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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.

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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

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

The courage to speak out

The courage to speak out Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Ray Hanania, a former head of the Palestinian American Congress and recent member of the national board of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has recently written about the discrimination that he has suffered throughout his involvement in Arab public affairs...

Déjà vu in Hama and Across Syria

Déjà vu in Hama and Across Syria Categories: Middle East, Syria, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

In February 1982, over 29 years ago, Syria's President Hafez Assad sent his younger brother to ‘deal with' an uprising in a Sunni-majority city called Hama. Between 10,000 and 30,000 civilians died, killed for attempting to topple the Alawite dictator that reigned for over a decade. Today his

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

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

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