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Asia Watch: Temple Bombed in Jakarta Categories: Asia, NGOs, United Nations     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Jakarta was rocked on August 4 by a bomb exploding at the Ekayana Buddhist Centre - injuring three people among the 300 who had gathered to hear a sermon. A note found at the scene stated: "We respond to the screams of the Rohingya", indicating the attack was in response to violence against Rohingya

Scribblings: The Other Settlements Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As has become routine, there were widespread statements of condemnation from various international players after Israel announced in mid-August that it would be approving just over 2,000 new units in east Jerusalem neighbourhoods and certain large settlements. Never mind that every single one of the

Editorial: Showdown in September Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On September 7, Australians will be privileged again to make their democratic choice regarding the country's future direction. That choice also challenges members of Australia's Jewish community, who, like their countrymen, must decide between competing parties and candidates, each coming to the tab

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The Egypt Policy Dilemma

The Egypt Policy Dilemma Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update discusses the major policy dilemmas posed for Western leaders - and especially the US - by the situation in Egypt in the wake of the bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters by the military government there over the past week and a half. First up is

The real obstacles to Israeli-Palestinian peace

The real obstacles to Israeli-Palestinian peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

A great deal has been said and misrepresented regarding Israel's recent announcement that it plans to build settlement units.  For example, Amin Saikal wrote in "Peace not on Israel's agenda" (16/8) that it was a "deliberate" attempt to "sabotage ‘current peace talks'". However, such a r

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Whither Egypt?

Whither Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

The tense, confused and often violent situation in Egypt took as significant turn for the worse Wednesday with an army crackdown on sit-in protests supporting ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi which seems to have reportedly left hundreds dead. While it is too early for

AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr's legal claims on settlements

AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr's legal claims on settlements Categories: Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On Friday, August 9 , AIJAC put out a statement responding to controversial remarks on Israeli settlements by Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr at Lakemba the previous day... A spokesperson for Senator Carr has now responded to criticisms of his remarks in a statement published on J-wire .... AIJAC

Al-Jazeera’s Ramadan hypocrisy      

Al-Jazeera’s Ramadan hypocrisy       Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an article, al-Jazeera recasts the Israeli concession of allowing increasing numbers of Palestinians into Israel during the holiday in order to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and visit relatives, as a "sinister" plot to funnel Palestinian holiday shopping shekels away from local Palestinian merchants

Negotiating with Iran under Rouhani

Negotiating with Iran under Rouhani Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated earlier this week amid much speculation about whether his presidency will also inaugurate a new round of diplomacy over nuclear issues with the West. This Update deals with the realities and pitfalls likely to present themselves as the possibility

Israel quietly treats wounded Syrians

Israel quietly treats wounded Syrians Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It was recently revealed that Israel has been quietly providing medical assistance to around 100 victims of the Syrian civil war, who are in two hospitals in northern Israel as well as in a field hospital Israel established on the Golan Heights border. 

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