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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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Olympic Disdain

Olympic Disdain Categories: Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This year marks forty years since the ‘Munich Massacre' - when during the 1972 Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists disguised as athletes attacked the dormitory housing the Israeli delegation and took Israeli athletes, coaches and officials hostages.  By the end of the ordeal, the terr

Latest UN Human Rights exemplar: Venezuela

Latest UN Human Rights exemplar: Venezuela Categories: United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The UN Human Rights Council has long had a well-deserved image problem - due in no small part to the fact numerous egregious human rights offenders are regularly elected to serve on it, where they block effective scrutiny of themselves and their non-democratic allies. The latest episode in this sorr

Israel Heads to the Polls: Is an Iran strike now off the table?

Israel Heads to the Polls: Is an Iran strike now off the table? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel was abuzz this week with news that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had decided to set a date for early elections. While the official announcement is still days away, government sources reported the likely date of elections to be September 4... Netanyahu, who is on pace to be Israel

Syria after the Annan Plan

Syria after the Annan Plan Categories: Syria, Updates    

Today's Update looks at the options for dealing with the ongoing violence in Syria in the wake of the apparent failure of the ceasefire put forward by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as part of his plan to settle the conflict and halt the killing (with at least 23 people kil

From anti-Zionist to Zionist

From anti-Zionist to Zionist Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It is often fascinating to hear true stories from people about how their once fierce hatred for the State of Israel came to be questioned for one reason or another - such as a trip to Israel, a book/research or a meeting with an Israeli - leading them re-evaluate their preconceived ideas. A common

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The crisis of bad journalism: why Lateline guest is being ridiculed everywhere

The crisis of bad journalism: why Lateline guest is being ridiculed everywhere Categories: International Jewry, Israel, Media/ Academia, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night, ABC Lateline featured an interview by Emma Alberici of former New Republic editor Peter Beinart. Beinart has been a figure of much controversy lately due to his new book The Crisis of Zionism -- an extension of his 2009 essay 'The Failure of the America

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