Israeli defence relationships in Asia... and Australia

Israeli defence relationships in Asia… and Australia

June 5, 2012 | Ahron Shapiro

The influential trade publication Defence Review Asia has reported strong growth for Israeli weapons system sales to a number of Asian and Australasian countries, including right here in Australia.

The story, which was published on Sunday, focused on burgeoning trade between Israel and India, but also looked at deals with Singapore and South Korea, among others.

UN appoints 'Tourism Ambassador' banned from travelling for his misdeeds

UN appoints ‘Tourism Ambassador’ banned from travelling for his misdeeds

June 1, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

The UN has often suffered from a ‘credibility’ issue because of its choice of appointments, and the latest appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as ‘Leader for Tourism’ illustrates once again why.

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

Media Week – BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

June 1, 2012 | Allon Lee

In the Australian (25/5) academic Philip Mendes analysed the conceptual and practical flaws underpinning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement noting that it “is a by-product of the second Palestinian intifada and the collapse of the Oslo peace process…. It is essentially war by other means…and intended to coerce Israel into surrendering to Palestinian demands”.

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad

June 1, 2012 | Ahron Shapiro

A myth seems to have developed in some circles that Israel is either backing the Assad regime in Syria, or at the least, is somehow impeding international action against it, supposedly out of fear of what may follow.

Egypt's First Round Election Results

Egypt’s First Round Election Results

June 1, 2012

This Update focuses on analysis of the outcome of the Egyptian Presidential elections last week, where contrary to most expectations, the candidates to make it into the second round were Muslim Brotherhood representative Mohamed Morsi and former air force head Ahmed Shafiq, who is seen as closely associated with the Egyptian military and the former Mubarak regime.

First up is the reliably well-informed expert on Egyptian politics from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Eric Trager, looking at the success of the Muslim Brotherhood. He notes that analyses and polls which had predicted a poor showing for Morsi failed to account for the fact that not only is the Brotherhood the best organised political force in the country, it is in essence the only organised political force.

Israel returns bodies of 91 Palestinians

Israel returns bodies of 91 Palestinians, in goodwill gesture

June 1, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

In a move intended to encourage the Palestinians to return to peace negotiations, Israel returned the remains of 91 Palestinians on May 31, most of whom were killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said:

“We hope that this humanitarian gesture will serve both as a confidence-building measure and help get the peace process back on track… Israel is ready for the immediate resumption of peace talks without any preconditions whatsoever.”

The campaign tactics of Mohammed Morsi

The campaign tactics of Mohammed Morsi

June 1, 2012 | Or Avi Guy

Equality for women in work and education; an assurance that Islamic dress will not be imposed; Christian senior political advisors and possibly even a Christian Vice-President; freedom of protest and expression – the list of pre-election promises made since last Tuesday by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for presidency in Egypt, just keeps on getting longer.

Morsi won about 24% of the votes in the first round of presidential election. A second round will take place on June 16-17 between Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, and it seems that Morsi is trying very hard to broaden his support base, attempting to appeal to women and minorities, the youth of the revolution and even the military.

Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria

May 31, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabiha’.

AIJAC welcomes Australia decision on May 29 to expel Syrian Chargé d’Affaires, Jawdat Ali, and another diplomat, from Australia.

No reporting of Palestinian Christians living in fear in the West Bank

No reporting of Palestinian Christians living in fear in the West Bank

May 30, 2012 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The recent plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt has been the subject of significant attention since last year’s revolution. The community suffered yet another outrage last week, as an Egyptian court sentenced 12 Copts to life-imprisonment, while acquitting eight Muslims, for their involvement in an incident of mob violence that resulted in dozens of Coptic homes burned and destroyed.

This incident did not receive the coverage that it deserved, however the world is at least broadly aware of the struggle that the Copts in Egypt are currently facing. What has been receiving even less press coverage is the similar situation in which Palestinian Christians are reportedly finding themselves in….

Iran negotiates

Iran negotiates, but accelerates illegal Nuclear efforts

May 30, 2012 | Ahron Shapiro

Despite an optimistic spin to last week’s negotiations in Baghdad between P5+1 negotiators and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program, as more details of those negotiations emerge, it is becoming more clear that Iran continues to flout both UN Security Council resolutions and Western demands. As negotiations proceed, Teheran appears to be in fact expanding its nuclear plans, instead of a curtailing them.

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