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Noted and Quoted - July 2015 Categories: Media/ Academia    

Murdoch University lecturer Ameer Ali called on the West to engage Iran "as an equal partner in the fight against IS... or allow IS to become a reality with all unwelcome consequences." Ali essentially absolved Iran of any responsibility in the rise of IS, blaming Saudi Arabia for promoting "religio

Media Microscope: War Stories Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The overwhelming majority of the media coverage on June 23 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report into last year's Gaza war failed to observe that Israel was forced to fight an enemy deliberately operating inside civilian residential areas.

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Europa Europa: Tribal Troubles

Europa Europa: Tribal Troubles Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

The pipes are skirling and the saltires are snapping smartly in the summer breeze, but there is an undercurrent of concern. Ignoring pleas from the Scottish Jewish community, the local councils of Edinburgh, Glasgow and many smaller Scottish towns flew the Palestinian flag above their offices in sol

Turkey's Islamists take a bath

Turkey's Islamists take a bath Categories: Turkey     Author: Joseph Loconte

Claiming victory for his Justice and Development party (AKP) in last week's historic national election, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was defiant. "This election has shown that the backbone of Turkey is the AKP," he told supporters at party headquarters in Ankara. "The AKP is the only party

Asia Watch: Breaking Point Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Since the 2013 election, UMNO and particularly Prime Minister Najib Razak has courted PAS by murmuring tacit acquiescence for its plans to institute hudud (Islamic law backed by harsh medieval punishments) in an effort to break up the opposition coalition. Now PAS appears set to align itself with UM

How to tell whether an Iran Deal is acceptable

How to tell whether an Iran Deal is acceptable Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Michael Singh

If Iran and the P5+1 powers reach a nuclear accord this summer, members of Congress, presidential candidates and the public will need to assess whether the deal is acceptable... Perhaps more important, this evaluation will need to consider the big picture: What objectives do Iran and the P5+1 (US, U


Deconstruction Zone: Double standards, times NINE Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: David Harris

It's appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard to other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment. First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is unde

Two Complementary Palestinian Strategies

Two Complementary Palestinian Strategies Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

All signs indicate that the Palestinians are planning to step up their efforts to force Israel to comply with their demands. But as the Palestinians are not united, they are working on two fronts to achieve their goal. One party, headed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), believes that, with the hel

Shameful report invites future bloodshed

Shameful report invites future bloodshed Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: David Horovitz

It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the populist leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party who wants to annex most of the West Bank. But when Bennett greeted the publication Monday of the UN Human Rights Council’s report on last

Attorneys at War

Attorneys at War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Willy Stern

For three straight days starting on July 15, 2014, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) made thousands of phone calls to the residents of Shejaiya in northern Gaza. The locals were encouraged to evacuate their homes before IDF tanks rolled across the border. Tens of thousands of leaflets were dropped int

The Last Word: Shoe Business

The Last Word: Shoe Business Categories: Antisemitism     Author: Jeremy Jones

When a high profile London-based conspiracy theorist publicly claimed that Mossad had snuck into his home, in a sophisticated mission to steal a simple shoe from his otherwise secure footwear collection, he inspired laughter, a flurry of jokes on social media, and encouragement from his comrades to,

Druze Dilemmas

Druze Dilemmas Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Had it not been too busy fighting itself, Syria would this month have been celebrating the 15th anniversary of Bashar Assad's rule. Tragically, Assad and his citizenry have no cause to celebrate, as the country haemorrhages and its president's future looks increasingly grim. As diplomats seek clari

The Biblio File: Tales from Washington

The Biblio File: Tales from Washington Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Shmuel Rosner

My conversation on June 17 with Knesset Member and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren lasted for about an hour and a half. We were interrupted by the bell - calling Oren to cast a vote - but that was somewhat useful. The conversation dealt mainly with the US-Israel relationship and wha

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Michael Rubin

Pundits and politicians whose introduction to the Middle East comes from Middle Eastern studies programs in Australian or United States universities might be surprised by the current shape of the region. After all, after preaching for decades that Israel and perhaps the United States were at the roo

Voices of Dialogue and Hope

Voices of Dialogue and Hope Categories: Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This June the American Jewish Committee (AJC) hosted its annual Global Forum conference in Washington DC, bringing together leaders and commentators to grapple with the defining challenges of our time in Jewish and Israel affairs - including rising antisemitism, the anti-Israel boycott, prospects fo

Scribblings: Incitement Watch

Scribblings: Incitement Watch Categories: Antisemitism, Iran, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It seems worthwhile to again revisit the issue of incitement in the Palestinian media because some people seem to doubt that this is really a serious problem. Anyone who cares about peace should care about the blatantly antisemitic, pro-terrorist or insanely conspiratorial things ordinary Palestinia

Editorial: Three Reports On Gaza

Editorial: Three Reports On Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last year's fifty-day Gaza War, known in Israel as "Operation Protective Edge", has returned to the fore recently as the subject of several internal and external inquiries. The media has focused on the very questionable United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) commission's report released on J

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