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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

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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

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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

The Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

The Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the implication of the surprise Fatah-Hamas Palestinian unity deal, announced on Wednesday. First up, summarising what is known and not known about the details of the deal, and their possible ramifications, is a useful briefing paper from the British-Israel Communications and

Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition

Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update concentrates on both the increasingly widespread protests in Syria, and the state of the political transition in Egypt, looking especially at the role of the Muslim Brotherhood there. First up is a BICOM (British-Israel Communications and Research Centre) briefing on the state of the si

Goldstone's Recantation Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As most readers are probably aware, Justice Richard Goldstone, the head of the UN Human Rights Council's much-discussed "Goldstone Commission" into the 2008-2009 Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, published a recantation in the April 1 Washington Post of many of the report's key findings. This Update de

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