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Recommended reading on Israel’s social protest movement

Recommended reading on Israel’s social protest movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While Israel's Social Protest movement, which has dominated Israel headlines over the past few weeks, has been eclipsed for the moment by the major terrorist attack in southern Israel on Thursday and subsequent events, it is likely to remain a significant source of debate and political power in Isra

Greens attacked for their BDS blues

Greens attacked for their BDS blues Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign became a focal point for passionate debate over the last two days as it reared its head in both the Australian Senate and Victorian Parliament. First, the Greens maintained their 100 per cent success rate of refusing to vote in favour of any resolution

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Cosmopolitan Lebanon Dances Back

Cosmopolitan Lebanon Dances Back Categories: Lebanon, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While Lebanon is under the control of a Hezbollah-dominated government, and it is hard to know when or how the stranglehold of this extremist terrorist group will end, it is worth remembering that the cosmopolitan, modernising Lebanon is still in there and not defeated yet. A reminder of this is th

Is the violence in Syria finally ending?

Is the violence in Syria finally ending? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

According to a breaking news report by Reuters, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has informed the UN Secretary-General that police and military operations have stopped in Syria, implying that the violence that has been rocking the country may be over. In a phone call with Assad on Wednesday, Ban "e

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting?

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In Egypt, it is being reported that 14 political groups opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties there have united to form a new bloc - called the "The Egyptian Bloc" - to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections... This seems to be good news - a sign that the liberal for

Egypt restoring order to Sinai

Egypt restoring order to Sinai Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following on from this post concerning the growing lawlessness in the Sinai, Haaretz has reported today that Egypian authorities have now taken action to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. Egyptian security forces, pushing ahead with a crackdown on armed groups in lawless northe

Assad’s survival plan explained Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Over the weekend in Syria, the regime was reportedly shooting people as they exited mosques after prayers near Damascus, and even used the navy to shell the port of Latakia, killing 21 people ...Explaining why Assad is continuing to escalate the violence against his own people, noted American foreig

Syrian Dictator clutching at straws?

Syrian Dictator clutching at straws? Categories: Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As a post on the blog Harry's Place notes, with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad running out of things to blame his current predicament on, he appears to be ramping-up violence to compensate. This is characterised by yet another watershed moment in the ongoing turmoil - Assad she

The Sinai "Badlands"

The Sinai "Badlands" Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer and Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

This blog has been following events in Egypt over the past few weeks, as the Islamist groups seem to have been becoming far more assertive, resulting in increased weapons smuggling to Hamas in Gaza and, potentially, a cosier relationship between Egypt and Iran

Palestinian Society and September UN plans

Palestinian Society and September UN plans Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

There are reports that the Palestinian leadership is again sending out mixed signals about how determined they are to press ahead with controversial plans to seek to have a Palestinian state recognised by the UN next month. This Update features some additional pieces on those Palestinian

H is for hate. H is for Hamas

H is for hate. H is for Hamas Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anyone naïve enough to divine any signs of Hamas moderation in its quest for Israel's elimination or that it will play nice for the Palestinian Authority's September UN statehood bid, needs the services of a top ophthalmologist (although preferably not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad, who is a l

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Antisemitism goes viral

Antisemitism goes viral Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The internet, and especially social media, have been galvanising political action and allowing dissenters in dictatorial regimes to connect with each other in ways that were never before possible. However, one unfortunate by-product of the absolute "anything goes" forum that is the internet is

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