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Is Human Rights Watch abandoning Women's Rights?

Is Human Rights Watch abandoning Women's Rights? Categories: NGOs, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The last sentence in Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth's introduction to the organisation's 2012 annual report, titled "Time to Abandon the Autocrats and Embrace Rights," reads: "It is a global responsibility to help see a positive conclusion to the Arab people's brave efforts to de

Egypt and the NGOs

Egypt and the NGOs Categories: Egypt, NGOs, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the crisis between Egypt and the US sparked by the Egyptian government's crackdown on pro-democracy NGOs in the country, and more importantly, what these events say about Egypt's potential for progress toward genuine liberal democracy. Stephen Mc

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Conspiracy Theories and the Arab Spring Categories: Egypt, Middle East, NGOs, Updates    

This Update focuses on the growing prevalence of conspiracy theories that seem to be coming out of countries affected by the Arab Spring, especially Egypt, and the possible consequences. First up is Washington Institute scholar David Schenker, who looks at the background to the Egyp

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


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

AIJAC UPDATE - The Principles and Principals of the Gilo Housing Project

AIJAC UPDATE - The Principles and Principals of the Gilo Housing Project Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Quartet, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at last week's controversial approval for a proposed plan to build 1,100 homes within the boundaries of the Jewish suburb of Gilo in Jerusalem. Gilo lies just over the Green Line and is now home to 40,000 Israelis. As Commentary's Jonathan Tobin explains, Gilo is a symbol for ma

The Last Word: Ten Years After

The Last Word: Ten Years After Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, NGOs, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was late evening in Sydney. Not many hours earlier, I had arrived home from South Africa, having participated in the World Conference Against Racism ("Durban I") and the NGO Forum which had preceded it. The Jewish community in Sydney had asked me to provide a first hand account of the events, g

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Editorial: A Belated Recantation

Editorial: A Belated Recantation Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Probably no document in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict has done more damage to the reputation of Israel, nor contributed more to the international campaign to boycott and delegitimise it, than the Goldstone Report. That is why Justice Goldstone's mea culpa in a Washington Post op-ed on 1 A

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