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Israel's push for productive solutions

Israel's push for productive solutions Categories: Anti-Zionism, Asia, Europe, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THE Lebanese branch of the anti-Israel boycott movement has demanded that country's government ban the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because, in the movie, Wonder Woman is played by the Israeli actor Gal Gadot. Worldwide, the film has box office takings of over $1.2 billion. Many people -

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya Categories: Iraq, Libya, Updates    

This Update deals with two major crisis areas in the Middle East, both with profound effects on the fight against ISIS. One is the major political crisis in Iraq, where the government of Prime Minister Abadi seems paralysed and under threat from radical Shi'ite groups opposed to his reforms designe

Vale to French PM Valls’ efforts to combat French antisemitism?

Vale to French PM Valls’ efforts to combat French antisemitism? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

This week's surprise visit to Australia by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the wake of his country winning a $50 billion contract to build our next generation of submarines is a sign that the Franco-Australian relationship is at a high watermark. But sadly, the Franco-Israel relationship is we

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Noted and Quoted - May 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

The Age editorialised (March 28), following Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to Australia in mid-March, that Australia and Iran "do not, and will not in the near future, see eye to eye on matters of human rights." The paper attacked Zarif's "hypocrisy about human rights" calling it "bre

Islands of Stability?

Islands of Stability? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia     Author: Eran Lerman & Joshua Teitelbaum

Having played a major role in sustaining the present Egyptian regime against political and economic challenges, the Saudis were now in a position to finalise the restoration of their sovereignty over the islands, control of which they had ceded to Egypt back in 1949 in the context of the latter's be

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Essay: Could the 1948 war have been avoided?

Essay: Could the 1948 war have been avoided? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Matthias Küntzel

On 29 November 1947 over two-thirds of the United Nations membership voted in favour of General Assembly Resolution 181 proposing a partition of Palestine: 56% of the mandate territory was assigned to a Jewish state and 43% to an Arab state, with Jerusalem under international administration. The Jew

Al Jazeera reaps what it sows

Al Jazeera reaps what it sows Categories: Gulf states, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Eyal Zisser

Al Jazeera is in trouble. After two decades in which it enjoyed unconstrained rule over the Arab media and presented a threat to plenty of Arab regimes - mostly the moderate, pro-Western ones - the Qatari television channel finds itself in difficulties. 

Asia Watch: Spotfires

Asia Watch: Spotfires Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

While the Islamic State territory in Syria and Iraq is receding, IS-linked entities still pose a deadly threat not only in Europe but also Southeast Asia, with hotbeds of activity in the southern Philippines and Indonesia's Central Sulawesi region.

Zarif's charm offensive continues - with a deceptive defence of the regime's Holocaust Denial

Zarif's charm offensive continues - with a deceptive defence of the regime's Holocaust Denial Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Zarif's public relations campaign is in full swing, as seen from his interview with Robin Wright of the New Yorker on April 25. The New Yorker interview highlights Zarif's excuses and cover-ups for Iranian terrorism and Holocaust Denial. He also suggests the nuclear deal is fraying, blaming the US

Celebrating Terrorism, Palestinian Style

Celebrating Terrorism, Palestinian Style Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Shortly after the Jerusalem bus terror explosion attack on April 18, a number of Palestinian factions rushed to issue statements applauding the "heroic operation" and urging Palestinians to pursue the path of armed struggle against Israel. The Palestinian jubilation over the terror attack, the firs

The Problem of Salafism

The Problem of Salafism Categories: Islamic Extremism     Author: Jacob Olidort

While the attacks in Brussels are a tragic reminder of the ambitions of ISIS, we have yet to understand the inner workings of its ideology. Just days prior to the tragedy, Belgian authorities raided the home of Algerian Mohamed Belkaid, who was linked to the Paris attacks. Among the items they found

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

For while Europeans are quick to differentiate between terrorists who strike within their borders and "militants" who strike in Israel, Israelis understand the fundamental nature of terrorism: whether it occurs in Europe or in Israel, it is essentially designed to visit indiscriminate death and dest

Biblio File: The “One State” Delusion

Biblio File: The “One State” Delusion Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf

If Jews and Arabs are to exist peacefully and achieve justice in the framework of a single democratic state, as proposed by Perry Anderson, the acceptance by both peoples of the equality of the other, both as collectives and as individuals, is a necessary condition. If Jews and Arabs are to draft a

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing?

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

Why do people who are not clinically crazy throw themselves into campaigns of murder and suicide? The sociological answer to this question assumes a pettiness in human nature, such that even the slightest of humiliations and misfortunes may be regarded as sufficiently devastating, under certain cond

The Sanders Middle East mirage

The Sanders Middle East mirage Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States has excited many pro-Palestinian activists. Even academic Amin Saikal ("Bernie Sanders dares to challenge Israel", Times2, April 20, p5) has jumped on the bandwagon. This Sanders euphoria is based on few

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