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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

Negotiating with Iran under Rouhani

Negotiating with Iran under Rouhani Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated earlier this week amid much speculation about whether his presidency will also inaugurate a new round of diplomacy over nuclear issues with the West. This Update deals with the realities and pitfalls likely to present themselves as the possibility

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Israel quietly treats wounded Syrians

Israel quietly treats wounded Syrians Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It was recently revealed that Israel has been quietly providing medical assistance to around 100 victims of the Syrian civil war, who are in two hospitals in northern Israel as well as in a field hospital Israel established on the Golan Heights border. 

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Qanta Ahmed: BDS harms Israeli Arabs

Qanta Ahmed: BDS harms Israeli Arabs Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following my previous blog post which looked at how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement undermines peace-building efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and discriminates against Israeli Arabs, an article in Haaretz by Dr. Qanta Ahmed has exemplified this point. Ahmed is a physi

The EU's Partial Hezbollah Ban

The EU's Partial Hezbollah Ban Categories: Europe, Lebanon, Terrorism, Updates    

On Monday, the European Union agreed, after months of debate and negotiation, to ban the "military wing" of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah (Australia, of course, similarly bans only Hezbollah's "External Security Organisation"). This Update focuses on the background and impl

Peace talks set to resume?

Peace talks set to resume? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed on a "basis" to resume peace talks. Israel has reportedly agreed to release 85 Palestinian prisoners from the pro-Oslo period as part of the deal, but other details of this "basis for t

Exposing anti-Israel myth making/Sinai security

Exposing anti-Israel myth making/Sinai security Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates    

Today’s Update offers some valuable insights into the propaganda war waged against Israel by pro-Palestinian NGOs and the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as a new piece on the situation in the Sinai from Ehud Yaari. First, David Weinberg from the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strateg

Musicians come to Israel despite bullying of BDS

Musicians come to Israel despite bullying of BDS Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Fourteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys is the latest musician to defy the ugly bullying and harassment from Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists and perform in Israel. On July 4, Keys sang to a sold-out crowd in Tel Aviv, to promote peace through music. For one song, she was joined by

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