Palestinian feminists contest issue of election discrimination & textbook stereotyping

Palestinian feminists contest issue of election discrimination & textbook stereotyping

September 12, 2016

Female activists in the Palestinian territories have had a lot to be concerned about over the past few weeks. First, several Palestinian electoral lists refused to publish the names and pictures of female candidates contesting the municipal election (originally scheduled for October 8), instead referring to these women as the ‘wife of’ or ‘sister of’ Palestinian men. Then, the release of new Palestinian textbooks to be taught in the first and second grade was met with outrage for its portrayal of women as witches and sorceresses.

Setting the facts straight on Hebron

Setting the facts straight on Hebron

September 9, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Palestinian Embassy’s latest fact sheet on Hebron is interesting for the sources it quotes directly, the source material it distorts, and what facts it leaves out.

Settlement hype

Settlement hype, not ‘activity’, reaches new high

September 7, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

The significance of the issue of construction within Israeli settlements in the West Bank has long been overemphasised and exaggerated in international diplomacy, but White House and State Department criticism of Israel last week over construction in its West Bank settlements may just have set a new high-water mark for settlement hysteria.

Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry

Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry

September 6, 2016 | Rachel Kaye

Israel’s satellite industry is in crisis after a SpaceX rocket carrying an advanced Israeli communications satellite exploded on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida last Thursday 1 September. The accident and the subsequent loss of the Israeli-built satellite has been described as a “crushing blow” to Israel Aerospace Industries.

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate

Media Week – It’s not all right; Church and Hate

September 2, 2016 | Allon Lee

On August 29, the Age, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald websites ran a Washington Post report about the controversial Palestinian village of Susiya in Area C of the West Bank – that is the area under full Israeli control, with relatively few Palestinian residents.

The Israeli courts have ordered the village demolished, accepting arguments that it its residents are squatters and have illegally built there.

The report further stated that, “the Israeli government right now wants to formally annex Area C in the West Bank.”

There is no Israeli government move or discussion to annex Area C.

Media Week - Rinse Saikal; Notes and Stones; Seriously Silly

Media Week – Rinse Saikal; Notes and Stones; Seriously Silly

August 26, 2016 | Allon Lee

According to ANU’s Professor Amin Saikal in the Canberra Times (Aug. 22), “upon assuming the presidency, Obama…had to deal with a hostile Republican-dominated Congress, where Israel’s interests have repeatedly trumped those of the United States. As a result, he…has backed away from securing a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a means to demonstrate that the US is a dispassionate and unbiased player in the region.”

Saikal is betraying his usual inability to comprehend that US support for Israel might conceivably be based on principle and shared interests.

 

At Fairfax

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising

August 23, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Fairfax columnist Ruby Hamad recent blog is an impassioned plea to ignore what she calls the “symbolic” Olympic Truce principle – of setting aside conflicts for the sake of the games – and instead embrace the demonisation and singling out of Israeli athletes at the Olympics, because, in her view, they deserve it. 

Media Week - A baffling declaration; Aid el-Vice; Hamad screed

Media Week – A baffling declaration; Aid el-Vice; Hamad screed

August 19, 2016 | Allon Lee

In the Spectator Australia (Aug. 13), the ECAJ’s Alex Ryvchin ridiculed Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki’s declaration that Palestinians will sue Britain for the 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish national home in Palestine.

Media Week - Distorted Vision

Media Week – Distorted Vision

August 17, 2016 | Allon Lee

The indictment of Mohammed El-Halabi, the Gaza head of aid organisation World Vision, on charges of funnelling millions of dollars to Hamas, used to build terror tunnels and buy weapons, was widely reported in the Australian media.

Welcome to electioneering… Palestinian-style

Welcome to electioneering… Palestinian-style

August 12, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

For many of us, elections evoke images of big promises, political attack ads, leaders debates and corny images of politicians kissing babies.
In the Palestinian Authority, however, where Fatah and Hamas are due to contest municipal elections on October 8, campaigning works a little differently.

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