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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

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

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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

Flotilla activists drop all pretence of "humanitarian" mission, declare victory and plan to test Israeli airport security

Flotilla activists drop all pretence of "humanitarian" mission, declare victory and plan to test Israeli airport security Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As AIJAC has been reporting, the planned flotilla to Gaza has been facing a number of obstacles in recent weeks. In the wake of the Greek decision over the weekend to prevent any vessels planning on sailing to Gaza from leaving Greek ports, the flotilla organisers appear to be looking to s

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two pieces which describe the reality of the situation in Gaza - in contrast to the way it is often described by activists and even in general media reports. First up is recent visitor to Australia Dr. Michael Rubin, who compares Gaza to a whole variety of countries

What no-one knows about Fatah-Hamas unity

What no-one knows about Fatah-Hamas unity Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz’s earlier post which noted that Fatah and Hamas have reportedly abandoned efforts to form a unity government until September, it important to point out that such discord was more or less predicted by most knowledgeable experts... Moreover, as Y. Yehoshua

Jordan to oppose PA statehood bid Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

In an unexpected setback to President Abbas, the UAE-based al-Bayan newspaper has reported, that Jordan will oppose the Palestinian Authority's bid for unilateral statehood at the United Nations, becoming the first Arab state to publicly rebuff President Abbas. A senior official from the

More blows to Palestinian unilateralism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In a move against Palestinian unilateralism, the United States Senate passed a resolution yesterday that threatens to withdraw aid from the Palestinian Authority if they continue with their commitment to go to the UN and request statehood in September. The resolution also rejected any Palestinian go

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