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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

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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

 Ilan Grapel tells his story

Ilan Grapel tells his story Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Ilan Grapel, a twenty seven year old American-Israeli was finally released on October 27 in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israel, after having spent four months in an Egyptian jail due to false allegations of espionage. In 2009, he was a Goldmann Fellow at AIJAC's Melbourne office. A month

Egypt's chaos

Egypt's chaos Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In the lead up to Egypt's first ‘free and fair' election, the streets of Cairo have become increasingly chaotic. On November 25, tens of thousands of people protested in Tahrir Square demanding an end to the military rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which has ruled Egyp

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