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Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

Media Microscope: Tripping up Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The controversy over Labor Senator Sam Dastyari's acceptance of money from people with links to the Chinese Communist party (and allegations that this may have influenced his stance on China) saw the issue of federal Australian MPs taking study tours to Israel become a topic of debate. Much of the

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Saturday Fight Fever

Saturday Fight Fever Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The Sabbath day, a hallmark of the Jewish state and one of Judaism's most celebrated contributions to civilisation, is stirring Israeli politics again. Compelled to insert a pair of 60-metre-long steel structures into Tel Aviv's busiest train station as part of the preparations to electrify the new

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ben Lynfield

Just a month ago, the municipal elections that were slated to be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8 were cause for rare optimism amid the bleak landscape of Palestinian politics... On Sept. 8, the hopes pinned on the municipal elections collapsed in disarray amid Fatah-Hamas recr

Europa Europa: Europe's Most Notorious Jew-Baiter?

Europa Europa: Europe's Most Notorious Jew-Baiter? Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Ben Cohen

Jew-baiting these days is a globally competitive field. The Middle East, Latin America and Asia could all put up credible candidates for the title of most notorious Jew-baiter. But if you ask me, it's in Europe, the continent where modern antisemitism crystallised, where you'll still find the most a

Asia Watch: Causes and Effects Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Rapidly consolidating power over key institutions of the state, and backed by very high approval ratings, Duterte is in a position to redirect the Philippines' foreign policy like none of his predecessors... Although Manila released a statement of "regret", and Duterte insisted that his foul-mouthe

The Decline of Wilayat Sinai

The Decline of Wilayat Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Wilayat Sinai, an organisation identified with Islamic State, has recently suffered a series of serious blows from the Egyptian Army. Most prominent among them was the air strike in early August 2016 that killed dozens of senior commanders, launched as part of a targeted campaign against terrorism i

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage Categories: International Jewry, Iran     Author: Annika Hernroth-Rothstein

The advantages the Jews experienced under the rule of the Shah - high socioeconomic status, strong ties to Israel and the United States - became liabilities in the age of the Ayatollahs. As in many other dark eras in Jewish history, the Jews were accused of stealing the country's treasures, and flye

Deconstruction Zone: Did the "colonial powers" create Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Adelman & Asaf Romirowsky

As the years between 1897 to 1948 have long faded into distant memory, a popular myth that Israel was created by global and colonial powers against the will of the region has gained traction in certain quarters. Yet history shows that Israel was created overwhelmingly against the will of these majo

The Money and the Message

The Money and the Message Categories: Israel, United States     Author: David Makovsky

On September 14, the United States and Israel signed a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which Washington will provide US$38 billion in military assistance over the fiscal years 2019-2028... enabling Israeli military planners to make even longer-term acquisitions and bolster their tec

The Cyber-War Era

The Cyber-War Era Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: AIJAC Staff

Last month's Melbourne International Film Festival featured Alex Gibney's documentary Zero Days, taking viewers deep into the world of cyber warfare through the story of Stuxnet - the infamous cyber weapon that was unleashed on the centrifuges at Iran's secret nuclear facility in late 2008. Reported

Scribblings: Article 49(6) and the Settlements

Scribblings: Article 49(6) and the Settlements Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Those who argue that any Jewish settlement in the West Bank is illegal have what seems a rather counter-intuitive interpretation - that is, the Occupying Power must not allow, must somehow stop, any of its citizens from residing in the occupied land, even if they want to, even if they own property t

The Last Word: Politics as Unusual

The Last Word: Politics as Unusual Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Senator Hanson did identify some real challenges we face in this country, such as the attraction of Australians to the ranks of Daesh (ISIS), issues of integration, employment, misogyny and sustainable urban development. Yet there was nothing in her speech to indicate her concern was with these iss

After ISIS - a New ISIS

After ISIS - a New ISIS Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jacob Olidort

In August, US President Barack Obama reassured the Pentagon that Islamic State will "inevitably be defeated". US Government officials, generals, and pundits have been debating what could happen when the group is defeated in Iraq and Syria and have been hard at work penning ISIS obituaries...

The Retreat of ISIS

The Retreat of ISIS Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Two years ago, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq's (ISIS) blitz assault across a swath of land as big as the United Kingdom led to the establishment of the self-proclaimed Caliphate and fragmented both Syria and Iraq. The recent defeats inflicted on Islamic radicals, however, have considerably shr

Editorial: A Meeting of Minds

Editorial: A Meeting of Minds Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

During her recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the beginning of September, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop once again put her wisdom and diplomatic skill on display in navigating the diplomatic minefields of the simmering conflict, while at the same time deftly strengthening Austra

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