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How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’

How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’ Categories: Israel, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on March 1 offensively equated Zionism to racism and fascism at the "Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum" in Vienna. During the forum, Erdoğan reportedly stated: "Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarde

West Bank Unrest

West Bank Unrest Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features three pieces providing background to the growing - though still limited - West Bank demonstrations. While presented by Australian media as primarily the result of the death in Israeli custody of Arafat Jaradat on Saturday, and Palestinian claims he was tortu

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Essay: Peace Studies War

Essay: Peace Studies War Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel     Author: Greg Rose

What is an academic and cultural boycott of Israel intended to achieve? The purported reason for launching a universal boycott of Israeli academics is their country's alleged breaches of international law. Supposedly, the smarting academics will help turn around Israeli policy... Of course, those Is

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X"

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

As a former head of the Australian Jewish community and now resident in Israel, I was bombarded with endless calls from the Israeli and global media soliciting comment on Ben Zygier, the Australian who committed suicide while in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison.

The Attraction of Yair Lapid

The Attraction of Yair Lapid Categories: Israel     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

When Yair Lapid's father, the well-known journalist and politician Tommy Lapid, was on his deathbed, he said to his son: "I'm leaving you the State of Israel." Tommy, a Holocaust survivor, meant that metaphorically; the generation of survivors was entrusting the gift of a Jewish state to its childr

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A Pilgrim's Progress

A Pilgrim's Progress Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Judging by his first State of the Union address since his reelection, US President Barack Obama will focus in his second term on domestic issues - from the deficit, defence spending, and neglected bridges to the minimum wage, gun control and trade relations. After all this, there was very little ti

AIR New Zealand: Israel votes, NZ Watches

AIR New Zealand: Israel votes, NZ Watches Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Jumping to hasty assessments can often be a mistake but, sometimes, looking further into those same assessments can lead to interesting discoveries. When first asked to write a column about coverage of the recent Israeli elections in New Zealand I said, without too much thought, "there wasn't much".

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a great deal we don't know or that is pure speculation about the tragic story of Ben Zygier/Prisoner X. But here is one thing we absolutely do know about this saga - the NGO Human Rights Watch again demonstrated that it does not need any confirmed facts whatsoever to condemn Israel. The o

Israel's Oscar nominees tell us something about Israeli society

Israel's Oscar nominees tell us something about Israeli society Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

There are two Israeli films among the nominees for the 2013 Academy Award for best Documentary; Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers" and Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's "5 Broken Cameras". There is more to this story than the success of a small and modestly-resourced Israeli film industry, and that is its r

Israel's official statement on "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates    

AIJAC has obviously been following closely the reporting and speculation - both in Australia and Israel - concerning the case of "Prisoner X" who died in 2010 in an Israeli prison, and is alleged to have been Melbourne-born Australian-Israeli dual citizen Ben Zygier. While we can add little to what

Egypt's chaos/ West Bank realities

Egypt's chaos/ West Bank realities Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two pieces related to the increasing street violence in Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government's response to it, plus an important piece on the sad reality behind the Palestinian Authority's state building efforts in the West Bank, led by Prime Minister

Israel's crop of fresh political faces

Israel's crop of fresh political faces Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

This past Tuesday, February 5, the 19th Knesset, Israel's parliament, convened for its inaugural session in Jerusalem, and all 120 members pledged their allegiance to the State. The composition of the new Knesset can reveal, and for some affirm, a change in priorities in the national agenda among th

Mr. Obama goes to Jerusalem

Mr. Obama goes to Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

US President Barack Obama has now announced that he will be visiting Israel in March, after coming under some criticism for failing to do so during his first term in office. Details on the visit and what US officials hope will accomplish are reported here. (It is worth noting the White H

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