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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

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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A stunt that should make you smile

A stunt that should make you smile Categories: Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's a good news story it would be difficult not to smile at. At a neo-Nazi concert in Germany, organisers were anonymously given souvenir t-shirts sporting the slogan "hardcore rebels" with a skull and nationalist flags. The t-shirts were given out to the 250 attendees at the concert in Gera. H

Syrian situation continues to escalate

Syrian situation continues to escalate Categories: Syria, Updates    

The situation in Syria continues to worsen with violent government efforts to suppress protests continuing in Hama, Dor El-Zoir, and other towns and increasingly blunt denunciations of the Damascus regime coming from many quarters, including tough remarks from Saudi


Different Israeli views on the Tent Protest movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The "tent protest" in Israel is well into its third week, and shows no signs of dying out. Last Saturday, more than 300,000 people, across the country - from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south, took to the streets, demanding "social justice". This protest is seen by many in Israel as a

Indonesia's backlash against Saudi-style Islam

Indonesia's backlash against Saudi-style Islam Categories: Asia, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

The beheading of Ruyati binti Satubi - an Indonesian maid executed by Saudi authorities in June for the killing of an allegedly abusive Saudi employer - has stirred such revulsion in Indonesia that Islamic leaders there are openly challenging the harsh, Wahhabist creed of Islam that has gained a foo

The Trial of Mubarakā€¦ and some Pitfalls

The Trial of Mubarakā€¦ and some Pitfalls Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The trial of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, which began last week, is certainly attracting a great deal of attention in Egypt. And it is a dramatic event - a symbol of the success of the Egyptian people in toppling a seemingly entrenched autocrat who had been in power for almost 35 years, a

Hot chocolate too tempting for anti-Israel activists?

Hot chocolate too tempting for anti-Israel activists? Categories: Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In an interesting turn of events, four of the 19 people arrested for engaging in the violent protests against an Israeli-owned cafe in Melbourne have been arrested for breaching their bail condition of not going within 50m of the cafe. As reported by the ABC: Last month, 19 activists were arre

UN Resumes Aid to Somalia as Terrorists Vanish

UN Resumes Aid to Somalia as Terrorists Vanish Categories: Africa, Somalia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

It is not often that "ignore the problem and hope it goes away" is a particularly effective strategy in international affairs. Amazingly, however, the international community seems to have successfully employed this tactic in Somalia to drive the terrorist group al-Shabab from the capital Moghadishu

The Perils of being a Palestinian Journalist

The Perils of being a Palestinian Journalist Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a tendency in the West to treat Palestinian society as if it were a full-blown democracy - after all, they appear to have elections, and Prime Ministers and Presidents and parliament and all the trappings.(This is despite the fact that election scheduled for two years ago still have not occ

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Palestinian UN bid - 'land for war'? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This blog post looks at the Palestinian UN bid and considers analysis from: Veteran Washington insider Steven Rosen who writes that the current proposal for UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state does not meet the legal requirements for statehood. Efarim Karsh and Asaf Romirowsky who h

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