Media Week – Unpromising Start; Solar Flares; Court Out

December 8, 2011 | Jamie Hyams

SBS TV is showing a four-part drama, “The Promise”. The series, from Britain’s Channel 4 and France’s Canal+ and Arte France, has been widely criticised for its rampant bias against Jews and Israel. The first episode (27/11) introduced the main character, Erin, an 18-year-old English girl who stays with a rich Israeli family. She has the diary of her grandfather Len who served with the British troops in Palestine immediately after World War II, so the story switches between the British battling the treacherous Jews and the Israelis oppressing the Palestinians.

 

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood

Relocation of Bedouin misrepresented by Sherwood

December 7, 2011 | Sharyn Mittelman

Today both the Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Harriet Sherwood regarding Israel’s plans to relocate the Jahalin Bedouin from their camps on land which they do not own to a permanent Bedouin town.

The article, originally published in the Guardian does not provide a balanced understanding of the issues at hand. The Bedouin are living on land to which they have no legal title that has been within the municipal boundaries of Ma’aleh Adumim since 1977. Relocation has been periodically discussed with the Bedouin since the 1980s…

Fisking Hugh White on Iran

“Fisking” Hugh White on Iran

December 7, 2011 | Tzvi Fleischer

Oft-quoted Australian “strategic analyst” Hugh White had a piece in The Age yesterday day on the Iranian nuclear crisis which betrayed such a lack of serious and logical strategic thought, so many shallow and glib yet ill-informed assumptions, that it seemed to be simply begging for a thorough “fisking” (Urban Dictionary definition: “The word is derived from articles written by Robert Fisk that were easily refuted, and refers to a point-by-point debunking of lies and/or idiocies.”) Here’s my effort.

Ambassador of naivety

Ambassador of naivety

December 6, 2011 | Allon Lee

The US ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, has shown breathtaking ignorance, insensitivity and naivety by blaming Israel for Arab and Muslim antisemitism in Europe.

Australia and US Senate seek tougher sanctions on Iran

Australia and US Senate seek tougher sanctions on Iran

December 6, 2011 | Sharyn Mittelman

As we noted in a post last week, the EU lat weeked imposed new tougher sanctions on Iran, and today Australia followed suit.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced from Lithuania that Australian intends to impose additional sanctions in response to Iran’s continuing non-compliance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, the US Senate has voted unanimously to pass the most stringent economic sanctions against Iran to date. However, the move was opposed to by the Obama administration.

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring

December 5, 2011 | Or Avi Guy

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, expressions of explicit anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiments are beginning to surge. In Middle East politics, it has long beem traditional to point a finger at Israel, “the Zionists” and “the Jews”, who were blamed for all the problems of the Muslim and Arab worlds. “The Jews” were used by the regimes as a convenient distraction from their own peoples’ misery and hardship, and its causes. Many had hoped that the Arab spring indicated a turn for the better and an end to this racist and counter-productive tradition, since intitially, Israel was hardly even mentioned as a cause for the fate of Arab societies. For once, the finger of blame was rightly being pointing at their own dictatorial regimes. Sadly, as prominent American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg has noted,

Now in Cairo, and across the Arab Middle East, Israel and the Jews are serving once again as universal boogeymen. Once dictators used anti-Semitism to divert their citizens’ attention away from their own problems. Now expressions of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories seem to rise up organically.

This truth doesn’t conform to the generally accepted narrative of the Arab Spring, but ignoring it won’t make it disappear.

Fatah on Hamas: "Why should they get all the credit? We reject Israel too!"

Fatah on Hamas: “Why should they get all the credit? We reject Israel too!”

December 3, 2011 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Despite the widely-trumpeted new reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, the two factions appear to remain irreconcilable.

… The Palestinian Authority (PA) itself seems to resent these accusations of reliance on Israel. This was made clear by Adli Sadeq, the PA’s ambassador to India, in an article written for PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. The article, translated by Palestine Media Watch, unequivocally rejects the “common mistake or misconception” that the PA in any way recognises the right of Israel to exist. As Sadeq explains, this is merely a line of thinking that Israelis have “fooled themselves” into following…

Vale David Greason, 1961-2011

December 2, 2011

AIJAC mourns the passing of our esteemed former colleague David Greason – a brilliant writer and contributor to AIR, especially in the field of far-right politics in Australia and the UK.

David came to us with a colourful background…

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran

December 2, 2011 | Sharyn Mittelman

Following the Iranian ‘mob’ attack on the British embassy, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors temporarily from Iran. The UK immediately closed its embassy in Iran and ordered Iran’s dipxlomatic staff to leave London.

A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels condemned the attack on the British embassy, and announced new economic and travel sanctions on Iran to deter its nuclear program.  The sanctions will freeze the assets of 143 companies and ban 37 Iranian nationals described as “directly involved in Iran’s nuclear activities” from entering the EU.  However, the EU did not follow Britain, Canada and the US which severed all dealings with Iran’s Central Bank.  France has also been urging collective EU action to follow the British example and also to stop oil imports from Iran.

The US Congress also seems poised to push stronger action on Iran. On December 1, the US Senate unanimously approved tougher sanctions against Iran, voting to penalise foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran’s Central Bank – the main conduit for its oil revenues…

Islamists poised to win Egyptian elections

Islamists poised to win Egyptian elections

December 2, 2011

As readers are probably aware, in the first round of voting in Egypt earlier this week, the Muslim Brotherhood did even better than many polls had predicted, as did the even more extreme Salafists. This Update is devoted to analysis of this outcome.

First up is Israeli academic Barry Rubin, who says that he was criticised for being too pessimistic in projecting an Islamist win in Egypt – but the results from the first round are worse than anything he predicted. He points out that the “Facebook” liberals that started the revolution got barely 5% of the vote, and that things may well get even more extreme with the next round of voting…

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