to ashes, would likely have sufficed to shock the country and touch off a commotion transcending this disaster's already grim environmental repercussions. However, the fire also took more lives than any one of the many t

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AIR New Zealand: Unity leads to Shechita victory Categories: Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Communal unity often comes about as a result of a polarising issue, a scandal or a tragedy. For the New Zealand Jewish community, such unity has been evident this year due to the issue of shechita (traditional kosher slaughtering practices) - and the fight against the government’s attempt to ban i

Editorial: An overdue US policy reset Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is no reason to believe that a second moratorium on construction in settlements would have led to a breakthrough. The Palestinian Authority (PA) repeatedly asserted that it would not agree to resume talks for a mere extension of the previous freeze, which ended in September. In that phase, the

Peace Prospects: Impasse, impossible or improving? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update continues the theme of analysing the latest impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace making. We begin with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon who, in his usual direct manner, nails the issue: that Palestinians have retreated from previous agreed-upon positions, remain obstructio

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Ahmadinejad in Political Trouble? Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

It was reported earlier this week that the Iranian parliament or Majlis, started to move to impeach hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, until he was rescued from the move by the intervention of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This Update looks at what is going on in Iranian internal polit

Egypt's Year of Decision Categories: Egypt     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Egypt's presidential election is still a year off. However, by October 2011, ailing President Hosni Mubarak will be 83 and have ruled the Land of the Pharaohs continuously for 30 years. But whether he steps down, tries to hold on for another term, or passes from the scene before a successor is appoi

Former firebrand gets burned Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Hanegbi emerges from the ruling politically wounded but alive. Though he has lost any chance of ever becoming prime minister, the court's failure to give him a jail sentence means Hanegbi can run for the next Knesset and possibly return to a cabinet position.

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The Forgotten Jews Categories: International Jewry, Israel, Middle East     Author: David Harris

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilisation, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent - but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world.

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