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A Teen's Life in Gaza - Terrorism training, with beatings for anyone sporting "cool" haircuts or skinny jeans

A Teen's Life in Gaza - Terrorism training, with beatings for anyone sporting "cool" haircuts or skinny jeans Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Much of the attention regarding Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects have been focused on "hard" policy issues. Yet over-emphasising "hard" policy questions means that crucial precursors for both making peace and for the long term sustainability of any peace agreement end up being overlooked. One su

Iranian Election dramas/ Western Apologists for Iran

Iranian Election dramas/ Western Apologists for Iran Categories: Iran, Updates    

Western governments will be closely observing the Iranian election process in the leading up to the Presidential poll on June 14 in the hopes that the outcome may encourage a change that will allow a diplomatic resolution to the impasse over Iran's nuclear program - though of course,

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A vote of confidence in Israel from Warren Buffett

A vote of confidence in Israel from Warren Buffett Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Israeli industry has received another vote of confidence, this time from near-legendary American business mogul and philanthropist Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett recently completed the acquisition of the last 20% of the Israeli company Iscar (IMC) for US$2 billi

West Bank crossings and checkpoints explained

West Bank crossings and checkpoints explained Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

West Bank crossings and checkpoints exist to protect Israeli civilians from terrorist attacks and they have been highly successful in doing so.  However, in recent years as security conditions have improved, Israel has greatly eased security restrictions in the West Bank, removing most checkpoi

Fayyad and the problem of Palestinian leadership

Fayyad and the problem of Palestinian leadership Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Today's Update deals with the aftermath of a candid interview recently "allegedly" given to the New York Times by Salam Fayyad - the Palestinian Authority PM who resigned last month but is still in office in an interim role - and especially what it says about the problematic state an

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Red lines and calculated risks for Israel in Syria

Red lines and calculated risks for Israel in Syria Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A pair of apparent Israeli cruise missile strikes on Syrian military targets this month brought with it near-unanimous public criticism from the regime of Bashar Assad, Syrian rebels and opposition groups, and Arab and Islamist countries in the region (although scattered Syrian opposition voice

ANZAC day in Israel

ANZAC day in Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The ANZAC Day memorial ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem saw an unusually high turnout last week. The respectful, yet modest, annual commemoration traditionally gathers, and caters to, mostly official Australian and New-Zealand representatives and diplomats

The millionaires of Gaza

The millionaires of Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While many Gazans struggle with poverty like many people across the Middle East, one may be surprised to find that there is another side to Gaza's economy - a booming property development industry supported by the smuggling trade that is estimated to have made a thousand millionaires in the last fiv

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Student activism in NSW seems to be taking a dark turn. For those who follow this blog, it would not be especially surprising to hear that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel ('BDS') movement is steeped in antisemitism. ... In recent days, students at the University of New South Wa

Syria and Chemical Weapons/ Hezbollah in trouble?

Syria and Chemical Weapons/ Hezbollah in trouble? Categories: Lebanon, Syria, Updates    

With Israeli military intelligence concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons against rebels - joining more equivocal claims by Britain and France - and now US intelligence sources largely agreeing, there are growing calls for the US to rethink its low-key policy on Syria - given that US

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