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Greek-Israeli Relations at historic high

Greek-Israeli Relations at historic high Categories: Europe, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

In a sign of growing ties, the Israeli and Greek air forces have held a fourteen-day cooperative drill at Greece's Larisa Air Base. Joint drill participants included several elite Israeli squadrons, the IDF's top rescue unit, and their equivalents in the Greek military. The exercise took place as G

More flotilla capers

More flotilla capers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Proving that the flotilla organisers are nothing if not persistent, the Canadian flotilla ship, the Tahrir, which had been prevented from leaving a harbour in Crete to sail for Gaza, issued the following press statement last night: With the support of Greek civil society and people from all around

Gaza’s shortages of medicines

Gaza’s shortages of medicines Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It is often pointed out that there are shortages of medicines and medical supplies in Gaza, implying that this is the result of Israel's blockade. But while there are such shortages, they actually have almost nothing to do with either Israel or the blockade. Rather, they are primarily the result of

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Flotilla activists drop all pretence of "humanitarian" mission, declare victory and plan to test Israeli airport security

Flotilla activists drop all pretence of "humanitarian" mission, declare victory and plan to test Israeli airport security Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As AIJAC has been reporting, the planned flotilla to Gaza has been facing a number of obstacles in recent weeks. In the wake of the Greek decision over the weekend to prevent any vessels planning on sailing to Gaza from leaving Greek ports, the flotilla organisers appear to be looking to s

Flotilla will not sail from Greece

Flotilla will not sail from Greece Categories: Israel, Middle East, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

After Greek authorities ordered a directive on Friday that no ship aiming to sail for Gaza be permitted to leave from a Greek port, the captain of the US vessel The Audacity of Hope, deliberately named as an affront to US President Barack Obama, has been arrested - effectively preventing the ship fr

Israel jumps in Global Innovation Index

Israel jumps in Global Innovation Index Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel has jumped 9 places to number 14 in the 2011 Global Innovation Index (GII). Coming from a rank of 23 last year, Israel flew past Australia - which fell from 18 in 2010 to 21 in 2011 - into the top 15 most innovative countries in the world, blitzing the other Middle East and North Africa

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Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two pieces which describe the reality of the situation in Gaza - in contrast to the way it is often described by activists and even in general media reports. First up is recent visitor to Australia Dr. Michael Rubin, who compares Gaza to a whole variety of countries

More blows to Palestinian unilateralism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In a move against Palestinian unilateralism, the United States Senate passed a resolution yesterday that threatens to withdraw aid from the Palestinian Authority if they continue with their commitment to go to the UN and request statehood in September. The resolution also rejected any Palestinian go

Peace polling improves in Post-Revolutionary Egypt Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates     Author: Geoff Levin

A new study has indicated that two-thirds of all Egyptians support maintaining the Arab republic's 1979 peace agreement with Israel. The poll, conducted by the Egyptian government's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), showed that 67% of those responding want to uphold the historic Egypt

FLOTILLA II - An end to the Humanitarian Pretence?

FLOTILLA II - An end to the Humanitarian Pretence? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Haaretz is reporting that senior Israeli officials have received information that organisers of the Gaza flotilla may be bringing chemical substances on the ships to use against Israeli soldiers to prevent them from boarding the ships. Barak Ravid reported that the senior officials also said that I

Almost lynched in East Jerusalem for being Jewish

Almost lynched in East Jerusalem for being Jewish Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Initial reports emerged yesterday of an Israeli delivery driver who narrowly avoided being lynched by an Arab mob. This follows a similar incident last November, when four students, including one Australian tourist were stoned by a mob after taking a wrong turn and driving through an Arab neighbourh

An Australian Hamas operative?

An Australian Hamas operative? Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

An Australian man who was arrested in Israel recently has now been formally charged with spying for Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation both in Australia and in Israel, and has faced an initial court hearing. As reported by the ABC: Eyad Abu Arja was arrested along with his wife when he arr

"Narratives" and what happened in 1948 Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the key questions that always comes up in debates on the Middle East are the details of what happened during the 1948 war. Among Palestinians and their advocates, the whole war is generally presented as a Zionist plot to steal the land and expel its indigenous inhabitants - which was unde

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"Land Swaps" and the 1967 lines

"Land Swaps" and the 1967 lines Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dore Gold

When US President Barack Obama first made his controversial reference to the 1967 lines as the basis for future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on May 19, 2011, he introduced one main caveat that stuck out: the idea that there would be "mutually agreed swaps" of land between the two sides. He added

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