Analysis

Both leaders shackled as Kerry visits

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2013

American diplomats have been trying this week to lower expectations over State Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Israel and Jordan starting today.

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Iran still enriching uranium, but politely

By Saeed Ghasseminejad , June 20, 2013

Iran’s presidential elections invariably offer a limited choice of candidates, all hand-picked by the Guardian Council, a body selected by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. It is then up to Khamenei whether their vote should be counted.

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Post Woolwich, we must stand together

By Mohammed Amin, June 14, 2013

The horror of May 22 is seared into my brain. How can I forget watching a murderer spouting on about “an eye for an eye” while his hands dripped with the blood of a young serviceman hacked to death on the peaceful streets of Woolwich?

Sadly, far-right elements have used the murder to justify attacks on Muslim individuals and institutions.

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Through the EU, you fund boycotting groups

By Robin Shepherd, June 14, 2013

A report from watchdog group NGO Monitor makes for more grim reading about the European Union’s seriousness in promoting fairness and peaceful outcomes in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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Israel losing support by ignoring hostile UN human rights body

By Rosa Freedman, June 14, 2013

Israel once again found itself criticised and condemned at the United Nations Human Rights Council this week at that body’s 23rd session in Geneva. And Israel was not there to rebut it, having stuck to its decision in January to disengage from the Council. This is a stance that undermines Israel in the eyes of the many states unconcerned with the conflict in the Occupied Territories.

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‘All is desolation and destruction’

By Rabbi Alexandra Wright, June 13, 2013

Last week, the British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights (BFRHR) sent letters to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ministers Lapid, Livni and Meir Cohen, protesting against the Knesset’s proposed Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev.

If the Bill is passed, it will result in the forcible eviction of thousands of Bedouin from their villages into existing townships.

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Is US envoy to UN a lady leopard with new spots?

By Jonathan Adelman, June 13, 2013

The recent announcement by the Obama administration of the appointment of Samantha Power as United States Ambassador to the United Nations has aroused consternation among many in the Jewish community.

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New Palestinian PM is walking into a bear pit

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 7, 2013

Professor Rami Hamdallah, the man appointed this week as the Palestinian Authority's new prime minister, is virtually unknown outside Palestinian circles.

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Hate cleric Al-Qaradawi's tirade 'favours' Israel

By John R Bradley, June 7, 2013

In Qatar last week, the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual guide, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, thanked Washington for arming the Syrian opposition, urged every able-bodied Sunni Muslim to join the "jihad" there, gave reassurances to Israel and called for the extermination of every Shia and Allawite - tens of millions of people. His rationale? That they are "even more infidel" than the Jews.

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