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The Fictional basis of Carr’s Palestine pivot

The Fictional basis of Carr’s Palestine pivot Categories: Australasia, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski and Ahron Shapiro

In a speech to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, reproduced in part in the Australian, Bob Carr justifies his pivot on the Middle East by referring to "apartheid," one of many factual and wholly irrational errors in the claims he has made against Israel as part of his push for Austral

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Al-Aqsa, incitement and the car intifada

Al-Aqsa, incitement and the car intifada Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

Some say that Israel may be in the grip of a "third intifada". While the first was characterised by civil disobedience, rioting and rock-throwing, and the second by large scale terrorism, most notable suicide bombing, this one has so far featured attacks by drivers ramming their cars into pedestrian

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Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs?

Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has returned to the international spotlight following its July pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its 24 September threat to behead a 71-year-old German hostage unless a US$5.6 million ransom was paid and Germany pledged to quit the coalition attacking the Islamic State. Bot

Hebron Diary

Hebron Diary Categories: Author: Ahron Shapiro

"Excuse me, looking for a guide?" While standing in the plaza outside of Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs - the burial place of Judaism's great patriarchs and matriarchs and its second holiest site, I was approached by a Palestinian man in his early twenties, waving a brochure. I wasn't really looki

Time for Plan B on Iran's Nukes

Time for Plan B on Iran's Nukes Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Dennis Ross

It is no accident that hardly anyone involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations has expressed optimism about meeting the November 24 deadline for a comprehensive agreement. The Iranian and US governments are continuing to meet regularly but there are few signs of meaningful progress. Indeed, the

Grounded in Iraq?

Grounded in Iraq? Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The United States and its allies have launched a military campaign whose stated goal is, in the words of US President Barack Obama, to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) established by Sunni jihadis in a contiguous land area stretching from western Ir

Summer in Paris

Summer in Paris Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Robert Wistrich

On July 13, the eve of Bastille Day (a national holiday in France), a mob laid siege to the Don Abravanel synagogue in the Eleventh district of Paris. The "protesters," mainly of North African Arab origin, had broken off from a larger demonstration supported by a small band of left-wing allies - Com

After 75 Years

After 75 Years Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

Almost unnoticed, Sept. 1, 2014 marked the 75th Anniversary of the commencement of World War II, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, formally unleashing the darkest chapter in European history. However, insofar as the European Jewish community is concerned, we must ask: has the situation once

Europa Europa: Writing on the Walls Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

On a sublime autumn afternoon my bus rumbles towards the Rue des Rosiers. It is the heart of Paris, the heart of the Marais quarter, and also the heart of the Jewish community. Or it was. As the bus passes the Louvre, a bleak plaster wall is covered with a huge piece of graffiti. It is the detritus

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Scribblings: Reality and Racism Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There has been a lot of talk in the media about how Israel is supposedly becoming a more right-wing, less democratic and more "racist" society. Anecdotal evidence cited to support this view usually includes things like controversial Israeli legislative proposals, incidents of racist violence or vand

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