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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

IDF chief's views on Iran misrepresented

IDF chief's views on Iran misrepresented Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A number of major news outlets, including ABC news here in Australia, have been reporting on the Yom Ha-atzmaut interview with Israeli Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz that appeared in Ha'aretz this week. Unfortunately, most of these reports have taken the IDF chief's words out of context and in

Old Sudanese habits live on despite peace accord

Old Sudanese habits live on despite peace accord Categories: Sudan, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The nascent State of South Sudan was not given much of a chance. It declared independence only nine months ago -- in what was hoped to be the end of a brutal, decades-long civil war. Nevertheless, the Sudanese regime seem intent on keeping the conflict going in perpetuity. As the Sudan Tribune

 Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Thursday, Israel will turn 64. It therefore seems appropriate to reflect on some of the remarkable achievements this small country has racked up in that relatively short time. Little Israel, a third the size of Tasmania, is now a global leader in technology, especially in cleantech. Without plen

Greek extremists turn up in Australia

Greek extremists turn up in Australia Categories: Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Greece is another European country that has recently seen the mainstreaming of the far-right and a resurgence of antisemitic rhetoric (see my earlier post on Hungary here). Previous AIJAC blog posts have discussed how the far right LAOS political party in Greece, which has an antisemitic track reco

"Pro-Palestinian" in name only

"Pro-Palestinian" in name only Categories: Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Jerusalem Post Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh has recently been writing prolifically on the oppression of the Palestinian people. Unusually for an Arab writer broaching this subject matter, while he does have some criticisms of Israel, the Israelies are not the primary objects o

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Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Far-right political parties appear to be making a comeback in Europe, especially in Hungary and in Greece. In Hungary, the radical nationalist party commonly known as Jobbik - (‘The Movement for a Better Hungary'), has been growing in power and popularity and is considered by many scholars to

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