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Scribblings: Tortured Logic Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Readers of the Australian media will recall several instances of reports highlighting NGO claims that Israel engages in "torture" of Palestinian prisoners. What they will not likely have heard is that there are far more credible allegations of torture on a large scale against Palestinian security fo

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A Teen's Life in Gaza - Terrorism training, with beatings for anyone sporting "cool" haircuts or skinny jeans

A Teen's Life in Gaza - Terrorism training, with beatings for anyone sporting "cool" haircuts or skinny jeans Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Much of the attention regarding Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects have been focused on "hard" policy issues. Yet over-emphasising "hard" policy questions means that crucial precursors for both making peace and for the long term sustainability of any peace agreement end up being overlooked. One su

West Bank crossings and checkpoints explained

West Bank crossings and checkpoints explained Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

West Bank crossings and checkpoints exist to protect Israeli civilians from terrorist attacks and they have been highly successful in doing so.  However, in recent years as security conditions have improved, Israel has greatly eased security restrictions in the West Bank, removing most checkpoi

Fayyad and the problem of Palestinian leadership

Fayyad and the problem of Palestinian leadership Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Today's Update deals with the aftermath of a candid interview recently "allegedly" given to the New York Times by Salam Fayyad - the Palestinian Authority PM who resigned last month but is still in office in an interim role - and especially what it says about the problematic state an

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The millionaires of Gaza

The millionaires of Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While many Gazans struggle with poverty like many people across the Middle East, one may be surprised to find that there is another side to Gaza's economy - a booming property development industry supported by the smuggling trade that is estimated to have made a thousand millionaires in the last fiv

Media Week - So near, and yet so far; Justified fears;  Shalom Salam; Justice done; Conspiracy-land; Howe's that

Media Week - So near, and yet so far; Justified fears; Shalom Salam; Justice done; Conspiracy-land; Howe's that Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

On Fairfax's "Daily Life" site (April 23) Ruby Hamad, who has previously penned some ill-informed and one-sided pieces on Israel, presented a sober account of the escalating restrictions imposed by Hamas on Gazans. Unfortunately her explanation for Gaza's economic difficulties was entirely predicta

Fayyad Out

Fayyad Out Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Makovsky

Fayyad's tenure has since been defined by institution-building, including in the areas of finance and security - an approach that became known as "Fayyadism". Security cooperation with Israel became the norm. As violence decreased and order returned to the street, Israel lifted many of its West Bank

Scribblings: Israel's Emotional Rollercoaster Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the most interesting and original aspects of Israeli national culture has been the coupling of Israel's Independence Day, Yom Haatzmaut, with the memorial day for victims of war and terrorism, Yom Hazikaron. Yom Hazikaron, is the 4th of Iyyar in the Jewish calendar, one day before Yom Haatzma

After Salam Fayyad

After Salam Fayyad Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad  - widely seen internationally as a competent, efficient and moderate state-builder - submitted his resignation on Saturday and had it accepted by President Mahmoud Abbas. This Update is devoted to analysis of

Abbas-Fayyad ructions in the PA

Abbas-Fayyad ructions in the PA Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the apparent political crisis within the Palestinian Authority, with reports saying Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has either submitted or plans to submit his resignation following growing disagreements with President Mahmoud Abbas and the wider Fatah movement he ch

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Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Ahead of PM Julia Gillard's cabinet reshuffle Michael Danby's name was touted in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald (March 25) as a potential foreign affairs parliamentary secretary (in the end he got the gig for the Arts instead). Danby of course has excellent foreign policy credentials...Unfortuna

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