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Media Microscope: War Stories Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The overwhelming majority of the media coverage on June 23 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report into last year's Gaza war failed to observe that Israel was forced to fight an enemy deliberately operating inside civilian residential areas.

Deconstruction Zone: Double standards, times NINE Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: David Harris

It's appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard to other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment. First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is unde

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New Zealand takes its turn at the UN Security Council Presidency - with a Middle East-oriented agenda

New Zealand takes its turn at the UN Security Council Presidency - with a Middle East-oriented agenda Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

July 1 marked the start of a one-month presidency for New Zealand at the UN Security Council, an opportunity the country has no intentions of squandering. The small Asia-Pacific island nation has announced an ambitious agenda, one that includes tackling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and convincin

Two Complementary Palestinian Strategies

Two Complementary Palestinian Strategies Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

All signs indicate that the Palestinians are planning to step up their efforts to force Israel to comply with their demands. But as the Palestinians are not united, they are working on two fronts to achieve their goal. One party, headed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), believes that, with the hel

Shameful report invites future bloodshed

Shameful report invites future bloodshed Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: David Horovitz

It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the populist leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party who wants to annex most of the West Bank. But when Bennett greeted the publication Monday of the UN Human Rights Council’s report on last

Attorneys at War

Attorneys at War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Willy Stern

For three straight days starting on July 15, 2014, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) made thousands of phone calls to the residents of Shejaiya in northern Gaza. The locals were encouraged to evacuate their homes before IDF tanks rolled across the border. Tens of thousands of leaflets were dropped int

Druze Dilemmas

Druze Dilemmas Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Had it not been too busy fighting itself, Syria would this month have been celebrating the 15th anniversary of Bashar Assad's rule. Tragically, Assad and his citizenry have no cause to celebrate, as the country haemorrhages and its president's future looks increasingly grim. As diplomats seek clari

The Biblio File: Tales from Washington

The Biblio File: Tales from Washington Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Shmuel Rosner

My conversation on June 17 with Knesset Member and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren lasted for about an hour and a half. We were interrupted by the bell - calling Oren to cast a vote - but that was somewhat useful. The conversation dealt mainly with the US-Israel relationship and wha

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Michael Rubin

Pundits and politicians whose introduction to the Middle East comes from Middle Eastern studies programs in Australian or United States universities might be surprised by the current shape of the region. After all, after preaching for decades that Israel and perhaps the United States were at the roo

Scribblings: Incitement Watch

Scribblings: Incitement Watch Categories: Antisemitism, Iran, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It seems worthwhile to again revisit the issue of incitement in the Palestinian media because some people seem to doubt that this is really a serious problem. Anyone who cares about peace should care about the blatantly antisemitic, pro-terrorist or insanely conspiratorial things ordinary Palestinia

Editorial: Three Reports On Gaza

Editorial: Three Reports On Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last year's fifty-day Gaza War, known in Israel as "Operation Protective Edge", has returned to the fore recently as the subject of several internal and external inquiries. The media has focused on the very questionable United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) commission's report released on J

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