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Back to the negotiating table?

Back to the negotiating table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The last two weeks have seen two meetings in Amman Jordan between Israeli and Palestinian representatives, in what are being called "preparatory talks", but are the first direct public contacts between the two sides since 2010. (Some more details on the latest rounds of talks are reported here, here

What does Hamas really believe?

What does Hamas really believe? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader in Damascus, agreed during reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas on December 22, that "there will be no military resistance" and also agreed that "the permanent solution is on the ‘

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The Media is the Message

The Media is the Message Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A young Italian journalist named Ruben Salvadori has prepared a film about how he and other photojournalists reporting from the West Bank not only report what they see but help to create the clashes and dramatic scenes which helps them sell photographs...

Don't throw stones!

Don't throw stones! Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Two recent stories in the Australian newspaper by Middle East correspondent John Lyons - "Stone cold justice" (Weekend Australian Magazine, Nov. 26) http://tinyurl.com/6puavp9 and "Rudd seeks action on torture allegations involving Palestinian children" (Australian, Dec. 17) http://tinyurl.com/6rdzq

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Palestinian Choices

Palestinian Choices Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Today's Update features three pieces looking at the choices currently being made by  the Palestinian political leadership - both those associated with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah in the West Bank, and with Hamas in Gaza. First up is veteran Israeli Palestinian affair

 PA continues to glorify terrorists

PA continues to glorify terrorists Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite its claimed opposition to terrorism, the PA continues to glorify terrorists. This was reinforced again when Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met with freed Palestinian terrorist Amna Muna in Turkey on December 21, along with ten other Palestinians freed and exiled to Turke

Media Microscope: Unpromising Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

SBS TV showed a four-part drama, "The Promise", from Britain's Channel 4 and France's Canal+ and Arte France, which was characterised by rampant and crudely propagandistic political messages directed against Israel and Jews, selective, distorted portrayals of historical events, and the sanitising of

Hard Choices for Hamas

Hard Choices for Hamas Categories: Jordan, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia     Author: Pinhas Inbari

In December 2011, reports from several directions converged to suggest that Hamas is abandoning the sinking ship of Syria: that many senior cadres have already settled in Gaza and only the upper echelon of leadership that bears symbolic meaning still remains in Damascus. By and large those reports a

Scribblings: Judaising Jerusalem?

Scribblings: Judaising Jerusalem? Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Both Palestinian groups and pro-Palestinian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) often accuse Israel of seeking to "Judaise" Jerusalem. For instance, following their admission to the UN cultural organisation UNESCO in October, one of the things the Palestinian Authority said they wanted to do was sue

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today both the Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Harriet Sherwood regarding Israel's plans to relocate the Jahalin Bedouin from their camps on land which they do not own to a permanent Bedouin town. The article, originally published in the Guardian does not provide a balanced un

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