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Biblio File: Days of Future Past

Biblio File: Days of Future Past Categories: Israel     Author: Liam Hoare

Of all the aspects and institutions of kibbutz life, the children's house is one that in particular continues to fascinate. The idea of collective child-rearing was to some extent born out of necessity. Not only did it conserve resources in an era of scarcity (both before and after Israel's founding

Unlucky 7

Unlucky 7 Categories: Egypt, Europe, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Seven years after it was ignited by an unassuming street vendor in Tunis, the consequent chain reaction of political downfalls, civil wars, and geopolitical tremors has yet to come to an end... the conflicts across the Arab world have become a major destabilising force across the international syste

Iran Doubling Down on its Militia Model

Iran Doubling Down on its Militia Model Categories: Iran     Author: Farzin Nadimi

Fatehin is a little-known, semi-volunteer Basij special unit from the IRGC's Muhammad-Rasul-Allah Corps. Although it is closely associated with the Quds Force's advise-and-assist mission in Syria, it is mainly tasked with infantry fighting.

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Asia Watch: Laws and their limits

Asia Watch: Laws and their limits Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo's protracted struggle with Islamist groups bent on opposing him in all things is set to continue as the 2019 presidential elections approach. Legislative and judicial changes indicate a pushback against the illiberal forces that have harassed ethnic and religious min

Terror and Response in Sinai

Terror and Response in Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer and Ofir Winter

The November 24, 2017 attack on al-Rawda Mosque in Bir al-Abed in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, apparently by Wilayat Sinai, a proxy of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Egypt, was the most deadly terrorist attack Egypt has ever known... Beyond the unusual scope of casualties, it was also unus

AIR New Zealand: NZ urged to follow US lead

AIR New Zealand: NZ urged to follow US lead Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

The [Jerusalem] announcement has been greeted with enthusiasm from Israel and the Jewish diaspora, but by opposition and protest in many other quarters. In New Zealand, both official and public response followed a similar pattern.

Behind the News - January 2018

Behind the News - January 2018 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

An alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian base near the Syrian city of al-Qiswa on Dec. 1 resulted in the deaths of 12 Iranian personnel, according to Arabic media. A second strike on Dec. 4 targeted a military research facility in the Jamraya area known to be producing weapons for the Assad regime.

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage"

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yarden Frankl

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief... went out looking for tension and hatred and despair. I have no doubt that he found it and that the people he selected to interview really believe that the city is on the brink. Yet his description is not what I find every day. I find a city where a remar

Essay: The Missiles of November

Essay: The Missiles of November Categories: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen     Author: Uzi Rubin

Since the 2011 outbreak of what some still call with macabre humour the "Arab Spring", a bloody civil war has raged in Yemen, a war that has cost the lives of 10,000 civilians to date. This civil war is perhaps the least reported of all the upheavals to have engulfed the Arab world in the past six y

Rome and Jerusalem

Rome and Jerusalem Categories: Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

"Rome and Jerusalem", for many readers, will evoke the groundbreaking work by Moses Hess published in 1862, which greatly influenced left-wing thinking on the re-establishment of a Jewish State in the land of Israel. In December 2017, these cities each hosted a significant event, both of which woul

Not worth getting killed over

Not worth getting killed over Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ron Ben-Yishai

US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not whip up quite the furore in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of Hamas' political bureau Ismail Haniyeh. The Arab street's reaction, in fact - as seen in a m

Scribblings: Jerusalem exposes UN absurdities

Scribblings: Jerusalem exposes UN absurdities Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

On Dec. 8, the UN Security Council convened an "extraordinary debate" to discuss the US Trump Administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. This seems like an "extraordinary" thing to do. Why would the Security Council, whose primary role is overseeing the "maintenance of in

A break with US policy?

A break with US policy? Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Michael Totten

Enough with the pearl-clutching already. US President Donald Trump's statement on Dec. 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is more bipartisan than anything he has ever said and likely ever will say as president.

The Dark Side of Arabic media

The Dark Side of Arabic media Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria     Author: Ran Porat

An examination of Arabic media in Australia over recent months has revealed that... antisemitic content and anti-Israel conspiracy theories are being actively promoted by various print and electronic media outlets operating in Arabic. Particularly concerning is material that has been broadcast on t

The view from Jerusalem

The view from Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Gerald Steinberg

When US President Donald Trump issued his pronouncement on Jerusalem, traffic here came to a stop, stores were empty and we were all listening carefully. It's not because we needed the President of the United States to tell us where our capital city is located, but instead reflects the anticipation

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Editorial: Acknowledging the Facts

Editorial: Acknowledging the Facts Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Imagine if no other country would accept Canberra as the capital of Australia. We have our parliament, all government ministries, the High Court there, but to placate a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats, no country will acknowledge that Canberra is the

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