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Behind the News - September 2016

Behind the News - September 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism    

In the wake of the charges laid on August 4 by Israel against Muhammad el-Halabi, the head of the charity World Vision in Gaza, for allegedly diverting large amounts of aid to Hamas, Israel announced on August 9 that it had also arrested and charged a UN Development Program (UNDP) contractor, Waheed

AIR New Zealand: Controversy on Kiwi campuses

AIR New Zealand: Controversy on Kiwi campuses Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Last year a number of incidents occurred at several New Zealand universities which give cause for concern. One of these was an attempt - which failed - to block the visit, organised by the New Zealand branch of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS NZ), of two former IDF soldiers to Victor

Settlement hype, not 'activity', reaches new high

Settlement hype, not 'activity', reaches new high Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The significance of the issue of construction within Israeli settlements in the West Bank has long been overemphasised and exaggerated in international diplomacy, but White House and State Department criticism of Israel last week over construction in its West Bank settlements may just have set a new

Asia Watch: Own goal

Asia Watch: Own goal Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Malaysians avidly follow football... The ultimate dream is to host the FIFA World Cup. To make this outside possibility a little more likely, in 2013 Malaysia offered and was accepted to host the 2017 FIFA Congress that will determine the host nation of the 2026 World Cup. As so often happens, poli

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Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry

Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Rachel Kaye

Israel's satellite industry is in crisis after a SpaceX rocket carrying an advanced Israeli communications satellite exploded on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida last Thursday 1 September. The accident and the subsequent loss of the Israeli-built satellite has been described as a "crushing b

Rabin's Transport Revolution comes of age

Rabin's Transport Revolution comes of age Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Having first climbed up from Jaffa in 1892, the original railroad to Jerusalem runs south of the highway to Tel Aviv. A scenic feat of engineering, it respects the topography of the Judean Mountains, entering them from Beit Shemesh, the biblical Philistines' westernmost outpost, before climbing pati

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

On August 29, the Age, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald websites ran a Washington Post report about the controversial Palestinian village of Susiya in Area C of the West Bank - that is the area under full Israeli control, with relatively few Palestinian residents. The Israeli courts have or

Editorial: Lessons of the Gaza scandal Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Over the past couple of months, a vile scandal has been in the process of unravelling in Gaza. At its core are charges that Hamas - the terror group that rules the territory - has infiltrated charities, NGOs and even UN agencies to steal aid.

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Fairfax columnist Ruby Hamad recent blog is an impassioned plea to ignore what she calls the "symbolic" Olympic Truce principle - of setting aside conflicts for the sake of the games - and instead embrace the demonisation and singling out of Israeli athletes at the Olympics, because, in her view, t

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