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The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving

The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving Categories: Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Muslim-owned café in an east Jerusalem suburb, discussing the complexities of Middle Eastern affairs with a Greek Orthodox Palestinian nationalist. Hours earlier, I had met with a young, American-born Jewish woman, a high achiever academically who seemed to

Media Microscope: Nuclear Reactions Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The recent international focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions generated a lot of heat and occasionally some light in the Australian media. A Sydney Morning Herald (February 6) editorial astutely warned "there is simply no precedent for a revolutionary Islamist regime getting its hands on nuclear weapo

Essay: Creative Desecration

Essay: Creative Desecration Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran     Author: Matthias K√ľntzel

Iran's policies now lie at the centre of world politics. Far too little attention, however, is being paid to the unique ideological atmosphere that makes the Iranian nuclear weapons program so dangerous. Holocaust denial is certainly the cruellest aspect of this ideology, for whoever denies the Hol

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Stuck in the Middle

Stuck in the Middle Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Half-a-decade after it won its first and last general election, Israel's political centre is scrambling for a future in a rapidly changing ideological landscape. At the heart of the jockeying is a three-way contest over the leadership of the main Israeli opposition party, Kadima, and the emergence

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier?

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

On February 6, 2012, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed a new agreement to create a Palestinian national unity government for the West Bank and Gaza. The Doha Declaration, like previous Fatah-Hamas agreements, emphasises the need to implement th

The Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Civil War Categories: Syria     Author: Jeffrey White

What began in March 2011 as an attempt to suppress peaceful anti-government demonstrations has evolved into a war - one that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now waging against armed groups and the Syrian people with utter determination and extreme violence. Viewing the conflict as a life-or-deat

Inside Free Syria

Inside Free Syria Categories: Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Idlib Province, Syria - The mountains outside Antakya were wrapped in black clouds the day we crossed the border from Turkey into Syria. The smugglers said this was a good sign as the Syrian Army patrols don't care for rain and mud, and would tend to stay in their huts, making our crossing safer. Th

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In December, I wrote on AIJAC's "Fresh AIR" blog (available on-line at about a 19th century book that had been rediscovered which shed a great deal of light on the situation of Jews in the Arab Middle East in the 1830s - before Z

Editorial: Abbas' Unfortunate Choice Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Recently, detailed accounts were published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of the January round of Israeli-Palestinian "negotiations about negotiating" held in Amman, Jordan. According to the Haaretz account, Israeli negotiators offered a somewhat vague but important statement of the principles wh

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