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The millionaires of Gaza

The millionaires of Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While many Gazans struggle with poverty like many people across the Middle East, one may be surprised to find that there is another side to Gaza's economy - a booming property development industry supported by the smuggling trade that is estimated to have made a thousand millionaires in the last fiv

Media Week - So near, and yet so far; Justified fears;  Shalom Salam; Justice done; Conspiracy-land; Howe's that

Media Week - So near, and yet so far; Justified fears; Shalom Salam; Justice done; Conspiracy-land; Howe's that Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

On Fairfax's "Daily Life" site (April 23) Ruby Hamad, who has previously penned some ill-informed and one-sided pieces on Israel, presented a sober account of the escalating restrictions imposed by Hamas on Gazans. Unfortunately her explanation for Gaza's economic difficulties was entirely predicta

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Margaret and Edith and Immanuel

Margaret and Edith and Immanuel Categories: Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Transcending sentiment and pragmatic impulses was Thatcher's hard-nosed perception that the qualities of the Jewish community coincided precisely with her own aspirational vision for Britain: self-help and hard work, ambition and endeavour, enterprise, personal responsibility and social justice.

The Last Word: Standing Up on the Bus

The Last Word: Standing Up on the Bus Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was horrible to watch, on an ordinary Sydney bus, on an ordinary day. A male, chronologically an adult, delivered a racist tirade directed at two other passengers.A young woman who recorded the incident on her phone told media that the targets of the abuse had done nothing which would have promp

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'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Student activism in NSW seems to be taking a dark turn. For those who follow this blog, it would not be especially surprising to hear that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel ('BDS') movement is steeped in antisemitism. ... In recent days, students at the University of New South Wa

Israel talks Turkey

Israel talks Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

During his visit to Israel in March, US President Barack Obama arranged a dramatic telephone call on March 22 between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Erdogan. Netanyahu spoke of Israel's "regret for certain operational errors" in the commando assault on the Mavi Marmara. Compensation,

Yair Lapid's Moment of Truth

Yair Lapid's Moment of Truth Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Experts agree that the Israeli economy, while suffering no major illness, is nonetheless in need of some bitter preventive treatment if it is to avoid serious ailments down the road. At the heart of the situation that Finance Minister Yair Lapid inherited yawns a 4.2%-of-GDP budget deficit, the resu

A 65-Year Miracle?

A 65-Year Miracle? Categories: Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, an ingathering of the exiles took place with Jews from all over the globe flocking to find haven in the newly established Jewish state. There, against all odds, they bonded together into a melting pot of Shoah survivors, refugees fleeing persecution in Arab coun

Fayyad Out

Fayyad Out Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Makovsky

Fayyad's tenure has since been defined by institution-building, including in the areas of finance and security - an approach that became known as "Fayyadism". Security cooperation with Israel became the norm. As violence decreased and order returned to the street, Israel lifted many of its West Bank

Boston, Chechens and “home-grown” terror

Boston, Chechens and “home-grown” terror Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Ely Karmon

This is a kind of home-grown terrorism, but one that is based on the radicalisation of people coming from the Middle East, Central Asia, even Southeast Asia, that exists in the United States but happens also in Australia and Europe... Besides the nationalist aspect of Chechens, there is also a globa

Scribblings: Israel's Emotional Rollercoaster Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the most interesting and original aspects of Israeli national culture has been the coupling of Israel's Independence Day, Yom Haatzmaut, with the memorial day for victims of war and terrorism, Yom Hazikaron. Yom Hazikaron, is the 4th of Iyyar in the Jewish calendar, one day before Yom Haatzma

Editorial: A Reminder from Boston Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The detonation of two potent bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and injuring 282, demonstrated that the "age" of Islamist terrorism against Western civilian targets - launched by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks - is not over. The terrorist threat is neither a mere "irritant" nor a th

Syria and Chemical Weapons/ Hezbollah in trouble?

Syria and Chemical Weapons/ Hezbollah in trouble? Categories: Lebanon, Syria, Updates    

With Israeli military intelligence concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons against rebels - joining more equivocal claims by Britain and France - and now US intelligence sources largely agreeing, there are growing calls for the US to rethink its low-key policy on Syria - given that US

After Salam Fayyad

After Salam Fayyad Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad  - widely seen internationally as a competent, efficient and moderate state-builder - submitted his resignation on Saturday and had it accepted by President Mahmoud Abbas. This Update is devoted to analysis of

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Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories Categories: Antisemitism, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Australians woke up yesterday morning to the shocking news that two bombs had exploded in the streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had killed three people - Martin Richard an eight-year-old boy who was cheering on his father in the marathon, Krystle Campbell a 29-year-old woman de

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