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Biblio File: The “One State” Delusion

Biblio File: The “One State” Delusion Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf

If Jews and Arabs are to exist peacefully and achieve justice in the framework of a single democratic state, as proposed by Perry Anderson, the acceptance by both peoples of the equality of the other, both as collectives and as individuals, is a necessary condition. If Jews and Arabs are to draft a

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing?

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

Why do people who are not clinically crazy throw themselves into campaigns of murder and suicide? The sociological answer to this question assumes a pettiness in human nature, such that even the slightest of humiliations and misfortunes may be regarded as sufficiently devastating, under certain cond

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The Sanders Middle East mirage

The Sanders Middle East mirage Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States has excited many pro-Palestinian activists. Even academic Amin Saikal ("Bernie Sanders dares to challenge Israel", Times2, April 20, p5) has jumped on the bandwagon. This Sanders euphoria is based on few

Ben-Gurion goes to Beijing

Ben-Gurion goes to Beijing Categories: China, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Surveying the post-war international system in 1952, Israel's founder David Ben-Gurion wrote that European hegemony was on the decline, and that it stood to be replaced eventually by Asia. As would happen with many of his varied insights, this one, too, proved prophetic.

The Mind of a Terrorist

The Mind of a Terrorist Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

Allow me to paint a picture: The office of the Mayor of the Molenbeek municipality in Brussels sits alongside a picturesque, typically European cobblestone square. Across the square, within plain view of the municipal government, sits the family home of Salah Abdeslam, the Islamic State terrorist wh

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Editorial: The Isolation Myth Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, China, Europe, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners and their supporters like to claim that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated internationally. Israel's supporters also sometimes express concern that the relentless campaign of misinformation and false blame may be having a detrimental effect o

Noted and Quoted - April 2016 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

SBS reporter Rena Sarumpaet's report on a series of multiple Palestinian terror attacks carried out on March 8 stated that "this latest flare up is a reminder of how paralysed peace talks are, critics citing a United States distracted by more immediate concerns such as Syria and IS." This is relati

Biblio File: A Matter of Definition

Biblio File: A Matter of Definition Categories: Antisemitism     Author: Robert Fine

The word "antisemitism" currently has a strange aura around it. There is a curious reluctance on the part of some people to use it even on occasions when it seems unequivocally appropriate - like, for example, the murder of Jewish children and a Jewish teacher in a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012,

AIR New Zealand: Moving Pictures to Open Doors

AIR New Zealand: Moving Pictures to Open Doors Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Building bridges with art and culture is a time-honoured tradition. It could be a partnership between musicians from countries in conflict, or a fine art exhibition aiming to break down the gap between different parts of the world. Whatever the form, the arts can serve to create empathy, understandi

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Don't Be Fooled by Iranian Minister's Charm Offensive

Don't Be Fooled by Iranian Minister's Charm Offensive Categories: Australasia, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia recently hosted Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Islamic Republic's urbane and seemingly moderate face. However, charm and a lovely accent do not make someone a moderate. In fact analysis of his various comments while here reveals much about the unchanged nature of Ira

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