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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

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 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

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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

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

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United States     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Hannah Rosenthal, the US State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, has just completed a visit to Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in a bid to reduce the antisemitic content of their education syllabuses. As she told JTA, the State Department has found the textbooks produc

Kassams fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel

Kassams fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While the border between Gaza and Israel has been relatively calm since mid-April, the latest rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza suggest that violence in that area may again escalate. The Jerusalem Post reported that on Wednesday morning a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in a fie

The courage to speak out

The courage to speak out Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Ray Hanania, a former head of the Palestinian American Congress and recent member of the national board of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has recently written about the discrimination that he has suffered throughout his involvement in Arab public affairs...

Gaza’s shortages of medicines

Gaza’s shortages of medicines Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It is often pointed out that there are shortages of medicines and medical supplies in Gaza, implying that this is the result of Israel's blockade. But while there are such shortages, they actually have almost nothing to do with either Israel or the blockade. Rather, they are primarily the result of

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