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Israeli start-up offers ‘Energy from the Roads’

Israeli start-up offers ‘Energy from the Roads’ Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

As the world continues to search for ways to meet the growing global energy demand without further damaging the environment, a new technology that harvests energy from the pressure caused by cars driving on roads is currently being tested in Israel. Developed by the Israeli start-up Innowattech, the

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Pressuring Syria/Syria and Iran

Pressuring Syria/Syria and Iran Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

This Update looks at policy options, as well as the potential benefits and costs, for Western governments seeking to pressure  Syria's Assad regime as the protests in Syria continue to spread and the death toll continues to mount. The opening entry is an editorial from the Ne

AIJAC’s response to Israel’s new anti-Boycott law Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In response to the passage of a controversial new anti-boycott law by the Israeli Knesset last week, AIJAC has issued the following statement: AIJAC believes that anti-Israel boycotts represent a serious and significant political and diplomatic challenge to Israel as part of a larger campaign of

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New Zealand’s Mossad Paranoia

New Zealand’s Mossad Paranoia Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

After New Zealand media outrageously accused an Israeli victim of February's Christchurch earthquake of being a Mossad spy, Prime Minister John Key yesterday publically announce that an investigation demonstrated that neither the victim, Ofer Mizrahi, nor any of his friends, had any involvement in e

Entebbe, Mein Kampf, and the New Antisemitism

Entebbe, Mein Kampf, and the New Antisemitism Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

American author, thinktanker and foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead has used the anniversary of the publication of Mein Kampf to set out some important and valuable thoughts on modern expressions of antisemitism... Meanwhile, some interesting thoughts on how the far left became susceptible t

They think it's all over

They think it's all over Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The 2011 flotilla saga ended quietly yesterday when the only vessel to actually sail for Gaza was boarded without incident. As Isabel Kershner reports in The New York Times, the ship's crew lied to Greek authorities about their destination - claiming to be sailing for Egypt before diverting in inter

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians?

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians? Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Sudan, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Amid the cheers over the birth of the new nation state of the Republic of South Sudan, some commentators are noting the largely overlooked significance of what has just occurred, not least for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process eventually leading to a two state solution. Compared with South Sud

Israel Provides Free IVF to All its Citizens Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The New York Times has featured an article on Israel's remarkable in vitro fertilization program (IVF), whereby all Israeli citizens - Jews and Arabs - are entitled to free and unlimited IVF for up to ‘two take-home babies'. The article also appears on the Age Website.

 PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon

PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon Categories: Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In another example of antisemitism sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA), this week the PA rebroadcast an antisemitic cartoon from a Jordanian newspaper regarding the division of Sudan on official PA television. The cartoon had the headline "Division of Sudan," and it showed the distorted ima

More Quiet corners of the Arab Spring Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Geoffrey Levin's post yesterday on the Jordanian Hashemite Monarchy's apparent success so far in weathering the Arab Spring, it is worth noting some other Arab countries which also appear to be managing the protest movements fairly successfully - especially Iraq and Morocco.

Sectarian Explosion beginning in Syria?

Sectarian Explosion beginning in Syria? Categories: Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The situation in Syria took an even graver turn yesterday. As the ruling Assad regime continues to brutalise dissenting citizens, some Syrians appear to be lashing out at the regime's minority Alawite sect. In retaliation, several Allawites went on a rampage of their own. Nada Bakri reports in The N

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