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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

Incitement watch:  Palestinian death penalty for selling land to Jews and Jordan expelling the "prophet killers" from Jerusalem

Incitement watch: Palestinian death penalty for selling land to Jews and Jordan expelling the "prophet killers" from Jerusalem Categories: Antisemitism, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The recent controversy over a house in the West Bank city of Hebron is having severe consequences for one unfortunate Palestinian. There was an outcry when Israeli settlers purchased and moved into a house in the "Arab" section of Hebron, ending with their eviction in a controversial move by Israeli

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The Truth About Settlement Growth

The Truth About Settlement Growth Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

During a recent CNN interview, former Israeli Prime Minister and current Defence Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak noted that the all too common perception of an historically high rate of settlement expansion taking place is just wrong - not a single new settlement has been built under the current Neta

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

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

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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

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