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Are Hamas rockets terrorism? Hollywood weighs in

June 30, 2016

By: Lauren Mellinger On June 20, 2016, NBC Universal (Universal Cable Productions) filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against its insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company. At first glance the case appears to be a typical dispute over a contract – a Hollywood production company is suing its insurer for failure to pay the … Continue reading “Are Hamas rockets terrorism? Hollywood weighs in”


An analysis of Omar: a film by Hany Abu-Assad

December 11, 2015

By: Bradley Lineker Author’s note: The film, Omar, was released on 30 May 2014. Analysis herein contains spoilers.   Omar, as the latest film written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, is a compelling political drama set in the West Bank that skilfully depicts the dangerous spider’s web of Israeli occupation around a young Palestinian dissident … Continue reading “An analysis of Omar: a film by Hany Abu-Assad”


Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh

December 3, 2015

Reviewed by: Bradley Lineker & Samar Batrawi   Efraim Karsh. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East. London & New York: Bloomsbury/ Continuum, 2015. ISBN: 978-14-72-91046-2. Pp. 236. Hardcover. £21.99. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East is the latest book from Efraim Karsh, professor of political … Continue reading “Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh”


Why the Israeli “wall” is a flawed model for the U.S.-Mexican border

December 1, 2015

By: Lauren Mellinger Since announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Republican candidate (and occasional front-runner for the GOP nomination) businessman Donald Trump has chosen to make reforming American immigration policy a primary focus of his campaign. Central to his plan is the construction of a wall spanning the U.S.-Mexican border. During the … Continue reading “Why the Israeli “wall” is a flawed model for the U.S.-Mexican border”


The ‘Third Intifada’ in historical perspective: the resurgence of the cross-generational Palestinian struggle?

November 3, 2015

By: Aurelie Buytaert Word of a Third Intifada is spreading in Israel, the Palestinian territories and in medias around the world – relayed by some, denied by others. Politicians and activists have focused regional and global attention on the conflict through this term as it resonates in history, and easily started eclipsing other discourses on the … Continue reading “The ‘Third Intifada’ in historical perspective: the resurgence of the cross-generational Palestinian struggle?”


The embattled and weary Two-State Solution is still the only game in town

November 2, 2015

By: Charles P. Kirchofer With the Oslo Accords all but dead and support for a two-state solution declining among both Israelis and Palestinians, it is tempting to abandon the idea altogether. There is no conceivable alternative, however. The longer two states are not a reality in Israel/Palestine, the worse things will become—especially for Israel. In … Continue reading “The embattled and weary Two-State Solution is still the only game in town”


Netanyahu, just the man we need

March 24, 2015

By Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale: This is the last of a three-piece series analysing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Last week Eddo Bar considered what impact Netanyahu’s re-election would have on Israeli security, and Jill Russell examined the potential consequences for US-Israeli relations. *** Last Wednesday, Isaac Herzog, leader of the centre–left Zionist Union, conceded defeat … Continue reading “Netanyahu, just the man we need”


Where there's a stick, there's also a carrot: the 'new' US position on Israel

March 21, 2015

By Jill R Russell: This is the second of a three-piece series analyzing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Next, Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale will consider how polarization around Netanyahu may actually result in mobilization. *** “We’re currently evaluating our approach.” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Reading responses to the Obama Administration’s latest moves on Israel … Continue reading “Where there's a stick, there's also a carrot: the 'new' US position on Israel”


Financing Terror, Part IV: Charities and terrorism in the Middle East

February 2, 2015

By Drew Alyeshmerni: In Judaism, it’s tzedakah. In Islam, it’s zakat. In Christianity, it’s tithing. Each major religion sees the importance of giving charity, whether for the sake of doing good or as a religious obligation. Other influences on an individual’s propensity for charitable donations include political affiliation, religion, race, sexual orientation, country of origin, … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part IV: Charities and terrorism in the Middle East”


Interview – Dr Ahron Bregman on Israel/Palestine: 'The third Intifada is underway'

November 28, 2014

By Isobel Petersen: On June 30th the bodies of three Israeli teenagers were found buried in a shallow grave near Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. On July 2nd a suspected revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager took place in Jerusalem. Since these murders, there has been a renewed escalation of fighting, … Continue reading “Interview – Dr Ahron Bregman on Israel/Palestine: 'The third Intifada is underway'”


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