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Letter: West Bank settlements are not ‘illegal' Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

On the issue of Israeli settlements, Tony Walker erroneously claimed that the US considers Israeli West Bank settlements "illegal". Yet he then correctly quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry saying that the US views them as "illegitimate"

Syria: Israeli Views and Analysis

Syria: Israeli Views and Analysis Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates    

With intense debate still raging about Syria - especially in the wake of the decision by US President Obama to seek congressional approval on Sept. 9 before moving ahead with the possibility of US-led military strikes in response to the large-scale chemical weapons attack there - thi

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Syria burns as the UN turns its gaze to Israel

Syria burns as the UN turns its gaze to Israel Categories: Israel, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As everyone digests the harrowing reports of nerve gas being used by the Syrian regime against its own people, and the US boosts its military posturing, one story that has seemingly been pushed to the side is the increasing irrelevance of the United Nations. ... After more than two years of ditherin

The Egypt Policy Dilemma

The Egypt Policy Dilemma Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update discusses the major policy dilemmas posed for Western leaders - and especially the US - by the situation in Egypt in the wake of the bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters by the military government there over the past week and a half. First up is

Whither Egypt?

Whither Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

The tense, confused and often violent situation in Egypt took as significant turn for the worse Wednesday with an army crackdown on sit-in protests supporting ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi which seems to have reportedly left hundreds dead. While it is too early for

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Al-Jazeera’s Ramadan hypocrisy      

Al-Jazeera’s Ramadan hypocrisy       Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an article, al-Jazeera recasts the Israeli concession of allowing increasing numbers of Palestinians into Israel during the holiday in order to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and visit relatives, as a "sinister" plot to funnel Palestinian holiday shopping shekels away from local Palestinian merchants

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