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Easter in Jerusalem

Easter in Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Each year thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. Israel's Tourism Ministry expects 125,000 visitors during Holy Week and 300,000 throughout April. Over the weekend as Catholics and Anglicans celebrated Easter, there were media reports that claimed many Palestinian

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The question has arisen over Israel's position on the appalling situation in Syria, where the lives of over 9,000 civilians have been claimed in a crackdown on protesters and an insurrection by opposition groups. Some commentators have unfairly interpreted the Israeli government's comparative silen

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Israel's new Opposition leader

Israel's new Opposition leader Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The triumph of Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff and Defence Minister (for a bio of Mofaz see here) over former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in the Kadima party primaries this week has sparked a flurry of commentary and reactions inside Israel. Widely noted by pundits

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

On a family rip back to Australia, Gidon Bromberg, an Australian environmental activist now living in Israel, picked up a copy of Chris Hammer's book The River: A Journey Through The Murray-Darling. Bromberg was inspired by Hammer's description of the process that led to the Federal Government

Israel and US debate Red Lines on Iran

Israel and US debate Red Lines on Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Michael Herzog

The March 5 summit between US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu marked an important milestone in the US-Israeli decision-making process on Iran's nuclear program. The meeting helped clarify positions and narrow gaps, yet significant differences remain to be addressed in t

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New Delhi Dalliance

New Delhi Dalliance Categories: India, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Twenty years after establishing full diplomatic relations, India has formed a cordial network of Israeli bilateral ties aimed primarily at upgrading India's technological prowess, economic prospects, and military capabilities. These ties are based on converging strategic interests cemented by divers

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

After a week of intermittent barrages of mortars, rockets, and missiles, relative quiet befell southwestern Israel, in bizarre synchrony with a blessed winter's belated departure. The weather has been one happy story in Israel this year. After seven years of drought, the skies opened up and by earl

Europa Europa: Keeping the Faith Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

The "Israel Apartheid Week" festival continues to excite students on campuses across Europe (forget those pesky events in Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Iran). But while Apartheid Week has come and gone for another year, the BDS campaign - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions - plods relentlessly on. Why has the

The facts and the hearsay on Israel

The facts and the hearsay on Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Terror sponsorship has been around for as long as terrorism. It's a phenomenon that has been widely recognised, which allows a group to use terrorism as a tool while insulating themselves from direct responsibility. As an added benefit, in some cases it allows for additional logistical possibilitie

 UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation

UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has done it again - in its annual session it condemned only one country - Israel, while ignoring the human rights violations of women around the world, including especially the current crisis in Syria - where women are being raped and murde

Another child's death falsely blamed on Israel as leaked emails reveal Assad's scapegoating

Another child's death falsely blamed on Israel as leaked emails reveal Assad's scapegoating Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Just days after being exposed for fraudulently blaming the accidental death of a 15-year-old boy on an "Israeli airstrike", Hamas officials have again attempted to implicate Israel in the death of a Gaza youth -- this time, seven-year-old Baraka al-Mughrabi. Just after Mughrabi passed

More on Israel-China relations

More on Israel-China relations Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Burgeoning relations between Israel and China has been the focus of considerable attention in recent months, including from us here at AIJAC (see here and here) Now Israeli journalist Oren Kessler has written a new piece which is a must read for anyone interested in this subject - it's entitle

The Latest Gaza Flare-Up

The Latest Gaza Flare-Up Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with background to and details of the intensive flare-up over the weekend around Gaza, which saw over 200 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza (sending up to 1 million Israelis into bomb shelters) and Israel staging numerous counter-attacks a

False reports about the death of 15-year-old Gaza boy - and other internet falsehoods about the Gaza situation

False reports about the death of 15-year-old Gaza boy - and other internet falsehoods about the Gaza situation Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Kony2012 campaign was not the only viral campaign in recent days that spread some dubious information. A number of allegations of Israeli targeting of civilians that surface over the past few days have been outed as downright lies. The most glaring example is the death of 15-year-old Nayif

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Peace through falsehood

Peace through falsehood Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Context is king and without it the most outrageous slurs can be given legitimacy. Unfortunately, some pro-Palestinian activists are prone to only offer facts in isolation to give their false allegations the air of authenticity and aid the ongoing campaign to delegitimise Israel. The most recent ex

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