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 Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Thursday, Israel will turn 64. It therefore seems appropriate to reflect on some of the remarkable achievements this small country has racked up in that relatively short time. Little Israel, a third the size of Tasmania, is now a global leader in technology, especially in cleantech. Without plen

Greek extremists turn up in Australia

Greek extremists turn up in Australia Categories: Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Greece is another European country that has recently seen the mainstreaming of the far-right and a resurgence of antisemitic rhetoric (see my earlier post on Hungary here). Previous AIJAC blog posts have discussed how the far right LAOS political party in Greece, which has an antisemitic track reco

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"Pro-Palestinian" in name only

"Pro-Palestinian" in name only Categories: Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Jerusalem Post Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh has recently been writing prolifically on the oppression of the Palestinian people. Unusually for an Arab writer broaching this subject matter, while he does have some criticisms of Israel, the Israelies are not the primary objects o

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Far-right political parties appear to be making a comeback in Europe, especially in Hungary and in Greece. In Hungary, the radical nationalist party commonly known as Jobbik - (‘The Movement for a Better Hungary'), has been growing in power and popularity and is considered by many scholars to

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Incitement watch:  Palestinian death penalty for selling land to Jews and Jordan expelling the "prophet killers" from Jerusalem

Incitement watch: Palestinian death penalty for selling land to Jews and Jordan expelling the "prophet killers" from Jerusalem Categories: Antisemitism, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The recent controversy over a house in the West Bank city of Hebron is having severe consequences for one unfortunate Palestinian. There was an outcry when Israeli settlers purchased and moved into a house in the "Arab" section of Hebron, ending with their eviction in a controversial move by Israeli

The Truth About Settlement Growth

The Truth About Settlement Growth Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

During a recent CNN interview, former Israeli Prime Minister and current Defence Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak noted that the all too common perception of an historically high rate of settlement expansion taking place is just wrong - not a single new settlement has been built under the current Neta

What about Syria's WMD?

What about Syria's WMD? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In my review of Israeli policy in regard to Syrian unrest which was published on Tuesday on ABC's The Drum. I noted that "the one issue which might prompt Israel to come off the sidelines" in Syria's Civil War is the possibility that Syria's massive "arsenal of of some of the world's most deadly ch

Easter in Jerusalem

Easter in Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Each year thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. Israel's Tourism Ministry expects 125,000 visitors during Holy Week and 300,000 throughout April. Over the weekend as Catholics and Anglicans celebrated Easter, there were media reports that claimed many Palestinian

How about an award for hypocrisy?

How about an award for hypocrisy? Categories: Media/ Academia, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Hypocrisy frequently rears its ugly head in the Middle East, but the Palestinian Authority (PA) has just succeeded in producing something close to a new examplar on the issue of media freedom. As a Jerusalem Post editorial ("Palestinian responsibility", 2/4/2012) has documented, the Palestinian Auth

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The question has arisen over Israel's position on the appalling situation in Syria, where the lives of over 9,000 civilians have been claimed in a crackdown on protesters and an insurrection by opposition groups. Some commentators have unfairly interpreted the Israeli government's comparative silen

Muslim Brotherhood Play for Power in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update features two pieces looking at the increasing signs that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is abandoning past promises of modesty and moderation and attempting to impose near-complete domination over Egyptian politics in the near future. First up is Eric Trager, the W

Hamas rant sheds light on Gaza fuel crisis

Hamas rant sheds light on Gaza fuel crisis Categories: Egypt, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A deal signed Tuesday between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas may or may not herald the end to the Gazan fuel shortage as discussed in my previous blog post on the subject, but a recent television interview with Hamas' Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad offers a

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