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AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria Categories: Europe, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at Syria, Iran and Turkey against the backdrop of the veto by China and Russia of sanctions by the UN Security Council against the Assad regime in Damascus for its ongoing violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. The resolution was supported by nine members but, sig

9/11 Ten Years Later

9/11 Ten Years Later Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

This Update is devoted to three different pieces reflecting on where the world now is,  ten years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks - both in terms of the current understanding of those events and in terms of the their consequences. First up is noted journalist and author

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The Biblio File: Suicide by Bomb

The Biblio File: Suicide by Bomb Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Max Boot

Ah, social science. All those numbers. All those technical terms. How comforting. How reassuring. How definitive. If only. Case in point: Robert A. Pape, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, who made a big splash with Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (2005). H

Gaza, Hamas and the PRC

Gaza, Hamas and the PRC Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

The terrorist attack in southern Israel on August 18 in which eight Israelis were killed - six civilians and two from the security forces - was initiated and executed by the Palestinian terrorist organisation known as the "Popular Resistance Committees", which operate as a terrorist arm of Hamas. Th

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Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting?

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In Egypt, it is being reported that 14 political groups opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties there have united to form a new bloc - called the "The Egyptian Bloc" - to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections... This seems to be good news - a sign that the liberal for

The Sinai "Badlands"

The Sinai "Badlands" Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer and Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

This blog has been following events in Egypt over the past few weeks, as the Islamist groups seem to have been becoming far more assertive, resulting in increased weapons smuggling to Hamas in Gaza and, potentially, a cosier relationship between Egypt and Iran

Just What Exactly is Going On in Egypt?

Just What Exactly is Going On in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While most eyes have been directed at the public spectacle of the trial of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, a less visible but far more important trial has been facing Egypt as a whole. As Sharyn outlined on Wednesday, the increasing show of strength by Islamist forces in Egypt has dramatically altere

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes?

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Washington Post reported last week that US counter-terrorism officials ...are increasingly convinced that the killing of Osama bin Laden and the toll of seven years of CIA drone strikes have pushed al­Qaeda to the brink of collapse. The assessment reflects a widespread view at the CIA and

On the Oslo attacks: Neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists share a worldview

On the Oslo attacks: Neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists share a worldview Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, International Security, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel's leaders certainly know where Israel sits with regard to the horrific massacre that took place in Oslo over the weekend. Both President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have expressed their sorrow over the tragic events and expressed Israel's empathy with the Norwegian peop

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians?

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians? Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Sudan, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Amid the cheers over the birth of the new nation state of the Republic of South Sudan, some commentators are noting the largely overlooked significance of what has just occurred, not least for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process eventually leading to a two state solution. Compared with South Sud

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Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas Categories: Anti-Zionism, International Security, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli civil rights organisation director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written a good primer in the Jerusalem Post on why the blockade of Gaza is legal and how flotilla activists are likely breaking US law. Pursuant to the Oslo Accords ... the Palestinians agreed that the Gaza coastline would be

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