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Is Turkey flipping Democracy the bird?

Is Turkey flipping Democracy the bird? Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

While many in the international media have recently "coronated" Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as "King" of Israel following his formation of a national unity government, surely the use of the term, with its non-democratic connotations, would be more apropos when referring to Turkey'

Palestinian factions announce broken record

Palestinian factions announce broken record Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

New New York Times Middle East Correspondent Judy Rudoren wrote yesterday that: The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement late Sunday in Cairo that paves the way for elections and a new unity government for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, officials said. If tha

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More on Israel's growing ties with China

More on Israel's growing ties with China Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a quick followup to Sharyn Mittelman's recent blog on the growing numbers of international students who are coming to study in Israel and learn how Israelis innovate, the China Daily is the latest newspaper to run a story about this phenomenon, highlighting that China's growing ties with Isr

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US clamping-down on terror supporters and war criminals

US clamping-down on terror supporters and war criminals Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

After frequent calls on this blog for some action against Sudanese President Omar Bashir, it is welcome news that the US Congress is committing to halt aid to any country that hosts the indicted war criminal. A US House of Representatives press release reports that the House Appropriations Committe

Media Week - Go figure; Bergs of a feather; Inclement comparison; Total fiction

Media Week - Go figure; Bergs of a feather; Inclement comparison; Total fiction Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Go figure An unattributed Age story (12/5) on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails stated that a "fifth of all Palestinians living under occupation - some 700,00 people - have served time in Israeli jails, according to activist groups." Although the article did not include the origin of the clai

Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians

Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Even as some Australian Palestinians and their supporters spent Tuesday evening disrupting commuters in Sydney in the course of their Nakba Day protests against Israel, SBS World News ran a segment on the recent resettlement of several dozen Iraqi Palestinian refugees in Australia. (While the

Israel as a teacher of innovation

Israel as a teacher of innovation Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

People from around the world are traveling to Israel to learn from its innovation and economic success. Israel's President Shimon Peres recently told a visiting Australian delegation that included Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten, that part of the secret to Israel's economic success was tha

Israel's Models as Role Models

Israel's Models as Role Models Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel is the first country to formally legislate a ban against underweight models. The legislation also bans use of models who 'look underweight', and creators of ads must disclose whether they used Photoshop or graphics programs to manipulate images to make the models look slimmer.

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid Categories: Australasia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Australian Budget was announced on May 8, and in order to bring the budget into surplus the Government decided to delay its promise to raise foreign aid spending to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) by 2015/16, pushing this goal back until 2016-2017. This blog post looks at highlights

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Australian's John Lyons (5/5) reported on an Israeli law passed during the Second Intifada in 2003 designed to prevent terrorists exploiting family reunion laws to enter Israel. This has meant Israeli Arab Taiseer Khatib's wife, Lana, who is from Jenin on the West Bank, can only stay in Israel

Israel's Political "Big Bang"

Israel's Political "Big Bang" Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update follows up on Ahron Shapiro's blog post yesterday on Israeli PM Netanyahu's shock move on Tuesday night to cancel planned elections and instead form a National Unity government with Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz. First up to provide a general perspective on the move is Israeli

Karl Marx and Jerusalem

Karl Marx and Jerusalem Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Prof. Shlomo Avineri... has just written a fascinating little piece about how, in 1976, he used a 1854 quote from Karl Marx to counter a Soviet-led effort at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to condemn and expel Israel for the alleged crime of "Judaising

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