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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

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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

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

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"Something like this might really happen," warned the narrator of the 1959 comedy "The Mouse that Roared" while a nuclear explosion was displayed in the background. And then, before proceeding to the story about a remote duchy that saves itself from bankruptcy by stealing a doomsday bomb, the narrat

Europa Europa: The Party is Over Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Douglas Davis

Europe is peering into the abyss. And the crisis is far from over. Indeed, it is likely to intensify in 2012 as financial contagion spreads from Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy to France, which holds large quantities of Italian debt, and then to Britain, which is exposed to substantial F

Deconstruction Zone: NGO No-Go Areas? Categories: Israel, NGOs     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Watching the debate, both in Israel and elsewhere, surrounding the proposed new NGO (Non-Government Organisation) laws in the Knesset, it is hard not to be struck by the hyperbole being employed. Some Israelis, primarily from the political left, are railing about "threats to the very foundation of I

Editorial: What Needs to be Done Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to CNN recently, Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak posed a terrifying scenario: "Who would have come to rescue Kuwait when it was taken by Saddam Hussein 20 years ago, if Saddam could have said credibly enough that he has three or four crude nuclear devices?" The answer of course,

"Pinkwashing" pejorative wiping tolerance away

"Pinkwashing" pejorative wiping tolerance away Categories: Anti-Zionism, Gulf states, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Multimedia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Fast becoming a viral sensation, a new YouTube video (below) shows two Spanish men "photobombing" an al-Jazeera broadcast by engaging in a long, passionate kiss in frame as the reporter is talking.  The irony of the video is that while the two were supposedly making a point about marriage equa

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