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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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 Falk's faux-pas

Falk's faux-pas Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The UN's so-called "special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories", Richard Falk, apologised this morning for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog. The cartoon (below) depicts the United States as Lady Justice's guide dog, wearing a Jewish skullcap and urinating on Just

Assad's carte blanche is hurting Syrians

Assad's carte blanche is hurting Syrians Categories: Iran, Libya, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While ruminating yesterday on the US's decision to intervene in Libya, Middle East scholar Barry Rubin gave several insights as to why the West would choose Libya to attack rather than Syria. The assessement, unfortunately, is not particularly flattering for our leaders: I would suggest that t

Internal strife in Iran - time for more tyrants to fall?

Internal strife in Iran - time for more tyrants to fall? Categories: Iran, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Whether it was slaughter of innocents in its strong ally, Syria, or proxy attacks on US and allied forces in Iraq, Iran has been making its presence felt throughout the Middle East in recent weeks. What is, perhaps, less widely reported is that the Islamic Republic has been

The courage to speak out

The courage to speak out Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Ray Hanania, a former head of the Palestinian American Congress and recent member of the national board of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has recently written about the discrimination that he has suffered throughout his involvement in Arab public affairs...

Déjà vu in Hama and Across Syria

Déjà vu in Hama and Across Syria Categories: Middle East, Syria, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

In February 1982, over 29 years ago, Syria's President Hafez Assad sent his younger brother to ‘deal with' an uprising in a Sunni-majority city called Hama. Between 10,000 and 30,000 civilians died, killed for attempting to topple the Alawite dictator that reigned for over a decade. Today his

Greek-Israeli Relations at historic high

Greek-Israeli Relations at historic high Categories: Europe, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

In a sign of growing ties, the Israeli and Greek air forces have held a fourteen-day cooperative drill at Greece's Larisa Air Base. Joint drill participants included several elite Israeli squadrons, the IDF's top rescue unit, and their equivalents in the Greek military. The exercise took place as G

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Amnesty International's Moral Decline

Amnesty International's Moral Decline Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Amnesty International (AI), the world's largest human rights organisation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. However new reports suggest that the once respected moral watchdog has lost sight of its original principles. One of the greatest scandals to have rocked AI was in February 2010 with the

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