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AIJAC UPDATE - How the 2011 flotilla flopped/The controversial "anti-boycott" law

AIJAC UPDATE - How the 2011 flotilla flopped/The controversial "anti-boycott" law Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates    

AIJAC's latest email Update looks at why and how the 2011 Gaza flotilla gambit fizzled out. In contrast to 2010's headline-grabbing political stunt that acted as a Trojan Horse for the Turkish Islamist IHH charity resulting in needless deaths and injuries, this was no replay.

Friends of Israel Initiative

Friends of Israel Initiative Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The prominent Friends of Israel Initiative formed under the leadership of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar in 2010, has argued that a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and international recognition of it would be a "huge mistake". In an article published by t

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Different Voices

Different Voices Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jeremy Jones

On Monday, ABC Radio's The Spirit of Things  broadcast a fascinating interview with Sharon Rosen and Suheir Rasul from the Jerusalem offices of a peace initiative called Search for Common Ground.  Sharon Rosen: Search for Common Ground is an international conflict transformation orga

Palestinians' message quashed by media bias

Palestinians' message quashed by media bias Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Writing in Foreign Policy, Rachel Shabi has interviewed a number of Palestinian activists and, unbeknownst to her, unearthed some startling and oft-overlooked views. Shabi found the activists to be disillusioned with the current Palestinian leadership and the direction in which they are headed - par

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Kassams fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel

Kassams fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While the border between Gaza and Israel has been relatively calm since mid-April, the latest rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza suggest that violence in that area may again escalate. The Jerusalem Post reported that on Wednesday morning a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in a fie

Max Brenner Protests

Max Brenner Protests Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Max Brenner chocolate shops in Melbourne and Sydney have recently been the target of aggressive protests. The protests were part of the Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The protest in Melbourne was a violent demonstration - Victorian Police suffered three injuries and 1

Palmer Report will justify legality of the Gaza blockade

Palmer Report will justify legality of the Gaza blockade Categories: Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Although the UN ‘Palmer report' on last year's Mavi Marmara raid was postponed until July 27 to enable talks to continue between Israel and Turkey, it is expected to justify Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip. The UN investigative committee was headed by former Prime Minister of New Zealand

US cuts funding to Pakistan

US cuts funding to Pakistan Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Relations between the USA and Pakistan have been cool for some time, especially when it was revealed that the al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden had been hiding for at least five years in Abbottabad - a town at the centre of Pakistan's military infrastructure. This revelation prompted a new round of a

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