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Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox

Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In order to fully understand all the implications of the upgrade of Palestinian status to non-member observer state at the United Nations, it is worthwhile to begin by revisiting their more ambitious first attempt to bring Palestinian UN membership to a vote in the United Nations Security Council la

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E-1: Beyond the myths and hype

E-1: Beyond the myths and hype Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

An international furore has arisen over Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to move forward with the long-stalled planning of a new Jewish neighbourhood in the area between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim known by the name E-1. Construction on the project itself would not begin for, at

Essay: The Great Refugee Trap

Essay: The Great Refugee Trap Categories: NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Nitza Nachmias

The twentieth century experienced some of the worst instances of population displacement in history: the 15 million ethnic Germans forced out of their homes in Eastern Europe after World War II; the millions of Muslims and Hindus fleeing the newly established states of India and Pakistan during the

How Gaza Changes the Mideast Game

How Gaza Changes the Mideast Game Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Lee Smith

In mid-November, Israel embarked on "Operation Pillar of Defence", the second time it's gone to war against Hamas in the past four years. The proximate cause of this campaign, according to Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, was "the incessant rounds of artillery rockets and mortars into the heart

The Rockets of November

The Rockets of November Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Tel Aviv tends to revel in its image as a bastion of hedonism and frivolity that defies Middle Eastern tensions, but as autumn's seagulls overflew its fishermen's piers the city received a stark reminder of where it is situated. As sirens ululated across the cosmopolitan metropolis, sending thousan

Scribblings: Body Counts and Proportionality Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the recent Gaza conflict, as in 2008-2009, the media was obsessed with "disproportionate" body counts - the fact that more Palestinians were dying than Israelis. Such counts of course, have nothing to do with the actual international law principle of "proportionality", which says that the damage

Editorial: A Tactical Success Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's eight-day "Operation Pillar of Defence", which ended with a ceasefire agreement on November 21, was a limited operation with a primary objective - to staunch the flow of rockets launched from Gaza and landing on southern Israel's cities and villages. Some 764 rockets had struck Israel from

Hamas the real villain in attacks on friends and foe

Hamas the real villain in attacks on friends and foe Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Now the terms of a ceasefire have been agreed upon, Israel hopes this means the rockets from the Gaza Strip will stop, despite the fact rockets have already been fired into Israel from Gaza since the ceasefire came into effect. But, when a ceasefire was negotiated between Israel and Hamas in 2009,

Remember Syria?

Remember Syria? Categories: Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

From the moment Israel's Operation Pillar of Defence began last week, news of Syrian President Bashar Assad's bloody suppression of the rebellion against his rule was pushed down the news page, and in some cases knocked out of the paper entirely. This, in spite of the fact that more Syrians than Pa

Human rights NGOs, and their half-hearted, belated, and weasel-worded condemnations of rocket attacks

Human rights NGOs, and their half-hearted, belated, and weasel-worded condemnations of rocket attacks Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Human rights organisations are supposed to advance a universal approach, according to which every person in entitled to certain rights and liberties, based simply on his or her humanity. The most basic of these rights is the right to life. Yet time after time those very same organisations prove that

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