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Asia Watch: Enemies real and imagined Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesia's historic reputation for religious tolerance took a beating for several years as an unholy coalition of Islamist politicians and self-styled enforcers like the Islamic Defenders Front harassed and sometimes violently attacked minorities, including Christians and Shi'ites, Sufi and Ahmadiy

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Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Smallman

In October 2014, after a campaign of nearly 10 years, New Zealand won its fourth two-year term on the esteemed UN Security Council. Prime Minister John Key pledged that New Zealand would be a "small country with a loud voice." Indeed, it put forth an ambitious agenda, one that included working with

Israel and Egypt in the age of al-Sisi

Israel and Egypt in the age of al-Sisi Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Four years after pan-Arab upheaval shook its political foundations, Egypt is treading new economic, political, and diplomatic paths while increasingly harmonising with the Jewish state next door. The 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year autocracy was followed by three successors within less t

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Editorial: The Dilemma of Terrorism Within Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israelis and friends of Israel alike have, appropriately, come together in expressing profound shame and disgust over the firebombing of two Palestinian homes in the West Bank village of Duma late last month, which claimed the life of a toddler and his father. This came on top of a stabbing attack a

Jewish Terrorism in Israel

Jewish Terrorism in Israel Categories: Israel, Terrorism, Updates    

Israel has been discussing and struggling with two major issues this week - what appears to be a Jewish firebombing terror attack on homes in the West Bank Palestinian town of Duma,  which left Ali Saad Dawabsha, an 18-month-old child, dead, and members of his family fighting fo

Iran's Supreme Leader allegedly sets out in detail his program to destroy and ethnically cleanse Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader allegedly sets out in detail his program to destroy and ethnically cleanse Israel Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic in May, President Obama suggested that the Iranian regime's racist and antisemitic worldviews don't "preclude [them] from being rational," or from "being interested in survival." Obama acknowledged the regime's explicit antisemitism, yet then pro

AIJAC statement on Jerusalem Gay Pride Attack

AIJAC statement on Jerusalem Gay Pride Attack Categories: Israel, Media Releases    

AIJAC condemns the horrific stabbing of six people at the Jerusalem Pride Parade on July 30. With deep sadness AIJAC sends its condolences to the family of 16 year-old Shira Banki who has died three days after being critically wounded in the attack, and we pray for the speedy recovery of the five in

Deconstruction Zone: Human Wrongs Council Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: David Harris

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 3 voted to assail Israel because of the Hamas-triggered war in mid-2014. That's right, assail Israel, not Hamas. But then again, this is the inaptly named UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). When it comes to Israel, these things are so routi

Israel and the Iran Deal

Israel and the Iran Deal Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

By sheer coincidence, the deal to constrain Iran's nuclear program was signed during the three weeks in which Jews commemorate what began with the breaching of ancient Jerusalem's walls and ended with the torching of its Temple. Though opinions in Israel vary concerning Iran's immediate threat to t

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