The Latest Gaza Flare-Up

The Latest Gaza Flare-Up

March 13, 2012

This Update deals with background to and details of the intensive flare-up over the weekend around Gaza, which saw over 200 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza (sending up to 1 million Israelis into bomb shelters) and Israel staging numerous counter-attacks at terrorist targets and rocket sites which reportedly killed around 25 Palestinians, all but three of them armed combatants, according to Israel. The violence was triggered on Friday when Israel assassinated Zuhair al-Qaissi, the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), and an assistant, who Israel said were planning attacks into Israel from Sinai…

Israel makes inroads in Asia with a diplomatic "Ace in the Hole" - Water and Agricultural Technology

Israel makes inroads in Asia with a diplomatic “Ace in the Hole” – Water and Agricultural Technology

March 9, 2012 | Ahron Shapiro

Israel’s cutting edge advances in water and agriculture are helping the country make commercial and diplomatic inroads into parts of Asia that have previously been difficult to reach.

Australian terror twist following arrest in India for embassy attack

Australian terror twist following arrest in India for embassy attack

March 9, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

Delhi Police have arrested an Indian journalist, Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, a Shi’ite with connections to Iran for his alleged role in facilitating the February 13 bombing of an Israeli Embassy car. See previous AIJAC blog post on background on the attack.

Interestingly, reporting on this arrest has featured discussion of a previous alleged plot by Iranian proxies to prepare terror attacks in Australia…

Peace through falsehood

Peace through falsehood

March 9, 2012 | Allon Lee

Context is king and without it the most outrageous slurs can be given legitimacy.

Unfortunately, some pro-Palestinian activists are prone to only offer facts in isolation to give their false allegations the air of authenticity and aid the ongoing campaign to delegitimise Israel.

The most recent example of this appeared on Tuesday in an op-ed hosted on the ABC “Unleashed” website from Professor Stuart Rees called “Palestine matters, not Gillard-Rudd soapies”…

Middle East Apartheid/ Negotiating with Iran

March 9, 2012

Today’s Update contains two pieces focussed around the reality behind claims about “Apartheid” often directed at Israel by radical opponents (they organise something called “Israel Apartheid Week” on some college campuses, including some in Australia, every March. A summary of the various organisations behind it is here.)

Joseph Kony's Sudanese connection

Joseph Kony’s Sudanese connection

March 8, 2012 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Stop Kony 2012, a video by US-based NGO ‘Invisible Children’, has become a viral sensation overnight and has seemingly coopted thousands if not millions to the cause of hunting-down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. While the organisation behind the video is questionable, there is no doubt that Kony himself is deserving of the criticism that he is being given; his numerous war crimes, including kidnapping children and forcing them to serve him as child soldiers or sex slaves, have placed him at the top of the International Criminal Court’s wanted list.

While the world is now very aware of Kony’s crimes, what is less well known is…

Fraud suspected in Iranian election

Fraud suspected in Iranian election

March 8, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

Following yesterday’s blog post on the outcomes of the Iranian Parliamentary election, there is further speculation that the Iranian government’s claim of an election turnout of 65% is not accurate.

Also, check out the “bravest, craziest, most ironic vote in Iran’s election” – a young Iranian man who wore a T-shirt that stated “God Bless America” to a polling station.

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game

March 7, 2012 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Guardian‘s Patrick Wintour and Julian Borger have reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron has explicitly stated that Iran is intending to develop nuclear weapons. This comes just months after the same newspaper revealed that the British military has begun putting in place preparations for a possible war with Iran. That said, Cameron still backs sanctions and is particularly concerned with China and India.

David Cameron has warned that Iran is seeking to build an “inter-continental nuclear weapon” that threatens the west, as he urged Israel to allow time for sanctions to force the Iranians to change their strategic stance…

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad

March 7, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

Amid Iran’s nuclear standoff and reports of its human rights abuses, the Iranian Parliamentary elections on March 2 garnered suprisingly little outside interest.

This was because the whole event was simply a contest amongst various strains of extremists – with reformists largely excluded from taking part, or boycotting. It was essentially a battle between supporters of Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The election results are in and it seems Ahmadinejad lost the battle and now may be reduced to being a ‘lame duck’ President.

This blog post looks at the implications of the election.

Obama and Bibi and Iran

Obama and Bibi and Iran

March 7, 2012

The past few days saw an intense period of discussion about the Iranian nuclear crisis in Washington involving both US President Obama, and visiting Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. The three focal points of analysis were Obama’s Speech to the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday (video here), the subsequent meeting between the two leaders on Monday and their public statement following the meeting, and Netanyahu’s Speech to AIPAC on Monday evening (video here). We recommend reading all three original texts, and provide analysis of the context of all three below.

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