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The Software of Coexistence

The Software of Coexistence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

If Muhammad can't come to the mountain, then the mountain must come to Muhammad. And that's exactly what Smadar Nehab and Sami Saadi set out to do when they established Tsofen (Compass) in Nazareth eight years ago. Tsofen is an Arab-Jewish NGO promoting job placement solutions for young unemployed I

Urban Warfare in Gaza and Beyond

Urban Warfare in Gaza and Beyond Categories: International Security, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The third international conference on the Challenges of Warfare in Densely Populated Areas was held on December 2 at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This year's conference was held ju

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The Power of Personality

The Power of Personality Categories: Israel     Author: Shmuel Rosner

Israelis don't directly vote for PM candidates. In a parliamentary system like ours, one votes for a party - namely, an ideology. But, alas, Israel's parties, except for very few, have little to offer as far as ideology is concerned...Is she a hawk? Is she a dove? Livni can take her seat in a govern

Political Tempest

Political Tempest Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Autumn ended early for Israelis this year, as winds were ruffling Jerusalem's foliage already in October and by November heavy rains poured down on Tel Aviv. Still, by early December the politicians had stolen winter's thunder, having rushed into an unseasonable election blanketed in a thick fog. I

Scribblings: Too Good to Check

Scribblings: Too Good to Check Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I know a country that is so racist it has public holidays associated with one religious faith, thus excluding and marginalising those who follow other religions or no religion. It is so racist that it has a symbol of one religious faith on its flag. Furthermore, in this country, the main calendar us

Editorial: Back to the Polls Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Twenty-two months into a maximum four-year term, Israelis are going to the polls again on March 17, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed two of his ministers - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of Hatnua and Finance Minister Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid - and dissolved his governing coalition. F

Letter to The Age/SMH: Home demolitions Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In Australia, a major purpose for imposing lengthy jail terms is to deter would-be criminals. But what if the would-be perpetrator intended to die in their attack, in the belief that they would go straight to paradise? What if they murdered in the knowledge they would become a hero in their communit

Israel goes to the polls on March 17

Israel goes to the polls on March 17 Categories: Israel, Updates    

Israel's Knesset voted Wednesday to dissolve itself and call new elections on March 17. While a second and third reading are still required - scheduled to take place on Monday - early Israeli elections now look like a done deal. This Update deals with why the government was unable

Not Child's Play: The role of teens in recent Palestinian unrest

Not Child's Play: The role of teens in recent Palestinian unrest Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Over the past few years some in the media, most notably the Australian's Middle East correspondent John Lyons, have waged a high profile campaign accusing Israel of arresting, intimidating, harassing, and imprisoning hundreds of innocent Palestinian children each year, presumably for non-existent or

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