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AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr's legal claims on settlements

AIJAC statement responding to Foreign Minister Carr's legal claims on settlements Categories: Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On Friday, August 9 , AIJAC put out a statement responding to controversial remarks on Israeli settlements by Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr at Lakemba the previous day... A spokesperson for Senator Carr has now responded to criticisms of his remarks in a statement published on J-wire .... AIJAC

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Al-Jazeera’s Ramadan hypocrisy      

Al-Jazeera’s Ramadan hypocrisy       Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an article, al-Jazeera recasts the Israeli concession of allowing increasing numbers of Palestinians into Israel during the holiday in order to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and visit relatives, as a "sinister" plot to funnel Palestinian holiday shopping shekels away from local Palestinian merchants

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Risks aplenty in minefield of Mid-East peace talks

Risks aplenty in minefield of Mid-East peace talks Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

ON Sunday, Israel's cabinet made the agonising decision to authorise the staggered release of 104 Palestinian prisoners - including notorious mass murderers convicted for acts of wanton terror - in order to satisfy a Palestinian precondition for peace talks that began this week in Washington. The r

Statement: Israel's prisoner releases

Statement: Israel's prisoner releases Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

While obviously agonising, especially for the distraught families of the victims, the Israeli Government's decision for the staggered release of convicts involved in brutal acts of violence reflects the high priority it attaches to bringing the Palestinians back to the negotiating table and re

Squeezing Hamas for the Sake of Peace

Squeezing Hamas for the Sake of Peace Categories: Egypt, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

The downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt earlier this month has been widely described as a blow to Hamas and its de facto government in the Gaza Strip, but the real damage has been to the Islamist group's pocketbook. The Egyptian Army's ongoing operations against the subterranean t

Back to the Table

Back to the Table Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Two decades after the signing of the Oslo Accords, and half a decade after they last discussed peace, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) agreed to resume negotiations for a final-status agreement on July 19. The deal, which followed US Secretary of State John Kerry's hectic shuttling between

Scribblings: Abbas and Al-Aqsa Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is an ongoing and to my view, generally inconclusive debate in Israel and among Israel watchers about the genuineness of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a peacemaker. It is certainly true that, in terms of his consistent opposition to violence and terrorism, he represents a ma

Editorial: To Washington, with realism Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement on July 19 that Israel and the Palestinians had reached an agreement that establishes a "basis" for the resumption of peace negotiations was certainly a very welcome development after almost five years without substantive peace talks. But this does not

Qanta Ahmed: BDS harms Israeli Arabs

Qanta Ahmed: BDS harms Israeli Arabs Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following my previous blog post which looked at how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement undermines peace-building efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and discriminates against Israeli Arabs, an article in Haaretz by Dr. Qanta Ahmed has exemplified this point. Ahmed is a physi

Peace talks set to resume?

Peace talks set to resume? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed on a "basis" to resume peace talks. Israel has reportedly agreed to release 85 Palestinian prisoners from the pro-Oslo period as part of the deal, but other details of this "basis for t

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