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This Update contains two articles outlining some increasingly urgent timelines for the world to deal with the Iranian nuclear crisis - including some policy advice for dealing with this challenge. It also features some good analysis of how the deteriorating situation in Lebanon is affecting Hezbollah
Sarit Zehavi, from Alma Research and Education Centre in Israel, talks us through the current security threat posed by Hezbollah, and its patron Iran, along Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon.
On April 6, Palestinian activists in Gaza took part in a two-hour discussion with Israeli peace activists via Zoom, conversing about topics including the current COVID-19 crisis. In the days following, Hamas-run security forces arrested several of the Palestinians involved.
AIJAC welcomes the German government decision to join a growing list of countries that proscribe the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and again urges the Australian government to seriously reconsider its stance on the organisation.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim political party, militia, transnational terrorist and organised crime group. Australia only designates Hezbollah’s “External Security Organisation (ESO)” as a terrorist organisation, despite its closest allies agreeing that Hezbollah in its entirety poses a danger.
In the second of its new Webinar series, AIJAC hosted Dr Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President for Research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in the USA. Dr Schanzer, who previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the US Department of the Treasury, spoke on the topic, “Iranian Imperialism under the cover of COVID-19”.