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New Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah

New Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the announcement earlier this week by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas that the relatively unknown Rami Hamdallah, the President of al-Najah University, will be the new PA Prime Minister, succeeding internationally well-regarded econom

Media Week - Birds of a feather; Trigger-happy headliners; Down the memory hole

Media Week - Birds of a feather; Trigger-happy headliners; Down the memory hole Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

SBS TV's "Dateline" program (May 21) travelled to Greece to look at the worrying rise in the Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn movement which has used the economic crisis there to increase its Parliamentary representation through scapegoating Jews, foreigners, homosexuals and other rival political groupings. Wh

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Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War

Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War Categories: Lebanon, Syria, Updates    

This Update deals with the aftermath of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's very public announcement last week that Hezbollah was essentially completely dedicated to fighting "all out" on the side of the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war, following widespread reports that large numb

The problem with blaming it all on the settlements

The problem with blaming it all on the settlements Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

US Secretary of State John Kerry had just concluded yet another visit to the Middle East. On his agenda were visits to Oman and Jordan to discuss the horrific Syrian civil war, and day and a half in Israel and Ramallah to continue his ongoing - but still unsuccessful - effort to reignite direct Isra

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Israeli technology in India

Israeli technology in India Categories: India, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

One of Israel's most important economic relationships is with India and this continues to grow, with trade now around US$5 billion annually (excluding defence, which is reportedly very substantial). Furthermore, Jerusalem and New Delhi are currently negotiating a free trade agreement that is expecte

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Amongst the outcomes of that conference was the "London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism", which has attracted many Australian signatories in recent days, including the Prime Minister, every member of the Federal Coalition, and leading NSW State MPs. In Australia, despite what those gullible e

Media Microscope: The Fading X-Factor Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

And so the Prisoner X story came full circle, with ABC "Foreign Correspondent" reporter Trevor Bormann on May 7 following up on his February 12 expose that Melbourne-born Ben Zygier was Israel's mysterious "Prisoner X". After the original broadcast, it appeared that Bormann's scoop had been largely

The Biblio File: Zionism, Peace and Illusion

The Biblio File: Zionism, Peace and Illusion Categories: Israel     Author: Paul Monk

Tyler's preoccupations are those of J Street and the Israeli revisionist historians. He is out to prove a point. Pinto looks at Israel through multiple, often unfamiliar lenses and is rich in humane sympathies. Tyler finds excuses again and again for Arab terrorism, while excoriating Israeli counter

Russia, China and the Middle East

Russia, China and the Middle East Categories: China, Israel, Russia     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The era of bad feeling that once governed Israel's relations with the eastern superpowers has been over for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. Having exchanged ambassadors in the aftermath of the Cold War with both Moscow and Beijing, the Jewish State's trade with the two has since grown exponentially,

Conflicted Loyalties

Conflicted Loyalties Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Andrew Friedman

More recently, however, the town has gained notoriety in Israel - some would say the town has become infamous - because of its proximity to the international border with Syria, and to the civil war that has ravaged that country for more than two years. The fighting is clearly audible from Majdal Sha

The Futile Quest for "Moderates"

The Futile Quest for "Moderates" Categories: Iran     Author: Michael Rubin

On May 21, Iran's unelected Guardian Council presented its slate of approved candidates to run in the Islamic Republic's June 2013 presidential elections. Of the more than 600 who sought to have their name on the ballot, it gave the go-ahead to only eight. They range from hardline supporters of Iran

All the Ayatollah's Men

All the Ayatollah's Men Categories: Iran     Author: Abbas Milani

Here they go again: Every four years, theocratic Iran holds presidential elections. If that sounds like a contradiction, if not an oxymoron, that's because it is. On the one hand, virtually all power ostensibly rests with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who claims to represent God's ultimate sovereignt

Europa Europa: Of Hawking and Hatred Categories: Anti-Zionism     Author: Douglas Davis

In South Africa, the question that haunted me was: am I crazy or is everyone around me out of their collective mind? The same question occurred again last month when I heard that the eminent Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, basing himself on "advice from Palestinian academics", had thrown in his

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Scribblings: Tortured Logic Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Readers of the Australian media will recall several instances of reports highlighting NGO claims that Israel engages in "torture" of Palestinian prisoners. What they will not likely have heard is that there are far more credible allegations of torture on a large scale against Palestinian security fo

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