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Settlement housing starts, by the numbers

Settlement housing starts, by the numbers Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

During an interview published on Sunday between Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg and US President Barack Obama, the President made the allegation that "we have seen more aggressive [Israeli West Bank] settlement construction over the last couple years than we've seen in a very long time". Then on Tuesd

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The Syrian Conundrum

The Syrian Conundrum Categories: International Security, Syria, Updates    

In the wake of the complete failure of the Geneva 2 talks in late February to make any progress toward an agreement that would end the Syrian civil war, journalists, columnists and academic experts have been exploring what foreign policy options now exist to try and change that ugly

Another area where Israel is a world leader - Animal Rights

Another area where Israel is a world leader - Animal Rights Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It may surprise many to know that Israel is actually a world leader in animal rights law and this important issue continues to be championed by Israeli politicians on all sides of politics.  Israel implemented the Animal Welfare Law 20 years ago, and last January passed a revolutionary prohibit

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The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail

The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

Melbourne-based academic researcher Mark Lindsay highlighted an important element of Christian antisemitism and provided a clue to understanding one of the key obstacles to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, on the ABC's "Religion & Ethics" website.  Lindsay's reflection was pr

Media Microscope: Blurred Lyons Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

"Stone Cold Justice", the one-sided collaboration between the Australian newspaper's Middle East correspondent John Lyons and ABC TV "Four Corners" program (Feb. 10) on Israel's treatment of Palestinian children - see pp.19-22 - saw Lyons do the rounds on TV, radio and in print to generate publicity

Essay: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Israeli-style

Essay: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Israeli-style Categories: Israel     Author: Joshua Muravchik

In a 2011 blog post titled "A Few Notes on WHAT IS LEFT (or Toward a Manifesto for Revolutionary Emancipation)," the prominent radical intellectual Richard Falk endeavoured to distill "what remains of the historic left" into a program of contemporary relevance. The starting point he proposed? "Suppo

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

After three-and-a-half years in the doldrums, Israeli-Turkish relations seem to be climbing the road to recovery, though that road appears no less bumpy than most other affairs in Turkey these days. Israel's relations with the strongest country in the Middle East had generally been good, and at tim

Al-Qaeda in Northern Sinai

Al-Qaeda in Northern Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Northern Sinai has long played host to a variety of smuggling networks and jihadi organisations. Since General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi's military coup of July 3rd, 2013 in Egypt, however, there has been an exponential increase in attacks emanating from this area. This increasingly lawless region is n

Target: Israel

Target: Israel Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

On January 22, Israeli officials announced that, several weeks before, they had disrupted what they described as an "advanced" al-Qaeda terrorist plot in Israel. Although al-Qaeda-inspired jihadists had targeted Israel before, this marked the first time that senior al-Qaeda leaders were directly inv

Europa Europa: The OXFAM Incident

Europa Europa: The OXFAM Incident Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

After all the gossip and speculation it's time to come clean: Scarlett Johansson and I are more than just good friends. Much more. Yes, we have shared moments of intimacy - not, alas, together, or even at the same time. But we are both alumni of Oxfam, that billion-dollar arbiter of humanitarian aid

Scribblings: Building up "Resistance" Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the past, Hamas, as rulers of Gaza, have repeatedly reacted strongly to reports the UN agency UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency), which runs almost half of the schools in Gaza, planned to teach students about the Holocaust as part of its "human rights" module. This was called a "crime against Pal

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