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The Truth about Kosher Slaughter Categories: Australasia, International Jewry, Updates     Author: Geoff Levin

The Sunday Age has recently published two articles, an editorial, and a blog post alleging that Kosher slaughter causes undue pain to animals, advocating legislation that would effectively end the production of kosher meat in Australia. While the articles repeatedly claimed that unstunned slaughter

FLOTILLA II - An end to the Humanitarian Pretence?

FLOTILLA II - An end to the Humanitarian Pretence? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Haaretz is reporting that senior Israeli officials have received information that organisers of the Gaza flotilla may be bringing chemical substances on the ships to use against Israeli soldiers to prevent them from boarding the ships. Barak Ravid reported that the senior officials also said that I

Almost lynched in East Jerusalem for being Jewish

Almost lynched in East Jerusalem for being Jewish Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Initial reports emerged yesterday of an Israeli delivery driver who narrowly avoided being lynched by an Arab mob. This follows a similar incident last November, when four students, including one Australian tourist were stoned by a mob after taking a wrong turn and driving through an Arab neighbourh

An Australian Hamas operative?

An Australian Hamas operative? Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

An Australian man who was arrested in Israel recently has now been formally charged with spying for Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation both in Australia and in Israel, and has faced an initial court hearing. As reported by the ABC: Eyad Abu Arja was arrested along with his wife when he arr

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"Narratives" and what happened in 1948 Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the key questions that always comes up in debates on the Middle East are the details of what happened during the 1948 war. Among Palestinians and their advocates, the whole war is generally presented as a Zionist plot to steal the land and expel its indigenous inhabitants - which was unde

Palestinians will go to the UN no matter what

Palestinians will go to the UN no matter what Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour has just come out and stated that even if negotiations with Israel were to recommence, the Palestinians will go to the UN and ask for recognition of statehood. Haaretz reports: The Palestinians will seek membership as an independent state at the UN in Septemb

For Evans Sake!

For Evans Sake! Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans appeared on Jon Faine’s “Conversation Hour” on 774 ABC Melbourne on June 16, giving his take on the Middle East and demonstrating we’re lucky he is no longer in the role.

Egyptian PM reportedly backs down on election postponement Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is now reportedly denying media reports, noted previously on Fresh AIR, that he supports postponing parliamentary elections scheduled for September until after a new constitution is drawn up, a process only scheduled to commence in September. &nbsp

What do the Palestinians want? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Even a quick look at various Palestinian officials' statements over the past few weeks can reveal an inconsistent and somewhat confusing picture of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) official policy regarding the alternatives of negotiations with Israel and their plans to try to get UN recognition of

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity Categories: International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Tomorrow will mark 5 years since kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held illegally by Hamas in Gaza. As Isabel Kershner has reported in the New York Times, Hamas has again refused a request from the Red Cross to visit Shalit - so that they could merely ascertain what kind of conditions

Bold or spineless? Strong conviction or a lack of direction? Responses to Obama's speech

Bold or spineless? Strong conviction or a lack of direction? Responses to Obama's speech Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Media/ Academia, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Just a few hours after President Obama's recent speech on Afghanistan, there was a wide array of responses, positing a number of theories as to the ramifications of the new US policy. In general, the focus was on Obama's decision to end the troop surge that he implemented only 18 months ago. Michae

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