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Back to the negotiating table?

Back to the negotiating table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The last two weeks have seen two meetings in Amman Jordan between Israeli and Palestinian representatives, in what are being called "preparatory talks", but are the first direct public contacts between the two sides since 2010. (Some more details on the latest rounds of talks are reported here, here

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Iran escalates its uranium enrichment

Iran escalates its uranium enrichment Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed on January 10, that Iran has started enriching uranium up to 20 percent at an underground site at ‘Fordow', near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom. Iran has maintained that its nuclear program is for civilian peaceful purposes. Howeve

What does Hamas really believe?

What does Hamas really believe? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader in Damascus, agreed during reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas on December 22, that "there will be no military resistance" and also agreed that "the permanent solution is on the ‘

 Israel – a leader in disaster planning

Israel – a leader in disaster planning Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel has assumed the unwanted role as a world leader in developing medical technology and planning to prepare for disasters, and its innovations are being studied and disseminated to other countries to save lives. In one example, American politician Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and alm

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      Turkey admits to massacre, world yawns

Turkey admits to massacre, world yawns Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

A news story which received little coverage in Australian media surrounds the tragic news that Turkey committed a massacre that killed 35 civilians in an air strike into Iraq near a Kurdish village along the Turkish border on 28 December 2011. Turkey has admitted that the attack was an error. Turke

The Media is the Message

The Media is the Message Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A young Italian journalist named Ruben Salvadori has prepared a film about how he and other photojournalists reporting from the West Bank not only report what they see but help to create the clashes and dramatic scenes which helps them sell photographs...

Don't throw stones!

Don't throw stones! Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Two recent stories in the Australian newspaper by Middle East correspondent John Lyons - "Stone cold justice" (Weekend Australian Magazine, Nov. 26) http://tinyurl.com/6puavp9 and "Rudd seeks action on torture allegations involving Palestinian children" (Australian, Dec. 17) http://tinyurl.com/6rdzq

Palestinian Choices

Palestinian Choices Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Today's Update features three pieces looking at the choices currently being made by  the Palestinian political leadership - both those associated with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah in the West Bank, and with Hamas in Gaza. First up is veteran Israeli Palestinian affair

 PA continues to glorify terrorists

PA continues to glorify terrorists Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite its claimed opposition to terrorism, the PA continues to glorify terrorists. This was reinforced again when Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met with freed Palestinian terrorist Amna Muna in Turkey on December 21, along with ten other Palestinians freed and exiled to Turke

Antisemitism in the Middle East in 1835

Antisemitism in the Middle East in 1835 Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the editorial in the current January edition of the Australia/Israel Review, Colin Rubenstein takes on the false belief that antisemitism in the Middle East comes almost solely from the conflict with Israel and will disappear if there is an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal In the course of the edi

Media Week - Unpromising Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

In recent "Media Week" columns, I have reviewed the first three episodes of the British/French drama, "The Promise", shown on SBS TV. This series has been characterised throughout by rampant and crudely propagandistic political messages directed against Israel and Jews and selective, distorted portr

 Israel, gender and Iran

Israel, gender and Iran Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the issue of public female discrimination in Israel has received significant media attention following recent controversies including over women singing in a ceremony for the Israeli army which was boycotted by religious soldiers, and the informal gender segregation on some buses in Ultra o

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