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AIR New Zealand: UN-Focused Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

When the report on the United Nations inquiry into the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict was released, I immediately thought that it would be interesting to observe what type of comment it generated in New Zealand. Although Kiwis often have little time for the United Nations, the conflict itself had

Scribblings: Goldstone's Second Thoughts Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

You're unlikely to have heard about it in most of the mainstream Australian media, but Justice Richard Goldstone has been taking some steps back from both the contents and the uses being made of the eponymous report into Gaza by the commission he headed for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

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A change in Washington Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update looks at the lay of the land in US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority relations following last week's photo op between US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the United Nations Gener

Essay: The Soldier and the Lawyer Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Col. Richard Kemp CBE

In the type of conflict that the Israeli Defence Forces recently fought in Gaza and in Lebanon, and Britain and America are still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, these age-old confusions and complexities are made one hundred times worse by the fighting policies and techniques of the enemy.

Hiding from the Truth Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

On September 15, 2009, the UN investigating commission known as the Goldstone Commission published its conclusions regarding Israel's Gaza operation (Dec. 27, 2008-Jan. 18, 2009), accusing Israel of violating both international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, and committing war crimes.

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Scribblings: Goldstone's Overreach Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is one positive aspect of the ridiculous, yet still highly destructive Goldstone Report into Gaza instigated by the notoriously biased UN Human Rights Council. It went so far in accepting at face value the claims of Palestinian witnesses controlled by Hamas, and NGOs with dedicated political a

Editorial: A Great Leap Backwards Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

No one was surprised that the Goldstone Report, released Sept. 15, strongly condemned Israel, and was riddled with demonstrable falsehoods and blatant bias. After all, one of the mission's investigators, London School of Economics Professor Christine Chinkin, declared Israel guilty of war crimes eve

The Obama-Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update examines Tuesday's Obama-Abbas-Netanyahu meeting ahead of the annual UN General Assembly talkfest. Opinion about the meeting, from the Israeli left and right as well as the Palestinians has been one of near universal cynicism.

Essay: Neighbourhood Spat Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Nadav Shragai

An Israeli plan to build 20 housing units in the Shepherd Hotel compound in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem has added a new dimension to an already complex dispute between the Obama Administration and Israel over continued construction in eastern Jerusalem.

Real Numbers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ben-Dror Yemini

Every week new reports are published on the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. Again and again, Israel is blamed for "disproportionate casualties among civilians."

Islamist vs. Islamist Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Kay

It says something about the politically pathologised state of Palestinian society that Hamas - itself a murderous Islamist terrorist group bent on Israel's destruction - found an even crazier group to fight with in mid-August.

A Victory For Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Mohammed Yaghi

On Aug. 10, Fatah concluded its Sixth Congress, the first in 20 years. Although media attention has focused on some of the summit's disturbing pronouncements, significant political developments also occurred.

"Economic peace" and the two-state resolution Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update leads with some pieces on the improving economic situation in the West Bank, and how this relates to Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's idea for "economic peace" - accompanying peace talks with efforts to improve the concrete economic and security situation in the West Bank.

Fatah's General Conference Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As this Update goes out, the Fatah movement, which has dominated Palestinian politics for close to 50 years, is holding its first General Conference in two decades in Bethlehem.

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