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Mahmoud Abbas courts disaster by rejecting hundreds of millions of dollars the Palestinians desperately need 

September 15, 2020 | Allon Lee

Three things seem certain in the Middle East: death, taxes and the uncanny ability of Palestinian leaders to make terrible choices that leave their people worse off. A New York Times feature has demonstrated yet again not only this principle in action but the dysfunction at the heart of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ 15-year one-man rule.  

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Al Jazeera coverage promotes Qatar’s view opposing UAE-Israel normalisation deal

September 4, 2020 | Judy Maynard

Surprise and a largely positive international reaction greeted the August 13 announcement of the Abraham Accord, the US-brokered normalisation agreement between Israel and the UAE. Even many Arab states said positive things about the agreement, or at least did not oppose it. Less surprising has been the negative coverage given to this historic development by the “independent” media organisation, Al Jazeera, the anti-Israel, anti-US and pro-Islamist propaganda outlet of the Qatari government, which founded, funds and controls it. 

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Islamic charity in hot water receives Australian endorsement

September 3, 2020 | Naomi Levin

Islamic Relief Australia was recently endorsed by the Australian Government as a preferred charity, despite the departure of its director over vile antisemitic social media comments, and existing unresolved accusations that an Australian board member allegedly has close ties to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

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What’s different about the UAE-Israel normalisation agreement?

August 19, 2020 | Sharyn Mittelman

The deal has rewritten the rules of “peacemaking” in the Middle East and reflects a new alignment taking place

UN Peace Keeping Troops and Lebanese Soldiers in the South of Lebanon. Recent development in Lebanon may finally put an end to the decades old conflict (Credit: Ali Hashisho/Reuters).

Will Lebanon’s crisis lead to Lebanese-Israeli border disputes finally being resolved?

August 14, 2020 | Jack Gross

In wake of the massive explosion in Beirut, and subsequent outpouring of public frustration with deteriorating living conditions in Lebanon, the main sides blocking a resolution to maritime border disputes between Israel and Lebanon have agreed to American mediation

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Anti-Israel conspiracy theorists try to link Israel with Beirut port blast

August 12, 2020 | Ahron Shapiro, AIJAC staff

Shortly after the Beirut explosion, on Aug. 5, Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia published a video discussion about the event between Abu Anas and senior preacher Wassim Doureihei, also known for his extreme anti-Western views.

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Israel set to delay budget, dodge new elections

August 12, 2020 | Ahron Shapiro

Israel’s emergency national unity government, just three months old, appears to be navigating its way through a major coalition crisis…

Iranian TV recently aired a video entitled "COVID-1948" which compares Israel to the coronavirus (Credit: Channel 2 (Iran)).

The latest Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories from the Middle East and far right

August 10, 2020 | Jack Gross

Whether assigning blame to the West for the creation and spread of the virus or blaming Israel, the Middle Eastern media has continued to be a source of harmful claims. Meanwhile, the far-right has also been a major source of antisemitic conspiracy theories linking the outbreak of the virus to a Jewish plot…

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Mapping a terrorist empire: New Hezbollah resource again makes the case for Australia to ban the Lebanese group

August 7, 2020 | Oved Lobel

The first thing that strikes  viewers  is just how active Hezbollah has been outside Lebanon, including in Southeast Asia and Australia.   

Australia’s ambassador to Iran, Ms. Lyndall Sachs, with the Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in the Iranian parliament, Mojtaba Zolnour

Australia’s parliament does not need “parliamentary friendship” with Iran’s Majlis

August 4, 2020 | AIJAC staff, Tzvi Fleischer

On July 19, Australia’s ambassador to Iran, Ms. Lyndall Sachs, met with the Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in the Majlis (Iran’s parliament), Mojtaba Zolnour.

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