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1948 Revisited - The true story Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

Far from being the hapless objects of a predatory Zionist assault, it was Palestinian Arab leaders who from the early 1920s onward, and very much against the wishes of their own constituents, launched a relentless campaign to obliterate the Jewish national revival.

Asia Watch: Mixed Messages Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary ce

Editorial: The Past and the Future Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last month, Israel celebrated its 60th anniversary while Palestinians mourned the same event as their "naqba" (catastrophe). The duelling commemorations prompted considerable media commentary, some of which provided highly distorted views of Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians. It's time t

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Hard-nosed leader goes soft on Hamas Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

MALCOLM Fraser's opinion piece in last Saturday's Age was marred by contradictions, factual errors and a naivete about world events inconsistent with the hard-nosed, realistic prime minister I knew in the 1970s and '80s. Mr Fraser implied that the problem in the Middle East is principally Israeli s

1948 Revisited Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Israel's 60th Anniversary celebrations led to much comment on the real circumstances of 1948, and especially the causes of the Palestinian refugees from that war. Below are three good comments on that history from prominent Israeli academics.

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Refugee return a poser for Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Adam Frey

Conventional wisdom holds that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict now is primarily a matter of borders and "occupation". But as Israelis celebrate their Independence Day and Palestinians' prepare to mourn their naqba ("catastrophe"), it's clear that the shadow of 1948 looms as large as that from 1967.

The time for peace has come Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Next week, Israel will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding. Israel's story in that time has been an amazing and inspiring one, a fact too often forgotten in the debate over terrorism and violence, peace plans and peace processes, accusation and counter-accusation.

Managing the reality of Gaza Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update focuses again on the situation in Gaza, and especially on Israeli options for managing it, as well as the original responsibility for the admittedly very difficult situation of Gazans. First up, the always insightful Professor Barry Rubin looks again at Israel's various options for deali

The Gaza Rocket War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dore Gold

Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that began on March 1, 2008 should not have triggered much international debate. After all, for more than seven years Palestinian terrorist organisations have been intentionally firing rockets indiscriminately against Israeli civilian targets, especially

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Editorial: Gaza Cannot Be Ignored Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Late on the night of March 6, a Palestinian terrorist entered a Jerusalem yeshiva and unleashed a hail of bullets from a machine gun, killing eight Jewish students and wounding 11 others. The attack was the worst terrorist attack in a major Israeli city in two years.

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