Tag Archives: Syria

United Nations agency continues to incite antisemitic violence.

A recent report presented by UN Watch to the United States congress has uncovered more than 40 alarming new cases of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria inciting Jihadist terrorism and antisemitism. The 130-page report, titled “Poisoning Palestinian …

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Chris Trotter’s dark reading of Israel’s dilemma.

In one of the most polarizing trials in Israeli army history, 20 year old Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, was found guilty of manslaughter. Three judges presiding over the military court ruled that he had violated the ‘Purity of Arms doctrine’ of …

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The Use Of ‘Lawfare’ In Fighting Terrorism.

Lawfare Many New Zealanders would probably have thought about the threat terrorism poses to us, and how that threat can be managed.  The state of Israel has been at the forefront of the battle against terrorism for decades. That battle takes different forms: through diplomacy, intelligence, security forces, cyber security …

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UN-acceptable.

During this year’s Australian Federal Election campaign, three candidates who were running for parliamentary office in my own electorate of Melbourne Ports were scheduled to debate at a forum co-hosted by the Australian Jewish News and Zionism Victoria. The Greens candidate, Steph Hodgins-May withdrew from the debate claiming among her …

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Arlene from Israel – The Horrors and the Hope

Never do I relinquish hope, my friends. Not even in the midst of growing horrors. And so I begin here with something we did right: the way we handled the “threat” of the “Freedom Flotilla.” The flotilla, carrying a total of 47 passengers, was comprised of four boats, lead by …

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Arlene from Israel – Never Easy.

But we might wish it were not quite so difficult. We begin with the report on the Gaza war of 2014 prepared by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was headed by Mary McGowan Davis.  It was released yesterday, and while not as flagrantly outrageous as …

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Owen Bennett-Jones carves up Middle East history.

  Sometimes looking at relationships in the Middle East is like watching Game of Thrones (without the gratuitous nudity). One needs a guide. This isn’t it. There are enough dubious facts and Israel obsessions in Owen Bennett-Jones’ Middle East map carved up by caliphates, enclaves and fiefdoms for this to be the ‘official’ …

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Arlene from Israel – Outrageous!

 And that hardly begins to say it all. But then, I’m speaking about Obama, so what else would we expect?  I’m sorry I cannot start with good news today: I must begin with the outrage.  Israeli investigative journalist Ilana Dayan has just done an interview with President Obama for Israel’s …

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Actions and Adjectives: Cluster Bombs.

Summary: When it comes to reporting on the death of civilians, it is interesting to review how and when some media outlets choose to simply report facts, rather than delve into critical reporting. Here is a comparison of the New York Times discussion of cluster bombs being used by Syria and …

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Israel: Security in a Small Country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as “a small country, one of the smallest”. That is true, but only part of the story. As Bibi added “Israel is strong, but it’s much more vulnerable [than the US].” Size: Israel is about 20,000 square kilometers, using the 1949 Armistice Lines, or 22,000 …

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Hidden Reactor, Silent Reaction.

Summary: As the world negotiates with Iran about their nuclear program, it is worth remembering lessons from Syria’s nuclear plant in 2007. In September 2007, something significant happened in the Middle East. While the details were very murky as the news reports were cryptic, it was clear that a major …

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Arlene from Israel – A Brief Respite.

All is quiet in the north now. There are those who think it’s just a matter of time until we are attacked again, and that we are certainly closer to major hostilities than we were before this most recent attack.  That something major is coming down the road, at some …

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Arlene from Israel – Violence from the North.

Yesterday, four rockets were launched from a Syrian-held position roughly seven kilometers inside of Syria; two of the rockets landed in the Israeli Golan Heights.  They landed in open areas and there were no casualties.  Military sources identified this as a joint effort of Hezbollah and Syrian forces; the IDF …

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Why the Media Ignores Jihadists in Israel.

Summary: According to the NY Times, terrorists in Europe and Israel are very different and have different motivations.  If they weren’t, the hope that two states (Israel and Palestine) could live side-by-side in peace would obviously disappear. The New York Times has taken to breaking the universe of Islamic terrorists …

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Arlene from Israel – A Corollary

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, with regard to his speaking to Congress: “In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state. “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort to …

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Arlene from Israel – Back to Work.

As usual there’s a great deal to read here from Arlene and some important information too regarding Hamas, so please click on links to read further. The Chanukah week, which is now closing, was a blessing.  Now, invigorated, I see that it is time to return to the serious and …

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Into the Fray: On the cusp of carnage?

A perfect storm is brewing for Israel. After years of counterproductive concessions, if the Jews wish to preserve their sovereignty, what is required is ruthless resolve, not reticent restraint. This is not an article for those of weak stomach. It is not for those who wish to be reassured that, …

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Islamic State: APEC a Fizzer: G20 Promises No Better

ead on for article The 2014 APEC Conference in Beijing this past week has been and gone and the G20 Conference in Brisbane is taking place in Brisbane this weekend. If the APEC Conference is any guide the world leaders assembled in Australia will have little to say about the …

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Arlene in Israel – Standing Tall.

The media here in recent days has been full of observations about the growing rift between Israel and the US, or, more accurately, between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations. There have been, incredibly, some Israeli politicians and commentators centrist-left who point a finger at Netanyahu, saying that he is provoking …

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Skirt-fronting Putin Can Help Eradicate Islamic State Crisis.

ead on for article The possibility of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Brisbane next month over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in Ukrainian sovereign territory with the loss of all on board – including 38 Australians – …

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