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Back to Beersheba

Back to Beersheba Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Even before departing Australia for the landmark historic commemoration at Beersheba, the excitement was palpable. Flights to Israel, connecting through Asia, were heavily booked. One could not be unmoved by the unusual sight of row upon row of Australians flocking from city and countryside alike, p

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Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims

Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

Peter Boyer ("History bent to shape to fit Anzac devotion" November 7) claims Beersheba had never been a Jewish town. In fact, it was founded by Jews in biblical times, and has a Hebrew name, meaning Seven Wells. The reason it had few Jews up to 1947 is that they had been driven out in Arab rioting.

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Behind the News - November 2017

Behind the News - November 2017 Categories: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Israel has said it will prevent ISIS operating close to its border. Both the Islamic State-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly the al-Nusra Front, linked to al-Qaeda, already reportedly have a presence close to Israel's Golan borders.

Deconstruction Zone: How Palestine "occupies" itself

Deconstruction Zone: How Palestine "occupies" itself Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Asaf Romirowsky

A consistent Palestinian strategy for seeking statehood while blaming Israel for its absence has been codified through the narrative of "occupation." The anniversary of the 1967 war brought this to the forefront in endless accusations regarding the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank. There is eve

Austria and Israel's dilemma

Austria and Israel's dilemma Categories: Europe, Far Right, Israel     Author: Herb Keinon

Israel has not yet clearly reacted to the elections in Austria that will likely catapult the far-right Freedom Party into the government, but this outcome poses a clear challenge to Jerusalem: Should it engage with European far-right parties if they become a part of a government?

Scribblings: Putting the Israeli in Israeli Arab

Scribblings: Putting the Israeli in Israeli Arab Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Surveys of Israeli Arabs continue to make one thing perfectly clear - people who say Israel is some sort of "Apartheid" state are flying in the face of the majority view of the people who are supposed to the be the primary victims of that Apartheid - Israel's Arab minority. Israel's Arab citizens ha

AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise

AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Ardern's views on Israel are simply unknown. While she spent time in Israel as president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she hasn't yet made any public comment about Israel-related issues. Balancing out these uncertainties is Peters who will become both Deputy Prime Minister and Fore

A New Deal for Gaza?

A New Deal for Gaza? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Half a year after its arch-rival set out to choke it, Hamas appears to have effectively surrendered. What began with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' decision in April to cease paying for Gaza's fuel shipments from Israel has now culminated in Hamas' ostensible agreement to relin

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