Arab/Palestinian – ME

Egypt discovers the “Mother of all Tunnels”

A military spokesman in Egypt announced that  Egyptian border guards have discovered a tunnel, 2.8 kilometres long and three meters deep. Military Spokesman Mohamed Samir said  in a statement on his official Facebook page the tunnel was used by “terrorists” and “criminals” in the smuggling of individuals, goods, and “arms …

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Melbourne theatre’s anti-Israel partners

 Hot on the heels of learning about anti-Semitism at a the Red Rattler a fringe Sydney theatre – – comes news that a mainstream theatre in Melbourne has entered into a sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which is wholly owned by the government of terror-supporting Qatar.  Some facts: An absolute …

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A “Viable” Palestinian State.

Summary: Pundits parrot Palestinian propaganda and state that Jews living in homes on the west bank of the Jordan River (WBJR) threaten the viability of a Palestinian state, Jodi Roduren of the Times being the latest. As Shakespeare wrote “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”  The New York Times’ …

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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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Egypt to Attack Gaza?

An item published today by JNS.org claims the Egyptian media reported on Sunday that the army has been given a green light to strike Gaza. The report says the Egyptian government’s legal adviser sanctioned the legitimacy of an attack in Gaza following a Supreme Court decision on Saturday to label …

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Jewish Palestinians

Here is a question.  If there are Palestinian Muslims and there are Palestinian Christians, how is it that there are no Palestinian Jews? Here is a possible answer. Prior to 1948 the Jews of the British Mandate of Palestine referred to themselves as “Palestinian” in a manner not unsimilar to …

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Faceless Women of Saudi Arabia.

A few days ago I received a newsletter from MEMRI, a site everyone should subscribe to.  The newsletter was about a TV programme in Saudi Arabia concerning Saudi women and driving.  Truly mind boggling how the minds of Saudi men work.  The sheer ignorance is not believable. It’s worse than …

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The Holocaust was an Arab story too.

On the day that the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the UK liberal newspaper The Guardian declared in an editorial : “The Arabs, meanwhile, cannot be blamed for feeling that Europe’s blood debt to the Jews was paid with what they see as …

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Into the Fray: Sisi or ISIS?

It’s difficult to overstate the potential importance of the Egyptian president’s New Year speech on Islam – and equally important to avoid overly optimistic expectations as to its practical impact.  “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that …

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Palestinians are “Desperate” for…

On January 1, 2015, the New York Times editorial page led with a piece titled “The Palestinians Desperation Move.” The opinion piece advanced the case that acting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must be frustrated in his mission to create a new Palestinian State. …Creating a State? Desperate people take …

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Hamas and its European allies.

Writing in Arutz Sheva, Ari Yashar tells us: Hamas, in both its military and governmental branches, has been temporarily removed from the European Union’s list of proscribed terrorist groups as the result of a technical legal blunder. After Hamas filed an appeal against its terrorist list standing, the European Court …

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Jews of Persia : An ancient Community.

Jewish communities throughout the Middle East, in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria have all gone, bar a handful here and there.  Yet Persia (Iran) is home to some  25,000 to 35,000  Jews. The Jewish population is now less than half the number who lived here before the Islamic …

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West Supports Terrorism Against Israel via UNRWA

The biggest financial supporters of the UNRWA may be surprising. More surprising are the people employed by the UN organization and their belief system. The season of giving has officially begun. Unfortunately, many people have grown weary of donating to charities after so many cases of corruption have been uncovered, …

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Egypt in turmoil: blame the Jews!

    The ongoing bloodbath in Egypt got me thinking about the Jews from Egypt. We have a long history there; each Pesach we are exhorted to remember when we were slaves in Egypt and to celebrate our redemption from slavery to freedom. Under Mubarak’s regime, repressive though it was, …

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