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The Last Word: There ought to be a law against it

The Last Word: There ought to be a law against it Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Not that long ago, if you entered the terms "Jew" and "Australia" into one particularly ubiquitous search engine, the first links to appear were to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other antisemitic conspiracy theories. When the company which ran the search engine was informed, its answer, i

The Biblio File: Faithfully Offensive

The Biblio File: Faithfully Offensive Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: John Levi

Jane Caro, explains that she is an atheist and introduces the book by writing how "revealing (it was) to me personally to see what we all agree on" with "grace, humour, civility, flexibility and decency." If only those words were true. It is hardly gracious of Antony Loewenstein to dub the only Jewi

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The Mideast Media War

The Mideast Media War Categories: Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Lee Smith

In early July, al-Jazeera staffers were driven out of a news briefing held by the Egyptian military - apparently because of perceptions by those in the crowd that the Doha-based network is biased toward the Muslim Brotherhood government. This incident is only the latest salvo in what's emerging as a

The Old Order Strikes Back

The Old Order Strikes Back Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The toppling of the Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt by the army is an event of historic importance. It is important chiefly because it represents an enormous setback in a process which only a few months ago looked inexorable and unstoppable. That process was the replacement of the military-republi

Back to the Future

Back to the Future Categories: Egypt     Author: Jacques Neriah

In Egypt on July 3, 2013, for the first time in the modern history of the Middle East, an Islamocracy was ousted from power. The Muslim Brotherhood's 80-year dream to take over Egypt ended in a fiasco, barely one year after one of its own was democratically elected to the office of President of Egyp

Squeezing Hamas for the Sake of Peace

Squeezing Hamas for the Sake of Peace Categories: Egypt, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

The downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt earlier this month has been widely described as a blow to Hamas and its de facto government in the Gaza Strip, but the real damage has been to the Islamist group's pocketbook. The Egyptian Army's ongoing operations against the subterranean t

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Back to the Table

Back to the Table Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Two decades after the signing of the Oslo Accords, and half a decade after they last discussed peace, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) agreed to resume negotiations for a final-status agreement on July 19. The deal, which followed US Secretary of State John Kerry's hectic shuttling between

Europa Europa: Democracy-dreaming Categories: Europe, Middle East     Author: Douglas Davis

In November 1947, two years after saving Europe from totalitarianism and two years after being booted out of office, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons he had concluded that, "democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried". The military leaders

Scribblings: Abbas and Al-Aqsa Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is an ongoing and to my view, generally inconclusive debate in Israel and among Israel watchers about the genuineness of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a peacemaker. It is certainly true that, in terms of his consistent opposition to violence and terrorism, he represents a ma

Editorial: To Washington, with realism Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement on July 19 that Israel and the Palestinians had reached an agreement that establishes a "basis" for the resumption of peace negotiations was certainly a very welcome development after almost five years without substantive peace talks. But this does not

Qanta Ahmed: BDS harms Israeli Arabs

Qanta Ahmed: BDS harms Israeli Arabs Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following my previous blog post which looked at how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement undermines peace-building efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and discriminates against Israeli Arabs, an article in Haaretz by Dr. Qanta Ahmed has exemplified this point. Ahmed is a physi

The EU's Partial Hezbollah Ban

The EU's Partial Hezbollah Ban Categories: Europe, Lebanon, Terrorism, Updates    

On Monday, the European Union agreed, after months of debate and negotiation, to ban the "military wing" of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah (Australia, of course, similarly bans only Hezbollah's "External Security Organisation"). This Update focuses on the background and impl

Peace talks set to resume?

Peace talks set to resume? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed on a "basis" to resume peace talks. Israel has reportedly agreed to release 85 Palestinian prisoners from the pro-Oslo period as part of the deal, but other details of this "basis for t

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