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What about Syria's WMD?

What about Syria's WMD? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In my review of Israeli policy in regard to Syrian unrest which was published on Tuesday on ABC's The Drum. I noted that "the one issue which might prompt Israel to come off the sidelines" in Syria's Civil War is the possibility that Syria's massive "arsenal of of some of the world's most deadly ch

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Easter in Jerusalem

Easter in Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Each year thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. Israel's Tourism Ministry expects 125,000 visitors during Holy Week and 300,000 throughout April. Over the weekend as Catholics and Anglicans celebrated Easter, there were media reports that claimed many Palestinian

How about an award for hypocrisy?

How about an award for hypocrisy? Categories: Media/ Academia, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Hypocrisy frequently rears its ugly head in the Middle East, but the Palestinian Authority (PA) has just succeeded in producing something close to a new examplar on the issue of media freedom. As a Jerusalem Post editorial ("Palestinian responsibility", 2/4/2012) has documented, the Palestinian Auth

Muslim Brotherhood Play for Power in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update features two pieces looking at the increasing signs that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is abandoning past promises of modesty and moderation and attempting to impose near-complete domination over Egyptian politics in the near future. First up is Eric Trager, the W

Hamas rant sheds light on Gaza fuel crisis

Hamas rant sheds light on Gaza fuel crisis Categories: Egypt, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A deal signed Tuesday between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas may or may not herald the end to the Gazan fuel shortage as discussed in my previous blog post on the subject, but a recent television interview with Hamas' Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad offers a

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Emanuele Ottolenghi: Iran regime change only hope

Emanuele Ottolenghi: Iran regime change only hope Categories: Iran, Op-eds, Updates     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

A cold war will quickly turn into a hot one unless drastic action is taken. As the drumbeat of war mounts in the Middle East, people wonder if an Iran-Israel war is inevitable. Iran's rhetoric about wiping Israel off the map continues unabated - as does its quest for nuclear weapons. Israel views

 Iran and the Huawei controversy

Iran and the Huawei controversy Categories: Australasia, China, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the Australian media has been focused on news that the Australian government blocked the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the national broadband network (NBN). While most commentators are discussing the cyber security concerns, few are raising Huawei's question

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

Israel's new Opposition leader

Israel's new Opposition leader Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The triumph of Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff and Defence Minister (for a bio of Mofaz see here) over former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in the Kadima party primaries this week has sparked a flurry of commentary and reactions inside Israel. Widely noted by pundits

Power shortage fuelling anti-Hamas sentiment in Gaza

Power shortage fuelling anti-Hamas sentiment in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A fuel shortage in Gaza Strip has created some genuine hardships in the Hamas-run entity, affecting power generation as well as transportation.  The crisis has produced a rare glimpse into the state of play between Hamas, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, as each side has begun blaming one

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

On a family rip back to Australia, Gidon Bromberg, an Australian environmental activist now living in Israel, picked up a copy of Chris Hammer's book The River: A Journey Through The Murray-Darling. Bromberg was inspired by Hammer's description of the process that led to the Federal Government

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Media/ Academia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In this post last month, I argued that the Jewish community in Australia does have the unfortunate need for security at Jewish schools, which remain a target for terrorists, a statement that I later affirmed after the Toulouse attacks. This was to rebut statements made by former Australian Jewish Ne

UNHRC green-lights Goldstone II: The settlements

UNHRC green-lights Goldstone II: The settlements Categories: United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

We've seen this movie before. Coming soon from the same producers of the discredited Goldstone Report on the 2009 Gaza War - the UN Human Rights Council - is a sequel: A "fact-finding" mission to investigate the impact of Israeli settlements in the West Bank on Palestinians. Co-sponsors of the reso

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Toulouse gunman lone wolf?

Toulouse gunman lone wolf? Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the tragic shootings in Toulouse last week that resulted in the deaths of a Rabbi, three children and three soldiers by a Frenchman of Algerian dissent Mohammed Merah, many in the media have been quick to paint Merah as a ‘lone wolf' and his actions as an isolated incident, the actio

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