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The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur

The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a sunny mid-winter's afternoon in Jerusalem, a group of travellers stopped a passerby and asked for the direction of Mecca. After a brief, friendly exchange, the men and women began afternoon prayers - in Yad Vashem, Israel's Museum and Monument to the victims of the Nazis' genocide. Later, those

Essay: Media Malfunctions

Essay: Media Malfunctions Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Matti Friedman

The question we must ask, as observers of the world, is why this conflict has come over time to draw more attention than any other, and why it is presented as it is. How have the doings in a country that constitutes 0.01% of the world's surface become the focus of angst, loathing, and condemnation m

Social Media Hatewave

Social Media Hatewave Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Many people may have thought that Holocaust denial had been relegated to the dustbins of history - discredited by historical evidence, academics, court cases and the testimonies of survivors. However, on the internet, it is alive and even flourishing, especially on social media. It is now increasing

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Nine insights into the current Mideast turmoil

Nine insights into the current Mideast turmoil Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Ehud Yaari

We are witnessing the struggle to define Islam in the modern age. This is the most crucial battle raging today in the world and the most important divide on the global landscape. It's a clash between a forward leaning tolerant enlightened reading of the holy texts, and the medieval fundamentalist an

Why Gaza languishes

Why Gaza languishes Categories: Palestinians     Author: Neri Zilber

Over five months after last summer's Gaza conflict ended, reconstruction of the territory has effectively ground to a halt, with the UN-designed postwar framework failing to move beyond its first phase. While recent statements by some international officials have put the onus on the donor community

Who’s Who in the Israeli election Categories: Israel    

Though Israeli voters will be casting their ballots on March 17 for party lists, they'll doubtless have the men and women at the top of those parties' lists in mind. So here's an opportunity to get to know the party leaders a little better...

Election 2015: Bibi and Buji's Coalition Worries

Election 2015: Bibi and Buji's Coalition Worries Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Back when it arrived unscheduled in December, many expected Israel's 20th general election to focus on domestic issues. Triggered by the finance minister's dismissal and animated by a 6.5% climb in housing prices during the outgoing government's brief incumbency, many braced for an election dominat


Europa Europa: Twitter Fever Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

My belated entry to the Twitter-sphere was prompted by a late-night BBC political chat show which featured a highly articulate Muslim apologist. She argued passionately that, by abusing free speech, Charlie Hebdo had itself incited the attack which killed eight of the magazine's staffers. My tweet t

Scribblings: A failure of basic moral logic

Scribblings: A failure of basic moral logic Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

British Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles recently made an important point about the surge in antisemitic attacks which has been documented in Britain over the past two years: "These pernicious crimes have been accompanied by a creeping cultural acceptance of antis

Editorial: Choosing Israel’s Next Government Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While there is clearly much uncertainty about the upcoming election, there are some core policy continuities we can confidently ascribe to the next government - policies that are shared between the centre-left Zionist Camp and centre-right Likud - the two political factions that appear to be the onl

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