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Essay: Mendacious Maps

Essay: Mendacious Maps Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Shany Mor

You can't walk very far on an American or European university campus these days without encountering some version of the "Palestinian Land Loss" maps. This series of four - occasionally five - maps purports to show how rapacious Zionists have steadily encroached upon Palestinian land. It has feature

From Sudan's Mahdi to IS' Caliph

From Sudan's Mahdi to IS' Caliph Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Sudan     Author: Giora Eliraz

The idea of the Mahdi in Islam is strongly linked to Muslim messianic, apocalyptic traditions. According to these, the Mahdi (lit. "the guided one"), is said to appear shortly before the Day of Judgment in order to restore Islam to its former glory by removing evil and re-establishing righteousness.

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The End of Personal Politics?

The End of Personal Politics? Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The one-man party, an odd fixture of Israeli democracy for the past three decades, seems headed to the political margins where its journey began ten elections ago. Few people paid attention to this aspect of the situation in 1984, when a new party called Shas won four Knesset seats and inserted a m

Justice for Alberto Nisman?

Justice for Alberto Nisman? Categories: Iran, Terrorism, United States     Author: David Horovitz

On August 14, 1993, in Mashad, Iran's second-largest city, the Iranian leadership's "Committee for Special Operations" convened to discuss its ongoing problems with Argentina - and specifically the flamboyant President, Carlos Menem. Reorienting Argentina's policy, moving his country closer to

Courting Danger

Courting Danger Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: David Makovsky

On Dec. 30, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas signed 20 different international conventions, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The name of the statute refers to the 1998 conference that established the treaty-based court, which began operations in

France's Moment of Truth

France's Moment of Truth Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism     Author: Michel Gurfinkiel

The jihadist killing spree in Paris in early January has been described as "France's 9/11" by Le Monde, the French liberal daily newspaper. Indeed, just like the American 9/11 fourteen years ago, it was a moment of truth: for France as a nation, for the French political class and - last, but certain

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

So there is a new issue of Charlie Hebdo, and the cover cartoon, by Luz, is a masterpiece. On a field of green, a white-turbaned and robed Prophet Muhammad, bug-eyed with horror, a giant tear falling on his cheek, holds a placard saying, "Je suis Charlie," which is the same slogan that dominated the

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