A flag map of the Middle East inside an UNRWA-produced textbook shows a blank space on Israel’s territory (Source: IMPACT-se)

UNRWA textbooks draw European censure

May 11, 2021 | Judy Maynard

In a step hailed as “unprecedented”, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been censured by the European Parliament (EP) for the use of school textbooks that contain hate speech and incitement to violence.

Tree burning on the Temple Mount

Factsheet: What’s behind the violence in Jerusalem and Gaza rockets

May 11, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro, Judy Maynard

Yesterday, Monday May 10, more than 160 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, in a major escalation of the violence that has been centred on Jerusalem over recent weeks.

Palestinian women participating in the AMENCA program.

 
Photo: Tetra Tech Coffey report for DFAT

Australia cuts Palestinian aid by 25%

May 7, 2021 | Naomi Levin

Australia’s foreign aid to the Palestinian Territories has been cut by 25% over the past year, with funding redirected and long-running programs brought to an end.

Graph of housing starts in Israel's West Bank settlements based on official statistical data

Settlements squeezed, not surged under Trump

May 5, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

Contrary to the narrative promoted by a number of Israeli left-wing NGOs that formed the basis for a number of…

Then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the opening of the Durban Review Conference (UN's Conference against Racism) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, 2009. (Credit: AP Photo/Laurent Gillieron)

US pulls out of Durban anti-racism meet up, is Australia next?

May 4, 2021 | Naomi Levin, Tzvi Fleischer

As countries prepare to officially mark the 20th anniversary of a 2001 United Nations conference notorious for its extreme antisemitism, the United States has made the principled decision not to participate.

Thing

Greek-Israel defence deal is latest evidence of the blossoming Eastmed alliance

April 30, 2021 | Oved Lobel

Erdogan seems incapable of maintaining genuine normalisation with anyone: every irritant in every relationship, from the S-400 to Hamas to Khashoggi, is celebrated by Erdogan, who doubles down on these policies to instrumentalise tensions with regional neighbours for domestic political purposes. It is still possible that Erdogan’s disingenuous outreach may pay off, but even if it does, it is unlikely to break the overlapping system of alliances that have been forming to contain him.

Putin

Russia is astutely playing the players in Yemen

April 29, 2021 | Oved Lobel

The inevitable outcome of the Biden administration’s policy on Yemen, with its overarching goal of ending the Saudi intervention, will again see Russia assume the role of supreme arbiter, as it has in several conflicts and crises across the region.

Suez Canal Blocked By Ever Given March 27 2021

The Great Suez Canal Plot

April 1, 2021 | Ran Porat

The Ever Given got itself stuck deliberately, and this whole incident was actually the product of a massive international mega-plot to replace the Suez Canal with a new Israeli-controlled “Ben Gurion Canal” from the Mediterranean to the port of Eilat on the Red Sea! At least, this is the claim published in Australia by an Arabic language news portal.

Likud

Surprise: Likud drew more Israeli Arab votes than ever

April 1, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

One of the remarkable stories of the March 23 Israeli election is the Likud achieving a historically high percentage of Arab votes. According to voting data publicly available online (in Hebrew), in one Arab city, the Likud soared close to 10x higher than in past elections.

Australian Federal Police arrest Ahmed Talib in Melbourne on March 25. 
Photo: Supplied/AFP

Mavi Marmara passenger arrested on terrorist charges

April 1, 2021 | Naomi Levin

A Melbourne man arrested in March for alleged involvement in jihadist terrorism has a history of extreme activity, including involvement in a violent attempt to breach Israel’s legal blockade of Gaza. 

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