Arab/Palestinian – ME

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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Helping Refugees: Shutting the UNRWA, Funding the UNHCR

The Fleeing Refugees There is a mass migration occurring in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). People are fleeing their home countries due to turmoil and are crossing land and sea to escape to more stable societies. Fleeing Syria: Over 3 million people have poured into Lebanon, Jordan, …

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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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Arab Racism and Insipid Western Apologies

I have had it. There comes a point where the level of disgust reaches such a crescendo that it makes me want to rip my left arm directly out of the socket so as to beat myself senseless with it. {Now there is an image for you to carry through …

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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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Syria Hysteria Dooms Obama’s Plan To Destroy ISIL.

President Obama’s failed policies in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt and the West Bank do not bode well for the success of the President’s current plans to end the threat to world peace posed by the meteoric rise of both the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) and …

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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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“Israel: Learning to Swim in the murky Middle East”.

  For many of us, the Middle East makes no sense at all. We read a headline like “Erdogan accuses Israel of seeking ‘systematic genocide’ in Gaza” and wonder why he would turn on a natural ally. That’s because our western thinking is quite alien to the Middle East and …

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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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Dershowitz – Dead Baby Strategy & Other Crimes Against Nature

Close readers of this blog may know that it has shamelessly claimed for itself credit for coining the phrase “dead baby strategy” to describe the standing plan of the ruling Gaza authorities of the day, whoever and wherever they may be on the day and that is by no means necessarily …

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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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‘Arlene from Israel’ – Never Happened.

    You may well have read various news items in the last few days about how Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, president of Egypt  offered a deal to Abbas: What was said was that al-Sisi was prepared to turn over to Abbas a considerable swath of land in the Sinai adjacent to …

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Morocco: The lessons of the Petit Jean massacre.

  Last month, at the height of the Gaza war, French Jews in a Paris synagogue were shocked to find themselves the target of a near-pogrom by an enraged mob. And not only in France. Attacks on Jews in the UK went up 500 percent. Germany, Italy and Australia saw …

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Romanticising Hamas.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Romanticising Hamas Yesterday’s Australian featured an article by its Middle East Correspondent John Lyons entitled “Hamas proposal for Israel peace plan”. The story came entirely out of the blue and must surely be a journalistic …

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Palestine – Unearthing Past Remains Key To Resolving Future.

  The cease fire agreement ending hostilities in the Fifty Day War between Israel and Hamas marks yet another milestone attesting to the failure of Jews and Arabs peacefully to resolve their claims to sovereignty and self-determination in the territory once called “Palestine”. Amazingly, the continuing inability of the parties  …

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Arlene from Israel – A Second Look. Ceasefire.

I’m sure that – after today’s assessment – I will take a third and a fourth and fifth look at the ceasefire declared last night in Gaza.  In many ways this is an evolving situation,  more complex than it might have seemed at first blush. I begin by noting that …

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Media misfires, truth a casualty.

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Last Tuesday evening (AEST), just hours before the latest ceasefire in the region was due to expire, terrorists in Gaza fired three Grad rockets which landed near Be’er Sheva and Netivot. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said …

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Israeli/Arab interfaith marriage.

Fairfax News is never reticent when it comes to painting Israel and Jews in a bad light. So a story about an interfaith marriage in Israel between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man with the title – Right-wing extremists can’t break the love of a Muslim man and Jewish …

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