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The Last Word: Propagation of Poison

The Last Word: Propagation of Poison Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

In a march through Sydney streets which I had the misfortune to encounter, I saw children waving banners which both accused Jews of being as bad as Nazis and implying the Nazis were not so bad after all, observed Greens and Labor Party activists associating with placards and slogans supporting Hezbo

Media Microscope: Foreign correspondents Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

It is far from scientific, but the quality of local television and radio coverage of the latest Hamas-Israel war seemed to dip when it relied upon foreign news services. Two reports from Jeremy Bowen, a long time senior BBC reporter, were yet further reminders of why his anti-Israel reporting has l

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The Murder Game

The Murder Game Categories: Israel     Author: Liel Leibovitz

If you've been following global reporting out of Israel recently, you know that, on July 2, a Palestinian youth was burned alive after three young Israeli yeshiva students were found murdered two days earlier, as the demons of nationalism and violence have plunged the bearded zealots on both sides i

British Commander: "Israel had no Choice"

British Commander: "Israel had no Choice" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

Col. Richard Kemp is a former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan and one of the most highly decorated and respected officers in the British army. He has spent over 30 years fighting terrorism in the UK and around the world, including serving in overseas missions with NATO and the United Nati

The Implications of Hamas' Attack Tunnels

The Implications of Hamas' Attack Tunnels Categories: Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas Prime Minister, delivered a revealing speech on March 23, 2014, in which he stressed the strategic importance of the Hamas attack tunnels, which, he argued, have changed the balance of power with Israel, when taken together with his organisation's military build-up. In the

Why Hamas wanted a war

Why Hamas wanted a war Categories: Palestinians     Author: Harel Chorev

Unlike in the past, the latest escalation of violence between Hamas and Israel is not another tactical and limited round. It is instead part of a new strategic direction taken by Hamas in an effort to capitalise on the circumstances created by the July 2 murder of a Palestinian youth, apparently by

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Gaza War - Again

Gaza War - Again Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Escalation was quick. What began with the abduction on June 12 of three Jewish teenagers, and the discovery of their bodies on June 30, resulted in the arrests of Hamas activists throughout the West Bank and intensified rocket barrages from Gaza on Israel - while Jewish extremists kidnapped and murd

Scribblings: Proportionality Again

Scribblings: Proportionality Again Categories: Africa, Iraq, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In Nigeria, on July 19, the Boko Haram terror group reportedly took the town of Damboa, gunned down everyone they saw and burned most of the town to the ground. At least 100 people were killed - but the death toll may actually be considerably higher. Know about that one? Further, more than 15,000 p

Editorial: Hamas’ War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

With the decision on July 22 by most airlines to suspend services to Tel Aviv, the stakes of Israel's military confrontation with Hamas were taken to an unprecedented level. With the termination of this vital lifeline for Israel, no longer can it be claimed, even by those most cynical of Israel, th

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