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Iran gives new meaning to "fashion police"

Iran gives new meaning to "fashion police" Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Iranian authorities have just announced that they are extending their crackdown on "un-Islamic dress codes" to include various "Western-influenced" men's haircuts and jewellery. Iranian women have traditionally been harrassed by the "moral police" for not following the strict, conservative dress cod

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Election Delay in Egypt?

Election Delay in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Flesicher

The Egyptian Prime Minister, Essam Sharaf, reportedly hinted strongly yesterday that the parliamentary elections scheduled for September might be postponed until after a new constitution is drawn up, a process also supposed to begin in September. Such a postponement might well be t

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

With the Syrian revolution still continuing, leading to much bloodshed, and potentially huge implications across the Middle East, it is very hard for outsiders to gauge what is actually happening on a day-to-day basis. The country is essentially closed to the media, so reporting is l

Media Week - BDS Q&A Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

BDS Q & A The issue of Marrickville Council's support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel was raised on the ABC TV discussion program "Q & A" (6/6). Greens Senator-elect Lee Rhiannon reaffirmed her support for the campaign, accusing Israel of apartheid. F

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Welcome to Fresh AIR, AIJAC's new blog Categories: Updates    

"Fresh AIR" is devoted to bringing you all the news, analysis, commentary and media criticism AIJAC has always supplied via the Australia/Israel Review (AIR) and the "Updates from AIJAC" email service in a much more up-to-the-minute and timely fashion. Our aim is to supply readers with the very fres

Palestinian UNilateralism revisited Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features three notable pieces on the Palestinian efforts to have the UN recognise a Palestinian state in "the '67 lines" in September, without negotiations or compromise with Israel. First up is noted American Middle East expert Prof. Fouad Ajami, who strongly argues that

Abbas in the NYT/ Naqba day

Abbas in the NYT/ Naqba day Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This update deals with two related Israeli-Palestinian developments - a relatively hardline piece by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the New York Times on Tuesday, plus the "Naqba Day" clashes over the weekend (video here and here, some photos here), whic

After Bin Laden Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

This Update focuses on additional, under-reported features of the killing of Osama bin Laden last week. We lead with noted Canadian Muslim reformer Irshad Manji, who while congratulating US President Barack Obama, takes issue with his statement that bin Laden was "not a Muslim leader." She insists

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