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Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims

Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

Peter Boyer ("History bent to shape to fit Anzac devotion" November 7) claims Beersheba had never been a Jewish town. In fact, it was founded by Jews in biblical times, and has a Hebrew name, meaning Seven Wells. The reason it had few Jews up to 1947 is that they had been driven out in Arab rioting.

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Noted and Quoted - November 2017

Noted and Quoted - November 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Lowy Institute analyst Rodger Shanahan bizarrely argued that "much of Iran's attraction in the Arab world is the result of discriminatory policies towards Shia populations in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, or the unwillingness of Arab states... to compete diplomatically or economically with Iran..." Sin

Behind the News - November 2017

Behind the News - November 2017 Categories: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Israel has said it will prevent ISIS operating close to its border. Both the Islamic State-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly the al-Nusra Front, linked to al-Qaeda, already reportedly have a presence close to Israel's Golan borders.

Deconstruction Zone: How Palestine "occupies" itself

Deconstruction Zone: How Palestine "occupies" itself Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Asaf Romirowsky

A consistent Palestinian strategy for seeking statehood while blaming Israel for its absence has been codified through the narrative of "occupation." The anniversary of the 1967 war brought this to the forefront in endless accusations regarding the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank. There is eve

Hamas, Iran and Palestinian Reconciliation

Hamas, Iran and Palestinian Reconciliation Categories: Hamas, Iran, Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

In a historic reawakening, Iran is once again meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians. This does not bode well for the future of "reconciliation" between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Fatah faction run by PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The re-emergence of Iran, as it pursues i

Asia Watch: Decapitation not always fatal

Asia Watch: Decapitation not always fatal Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

The death in Marawi of the top two leaders of the Islamic State-aligned forces in Southeast Asia was a significant achievement for the Philippines military. However, few believe it will end Islamist terrorism in the southern Philippines and neighbouring regions, as the remnants of the Marawi campaig

ISIS after the fall of Raqqa

ISIS after the fall of Raqqa Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Ely Karmon

With the looming defeat of ISIS, and with many of the surviving fighters unable to return to their homes, the question arises as to where the remaining ISIS fighters will scatter as they look for safe havens and attempt to rebuild a territorial stronghold.

Media Microscope: Trial by Media

Media Microscope: Trial by Media Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

If you are a high profile supporter of Israel and criticise the reporting of a Middle East correspondent, prepare for blowback, even if what you say is completely correct. Federal Labor MP Michael Danby experienced trial by media over two ads in the Australian Jewish News (Sept. 28/Oct. 5) question

Austria and Israel's dilemma

Austria and Israel's dilemma Categories: Europe, Far Right, Israel     Author: Herb Keinon

Israel has not yet clearly reacted to the elections in Austria that will likely catapult the far-right Freedom Party into the government, but this outcome poses a clear challenge to Jerusalem: Should it engage with European far-right parties if they become a part of a government?

Is Iran really complying with the Nuke Deal?

Is Iran really complying with the Nuke Deal? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Alan Dershowitz

The evidence is mounting that Iran is not only violating the spirit of the no-nukes deal, but that it is also violating its letter. The prologue to the deal explicitly states: "Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons." This reaffirmation

An opportunity to fix a flawed deal

An opportunity to fix a flawed deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Shmuel Levin

The only penalty that can be implemented for violations of the JCPOA is the full re-imposition of sanctions - which automatically ends all restrictions on Iran under the agreement. This has been compared to a legal system with only one punishment - the death penalty - for every crime. The obvious re

The Last Word: Retro-corrective

The Last Word: Retro-corrective Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Jeremy Jones

Court judgements in Europe have legitimised acts of violence and vandalism as acceptable political protest - including attacks on synagogues! Some mainstream left and right wing political parties have removed any real stigma from antisemitism, tolerating, rationalising and excusing political allies

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Scribblings: Putting the Israeli in Israeli Arab

Scribblings: Putting the Israeli in Israeli Arab Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Surveys of Israeli Arabs continue to make one thing perfectly clear - people who say Israel is some sort of "Apartheid" state are flying in the face of the majority view of the people who are supposed to the be the primary victims of that Apartheid - Israel's Arab minority. Israel's Arab citizens ha

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