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Abbas' UN "Bombshell"

Abbas' UN "Bombshell" Categories: Palestinians, United Nations    

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave his much-foreshadowed speech at the UN General Assembly yesterday, and it only partially contained the "bombshell" that Palestinian sources repeatedly said it would. Amid a litany of accusations against Israel, and a rejection of r

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Biblio File: The “Bloodlands” Explained? Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Bernard Wasserstein

The term "Black Earth" is often used to designate the rich agricultural areas of southern Russia. But Timothy Snyder uses it in a broader sense to denote the frontier zones of east-central Europe contested between Stalin and Hitler in the Second World War - the "Bloodlands", as he called them in an

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Incitement and tensions in east Jerusalem

Incitement and tensions in east Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Today’'s Update looks at the main causes of the recent escalation in tension and violence in east Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount where Israeli police have faced off against Palestinian stone throwers and reported finding pipe bombs. The stone throwing claimed the life last week of

Noted and Quoted - October 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Beverley O'Connor interviewed radical Palestinian British activist Ghada Karmi who was attending the Melbourne Writers' Festival. Karmi backed the Palestinian Authority's (PA) call for the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations, because "the Palestinians for so long have been left out

Asia Watch: In and out of focus

Asia Watch: In and out of focus Categories: Asia, China, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Michael Shannon

Despite the saturation coverage and the massive police and intelligence effort, information on the perpetrators of the Bangkok bombing has been slow to emerge, with lines of inquiry centring on possible retaliation for the Thai government's decision to deport more than 100 Uighur refugees to China i

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Jeremy Corbyn, with his controversial history of calling terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah "friends", and associating with known antisemites and Holocaust deniers, has become the leader of the British Labour party. Corbyn claims that his references to terrorists as "friends" was to promote peace

Ultra-Orthodoxy joins the Jewish state

Ultra-Orthodoxy joins the Jewish state Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"Zionism is more ruinous than all the false messiahs who arose in our nation," wrote a group of prominent rabbis in response to Theodore Herzl's manifesto "The Jewish State".  Nearly 120 years on, this theological rejection remains nominally intact, while in every other respect - politically,

The End for Abbas?

The End for Abbas? Categories: Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael

In August, Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to resign from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee; his announcement was accompanied by the resignation of several senior PLO officials... The announcement came as no surprise to the Palestinian "street", which viewed it wi

Scribblings: The Palestinian alternative to a "One-State" solution

Scribblings: The Palestinian alternative to a "One-State" solution Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I've written before in this space that international "pro-Palestinian" activists who demand a "one-state solution" appear very out of step with what polls show the Palestinians themselves want. The latest polling data, aptly summarised by David Pollock in this edition on the opposite page, again sup

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

ISIS has killed thousands of people since it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, with the city of Raqqa as its de facto capital... In Israel, concern is increasing as ISIS nears Israeli borders. Yet, several analyses of the threat ISIS poses to Israel seem to be unnecessarily alarmist. ISIS

The Last Word: A Unique Gathering

The Last Word: A Unique Gathering Categories: Europe, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

Visiting the new POLIN Jewish Museum in Warsaw can be a challenging experience. In the heart of the destroyed ghetto, a site of immense evil, of persecution and deprivation, a walk through its many impressive exhibitions is a walk in the company of ghosts. With cultural, historical and political re

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