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Abbas' UN "Bombshell"

Abbas' UN "Bombshell" Categories: Palestinians, United Nations    

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave his much-foreshadowed speech at the UN General Assembly yesterday, and it only partially contained the "bombshell" that Palestinian sources repeatedly said it would. Amid a litany of accusations against Israel, and a rejection of r

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Incitement and tensions in east Jerusalem

Incitement and tensions in east Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Today’'s Update looks at the main causes of the recent escalation in tension and violence in east Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount where Israeli police have faced off against Palestinian stone throwers and reported finding pipe bombs. The stone throwing claimed the life last week of

The End for Abbas?

The End for Abbas? Categories: Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael

In August, Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to resign from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee; his announcement was accompanied by the resignation of several senior PLO officials... The announcement came as no surprise to the Palestinian "street", which viewed it wi

Scribblings: The Palestinian alternative to a "One-State" solution

Scribblings: The Palestinian alternative to a "One-State" solution Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I've written before in this space that international "pro-Palestinian" activists who demand a "one-state solution" appear very out of step with what polls show the Palestinians themselves want. The latest polling data, aptly summarised by David Pollock in this edition on the opposite page, again sup

Deconstruction Zone: What Palestinians Really Want Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Pollock

The long-term Palestinian political perspective has long been a subject of much polemical speculation - but without much evidence on either side. Do most Palestinians hope for a small state of their own at peace with Israel, or do they still aspire to reclaim all of Palestine someday? 

Hay in needle-stacks: A Hero in Hebron

Hay in needle-stacks: A Hero in Hebron Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ari Wenig

Coming across something rare is often analogised as finding "a needle in a haystack". And yet, this simile reflects the Israeli-Palestinian divide far more aptly when reversed. Finding acts of pure humanity in and amongst this deeply polarised, and often manic conflict, tends to be like searching fo

Letter: Ill-conceived motion Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media Releases, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Wendy Turner writes in defence of the Queensland Labor conference motion to recognise a Palestinian state (Letters, 3/9). This motion is one-sided, ill-conceived and counter-productive. Motions such as this are detrimental to the cause of Middle East reconciliation...

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Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Smallman

In October 2014, after a campaign of nearly 10 years, New Zealand won its fourth two-year term on the esteemed UN Security Council. Prime Minister John Key pledged that New Zealand would be a "small country with a loud voice." Indeed, it put forth an ambitious agenda, one that included working with

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