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Israeli music builds bridges

Israeli music builds bridges Categories: Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Andrea Nadel and Tzvi Fleischer

Anti-Israel activists have been sponsoring intense campaigns of intimidation, emotional blackmail and misinformation to encourage prominent musicians to boycott Israel by not performing there, as reported on June 4 ("Stars under fire for concerts in Israel"). These activists claim that they are act

Media Week - Antisemitic poster boys; Radio daze; Go Canada

Media Week - Antisemitic poster boys; Radio daze; Go Canada Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A Sydney Morning Herald story (16/6) on the Egyptian Supreme Court overturning a ban on the presidential candidacy of former Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq featured a picture of a male protester holding a poster of Shafiq covered in at least five Star of Davids. The paper's accompanying ca

Egypt's Uncertain Post-Election Future

Egypt's Uncertain Post-Election Future Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates    

This Update deals with the aftermath of events in Egypt over the weekend - both the run-off presidential election (which the Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammed Morsi claims to have narrowly won, though his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, makes the same claim, but election authorities are review

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This week in Parliament - Fletcher calls for one minute’s silence at London Olympics, and Danby criticises ABC's alleged media bias on Israel

This week in Parliament - Fletcher calls for one minute’s silence at London Olympics, and Danby criticises ABC's alleged media bias on Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As discussed in my previous blog post, prominent Australian political leaders, including the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, signed a petition calling for one minute's silence at the London Olympics to honour the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre, joining a growing international chorus on th

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Addressing Israel's Arab-integration problem

Addressing Israel's Arab-integration problem Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

When Israel's largest opposition party, Kadima, joined the ruling coalition, a great deal of attention went to the impending non-renewal of the "Tal Law" -- the law exempting Israel's Haredi (ultra-orthodox) communities from compulsory national service. Another side of the deal between Kadima and th

Russian President to visit Israel in June

Russian President to visit Israel in June Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite Israel and Russia holding strongly divergent views on key Middle East issues - the violence in Syria, Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Israel and Russia have against the odds managed to retain good relations since the end of the Cold War. Russian President Vladi

Israeli leaders on Syria, revisited

Israeli leaders on Syria, revisited Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a follow-up to last week's blog post concerning the myth of Israeli backing for Assad, Israeli president Shimon Peres has become Israel's highest level official to openly back the Syrian rebels against the forces of Bashar Assad.

The big lie, redux

The big lie, redux Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In 1985, following the murder of wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer by Palestinian terrorists aboard the cruise ship Achille Lauro, Palestine Liberation Organisation Foreign Secretary Farouq Qaddumi famously denied responsibility for the attack, suggesting that perhaps his terminally ill wife had kil

The secrets of Israeli happiness and longevity

The secrets of Israeli happiness and longevity Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

Think of Israel, and, for many, the first images that come to mind are of endless conflict, war and the constant struggle to survive against impossible odds. The sum of its external and internal challenges combined might easily lead one to believe that Israel is a very unhappy society in which to li

Only way ahead is through talking

Only way ahead is through talking Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittleman

In his recent article, Robert Newton of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network offered Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr ("Carr should press Obama on peace for Israel and Palestine", June 4) some poor advice on moving forward with the Israeli-Palestinian Peace negotiations. Newton suggests tha

The ABC and UNRWA

The ABC and UNRWA Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

ABC radio's "World Today" reported on the growing recognition that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) may actually be perpetuating the ongoing Palestinian refugee issue (see AIJAC's update from June 6 2012 for more on the issue). Unfortunately, a serious issue suffered from the not-

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