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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

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 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

Is Israeli democracy under threat?

Is Israeli democracy under threat? Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update deals with some claims being made that Israeli democracy is supposedly eroding or under threat as the result of a variety of controversial legislative changes being discussed in Israel, as well as certain recent controversies concerning the treatment of women by sectors o

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"Fisking" Hugh White on Iran

"Fisking" Hugh White on Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Oft-quoted Australian "strategic analyst" Hugh White had a piece in The Age yesterday day on the Iranian nuclear crisis which betrayed such a lack of serious and logical strategic thought, so many shallow and glib yet ill-informed assumptions, that it seemed to be simply begging for a thorough "fisk

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today both the Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Harriet Sherwood regarding Israel's plans to relocate the Jahalin Bedouin from their camps on land which they do not own to a permanent Bedouin town. The article, originally published in the Guardian does not provide a balanced un

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, expressions of explicit anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiments are beginning to surge. In Middle East politics, it has long beem traditional to point a finger at Israel, "the Zionists" and "the Jews", who were blamed for all the problems of the Muslim and Arab

Islamists poised to win Egyptian elections

Islamists poised to win Egyptian elections Categories: Egypt, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, in the first round of voting in Egypt earlier this week, the Muslim Brotherhood did even better than many polls had predicted, as did the even more extreme Salafists. This Update is devoted to analysis of this outcome. First up is Israeli academic

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran Categories: Europe, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the Iranian ‘mob' attack on the British embassy, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors temporarily from Iran. The UK immediately closed its embassy in Iran and ordered Iran's dipxlomatic staff to leave London. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in

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