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Rabin's Transport Revolution comes of age

Rabin's Transport Revolution comes of age Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Having first climbed up from Jaffa in 1892, the original railroad to Jerusalem runs south of the highway to Tel Aviv. A scenic feat of engineering, it respects the topography of the Judean Mountains, entering them from Beit Shemesh, the biblical Philistines' westernmost outpost, before climbing pati

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Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

On August 29, the Age, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald websites ran a Washington Post report about the controversial Palestinian village of Susiya in Area C of the West Bank - that is the area under full Israeli control, with relatively few Palestinian residents. The Israeli courts have or

On the Fringe

On the Fringe Categories: Australasia     Author: Jamie Hyams

While the Greens can hardly be called a minor party any longer, some of the party's views on certain issues, and especially those held by some members, are very concerning to the Jewish community. The Greens would have mixed feelings about their results. They still hold only one seat in the House o

Vote for Us or Burn in Hell

Vote for Us or Burn in Hell Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

It is election season in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians are preparing to cast their votes in the local and municipal elections, scheduled to take place on October 8. The upcoming elections will be different from the last one, held in 2012 only in the West Bank, when Hamas boycotted the v

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Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C

Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Clause 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has recently been subject to intense criticism on ideological grounds, but many opponents misrepresent the actual operation of the Act. These efforts have been overwhelmingly rejected by a broad cross-section of Australia's diverse communities - reflected

Why Khamenei thinks he won

Why Khamenei thinks he won Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Jay Solomon

Since the completion last year of a landmark deal limiting Iran's nuclear program, the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has lashed out again and again at the US for its supposed failure to live up to its end of the bargain. But a speech he gave on Aug. 1 in Teheran took his anti-Ame

Game of Chicken?

Game of Chicken? Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ghaith al-Omari

On July 15, Hamas made a surprise announcement that it planned to acquiesce to holding the Palestinian municipal elections scheduled for October, generating hopes that this vote could revitalise the stagnant political scene. Indeed, an October election would mark the first territory-wide Palestinian

Editorial: Lessons of the Gaza scandal Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Over the past couple of months, a vile scandal has been in the process of unravelling in Gaza. At its core are charges that Hamas - the terror group that rules the territory - has infiltrated charities, NGOs and even UN agencies to steal aid.

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Fairfax columnist Ruby Hamad recent blog is an impassioned plea to ignore what she calls the "symbolic" Olympic Truce principle - of setting aside conflicts for the sake of the games - and instead embrace the demonisation and singling out of Israeli athletes at the Olympics, because, in her view, t

The Syrian situation and policy alternatives Categories: Syria, Updates    

This Update contains some recent information on the ongoing, bloody Syrian civil war. It also contains some analysis suggesting Western policy, led by the US, is not working - with some proposed alternatives provided by knowledgeable sources.

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