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What no-one knows about Fatah-Hamas unity

What no-one knows about Fatah-Hamas unity Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz’s earlier post which noted that Fatah and Hamas have reportedly abandoned efforts to form a unity government until September, it important to point out that such discord was more or less predicted by most knowledgeable experts... Moreover, as Y. Yehoshua

Jordan to oppose PA statehood bid Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

In an unexpected setback to President Abbas, the UAE-based al-Bayan newspaper has reported, that Jordan will oppose the Palestinian Authority's bid for unilateral statehood at the United Nations, becoming the first Arab state to publicly rebuff President Abbas. A senior official from the

More blows to Palestinian unilateralism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In a move against Palestinian unilateralism, the United States Senate passed a resolution yesterday that threatens to withdraw aid from the Palestinian Authority if they continue with their commitment to go to the UN and request statehood in September. The resolution also rejected any Palestinian go

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Peace polling improves in Post-Revolutionary Egypt Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates     Author: Geoff Levin

A new study has indicated that two-thirds of all Egyptians support maintaining the Arab republic's 1979 peace agreement with Israel. The poll, conducted by the Egyptian government's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), showed that 67% of those responding want to uphold the historic Egypt

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

"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

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