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Return to sender

Return to sender Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A kerfuffle raised by Australian Palestinian activists over Australia Post's recent joint issue stamp with Israel offers a teachable moment about the nature of Palestinian activism Down Under. The incident offers yet more evidence that there is nothing pro-peace about these activists, who often cla

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Egypt on the Edge/Qatar's New Emir

Egypt on the Edge/Qatar's New Emir Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the increasingly volatile situation in Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, with a breakdown of state authority, a worsening economic crisis, and a major uptick in mass opposition protests scheduled for June 30 - and perhaps the possibility of military i

The Last Word: Pitching Dialogue

The Last Word: Pitching Dialogue Categories: Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

Welcomed as special guests at the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets was the "Delegation of Muslim & Jewish Leaders from the Southern Hemisphere." The announcement brought cheers and applause. As part of that delegation, I spent two intensive days in Washington

Essay: A Textbook Case

Essay: A Textbook Case Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Adi Schwartz

For years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been accused of inciting violence by promoting the delegitimisation of Israel and its people and, in some cases, even outright antisemitism, in its education system. According to both Israeli and third-party observers, the PA was ingraining future genera

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The Cine File: Meeting the Other

The Cine File: Meeting the Other Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The film is told in French, English, Hebrew and Arabic and is wonderfully brought to life by excellent actors. The cast and crew included Israelis and Palestinians who reportedly had an input into the screenplay to enhance its authenticity. The movie is also shot on location in Israel and the West B

The Beijing Express

The Beijing Express Categories: China, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Israel can be China's ‘junior partner,' Netanyahu proposed to his Chinese hosts. Israel's innovative technologies can be utilised in development regions of China, and Israel can utilise Chinese manufacturing capabilities and management skills in large scale development projects, he said. Both

Battle of the Islamists

Battle of the Islamists Categories: Middle East     Author: Barry Rubin

There is a passionate, but somewhat academic debate, over the following issue: Which is the greater threat, the Sunni Muslim Islamists (Egypt, Tunisia, Gaza Strip and perhaps soon to be Syria) or the Shi'ite Muslim Islamists (Iran, Lebanon, and at the moment still, Syria)?

A small "stinging blow" from Iran's electorate

A small "stinging blow" from Iran's electorate Categories: Iran     Author: Abbas Milani

Patient resilience has long been a characteristic of the Iranian people. In times of adversity - and the increasing authoritarianism of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards allies, combined with the corrupt and inefficient populism of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ban

Teheran's New Face

Teheran's New Face Categories: Iran     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Iran has surprised the world again. Following the unpredicted elections of the outspoken Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005 and the outgoing Mohammad Khatami in 1997, Iranian voters have now elected Hassan Rouhani, the less radical of six candidates, thus confounding diplomats, spies and statesmen. While

Editorial: No Time for Nuclear Honeymoon Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president - the most moderate, or rather, the least extreme of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's hand-picked slate of candidates - certainly appears to signal that the Iranian people want internal reforms, relief from their highly repressive re

Soccer Championship gives Israel chance to show off diversity and multiculturalism

Soccer Championship gives Israel chance to show off diversity and multiculturalism Categories: Europe, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jeni Willenzik

Over the past two weeks, Israel hosted the UEFA Under-21 Soccer Championships, one of Israel's biggest sporting events in history. In spite of protests and accusations before the event, Israel rose to the challenge, displaying the Jewish state's demonstrated ability to bring together people of

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani Categories: Iran, Updates    

This Update is devoted to analyses of the impact of the surprise election of Hassan Rouhani (spellings in English are currently varying widely across international media), the most "moderate" of the eight candidates permitted to run in the Iranian Presidential election.

The Iranian Presidential poll

The Iranian Presidential poll Categories: Iran, Updates    

With Iranians going to the polls today to "choose" a new president (though of course only one from among the small minority of candidates approved by the clerical establishment - and even then, vote-rigging may well occur) this Update is our guide to the candidates, the significance

Austria goes off the Golan

Austria goes off the Golan Categories: Israel, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an update to my recent blog on the deteriorating situation facing UN peacekeepers in Syria and Egypt, the latest development is the fallout of the short-lived seizure of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force's (UNDOF) Quneitra border crossing by Syrian rebels on June 6. Recent eve

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UNHRC's Richard Falk in hot water again - this time for using his official position to attack an NGO critical of him

UNHRC's Richard Falk in hot water again - this time for using his official position to attack an NGO critical of him Categories: Israel, NGOs, United Nations     Author: Jeni Willenzik

In the latest controversy at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk used an official UN report meant to highlight injustices in the Palestinian territories to condemn an NGO critical of him. In the report, Falk blamed UN Watch, an NGO founded to monitor the

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