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Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"?

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

MEMRI has translated an interview with Nabil Shaath, Head of Foreign Relations in Fatah - the dominant party within the Palestinian Authority - which certainly provides cause for concern. Shaath essentially confesses that the PA's commitment to a two-state solution is merely part of a larger pl

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South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians?

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians? Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Sudan, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Amid the cheers over the birth of the new nation state of the Republic of South Sudan, some commentators are noting the largely overlooked significance of what has just occurred, not least for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process eventually leading to a two state solution. Compared with South Sud

 PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon

PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon Categories: Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In another example of antisemitism sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA), this week the PA rebroadcast an antisemitic cartoon from a Jordanian newspaper regarding the division of Sudan on official PA television. The cartoon had the headline "Division of Sudan," and it showed the distorted ima

Sectarian Explosion beginning in Syria?

Sectarian Explosion beginning in Syria? Categories: Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The situation in Syria took an even graver turn yesterday. As the ruling Assad regime continues to brutalise dissenting citizens, some Syrians appear to be lashing out at the regime's minority Alawite sect. In retaliation, several Allawites went on a rampage of their own. Nada Bakri reports in The N

The Logic Behind the Palestinian UN Move Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Noted Israeli-Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh has written an article entitled "Palestinians cannot accept less than 100%" (published on the webiste of the Hudson Institue on July 12) which does a good job of explaining why the Palestinian Authority prefers the symbolic gesture of seeking UN recogn

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas Categories: Anti-Zionism, International Security, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli civil rights organisation director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written a good primer in the Jerusalem Post on why the blockade of Gaza is legal and how flotilla activists are likely breaking US law. Pursuant to the Oslo Accords ... the Palestinians agreed that the Gaza coastline would be

AIJAC UPDATE - How the 2011 flotilla flopped/The controversial "anti-boycott" law

AIJAC UPDATE - How the 2011 flotilla flopped/The controversial "anti-boycott" law Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates    

AIJAC's latest email Update looks at why and how the 2011 Gaza flotilla gambit fizzled out. In contrast to 2010's headline-grabbing political stunt that acted as a Trojan Horse for the Turkish Islamist IHH charity resulting in needless deaths and injuries, this was no replay.

Friends of Israel Initiative

Friends of Israel Initiative Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The prominent Friends of Israel Initiative formed under the leadership of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar in 2010, has argued that a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and international recognition of it would be a "huge mistake". In an article published by t

Different Voices

Different Voices Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jeremy Jones

On Monday, ABC Radio's The Spirit of Things  broadcast a fascinating interview with Sharon Rosen and Suheir Rasul from the Jerusalem offices of a peace initiative called Search for Common Ground.  Sharon Rosen: Search for Common Ground is an international conflict transformation orga

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Palestinians' message quashed by media bias

Palestinians' message quashed by media bias Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Writing in Foreign Policy, Rachel Shabi has interviewed a number of Palestinian activists and, unbeknownst to her, unearthed some startling and oft-overlooked views. Shabi found the activists to be disillusioned with the current Palestinian leadership and the direction in which they are headed - par

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