Arab/Palestinian – ME

Of Nakbas, fools and fingers.

Nakba week is over. The demonstrators have gone home. The Palestinian Authority have delivered their speeches and sounded their sirens. The Arab and ‘liberal’ western press and media have duly commiserated. But while Palestinians marked the 66th anniversary of the ‘catastrophic’ mass flight of Arab refugees from Israel in 1948, …

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An Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Abbas, I am sorry to say, you have destroyed all hope of a Palestinian State under your leadership. You are in the 9th year of your four year term, and you have still failed to create change. You have stolen from the Palestinian public, amassing over $100 million dollars …

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Arlene in Israel – Unstable.

  Sukkot. “v’samachta bechagecha”: and you shall rejoice in your festival. This is it, Sukkot, our season of rejoicing.  My very favorite holiday.  The spirit is in the air, here in Jerusalem.  I look forward to meals in the Sukkah (much larger than the illustration here!), and sleeping in the …

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The Lies and the Flaws of Mahmoud Abbas

Much is being made of the speech that Mahmoud Abbas made at the United Nations. A lie told often enough, said Vladimir Lenin, becomes the truth. It is ironic that the Arabs hold so much faith in this notion and it is even more ironic that much of the world …

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Obama, Putin & Rouhani Can Do A Deal On Destroying ISIL

President Obama’s sudden about face in deciding to attack ISIL in Syria on 21 September – without express approval of Syria or a resolution of the United Nations Security Council – has provoked a strong response from Russia and Iran – President Assad’s main supporters in his three years struggle …

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Lebanon’s Apartheid Laws

Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades. He studied at Hebrew University and began his career as a reporter by working for a PLO-affiliated newspaper in Jerusalem. Abu Toameh currently works for the international media, …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Duplicity

The news appeared recently in several media sources, that major think tanks in Washington DC are being funded by foreign governments.  This is huge.  But you may have missed it. It was the NY Times that broke the story, and I quote here (emphasis added): “The agreement signed last year …

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Death of Egypt’s Jewish Community.

“We are dying, we are drowning,” says Magda Haroun, elected leader of Cairo’s Jews. In this melancholy two-minute news clip, she tells the BBC reporter that there is no future for the 12-member Jewish ‘community’ of Cairo. Her first priority, she says, is to look after the human beings – …

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The choice between evil and evil.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. A story published in the Associated Press last week in which a Hamas spokesperson confirmed that Hamas fires rockets from residential and heavily built-up areas barely created a ripple around the world. This is precisely …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Hitting Bottom?

  Things have been really awful for some time now.  Horrendous. Here in this region we’ve had the murder of an American ambassador by a group Obama previously claimed had been undone; the wholesale murder by Assad of Syria of tens of thousands of his own people; the heartless and …

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The Mizrahi story can end the colonialist myth.

This summer’s Gaza war has highlighted the role of the media and opinion formers in shaping a hostile view of Israel and a more favourable understanding of Hamas. Two journalists, formerly staffers with mainstream media, Matti Friedman and Tom Gross, have called the biased reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict a …

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Palestine – Goodbye Land Swaps, Hello Land Grants.

The two-state solution has suddenly come back to life. Thought dead and buried after Hamas had shown that it could indiscriminately fire rockets from Gaza into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem over a 50 day period – even forcing international carriers to cancel flights into Ben-Gurion International Airport for 24 hours …

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