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"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind

"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last year, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas went to the UN Security Council (UNSC), attempting to have "Palestine" admitted to the UN as a member state. It soon became clear, however, that the Council was not going to approve the bid, as "Palestine" does not yet meet the criteria f

Obama, Romney, Bibi and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Where must the line be drawn regarding Iran's dangerous and illegal nuclear weapons program? At what point should the very strongest measures, including the possibility of military strikes, be implemented in order to derail it? This is the question at the heart of a subtle yet significant disparity

Foreign Policy Ideology and Reality

Foreign Policy Ideology and Reality Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Gil Troy

Despite the testy foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney of Oct. 23, it is difficult to assess any candidate's foreign policy ideology - let alone how that candidate will act as president. Predicting how a president will function in foreign affairs is as reli

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New term likely for Bibi, but on what terms?

New term likely for Bibi, but on what terms? Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Though it was the first parliament in which the main opposition party was larger than the ruling party, Israel's outgoing Knesset will have served a full four years - the first since the 1980s to have done so - by the time the 19th Knesset is elected on January 22. Not only did the Knesset prove du

Deconstruction Zone: Hanan Ashrawi and the Other Refugees

Deconstruction Zone: Hanan Ashrawi and the Other Refugees Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Well-known Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi made headlines in Australia in 2003 when she was controversially awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. Now she has been in the headlines again with an article published in a number of Arab media outlets in late August insisting that "the claim that Jews who

Scribblings: Jewish "Jim Crow" in Algeria Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Regular readers of this column will know that I have frequently collected evidence here as to the historical state of Jewish communities in Arab lands in the years prior to Israel's establishment. I do this because one very frequently hears claims about the historical situations of these communities

Haaretz issues clarification on controversial poll articles

Haaretz issues clarification on controversial poll articles Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Last week AIJAC published a blog post, taking a critical look at Gideon Levy's article in Haaretz which published a report on a very misleading poll with the original title "Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel". Haaretz has now published a clarification in the print e

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Israel poll misleads Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As anyone acquainted with Israel and its people can attest, the conclusions of the poll of Israelis reported on in the Herald seem puzzling (''Poll finds Jewish Israeli support for segregation'', October 25). However, detailed scrutiny of the poll data and questions reveals that, in fact, the poll i

A misleading and flawed poll sparks "apartheid" claims

A misleading and flawed poll sparks "apartheid" claims Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This week Gideon Levy of Haaretz published an article on the results of a very misleading and flawed poll with the title "Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel" on October 24. As a result of the Haaretz publicity, false reports that Israeli Jews support apartheid, made

Women suffering across the Middle East - except  in Israel

Women suffering across the Middle East - except in Israel Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While women are suffering from extremism throughout the Middle East, Israel remains an exception where all women, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, enjoy equality before the law, and despite some shortcomings, the most substantial social equality in the region, comparable to virtually any c

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire.

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire. Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As a matter of course newspapers make changes to stories. Some of these can be spelling or cuts for length. But a number of questionable alterations were made to a story from the New York Times' Middle East correspondent Isabel Kershner that appeared in Fairfax papers noting Gilad Shalit's first ma

Israel goes to polls on January 22

Israel goes to polls on January 22 Categories: Israel, Updates    

As readers will probably be aware, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week that he will seek early elections, and later announced that he is requesting a poll take place on January 22. His speech, calling for the election, and citing an inability "at this time to

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe told Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National's "Breakfast" program  (17/9) that the "mainstream Zionist leadership from the very beginning understood that... they could not have a Jewish state as long as the Palestinians remained in Palestine". The fact is that

The Cine File: The Camera Does Lie

The Cine File: The Camera Does Lie Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Or Avi-Guy

There is no doubt that "5 Broken Cameras" is a moving, emotional and powerful film. It tries to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by telling the story of one Palestinian town, Bil'in, which became a symbol of what the film describes as the non-violent resistance against the security fence.

Bibi, Barack and Iran

Bibi, Barack and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In the spirit of September's Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Iranian policy has become a focus of the season's soul-searching. A lot has happened since Netanyahu's return to the Premiership, two months after Barack Obama landed in the White House. What his

Editorial: Leadership Failures Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

What do the Palestinian Authority's (PA) deep-seated economic problems have in common with its unstinting hostility towards Israel and reluctance to work towards resolving the conflict? They are each symptomatic of a failure of Palestinian leadership. And, if you feel a sense of déjà

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