Home Ed: 33: February/2008

Ed: 33: February/2008

The Last Word: Fair Facts and Fairfax

The visit to Australia of Gregg Rickman, the US State Department's Special Envoy on Antisemitism, prompted a reflection on one aspect of anti-Jewish prejudice by the writer of the Fairfax-linked weblog "All Men Are Liars".

Media Microscope: Legally Blind

Some in our media used the recent visit to the Middle East by US President George Bush to unjustly attack Israel'?s conduct, often by rewriting international law or United Nations resolutions to suit their purpose.

Editorial: Bumps in the Roadmap

A major objective of US President George W. Bush's recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, to maintain the momentum of November's Annapolis peace conference, is under severe strain.

Scribblings: Of Blackouts and Blockades

There is no doubt that Hamas scored a propaganda coup on January 21, when the evening news was dominated by the blackouts in Gaza, which were blamed on Israel's closing of its transit points into Gaza and limiting fuel deliveries.

Year of Decision?

US President George W. Bush's recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories came six weeks after the Middle East peace conference in Annapolis. That parley marked the first time the United States did not mandate a purely sequential approach to the peace process.

Killer Questions

The last time I saw Benazir Bhutto was over dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, three weeks before her October 2007 return to Pakistan. She was in enormously good spirits, almost effervescent.

Post-Occupation Preoccupation in Gaza

The IDF posts are gone. The settlements are gone. Hamas even declared Gaza liberated. Yet two-and-a-half years after the disengagement, at least one Israeli human rights group still considers the Strip occupied.

Olmert’s Winter of Discontent

Two years after his improbable rise to Israel's premiership, Ehud Olmert's most striking accomplishment in this capacity, his endurance against the odds, is today at risk as never before.

UN-reformed

The General Assembly routinely promotes and passes blatantly one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions; the UN Human Rights Council ...has so far been no better than its predecessor; and there are four distinct bodies within the UN bureaucracy that are devoted solely to advancing the Palestinian narrative of the conflict while demonising Israel.