A screenshot from a video posted on Sept. 17 shows an injured protester in Saqqez, Iran, being rushed to a medical facility. (Video: Twitter)

Insights into Iran’s protest movement

October 7, 2022 | AIJAC staff

Following up on last week’s Update, focusing on the mass Iranian protest movements sparked by the death of young Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s notorious morality police, this Update offers further inside information and insights on that protest movement, the regime crackdown against it and possible steps Western governments can take to assist the Iranian people. 

An image circulating on social media in support of the anti-hijab protests in Iran.

Iran’s Hijab protest movement

September 30, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to the mass protest movement that has broken out in cities across Iran since Sept. 17, when 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini died, apparently from injuries she sustained in a beating by Iran’s morality police, who had arrested her because they said her headscarf, or hijab, was not being worn properly. 

The Abaham Accords normalising relations between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain (later joined by Sudan and Morocco) were signed on the White House lawn on Sept. 15, 2020. What has happened in the two years since then? (Photo: Flickr)

Two years of the Abraham Accords

September 21, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains two pieces outlining and analysing the extraordinary progress that has been made in Israeli relations with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco since the Abraham Accords normalising relations were signed in Sept. 2020 – and what remains to be done. It also contains an essential backgrounder on the ongoing Israeli-Lebanon maritime boundary dispute, and the threat of war with Hezbollah it has precipitated. 

A homemade gun captured by police when they arrested a Palestinian man from Nablus preparing to carry out a mass casualty terror attack in Jaffa on Sept. 8, 2022 (Photo Credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Fears of West Bank unrest amidst PA succession struggle

September 9, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on the increasing warning coming from Israeli and other security experts that terrorist activity from the West Bank is likely to heat up considerably over the coming months.

Under the proposed deal "Iran’s nuclear program is largely on track; its missile and terrorism programs are untouched. The only hope for those who fear a nuclear-empowered Iran is that the Iranians may say no" to the deal being offered by the Biden Administration (Image: Belus, Shutterstock)

New Iran nuclear deal imminent?

August 30, 2022 | AIJAC staff

There are reports that agreement on a return to a new version of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal between Iran and the “P5+1 ” powers (the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) may now be imminent. The deal being discussed involves a complicated four-stage process over 165 days, though some details are still not settled. This Update looks at the implications of any such renewal of that deal, especially from an Israeli perspective. 

Author Salman Rushdie, stabbed and severely injured last weekend in the US, with the novel The Satanic Verses, which led to an Iranian fatwa demanding his death, and ultimately this attack (Images: Creative Commons)

Iran and the Attack on Salman Rushdie/ Abbas’ Holocaust Controversy

August 19, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the stabbing attack on author Salman Rushdie last weekend in the US in service of a fatwa (religious ruling) demanding his death issued by the Iranian regime’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, and what it teaches us about the current and past ideology and behaviour of Iran. 

Israeli soldiers are seen near the border with the Gaza Strip Aug. 5, 2022. The IDF is confident that the three-day operation achieved its limited goals (Photo: Israel Defense Forces)

Post-mortems on “Operation Breaking Dawn”

August 12, 2022 | AIJAC staff

Last weekend, Israel fought a three-day mini-war with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a Gaza-based terrorist group which is a proxy of Iran. The IDF labelled this conflict “Operation Breaking Dawn” – and AIJAC’s Judy Maynard has prepared a fact sheet summarising all the details of what happened, and the relevant background.

Palestinians rally in Rafah to commemorate murdered PA critic Nizar Banat, beaten to death by PA security forces in June 2021 (Photo: Anas-Mohammed, Shutterstock).

Deteriorating Palestinian human rights under PA and Hamas

August 2, 2022 | AIJAC staff

A couple of recent reports have highlighted the apparently deteriorating human rights situation of Palestinians living under the PA in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) receiving US President Joe Biden, at al-Salman Palace in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on Friday, July 15, 2022. (Image: Saudi press Agency/UPI/Alamy Live News)

Assessing Biden’s Mideast trip

July 23, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This Update follows up on last week’s coverage of the first day of US President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East with some comment on the events and implications of the four day trip as a whole. 

US President Joe Biden greeted by Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Yair Lapid upon his arrival in Israel (Image: Flickr)

US President Biden in Israel

July 15, 2022 | AIJAC staff

US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia this week is again on the top of the agenda in this Update. While in an op-ed in the Washington Post ahead of the trip, Biden placed an emphasis on the Saudi component of the tour, the President’s time in Israel was anything but routine, both in style in substance.

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