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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

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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

Media Week - Antony blowin’ steam; Do the math; Don’t bank on Barclay

Media Week - Antony blowin’ steam; Do the math; Don’t bank on Barclay Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Channel Seven's "Weekend Sunrise" (July 7) featured the authors of a new book debating religion called "For God's Sake" which includes a Christian, an atheist, a Muslim and a Jew. The Christian, Muslim and atheist were committed believers. The "Jew", however, was that well-known non-authority on Ju

Egypt –on the brink or a new beginning?

Egypt –on the brink or a new beginning? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Today’s Update follows up on yesterday’'s by offering some of the most interesting analyses of the momentous changes in Egypt. First, Daniel Pipes worries that the Egyptian army was premature in removing President Mohammed Morsi from office. He argues “that the quick military removal of

Revolution in Egypt, again

Revolution in Egypt, again Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Today’s update looks at the Egyptian army’s suspension of the constitution and removal of the country’s first democratically elected President, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. The army moved after Morsi failed to meet its demand to de-escalate the wave

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