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Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

Economies wilting in Arab Spring

Economies wilting in Arab Spring Categories: Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

There are very few who will deny that democracy is of great value to the people living within a democratic society; certainly, overthrowing dictatorships often comes at a great cost - which, hopefully, will be offset by the benefits of outcome. What seldom comes to the fore is precisely what th

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Israeli start-up offers ‘Energy from the Roads’

Israeli start-up offers ‘Energy from the Roads’ Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

As the world continues to search for ways to meet the growing global energy demand without further damaging the environment, a new technology that harvests energy from the pressure caused by cars driving on roads is currently being tested in Israel. Developed by the Israeli start-up Innowattech, the

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More Quiet corners of the Arab Spring Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Geoffrey Levin's post yesterday on the Jordanian Hashemite Monarchy's apparent success so far in weathering the Arab Spring, it is worth noting some other Arab countries which also appear to be managing the protest movements fairly successfully - especially Iraq and Morocco.

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas Categories: Anti-Zionism, International Security, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli civil rights organisation director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written a good primer in the Jerusalem Post on why the blockade of Gaza is legal and how flotilla activists are likely breaking US law. Pursuant to the Oslo Accords ... the Palestinians agreed that the Gaza coastline would be

The Arab Spring remains mild in Jordan

The Arab Spring remains mild in Jordan Categories: Jordan, Middle East, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

Despite mass violence in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and leadership changes occurring in Egypt and Tunisia, Jordan has remained relatively quiet, with only limited protests and few deaths. As the Guardian points out: Jordan has seen sporadic unrest since January but only on a small scale. Opposition d

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United States     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Hannah Rosenthal, the US State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, has just completed a visit to Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in a bid to reduce the antisemitic content of their education syllabuses. As she told JTA, the State Department has found the textbooks produc

 Falk's faux-pas

Falk's faux-pas Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The UN's so-called "special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories", Richard Falk, apologised this morning for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog. The cartoon (below) depicts the United States as Lady Justice's guide dog, wearing a Jewish skullcap and urinating on Just

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Internal strife in Iran - time for more tyrants to fall?

Internal strife in Iran - time for more tyrants to fall? Categories: Iran, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Whether it was slaughter of innocents in its strong ally, Syria, or proxy attacks on US and allied forces in Iraq, Iran has been making its presence felt throughout the Middle East in recent weeks. What is, perhaps, less widely reported is that the Islamic Republic has been

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