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Another child's death falsely blamed on Israel as leaked emails reveal Assad's scapegoating

Another child's death falsely blamed on Israel as leaked emails reveal Assad's scapegoating Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Just days after being exposed for fraudulently blaming the accidental death of a 15-year-old boy on an "Israeli airstrike", Hamas officials have again attempted to implicate Israel in the death of a Gaza youth -- this time, seven-year-old Baraka al-Mughrabi. Just after Mughrabi passed

More on Israel-China relations

More on Israel-China relations Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Burgeoning relations between Israel and China has been the focus of considerable attention in recent months, including from us here at AIJAC (see here and here) Now Israeli journalist Oren Kessler has written a new piece which is a must read for anyone interested in this subject - it's entitle

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The Latest Gaza Flare-Up

The Latest Gaza Flare-Up Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with background to and details of the intensive flare-up over the weekend around Gaza, which saw over 200 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza (sending up to 1 million Israelis into bomb shelters) and Israel staging numerous counter-attacks a

False reports about the death of 15-year-old Gaza boy - and other internet falsehoods about the Gaza situation

False reports about the death of 15-year-old Gaza boy - and other internet falsehoods about the Gaza situation Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Kony2012 campaign was not the only viral campaign in recent days that spread some dubious information. A number of allegations of Israeli targeting of civilians that surface over the past few days have been outed as downright lies. The most glaring example is the death of 15-year-old Nayif

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Peace through falsehood

Peace through falsehood Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Context is king and without it the most outrageous slurs can be given legitimacy. Unfortunately, some pro-Palestinian activists are prone to only offer facts in isolation to give their false allegations the air of authenticity and aid the ongoing campaign to delegitimise Israel. The most recent ex

Fraud suspected in Iranian election

Fraud suspected in Iranian election Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following yesterday's blog post on the outcomes of the Iranian Parliamentary election, there is further speculation that the Iranian government's claim of an election turnout of 65% is not accurate. Also, check out the "bravest, craziest, most ironic vote in Iran's election" - a young Iranian man w

Joseph Kony's Sudanese connection

Joseph Kony's Sudanese connection Categories: Africa, Sudan, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Stop Kony 2012, a video by US-based NGO 'Invisible Children', has become a viral sensation overnight and has seemingly coopted thousands if not millions to the cause of hunting-down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. While the organisation behind the video is questionable, there is no doubt that

Obama and Bibi and Iran

Obama and Bibi and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates    

The past few days saw an intense period of discussion about the Iranian nuclear crisis in Washington involving both US President Obama, and visiting Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. The three focal points of analysis were Obama's Speech to the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Amid Iran's nuclear standoff and reports of its human rights abuses, the Iranian Parliamentary elections on March 2 garnered suprisingly little outside interest. This was because the whole event was simply a contest amongst various strains of extremists - with reformists largely excluded from takin

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game Categories: India, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Guardian's Patrick Wintour and Julian Borger have reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron has explicitly stated that Iran is intending to develop nuclear weapons. This comes just months after the same newspaper revealed that the British military has begun putting in place prepara

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On March 4, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference. In his speech Obama emphasised his strong support for the State of Israel, and policy on Iran. This blog post looks at a variety of resposes to the speech.

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two new and penetrating analyses of the ructions and political disagreements currently roiling Hamas, as well as an important new expression of Israel's dilemmas vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear program in the lead up to Israeli PM Netanyahu's trip to Washington next wee

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The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Seldom has there been such a brazen attempt to pass off pantomime as intelligent debate. Saturday's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald's (SMH) weekly "The Question" section - which canvasses the opinions of four experts with presumed standing on a specific issue - addressed the topic of "Is the We

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