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Behind the News – July 2020

On June 11, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order authorising the blocking of assets and imposition of travel restrictions against employees of the International Criminal Court (ICC) involved in investigations into alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan

Treating a Sick Economy

The tightest restrictions that the Government had imposed in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic had largely been lifted by June. Unfortunately, the dramatic economic impacts of the pandemic could not be as easily reversed.

Deconstruction Zone: Why history still matters

Fifty-three years ago on June 5, the Six-Day War broke out. While some wars fade into obscurity, this one remains as relevant today as it was in 1967. 

Scribblings: More dancing and singing for terror

Last month in this column, I discussed a dance video repeatedly broadcast on official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV which openly promoted suicide bombings

The apathy of the Palestinian street

So far, the Palestinians have failed to heed the call for taking to the streets en masse to demonstrate against the Israeli “annexation” plan, much to the dismay of senior PA and Fatah officials.

Essay: Racial tensions

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer was a breaking point for race relations in the USA, setting off massive protests... and awakened sympathies of people of all ethnicities, including world Jewry.

The Last Word: Racism in anti-racist clothing

A number of commentators, on both sides of the barricades in the battle over the future of race relations and the call for the recognition that Black Lives Matter, have noted the way some have tried to hijack an anti-racist agenda to push a radical anti-Israel barrow

Israel’s great sovereignty debate

As early as July 1, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could ask the government or Knesset to approve a plan to extend Israeli law (often referred to as “annexation”) to areas of the West Bank.

A secret affair goes public

Israel’s warming relations with its Gulf Arab neighbours have often been a “secret affair”. In recent weeks, however, the Jewish state’s growing ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have increasingly come out into the public spotlight. 

Editorial: An IAEA wake-up call

The latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert reports (June 5 and 6) and the June 19 Board of Governors’ resolution on Iran... ought to break through the current international complacency on Iran’s nuclear program.