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A map essential to understanding Israel’s decision to declare 1000 acres of land in the Etzion bloc “state land”

A map essential to understanding Israel’s decision to declare 1000 acres of land in the Etzion bloc “state land” Categories: Israel, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

There has been fierce debate and confusion regarding the recent decision of Israel's civil administration to declare 988 acres of land in the West Bank Gush Etzion area as "state land." The decision, announced by the Israeli government on August 31, is reportedly the precursor for the expansion of t

Welcome to Sderot, a resilient town that won't be bowed

Welcome to Sderot, a resilient town that won't be bowed Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A week after Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire plan, bringing an end to over two months of rocket attacks and drawing to a close Israel's 50-day Operation Protective Edge, life for residents of southern Israel is slowly returning to normal. On Wednesday, AIJAC Policy Analyst Ahron Shapi

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Letter to the UN from two bereaved parents

Letter to the UN from two bereaved parents Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On August 22, Gila and Doron Tregerman suffered a tragic loss when their four-year old son, Daniel, was killed by a mortar round that allegedly was fired from next to a Gaza school. On September 3, the couple, who live in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, near the Gaza border, wrote an emotional and heartfelt lette

What should be understood about Israel's controversial decision to zone 1000 acres as state land in the Etzion bloc

What should be understood about Israel's controversial decision to zone 1000 acres as state land in the Etzion bloc Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

On August 31 Israel made a controversial decision, announcing that it would designate around 988 acres of land in the West Bank Gush Etzion region as "state land". According to reports, the decision will pave the way for the expansion of a small existing settlement known as Gva'ot into a much larger

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The myth of the "siege" of Gaza

The myth of the "siege" of Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein and Tzvi Fleischer

The whole notion of a "siege" of Gaza is a myth, even though mainstream media figures insist it is the key issue in the Gaza conflict. First of all, it is simply not true that Israel has been preventing humanitarian aid from entering Gaza up until now, as many seem to assume or imply. As a recent A

The prospects of the latest Gaza ceasefire

The prospects of the latest Gaza ceasefire Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

A new Gaza ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, came into effect last night at 7:00pm Israel time. Unlike all previous ceasefire, this one is indefinite in duration and many commentators are treating it as likely ending the Gaza conflict for the time being - although of course Hamas has b

Gaza fighting resumes, what happens now?

Gaza fighting resumes, what happens now? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With Gaza fighting resuming on Tuesday when Hamas fired rockets after 8 days of agreed ceasefires, this Update is devoted to where matters might go from here. First up is Israeli journalist Shmuel Rosner, who outlines 4 different scenarios about how this round of conflict might proceed

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Foreign Press Association has issued a strong condemnation of Hamas' harassment of foreign media in Gaza on August 11. It stated, "The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against v

Hamas' goals in Gaza

Hamas' goals in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

With a 72-hour ceasefire currently holding and intensive talks to find a more lasting way to end the current Gaza conflict occurring in Cairo, (differing reports about whether the talks are making progress or not are here and here) this Update looks at Hamas and what it wants, e

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