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 Israel, gender and Iran

Israel, gender and Iran Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the issue of public female discrimination in Israel has received significant media attention following recent controversies including over women singing in a ceremony for the Israeli army which was boycotted by religious soldiers, and the informal gender segregation on some buses in Ultra o

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Media Microscope: Unpromising Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

SBS TV showed a four-part drama, "The Promise", from Britain's Channel 4 and France's Canal+ and Arte France, which was characterised by rampant and crudely propagandistic political messages directed against Israel and Jews, selective, distorted portrayals of historical events, and the sanitising of

Shelly-Shocked

Shelly-Shocked Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

A decade after it last held power, and some two generations after losing its hegemonic sway over Israeli politics - the rehabilitation of Israel's Labor party seems finally underway. The election in September of Shelly (Rachel) Yachimovich as Labor Chairperson, the eighth election of a party leader

Scribblings: Judaising Jerusalem?

Scribblings: Judaising Jerusalem? Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Both Palestinian groups and pro-Palestinian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) often accuse Israel of seeking to "Judaise" Jerusalem. For instance, following their admission to the UN cultural organisation UNESCO in October, one of the things the Palestinian Authority said they wanted to do was sue

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Is Israeli democracy under threat?

Is Israeli democracy under threat? Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update deals with some claims being made that Israeli democracy is supposedly eroding or under threat as the result of a variety of controversial legislative changes being discussed in Israel, as well as certain recent controversies concerning the treatment of women by sectors o

"Fisking" Hugh White on Iran

"Fisking" Hugh White on Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Oft-quoted Australian "strategic analyst" Hugh White had a piece in The Age yesterday day on the Iranian nuclear crisis which betrayed such a lack of serious and logical strategic thought, so many shallow and glib yet ill-informed assumptions, that it seemed to be simply begging for a thorough "fisk

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today both the Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Harriet Sherwood regarding Israel's plans to relocate the Jahalin Bedouin from their camps on land which they do not own to a permanent Bedouin town. The article, originally published in the Guardian does not provide a balanced un

An Exodus from Sinai

An Exodus from Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Sudan, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Sinai is not only a haven for terrorists, but it also a centre of people and organ smuggling. The depth of the lawlessness was recently captured in CNN documentary "Death in the Desert", which reported on unimaginable violence experienced by Africans who cross the Sinai in the desperate attempt

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Arab Spring or Islamist Surge?

Arab Spring or Islamist Surge? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Tunisia     Author: Benny Morris

Rioting in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011 unleashed a tidal wave of unrest across the Arab world that was soon designated the "Arab Spring." Enthusiasts in the West hailed a new birth of freedom for a giant slice of humanity that has been living in despotic darkness for centuries. But historians in

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