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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

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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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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

"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

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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

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