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Hamas and the welfare of Gazans

Hamas and the welfare of Gazans Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update, dealing with some realities of Gaza post-conflict, and especially Hamas' role in them, leads with an extraordinary collection of testimony from Gazans. The testimony, collected by British-based Palestinian writer and commentator Mudar Zahran, comes from an impressive variety of anonymo

The Last Word: The Darville in the Detail

The Last Word: The Darville in the Detail Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Twenty years ago, this writer, academics, media personalities and political and ethnic community leaders were, to use the language of the time, "debating Demidenko" - after the respected Miles Franklin Prize was awarded to a book, purportedly written by an Australian of Ukrainian heritage, which sym

Media Microscope: A media "seizure" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

An AFP story claimed Israel was seizing "400 hectares of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the occupied West Bank" and stated that it was part of "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policy of settlement expansion on land the Palestinians claim for a future state," Adelaide Advertise

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Essay: Moral Defence

Essay: Moral Defence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Asa Kasher

I first heard air raid sirens during Israel's 1948 War of Independence, and I heard them most recently in August, during Operation Protective Edge. In 1948, an Egyptian plane dropped bombs on the centre of Rishon Lezion, where I then lived; more recently the threat took the familiar form of rockets

Israel's New Northern Exposure

Israel's New Northern Exposure Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Syria, Terrorism     Author: Andrew J. Tabler

While the world focuses on the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria, the Syrian war is spilling over into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. On Aug. 28, Syrian rebel groups, led by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front, captured the old border city of Quneitra from the Syrian army and Iranian-b

Israel and the rise of ISIS Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It is a landscape with which Jewish history is all too familiar. Here, in the flatlands abutting the Tigris and Euphrates, Jacob fell for Rachel, Jonah warned of approaching calamity, and Ezekiel saw a valley of bones come to life, as 26 centuries of intensive Jewish creation, crowned by the Talmud,

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Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Syria, United States     Author: Oded Eran

President Obama's Sept. 10 address to the American nation regarding the new US strategy against ISIS leaves many issues unclear, chief among them, what underlies the change in US policy regarding the extremist organisation. Both Obama's speech and public statements by senior American officials offer

AIR New Zealand: Peculiar election leads to stunning victory

AIR New Zealand: Peculiar election leads to stunning victory Categories: Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Impassioned speeches, heated debates, jovial neighbourhood walkabouts, the peddling of grand dreams for the future... National elections tend to be rousing times, full of hope and opportunity. They also tend to focus the attention of the community on broader social issues, along with the challenges

Scribblings: Bring Gaza to the West Bank?

Scribblings: Bring Gaza to the West Bank? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

An increasing number of people seem to have a very simple - perhaps simplistic is a better word - prescription for Israeli-Palestinian peace. It is not the negotiated two-state peace deal favoured by both sides of Australian politics, almost all Western governments, and both the Israeli public and

Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza

Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

All attention has turned to Australian military personnel being sent to Iraq to destroy the Islamic State. But crucial talks are set to commence soon on another critical battleground in the quest for Middle East peace. This week talks are expected to begin in Cairo to produce a long-term ceasefire

After the Gaza conflict: The view from Israel

After the Gaza conflict: The view from Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

I arrived at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport at the end of August, less than 48 hours after Gaza's rulers Hamas accepted an open-ended ceasefire effectively ending a two-month long conflict with Israel. Along with the signs giving directions to passport control and baggage claim were signs indicating t

43 out of tens of thousands in 8200

43 out of tens of thousands in 8200 Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

The international media has been abuzz with stories about the petition letter signed by 43 reservists of the elite IDF intelligence unit 8200 on September 12. The letter, which is addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, IDF General Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz and Military Intelligenc

Abbas' new "peace plan"

Abbas' new "peace plan" Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Last weekend, at a closed session of the Arab League Summit in Turkey, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly announced his plan to move ahead with peace process with Israel, and had it endorsed by the Arab League. While the details have not been publicly

Strategies for dealing with ISIS

Strategies for dealing with ISIS Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria, Updates    

With US President Obama scheduled to make a speech overnight detailing his strategy for dealing with the spread of ISIS (the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) - and having recently signed up some Middle Eastern and Western allies - this Update is devoted to expert advice about what

A map essential to understanding Israel’s decision to declare 1000 acres of land in the Etzion bloc “state land”

A map essential to understanding Israel’s decision to declare 1000 acres of land in the Etzion bloc “state land” Categories: Israel, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

There has been fierce debate and confusion regarding the recent decision of Israel's civil administration to declare 988 acres of land in the West Bank Gush Etzion area as "state land." The decision, announced by the Israeli government on August 31, is reportedly the precursor for the expansion of t

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