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The myth of Israeli backing for Assad

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A myth seems to have developed in some circles that Israel is either backing the Assad regime in Syria, or at the least, is somehow impeding international action against it, supposedly out of fear of what may follow.

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In the Australian (25/5) academic Philip Mendes analysed the conceptual and practical flaws underpinning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement noting that it "is a by-product of the second Palestinian intifada and the collapse of the Oslo peace process.... It is essentially war by other mea

Big Government, Israeli-style

Big Government, Israeli-style Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In one of the strangest about-faces ever seen in its politics, the Jewish State woke up Tuesday, May 8 with the main Opposition party, Kadima, joining the Government, after the country had gone to bed the previous night with an early-election bill already in the process of being legislated. The new

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Scribblings: Hamas "Hudna" offer revealed Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A lot of international commentators have been taken in by Hamas claims to be ready to accept a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders as part of a deal with Israel (though most commentators gloss over the fact that Hamas always also demands a Palestinian "right of return" - which would lead to Is

Editorial: End of the Camp David era? Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's new national unity government - one of the country's broadest coalitions on record - will have its work cut out in the months ahead. Domestically, in addition to the need to re-write the rules on military service for the ultra-Orthodox minority, and promised efforts to implement overdue pol

 Israeli leaders condemn violent riot

Israeli leaders condemn violent riot Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

What started as a protest of some 1,000 people in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighbourhood on May 23 calling for the deportation of unauthorised African migrants to Israel, turned violent as demonstrators attacked African passersby while others lit garbage cans on fire and smashed car windows. Israeli polic

Our misguided boycotters

Our misguided boycotters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Peter Beinart's call for a boycott of Israelis in the West Bank opposes the policy advice of almost everyone involved in the debate on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Similarly, the choice of my friend and former colleague in AUJS, Liam Getreu, to adopt Beinart's policy has place Liam at-odds

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Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Before the deal that ended it last week, the recent Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in Israeli prisons was being presented as some kind of grand, Gandhi-esque "resistance" movement, pitting peaceful Palestinian "political prisoners" against cruel Israelis. This is certainly the impression that

More on Israel's growing ties with China

More on Israel's growing ties with China Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a quick followup to Sharyn Mittelman's recent blog on the growing numbers of international students who are coming to study in Israel and learn how Israelis innovate, the China Daily is the latest newspaper to run a story about this phenomenon, highlighting that China's growing ties with Isr

Media Week - Go figure; Bergs of a feather; Inclement comparison; Total fiction

Media Week - Go figure; Bergs of a feather; Inclement comparison; Total fiction Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Go figure An unattributed Age story (12/5) on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails stated that a "fifth of all Palestinians living under occupation - some 700,00 people - have served time in Israeli jails, according to activist groups." Although the article did not include the origin of the clai

Israel as a teacher of innovation

Israel as a teacher of innovation Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

People from around the world are traveling to Israel to learn from its innovation and economic success. Israel's President Shimon Peres recently told a visiting Australian delegation that included Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten, that part of the secret to Israel's economic success was tha

Israel's Models as Role Models

Israel's Models as Role Models Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel is the first country to formally legislate a ban against underweight models. The legislation also bans use of models who 'look underweight', and creators of ads must disclose whether they used Photoshop or graphics programs to manipulate images to make the models look slimmer.

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Australian's John Lyons (5/5) reported on an Israeli law passed during the Second Intifada in 2003 designed to prevent terrorists exploiting family reunion laws to enter Israel. This has meant Israeli Arab Taiseer Khatib's wife, Lana, who is from Jenin on the West Bank, can only stay in Israel

Israel's Political "Big Bang"

Israel's Political "Big Bang" Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update follows up on Ahron Shapiro's blog post yesterday on Israeli PM Netanyahu's shock move on Tuesday night to cancel planned elections and instead form a National Unity government with Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz. First up to provide a general perspective on the move is Israeli

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