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Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

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A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ben Lynfield

Just a month ago, the municipal elections that were slated to be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8 were cause for rare optimism amid the bleak landscape of Palestinian politics... On Sept. 8, the hopes pinned on the municipal elections collapsed in disarray amid Fatah-Hamas recr

Deconstruction Zone: Did the "colonial powers" create Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Adelman & Asaf Romirowsky

As the years between 1897 to 1948 have long faded into distant memory, a popular myth that Israel was created by global and colonial powers against the will of the region has gained traction in certain quarters. Yet history shows that Israel was created overwhelmingly against the will of these majo

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Scribblings: Article 49(6) and the Settlements

Scribblings: Article 49(6) and the Settlements Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Those who argue that any Jewish settlement in the West Bank is illegal have what seems a rather counter-intuitive interpretation - that is, the Occupying Power must not allow, must somehow stop, any of its citizens from residing in the occupied land, even if they want to, even if they own property t

Fatah uses controversial Australian cartoon by Glen Le Lievre to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories

Fatah uses controversial Australian cartoon by Glen Le Lievre to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Fatah's "Mobilization and Organization Commission" has re-publicised a controversial Australian cartoon drawn by Glen Le Lievre which originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Fatah's implication is that Jews are in control of acts of terrorism and violence around the world. The infamous car

Editorial: A Meeting of Minds

Editorial: A Meeting of Minds Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

During her recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the beginning of September, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop once again put her wisdom and diplomatic skill on display in navigating the diplomatic minefields of the simmering conflict, while at the same time deftly strengthening Austra

Behind the News - September 2016

Behind the News - September 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism    

In the wake of the charges laid on August 4 by Israel against Muhammad el-Halabi, the head of the charity World Vision in Gaza, for allegedly diverting large amounts of aid to Hamas, Israel announced on August 9 that it had also arrested and charged a UN Development Program (UNDP) contractor, Waheed

Settlement hype, not 'activity', reaches new high

Settlement hype, not 'activity', reaches new high Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The significance of the issue of construction within Israeli settlements in the West Bank has long been overemphasised and exaggerated in international diplomacy, but White House and State Department criticism of Israel last week over construction in its West Bank settlements may just have set a new

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Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

On August 29, the Age, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald websites ran a Washington Post report about the controversial Palestinian village of Susiya in Area C of the West Bank - that is the area under full Israeli control, with relatively few Palestinian residents. The Israeli courts have or

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