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The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur

The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a sunny mid-winter's afternoon in Jerusalem, a group of travellers stopped a passerby and asked for the direction of Mecca. After a brief, friendly exchange, the men and women began afternoon prayers - in Yad Vashem, Israel's Museum and Monument to the victims of the Nazis' genocide. Later, those

Essay: Media Malfunctions

Essay: Media Malfunctions Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Matti Friedman

The question we must ask, as observers of the world, is why this conflict has come over time to draw more attention than any other, and why it is presented as it is. How have the doings in a country that constitutes 0.01% of the world's surface become the focus of angst, loathing, and condemnation m

Who’s Who in the Israeli election Categories: Israel    

Though Israeli voters will be casting their ballots on March 17 for party lists, they'll doubtless have the men and women at the top of those parties' lists in mind. So here's an opportunity to get to know the party leaders a little better...

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Election 2015: Bibi and Buji's Coalition Worries

Election 2015: Bibi and Buji's Coalition Worries Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Back when it arrived unscheduled in December, many expected Israel's 20th general election to focus on domestic issues. Triggered by the finance minister's dismissal and animated by a 6.5% climb in housing prices during the outgoing government's brief incumbency, many braced for an election dominat

Editorial: Choosing Israel’s Next Government Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While there is clearly much uncertainty about the upcoming election, there are some core policy continuities we can confidently ascribe to the next government - policies that are shared between the centre-left Zionist Camp and centre-right Likud - the two political factions that appear to be the onl

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The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera

The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

The release from an Egyptian prison of Australian cameraman Peter Greste, who served 400 days in jail and was facing a long sentence for what were clearly preposterous allegations, was of course extremely welcome and long overdue. Yet just because the actions of the Egyptian government and judicial

Media Week - Mind your language; Long bow, low blow; Security Council sense

Media Week - Mind your language; Long bow, low blow; Security Council sense Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

On Jan. 15, ABC Radio "PM's" Michael Edwards reported on the "different jihadi groups... now staking their claims for responsibility for the Paris attacks", including "Amedy Coulibaly, who held up the Jewish deli, claimed to be acting on behalf of Islamic State." This sloppy language minimised the

Essay: Mendacious Maps

Essay: Mendacious Maps Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Shany Mor

You can't walk very far on an American or European university campus these days without encountering some version of the "Palestinian Land Loss" maps. This series of four - occasionally five - maps purports to show how rapacious Zionists have steadily encroached upon Palestinian land. It has feature

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The End of Personal Politics?

The End of Personal Politics? Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The one-man party, an odd fixture of Israeli democracy for the past three decades, seems headed to the political margins where its journey began ten elections ago. Few people paid attention to this aspect of the situation in 1984, when a new party called Shas won four Knesset seats and inserted a m

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