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Biblio File: War by Other Memes

Biblio File: War by Other Memes Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Kirchick

By any traditional standard, Israel won its 50-day war against Hamas in 2014. It incurred far fewer casualties than its Palestinian adversary. It rooted out much of the Gaza Strip's terrorist infrastructure... And it put an end to incessant rocket attacks on Israeli towns... Alas, according to Davi

Noted and Quoted - February 2018

Noted and Quoted - February 2018 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

On Dec. 18, the Australian chided Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' "ill-judged refusal" to meet US Vice-President Mike Pence during a planned but ultimately postponed December visit to the Middle East because of US President Trump's Jerusalem recognition statement.

Teheran's Weak Hand

Teheran's Weak Hand Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Jason Brodsky

With US President Trump's decision to lay down a red line on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and slap more onerous non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, its clerical establishment has vowed a "severe response." But while Teheran's rhetoric has been threatening, its riposte is likely to be re

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UNICEF's war on the IDF

UNICEF's war on the IDF Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Liora Cohen

Anti-Israel activity at the United Nations is mainly associated with UNRWA and UNESCO. UNRWA, the aid agency for Palestinian refugees, has a reputation for inciting to violence and perpetuating the Palestinians' refugee status, while UNESCO, the UN's cultural agency, consistently denies any Jewish

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Al-Dayeh's fall from grace was rapid once his boss, Arafat, died in 2004. This is typical for dictatorial regimes that are run as a one-man show. Arafat managed the Palestinian Authority (and PLO) as if it were his private fiefdom. When the emperor falls, so do many of those around him, particularly

Asia Watch: A Leopard and his Spots

Asia Watch: A Leopard and his Spots Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

With Malaysia's next national election due to be held by August this year, voters will have their say on a government that over the past five years has been wracked with financial scandals, a crackdown on dissent, the jailing of the popular opposition leader, and religious bigotry fed by Islamic har

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India and Israel:  When interests align

India and Israel: When interests align Categories: India, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Today, as reflected by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's high-profile visit to India in January, and by PM Narendra Modi's visit to Israel last July, the Asian giant that once treated Israel as a diplomatic pariah has made a strategic U-turn.

UNESCO's Culture of Denial

UNESCO's Culture of Denial Categories: Israel, United Nations, United States     Author: Sean Durns

In October, the US State Department notified the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that America would be withdrawing from the UN body. The US cited the need for fundamental reform, mounting arrears and "continuing anti-Israel bias" at t

The Last Word: Assessing the Assessment

The Last Word: Assessing the Assessment Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Anti-Jewish posters plastered across a popular tourist destination, cars parked near synagogues vandalised with swastikas, racist stereotypes alleging people who were untrustworthy or miserly are likely to be Jewish, not just spoken but published online. All of the above, and more, occurred in the

Protests reveal state of the Iranian "revolution"

Protests reveal state of the Iranian "revolution" Categories: Iran     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Teheran's costly policy of regional interference formed a focus for the protesters' rage. Slogans such as "Leave Syria, think about us!" and "Death to Hezbollah!" were heard. More general anti-regime slogans, including "We don't want an Islamic Republic" and "Death to the dictator" were also chanted

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The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas

The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Grant Rumley

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced he's past his prime. This is how it ended for Yass

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