New Hamas tunnels raise questions about UNRWA

New Hamas tunnels raise questions about UNRWA

June 14, 2017 | Ross Beroff

On June 9, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced that on June 1, it had discovered a tunnel built by Hamas under some of its schools located in Gaza. Specifically the tunnel was found under the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School, both located in a compound containing additional schools.

Is the international community finally catching on regarding Palestinian incitement?

Is the international community finally catching on regarding Palestinian incitement?

June 9, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Israeli officials have long argued that the Palestinian Authority should be held accountable for its incitement to violence against Israelis. It seems that now, finally, the international community may be starting to catch on.

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera

June 8, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

In a dramatic move, on June 5 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives announced they were all severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its support for terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, as well as for its close ties to Iran, with which it co-owns the largest natural gas field in the world.

Audio: Dr Colin Rubenstein discusses the Six Day War on 2GB

June 5, 2017

Dr Colin Rubenstein joined Michael McLaren on Sydney radio 2GB to look back on the Six Day War, 50 years on.

“Moderate” Rouhani wins Iranian election – but this likely means little for either Iranian foreign policy or internal reform

“Moderate” Rouhani wins Iranian election – but this likely means little for either Iranian foreign policy or internal reform

May 24, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

Iran held its presidential election on May 19, and President Hassan Rouhani defeated his main rival, conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, receiving 57% of the 40 million votes cast.

Post-referendum

Post-referendum, Turkey’s Erdogan employs his new powers in ugly ways

May 11, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

In April, a contested referendum saw Turkey pass into law a new draft constitution that significantly increases the powers of its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (For more on how the referendum seems to have fundamentally transformed Turkey politically, see Amotz Asa-El in the latest AIR.) Now, one month later, Erdogan may be unleashing those powers.

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

May 11, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

The Age newspaper (and the Sydney Morning Herald online) ran a “report” from anti-Zionist activist and author Antony Loewenstein on April 10 titled Ticking towards war: What will it take to change life in the Gaza Strip?

Anyone familiar with the self-described independent journalist’s prior writings on Israel and the conflict with the Palestinians would already know that his work is fraught with omissions, bias and errors. And unfortunately, so it goes on.

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”

May 10, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump and said, “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.” 

If only that was true, peace might appear a lot closer.  It is well documented that in numerous cases the Palestinian Authority has actively promoted incitement against Jews and Israel by praising terrorists, as well as “jihad” and “martyrdom”, especially in messages directed at children.

Emmanuel Macron on Israel and France’s Jewish community

Emmanuel Macron on Israel and France’s Jewish community

May 8, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

As Emmanuel Macron claimed victory in the French Presidential election this week, French Jewish community leaders expressed relief. As Joel Mergui, President of the Israelite Central Consistory of France, wrote: Macron’s win “constitutes a veritable relief for all our nation and for the Jewish community of France”.

Five stand-outs about Hamas' new policy manifesto

Five stand-outs about Hamas’ new policy manifesto

May 5, 2017 | Ahron Shapiro

Hamas’ new policy document – which has been mischaracterised as replacing its founding charter – has been described as a softening of its position. But does it really reflect a change in Hamas’ attitude towards Israel or is it merely an attempt to improve its image abroad?

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