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Essay: The KGB and the PLO

Essay: The KGB and the PLO Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism     Author: Ronen Bergman

The genesis of the KGB's developing ties with Palestinian terror organisations can be traced back to the end of the 1960s. The Soviet spy agency had code names for the different factions making up the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO): Fatah, the main movement led by Yasser Arafat, was dubbed

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"Adir" in the Sky

"Adir" in the Sky Categories: Israel     Author: Yiftah Shapir

On December 12, 2016, the first two F-35A jet fighters (dubbed "Adir," a word meaning "mighty" or "awesome" in Hebrew) landed in Israel. This is a major milestone in the long process of accepting the aircraft into Israel Air Force service, a process that began in 2008, when Israel first applied for

Asia Watch: Mixed signals on new jihadist offshoot

Asia Watch: Mixed signals on new jihadist offshoot Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

Duterte has expressed sympathy with the historic grievances of minority Muslims in Mindanao and would prefer talks to war with armed Islamist groups. But groups that have aligned with international Islamist franchises, whether al-Qaeda or Islamic State, can expect less sympathy.

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334 Categories: Israel, United Nations, Updates    

This Update deals with the implications and aftermath of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 2334 (the text of the resolution is here) , which passed 14-0 with the US abstaining, on Dec. 23. The controversial resolution condemns Israel over settlements, and has a number of other provisions likely

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Deconstruction Zone: Demographic Doomsday for Israel?

Deconstruction Zone: Demographic Doomsday for Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Gregg Roman

Critics of Israel love to exploit Jewish fears and anxieties. The most extreme resort to Holocaust inversion, boycotts, blacklists, and other singling-out methods reminiscent of Europe's antisemitic past. US Secretary of State John Kerry likes to wave around the threat of Israel's demographic extinc

Media Microscope: The ABCs of 18C Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

During November and December, members of the Australian Jewish community engaged in robust debate in the mainstream media over the pros and cons of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In the Spectator Australia (Nov. 12) Australian Jewish News publisher Robert Magid argued that "for anti-

Fatah fails to give itself a boost

Fatah fails to give itself a boost Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ben Lynfield

Fatah, challenged by Hamas on the one hand and Israeli settlement expansion on the other, was badly in need of a boost as it headed into its seventh congress, which ran from November 29 through December 4 in Ramallah. But with the close of the conference and the announcement of the names of those e

A Refugee Problem with a Message

A Refugee Problem with a Message Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf & Adi Schwartz

Anyone who wants to understand why the conflict between the Zionist movement and the Palestinian Arabs has been going on for over 100 years won't find the answer in learned discussions of the question as to whether a quarter, a third or half of the Arabs were expelled during the 1948 War of Independ

An Unsettling Bill

An Unsettling Bill Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

A cluster of houses on a hilltop 70 metres under this peak has become a civic battlefield involving, besides the 40 families it houses, politicians, judges, activists and diplomats who sprawl from Jerusalem and Ramallah to Brussels and New York. Named Amona, the community's distinction is not in it

The Last Word: Worlds Collide

The Last Word: Worlds Collide Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Despite some sensationalist headlines, there is no data to support the claim that antisemitism in Australia is "sharply increasing" or even "on the rise". But, while Australia is a tolerant, multicultural society, it is folly to ignore the reality that there are numerous antisemitic groups and indi

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

It's rare for a sitting prime minister to resign in New Zealand. It is unheard of for a sitting prime minister who is at the top of his game and riding high in the leader polls to do so. But, one fine day in November, that is just what New Zealand's now former Prime Minister John Key did...The forme

After Aleppo - Five Predictions

After Aleppo - Five Predictions Categories: Russia, Syria     Author: Tom Rogan

Putin will use Aleppo's capture to damage US foreign policy. His intentions are already clear. After all, in English-news propaganda outlets such as RT, the Russians are proudly rejecting American demands that Sunni rebels be given safe passage out of Aleppo. It's Obama vs. Putin 101. Unwilling to p

Letter from a Forgotten Jew

Letter from a Forgotten Jew Categories: International Jewry, Middle East     Author: David Harris

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilisation, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent - but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world.

Scribblings: From the KGB to Antisemitic anti-Zionism

Scribblings: From the KGB to Antisemitic anti-Zionism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Russia     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The KGB and politburo heads saw the Zionist and Jewish movements as a clear, immediate and real danger to world peace and to the integrity of the Soviet empire - "a danger which is only second to the main enemy, the United States." And as farfetched as this may sound, they really believed in the Pro

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Trump's controversial ambassadorial pick

Trump's controversial ambassadorial pick Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at US President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that David Friedman is his pick for the next US Ambassador to Israel. Friedman has worked for Trump as a legal adviser for many years and holds a range of positions on Israel that are markedly different to the outgoin

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