More on the aftermath of recent events in France

More on the aftermath of recent events in France

January 15, 2015

This Update contains more important and penetrating analysis of recent events in France, including not only the Charlie Hebdo massacre last Wednesday which was the subject of the last Update, but the subsequent killing of four people at a Paris kosher supermarket on Friday and the massive solidarity rallies in France on Sunday in response to both attacks.

In France

In France, the writing is on the wall

January 14, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

The increasingly fraught situation facing the half-million Jews remaining in France – exemplified by the January 9 terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris that killed four Jews – did not come about overnight, but has rather been building over time.

The Charlie Hebdo Massacre and France's Islamism problem

The Charlie Hebdo Massacre and France’s Islamism problem

January 9, 2015

This Update is devoted to just a few of the most interesting of the many comments being made around the world in the wake of the horrifying massacre of 12 people at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, with victims including not only the editor, but several well-known French cartoonists and other journalists. (An eyewitness account from journalist Claire Berlinski, who happened by chance to arrive on the scene in the immediate aftermath, is here.)

Palestinians follow-up unsuccessful UNSC bid by joining ICC

Palestinians follow-up unsuccessful UNSC bid by joining ICC

January 8, 2015

As readers will be aware, a Jordanian-sponsored but Palestinian authored proposal to the UN Security Council failed to get the necessary 9 affirmative votes on Dec. 30 (the text of the Palestinian proposal – which demands an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 armistice lines within three years regardless of whether or not peace is agreed – is here), and the Palestinian Authority followed up this failure by signing up “Palestine” as a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in an apparent effort to initiate or threaten to initiate war crimes claims against Israeli political and military leaders. This Update looks at these developments and their implications.

Overseas comment on Martin Place and lone wolf terror/ UNSC ructions

Overseas comment on Martin Place and lone wolf terror/ UNSC ructions

December 19, 2014

With the extensive focus in Australia on the Martin Place attack on a Lindt coffee shop in Sydney by disgruntled Iranian immigrant and self-styled Sheik Man Haron Monis, this Update features some overseas comment on the incident – as well as what it says about the growing problem of “lone wolf” violence inspired by calls for individual attacks from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It also includes some analysis of the intense diplomacy this week over a Palestinian plan to put forward a UN Security Council Resolution demanding Israel unilaterally withdraw to the pre-1967 armistice lines within two years.

Media Week - Saikal of nonsense returns; Holey history; Hamas-free TV

Media Week – Saikal of nonsense returns; Holey history; Hamas-free TV

December 19, 2014 | Allon Lee

In the Canberra Times (Dec. 6), ANU Professor Amin Saikal resorted to factual distortions to frame Israel as a belligerent preventing peace.

Hamas removed from EU list of terror groups

Hamas removed from EU list of terror groups, temporarily?

December 19, 2014 | Sharyn Mittelman

On Wednesday, the General Court of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg accepted a petition by Hamas to remove the group from the EU’s list of terrorist organisations.  The Court emphasised that its judgment was based on legal technical and procedural reasons, arguing the reasons given for Hamas’ designation were based on media and internet reports and not considered analysis by “competent authorities”.

Settlement spin: A tale of two stories

Settlement spin: A tale of two stories

December 19, 2014 | Ahron Shapiro

When it comes to stories in the international media reporting data about Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the subcontracting by reporters of their research to the left-wing NGO and anti-settlement lobby group Peace Now has been routine. But can Peace Now be trusted to provide reporters with a fair and impartial reading of the actual settlement data?

A comparison of two recent news items may provide the answer.

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Video/Audio: Dr. Jonathan Spyer’s media and public appearances

December 15, 2014

AIJAC guest Dr. Jonathan Spyer is a Middle East analyst, author and journalist based at the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Centre in Israel. This post brings together his several media appearances and excerpts from his addresses at public functions. (UPDATED)

The Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict/Implications of the death of Ziad Abu Ein

The Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict/Implications of the death of Ziad Abu Ein

December 11, 2014

This Update features a major new article from veteran journalist Matti Friedman – who worked for more than five years for the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press – on the sources of media mistakes and incomplete or slanted reporting on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Following up on an earlier piece on the biases and prejudices he witnessed there, he paints a larger picture of an international press corps in Israel which forms a distinct subculture “a certain uniformity of attitude, behavior, and even dress” and this subculture insists the Israel story is “a story of Jewish moral failure” and nothing should be published which detracts from this view.

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