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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

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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-

Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans

Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

Boycotting and isolating Israel culturally, economically, and politically has long been one of the goals of many of Israel’s neighbours in the Middle East, and more recently, of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is revealing, then, that growing numbers of people througho

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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

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

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

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