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Noted and Quoted - December 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia    

The Federal Court's dismissal of a racial vilification charge under Section 18C against three Queensland University of Technology students, and developments in the case against Australian cartoonist Bill Leak, reenergised the debate on the merits of the 20-year-old civil legislation - with PM Malcol

Biblio File: The Puzzle of Antisemitism Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism     Author: Paul Monk

The root of much anti-Zionism is antisemitism, not the other way around, and this is especially the case within the Muslim world, where it goes back to Muhammad himself and the denunciations of the Jews as such in the Quran. Moreover, antisemitism in Europe and in North America has been on the rise

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Behind the News - December 2016

Behind the News - December 2016 Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

With Ismail Haniyeh set to replace Khaled Mashaal as head of Hamas' political bureau in Qatar, reclusive Hamas official Imad al-Alami has reportedly been temporarily appointed to take over from Haniyeh in leading the terror group in Gaza. Born in Gaza, al-Alami lived for several years in Teheran an

Hamas' dire financial straits

Hamas' dire financial straits Categories: Palestinians     Author: Yaakov Lappin

Hamas in Gaza is facing an acute financial crisis as its overseas cash sources dry up. This is forcing the Islamist regime and its armed terrorist wing, the Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigades, to resort to increasingly desperate measures, such as using international aid organisations to funnel cash away fro

Europa Europa: A Troubling Truth

Europa Europa: A Troubling Truth Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The Balfour Apology Campaign launched the first in a year-long series of global events at the House of Lords in London to decry the creation of Israel and to demand an "official apology from the British government for its past colonial crimes in Palestine." At the gathering, organised by the Palesti

Lebanon finally gets a new President

Lebanon finally gets a new President Categories: Lebanon     Author: David Schenker

Aoun has long been a controversial figure in Lebanon. Once the country's most anti-Syrian political figure, since 2005 he has been aligned with the Assad regime and its principal ally in Lebanon, the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah... While many welcome the potential end of political stagna


A diplomatic opportunity? Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Zalman Shoval

The results of these elections do not necessarily indicate a complete overhaul of basic American policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump will perhaps declare his recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, something his predecessors should have done a long time ago.

Three things Israelis will be looking at

Three things Israelis will be looking at Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Shany Mor

It would be reckless to predict what Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election portends for the US-Israel relationship because it would be reckless to predict what Trump's victory means for America itself. There are a few trends worth keeping our eyes on, however.

Deconstruction Zone: Pardon my imposition Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eran Lerman

The notion that an externally imposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is viable and ultimately in Israel's best interest is sheer folly. It proceeds from a set of wrong assumptions: that the failure to achieve a breakthrough is entirely Israel's fault ("the settlements," etc.); that a s

The Last Word: Friendship in Java

The Last Word: Friendship in Java Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Jeremy Jones

In Indonesia recently, I had reason to reflect on bigotry, particularly as it relates to problems of terrorism, extremism and threats to civilised societies. My first engagement was in Jakarta, at the 6th World Peace Forum (WPF) - hosted by the Indonesian Muslim organisation Muhammadiyah, the relat

Fatah conference exposes crisis

Fatah conference exposes crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Palestinian political analysts predict that the Fatah conference will deepen divisions among the faction's rival camps, particularly in the wake of Abbas' continued efforts to eliminate his critics. Abbas, they say, decided to convene the parley in a bid to tighten his grip on Fatah and block the e

Can the Iran deal's damage be fixed?

Can the Iran deal's damage be fixed? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ephraim Asculai & Emily B. Landau

Since Implementation Day in January 2016, the IAEA reports have become very thin - almost devoid of technical details and key information on Iran's nuclear program. Full reports must be reinstated if the IAEA is to regain its reputation of openness, transparency and comprehensiveness.

Scribblings: Donald Trump and Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Donald Trump said some extreme and ridiculous things on the campaign trial on his way to winning the US Presidency - but some coverage is treating as extreme and ridiculous something he said which is not only sensible but completely mainstream. This is his promise to move the US Embassy in Israel fr

Be'er Sheva in Bondi

Be'er Sheva in Bondi Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Defence cooperation between Australian and Israel has taken a major step forward with the release late last month of a joint report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Israel-based Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA). The report, "The Wattle and the Olive", was c

As ISIS falters

As ISIS falters Categories: Iraq, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The Islamic State, whose main slogan in Arabic is Baqiya watatamadad (remaining and expanding), has in reality been contracting since the high point of its advance in the autumn of 2014. Its eventual demise, at least as a quasi-state entity, is assured. But Syria is host not only to the war against

From Obama to Trump

From Obama to Trump Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Change sweeping across the Middle East has prompted several Sunni Arab states to engage more closely with Israel. Shared strategic threats - the grow Binyamin Netanyahu kept a straight face as news of Donald Trump's victory astonished the world.

Editorial: The Age of Trump Categories: Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is pleasing to note that President-elect Trump has noticeably adopted a more inclusive and conciliatory tone after what has been a very divisive election, which we hope will continue. This is well, because the world urgently needs the US to remain a beacon of democracy over coming years and for

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