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Hamas’ failed strategy

Hamas’ failed strategy Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

This morning, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 24-hour extension of a five-day truce to negotiate a longer-lasting ceasefire, following weeks of conflict. Israel wants the Gaza Strip to be demilitarised, while Hamas wants unrestricted movement in and out of Gaza, no restrictions on goods coming into the

ISIS and the Crisis Across Iraq

ISIS and the Crisis Across Iraq Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism    

With a new Gaza ceasefire in place until Monday, and apparently holding, this Update offers some analysis on the other major, but often under-reported, crisis, gripping the Middle East over recent weeks - the recent gains by the terrorist movement ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syri

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AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza Categories: Australasia, Documents, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: AIJAC

71 current and five former members of Australian Federal and State parliaments, mostly Labor and Greens, but also Malcolm Fraser and some independents, have signed what they call the "Canberra Declaration on Gaza" (the Declaration), calling on "all Australian politicians to condemn the ongoing Israe

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Foreign Press Association has issued a strong condemnation of Hamas' harassment of foreign media in Gaza on August 11. It stated, "The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against v

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Hamas' goals in Gaza

Hamas' goals in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

With a 72-hour ceasefire currently holding and intensive talks to find a more lasting way to end the current Gaza conflict occurring in Cairo, (differing reports about whether the talks are making progress or not are here and here) this Update looks at Hamas and what it wants, e

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

In recent weeks, the media has focused overwhelmingly on the ‘humanitarian crisis' developing in Gaza. Interestingly, neither the media nor the UN or other ‘human rights' groups - quick to condemn Israel for imposing a partial ‘blockade' on the Gaza Strip - have made any mention of

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

As of this writing, the war that raged between Israel and Hamas over the past month appears to have ebbed. If it is over, it is only because Hamas finally made the decision that Australia and the world had been imploring them to do for weeks - that is, to stop committing the war crime of firing ind

Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites

Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites Categories: Antisemitism, Op-eds     Author: Jeremy Jones

LAST month in France, a mob surrounded a synagogue, yelling "Hitler was right!" and "Death to the Jews!" In Berlin, a demonstration ­allegedly concerned with the safety of the population of Gaza included the chant of "Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own". This week in Sydn

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Attention is now focused on how a long-term solution can be reached to prevent a repeat of this Israel-Gaza conflict as well as the ones that had been played out before in 2012 and 2009. Israel believes that the answer is the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip through diplomatic means in exchange fo

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