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Ed: 35: December/2010

The Last Word: First, the Good News

It was encouraging to take part in well-developed discussions on the balance between free speech and protection from the effects of hate speech, and on the distinctions between criticism of Israel (and/or the actions of Jewish people) and antisemitic propaganda and incitement.

Editorial: Hate – What’s Old is New

Of course, disproportionate hatred of Israel is nothing new - nor are attempts at making parallels of Nazi treatment of Jews with Israeli treatment of Palestinians, however ignorant, offensive and morally bankrupt these attempted parallels are. What is new, and what is making observers increasingly worried, is the mainstreaming of these sentiments over the last few years.

Scribblings: Firing Offence

Whitley carefully specified he was not presenting UNRWA's political position, and made clear his primary concern was the current welfare of the generations of Palestinians still living in a "state of limbo" more than 60 years after their ancestors left what is today Israel. But his remarks nonetheless sparked a firestorm of criticism from the Palestinian Authority (PA), Arab governments, Palestinian activists and Hamas.

The Forgotten Jews

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilisation, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent - but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world.

Former firebrand gets burned

Hanegbi emerges from the ruling politically wounded but alive. Though he has lost any chance of ever becoming prime minister, the court's failure to give him a jail sentence means Hanegbi can run for the next Knesset and possibly return to a cabinet position.

Egypt’s Year of Decision

Egypt's presidential election is still a year off. However, by October 2011, ailing President Hosni Mubarak will be 83 and have ruled the Land of the Pharaohs continuously for 30 years. But whether he steps down, tries to hold on for another term, or passes from the scene before a successor is appointed, next year's presidential elections will likely mark the end of an era.
Media Microscope: Paul's PR Agency

Media Microscope: Paul’s PR Agency

In constructing mythology, which in effect is what McGeough is attempting, only one side of a story is provided, with inconvenient facts glossed over or omitted. Nevertheless, the extent to which McGeough does this is, at times, simply breathtaking.