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"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind

"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last year, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas went to the UN Security Council (UNSC), attempting to have "Palestine" admitted to the UN as a member state. It soon became clear, however, that the Council was not going to approve the bid, as "Palestine" does not yet meet the criteria f

Abbas' Five Non-Options

Abbas' Five Non-Options Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tal Becker

At a time when the Middle East is in upheaval, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been pushed to the margins of the diplomatic agenda. The Islamist surge in the region has emboldened Hamas' political ambitions and is making Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party feel ever

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Hamas and the latest rocket barrage

Hamas and the latest rocket barrage Categories: Gulf states, Palestinians, Updates    

Southern Israel suffered through an intense rocket barrage from Gaza earlier this week, with more than 80 rockets fired in a 24-hour period, before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire took hold yesterday. Hamas has been itself taking credit for many of the rocket launches, a break

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire.

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire. Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As a matter of course newspapers make changes to stories. Some of these can be spelling or cuts for length. But a number of questionable alterations were made to a story from the New York Times' Middle East correspondent Isabel Kershner that appeared in Fairfax papers noting Gilad Shalit's first ma

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Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe told Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National's "Breakfast" program  (17/9) that the "mainstream Zionist leadership from the very beginning understood that... they could not have a Jewish state as long as the Palestinians remained in Palestine". The fact is that

The Cine File: The Camera Does Lie

The Cine File: The Camera Does Lie Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Or Avi-Guy

There is no doubt that "5 Broken Cameras" is a moving, emotional and powerful film. It tries to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by telling the story of one Palestinian town, Bil'in, which became a symbol of what the film describes as the non-violent resistance against the security fence.

Editorial: Leadership Failures Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

What do the Palestinian Authority's (PA) deep-seated economic problems have in common with its unstinting hostility towards Israel and reluctance to work towards resolving the conflict? They are each symptomatic of a failure of Palestinian leadership. And, if you feel a sense of déjà

Hamas admits: Gaza is not occupied, nor under siege

Hamas admits: Gaza is not occupied, nor under siege Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The summer of 2005 was especially hot in Israel, but not just because of the high temperatures and Middle-Eastern climate. That summer the heat was political, as Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. It wasn't long before Hamas took over the strip. The showers of rockets into Israel proper never stop

Unrest in the PA and the Arab Spring

Unrest in the PA and the Arab Spring Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features material on the growing demonstrations - sometimes violent -  in the West Bank against both cost of living pressures and against the Palestinian Authority (PA) more generally. (A report on the demonstrations yesterday, which left 50 injured is here. PA PM Sa

UNWRA, Hamas and the plight of refugees

UNWRA, Hamas and the plight of refugees Categories: Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel came under some criticism lately when Israeli authorities were refusing to allow entry to a group of Eritrean asylum seekers stuck at the Egyptian border. The Israelis eventually relented after one week and permitted some of the asylum seekers to cross the border. One of the most prominent c

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