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Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In the Australian (25/5) academic Philip Mendes analysed the conceptual and practical flaws underpinning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement noting that it "is a by-product of the second Palestinian intifada and the collapse of the Oslo peace process.... It is essentially war by other mea

Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria Categories: Australasia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabi

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Iran negotiates, but accelerates illegal Nuclear efforts

Iran negotiates, but accelerates illegal Nuclear efforts Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Despite an optimistic spin to last week's negotiations in Baghdad between P5+1 negotiators and Iran over the latter's nuclear program, as more details of those negotiations emerge, it is becoming more clear that Iran continues to flout both UN Security Council resolutions and Western demands. As neg

 Israeli leaders condemn violent riot

Israeli leaders condemn violent riot Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

What started as a protest of some 1,000 people in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighbourhood on May 23 calling for the deportation of unauthorised African migrants to Israel, turned violent as demonstrators attacked African passersby while others lit garbage cans on fire and smashed car windows. Israeli polic

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"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The recent "Nakba Day" protests in Sydney attracted some controversy due to a ruling by NSW Supreme Court Justice Christine Adamson allowing the protesters to block peak-hour traffic in the centre of Sydney's CBD. Adamson drew particular criticism for likening "Nakba Day" – a Palestinian comme

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

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

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

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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

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