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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

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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

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

The IAEA: countering proliferation at its convenience Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Four long years after Syria's alleged nuclear program came to a sudden halt due to an [alleged] Israeli air strike, the international community is taking the Assad regime to task. As AP reports, the International Atomic Energy Agency has referred the program to the UN Security Council an

More flotilla capers

More flotilla capers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Proving that the flotilla organisers are nothing if not persistent, the Canadian flotilla ship, the Tahrir, which had been prevented from leaving a harbour in Crete to sail for Gaza, issued the following press statement last night: With the support of Greek civil society and people from all around

Hezbollah and the Hariri Tribunal

Hezbollah and the Hariri Tribunal Categories: Lebanon, Syria, Updates    

This Update focuses on the impact of the unsealing of four indictments for Hezbollah members late last week by the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), investigating the 2005 murder for former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri. We lead with an analysis and backgrounder by Prof. Willi

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

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

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

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