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Gaza’s shortages of medicines

Gaza’s shortages of medicines Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It is often pointed out that there are shortages of medicines and medical supplies in Gaza, implying that this is the result of Israel's blockade. But while there are such shortages, they actually have almost nothing to do with either Israel or the blockade. Rather, they are primarily the result of

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Flotilla activists drop all pretence of "humanitarian" mission, declare victory and plan to test Israeli airport security

Flotilla activists drop all pretence of "humanitarian" mission, declare victory and plan to test Israeli airport security Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As AIJAC has been reporting, the planned flotilla to Gaza has been facing a number of obstacles in recent weeks. In the wake of the Greek decision over the weekend to prevent any vessels planning on sailing to Gaza from leaving Greek ports, the flotilla organisers appear to be looking to s

Flotilla will not sail from Greece

Flotilla will not sail from Greece Categories: Israel, Middle East, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

After Greek authorities ordered a directive on Friday that no ship aiming to sail for Gaza be permitted to leave from a Greek port, the captain of the US vessel The Audacity of Hope, deliberately named as an affront to US President Barack Obama, has been arrested - effectively preventing the ship fr

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The Flotilla and its Hamas connections Categories: Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite assurances that the Second Flotilla to Gaza is a ‘humanitarian' mission that has no connection to Hamas, reports suggest otherwise. NGO Monitor translated a Dutch news story "Pers vertrouwt Gazaboot niet" ("The Media Doesn't Trust Gaza Boat") about a number of Dutch journalists who ab

A Trial for Gaddafi?

A Trial for Gaddafi? Categories: International Security, Libya, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Earlier this week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and two close associates. A number of commentators have noted that this could potentially be counterproductive to the goal of ending the war in Libya quickly

Israel jumps in Global Innovation Index

Israel jumps in Global Innovation Index Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel has jumped 9 places to number 14 in the 2011 Global Innovation Index (GII). Coming from a rank of 23 last year, Israel flew past Australia - which fell from 18 in 2010 to 21 in 2011 - into the top 15 most innovative countries in the world, blitzing the other Middle East and North Africa

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two pieces which describe the reality of the situation in Gaza - in contrast to the way it is often described by activists and even in general media reports. First up is recent visitor to Australia Dr. Michael Rubin, who compares Gaza to a whole variety of countries

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

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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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