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Almost lynched in East Jerusalem for being Jewish

Almost lynched in East Jerusalem for being Jewish Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Initial reports emerged yesterday of an Israeli delivery driver who narrowly avoided being lynched by an Arab mob. This follows a similar incident last November, when four students, including one Australian tourist were stoned by a mob after taking a wrong turn and driving through an Arab neighbourh

An Australian Hamas operative?

An Australian Hamas operative? Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

An Australian man who was arrested in Israel recently has now been formally charged with spying for Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation both in Australia and in Israel, and has faced an initial court hearing. As reported by the ABC: Eyad Abu Arja was arrested along with his wife when he arr

"Narratives" and what happened in 1948 Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the key questions that always comes up in debates on the Middle East are the details of what happened during the 1948 war. Among Palestinians and their advocates, the whole war is generally presented as a Zionist plot to steal the land and expel its indigenous inhabitants - which was unde

AusAid, Apheda and BDS - Part 2

AusAid, Apheda and BDS - Part 2 Categories: Australasia, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

An article in last month's AIR entitled "Are Australian Tax Dollars indirectly funding BDS?" looked at revelations from the October 2010 Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee - Budget Supplementary Estimates Committee hearings which suggested that it was possible that Austr

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"Land Swaps" and the 1967 lines

"Land Swaps" and the 1967 lines Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dore Gold

When US President Barack Obama first made his controversial reference to the 1967 lines as the basis for future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on May 19, 2011, he introduced one main caveat that stuck out: the idea that there would be "mutually agreed swaps" of land between the two sides. He added

Scribblings: From Assad to Assad Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

British journalist and author Malise Ruthven has written an article for the New York Review of Books, later re-published in the Australian Financial Review (June 17), examining the history of Syria in the wake of the recent unrest, and especially the domination of the country by the minority Alawite

Editorial: The Perils of Unilateralism Categories: International Security, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This September, the Palestinian Authority (PA) intends to go to the United Nations to seek support for a unilateral declaration of a sovereign Palestinian state - a move that will intensify rather than end the conflict, setting the entire peace process back by years if not decades. Having shunned r

UN call will not end this crisis

UN call will not end this crisis Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Palestinian Authority is busily lobbying European nations to support a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state by the United Nations this September. The reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah appears to be targeted towards the same end. As such, it is worth considering what the outcome of

Palestinians will go to the UN no matter what

Palestinians will go to the UN no matter what Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour has just come out and stated that even if negotiations with Israel were to recommence, the Palestinians will go to the UN and ask for recognition of statehood. Haaretz reports: The Palestinians will seek membership as an independent state at the UN in Septemb

What do the Palestinians want? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Even a quick look at various Palestinian officials' statements over the past few weeks can reveal an inconsistent and somewhat confusing picture of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) official policy regarding the alternatives of negotiations with Israel and their plans to try to get UN recognition of

Gaza flotilla blind to Hamas

Gaza flotilla blind to Hamas Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

NEXT week a flotilla carrying so-called activists from various countries under the guise of "humanitarian concern" will set sail for the Gaza Strip, determined to break what they call "the siege of Gaza". Four Australians, including former Greens MLC Sylvia Hale, will be aboard. This latest anti-Is

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity Categories: International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Tomorrow will mark 5 years since kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held illegally by Hamas in Gaza. As Isabel Kershner has reported in the New York Times, Hamas has again refused a request from the Red Cross to visit Shalit - so that they could merely ascertain what kind of conditions

Increased imports further undermine flotilla facade

Increased imports further undermine flotilla facade Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Amid increased tensions surrounding the impending UN vote on Palestinian statehood and the new unity deal between Hamas and rival Fatah, Israel has been quietly easing its blockade on Gaza - which is in place in order to prevent Hamas militants from smuggling in weapons with which to attack Israel.

Palestinian UNilateralism revisited Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features three notable pieces on the Palestinian efforts to have the UN recognise a Palestinian state in "the '67 lines" in September, without negotiations or compromise with Israel. First up is noted American Middle East expert Prof. Fouad Ajami, who strongly argues that

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Netanyahu Versus Abbas

Netanyahu Versus Abbas Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Even in the year 2011 - as happened in the year 1948 - even a relative moderate like Abbas simply cannot bring himself to say in Arabic: "Let's share this land in a two-state solution." Ironically, Netanyahu is taking a liberal and flexible position while Abbas is taking a reactionary, imperialisti

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