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Europa Europa: French Follies

Europa Europa: French Follies Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

There is no doubt that France was an enthusiastic player in the colonial era... There are few signs that France has found a role for itself in the new international environment. Or that it has learned to cope with its five-million-strong Muslim population. Little wonder, then, that it has resorted t

The Paris peace conference

The Paris peace conference Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update looks at the outcome of the French-organised conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace that took placed in Paris on Sunday. The dozens of states participating in the conference issued a declaration urging the parties resume negotiations, but making a number of other points, which you can r

Europa Europa: A Troubling Truth

Europa Europa: A Troubling Truth Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The Balfour Apology Campaign launched the first in a year-long series of global events at the House of Lords in London to decry the creation of Israel and to demand an "official apology from the British government for its past colonial crimes in Palestine." At the gathering, organised by the Palesti

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Europa Europa: Europe's Most Notorious Jew-Baiter?

Europa Europa: Europe's Most Notorious Jew-Baiter? Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Ben Cohen

Jew-baiting these days is a globally competitive field. The Middle East, Latin America and Asia could all put up credible candidates for the title of most notorious Jew-baiter. But if you ask me, it's in Europe, the continent where modern antisemitism crystallised, where you'll still find the most a

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel Categories: Europe, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The British decision to uncouple from the EU, expected to take effect by 2019, was not unqualified good news for Israel: Britain, along with Germany, has been among Israel's most stalwart diplomatic allies in the EU and its voice within the decision-making forums of the EU will be missed, particular

Europa Europa: Paris' unintended consequences

Europa Europa: Paris' unintended consequences Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

Pity Francois Hollande. The French President's country is beset by terrorism, his overseas military missions - in Libya, Mali and Syria - are in tatters, his labour unions are in full revolt, while his personal popularity ratings are at a record low of 13%. How to placate his domestic Muslim populat

The French Peace Initiative

The French Peace Initiative Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Next week, the French government plans to convene a meeting of international foreign ministers  - not including Israeli and Palestinian representatives -  to discuss ideas for advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace. They hope to follow this up with an international conference later in the yea

Israel's push for productive solutions

Israel's push for productive solutions Categories: Anti-Zionism, Asia, Europe, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THE Lebanese branch of the anti-Israel boycott movement has demanded that country's government ban the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because, in the movie, Wonder Woman is played by the Israeli actor Gal Gadot. Worldwide, the film has box office takings of over $1.2 billion. Many people -

Vale to French PM Valls’ efforts to combat French antisemitism?

Vale to French PM Valls’ efforts to combat French antisemitism? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

This week's surprise visit to Australia by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the wake of his country winning a $50 billion contract to build our next generation of submarines is a sign that the Franco-Australian relationship is at a high watermark. But sadly, the Franco-Israel relationship is we

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

For while Europeans are quick to differentiate between terrorists who strike within their borders and "militants" who strike in Israel, Israelis understand the fundamental nature of terrorism: whether it occurs in Europe or in Israel, it is essentially designed to visit indiscriminate death and dest

The Mind of a Terrorist

The Mind of a Terrorist Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

Allow me to paint a picture: The office of the Mayor of the Molenbeek municipality in Brussels sits alongside a picturesque, typically European cobblestone square. Across the square, within plain view of the municipal government, sits the family home of Salah Abdeslam, the Islamic State terrorist wh

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Editorial: The Isolation Myth Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, China, Europe, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners and their supporters like to claim that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated internationally. Israel's supporters also sometimes express concern that the relentless campaign of misinformation and false blame may be having a detrimental effect o

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