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Political Tempest

Political Tempest Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Autumn ended early for Israelis this year, as winds were ruffling Jerusalem's foliage already in October and by November heavy rains poured down on Tel Aviv. Still, by early December the politicians had stolen winter's thunder, having rushed into an unseasonable election blanketed in a thick fog. I

Scribblings: Too Good to Check

Scribblings: Too Good to Check Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I know a country that is so racist it has public holidays associated with one religious faith, thus excluding and marginalising those who follow other religions or no religion. It is so racist that it has a symbol of one religious faith on its flag. Furthermore, in this country, the main calendar us

Editorial: Back to the Polls Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Twenty-two months into a maximum four-year term, Israelis are going to the polls again on March 17, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed two of his ministers - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of Hatnua and Finance Minister Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid - and dissolved his governing coalition. F

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Letter to The Age/SMH: Home demolitions Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In Australia, a major purpose for imposing lengthy jail terms is to deter would-be criminals. But what if the would-be perpetrator intended to die in their attack, in the belief that they would go straight to paradise? What if they murdered in the knowledge they would become a hero in their communit

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Israel goes to the polls on March 17

Israel goes to the polls on March 17 Categories: Israel, Updates    

Israel's Knesset voted Wednesday to dissolve itself and call new elections on March 17. While a second and third reading are still required - scheduled to take place on Monday - early Israeli elections now look like a done deal. This Update deals with why the government was unable

Not Child's Play: The role of teens in recent Palestinian unrest

Not Child's Play: The role of teens in recent Palestinian unrest Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Over the past few years some in the media, most notably the Australian's Middle East correspondent John Lyons, have waged a high profile campaign accusing Israel of arresting, intimidating, harassing, and imprisoning hundreds of innocent Palestinian children each year, presumably for non-existent or

Media Microscope: Carr-nivale Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

On November 8, the Australian ran an op-ed from former Foreign Minister Bob Carr announcing his new role as patron of the Labor Friends of Palestine, wherein he argued, ad nauseum, that Israel is becoming apartheid-like and that settlements are what is preventing a two-state solution. Spouting arra

Jerusalem syndrome

Jerusalem syndrome Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The Temple Mount, arguably monotheism's most active volcano, is smoking again. The hilltop where a universalistic King Solomon built, as he saw it, a shrine whose tenant would be God and whose pilgrims would be "all the people of the world," returned in October to its more familiar role as a source

After Obama

After Obama Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

Even God, it seems, is tired of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute - and the never-ending standoff between US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. When a third intifada threatened to erupt recently following Israel's temporary closure of Muslim prayer at the al-Aqsa Mosque in respo

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