Analysis

One by one, dominoes fall across Middle East

By Nathan Jeffay, February 3, 2011

The Middle East unrest puts paid to the logic that what's bad for your enemy is good for you.

Between Jordan and the Mediterranean there are three governments which all have contempt for each other, but all of which, for different and sometimes contradictory reasons, view the latest developments with discomfort.

When the citizens of Tunisia took to the streets in December, analysts were talking of a possible domino effect across the region. Now there can be little doubt that this is happening.

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Antisemitism is still alive and well

By Mark Gardner, February 3, 2011

Since 2000, we have seen a significant increase in antisemitic incidents triggered by repeated antisemitic reactions to events in and around Israel and the Middle East. In 2010 there was no comparable "trigger event", but CST still recorded the second-highest number of incidents since we began this work in 1984. Why?

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Palestinian Solidarity Campaign hits youth trail

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2011

The efforts of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to appeal to younger activists are causing concern among pro-Israel supporters.

A PSC rally last week to mark the second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead and the Gaza conflict heard speakers including veteran campaigner Tony Benn and the organisation's campaigns director, Sarah Colborne.

But it was two youthful, energetic speakers who roused the crowd. The appearance of hip-hop artist Lowkey, and political activist Jody McIntyre, gave what had been a staid rally a vibrant, contemporary atmosphere.

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Are the revolts across the Arab world linked?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 27, 2011

It is tempting to lump the unrest sweeping the Arab world this week into one tidal wave, but the scenario in each country is unique.

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Settlements are a side issue. Believe me now?

By Robin Shepherd, January 27, 2011

One reason that political disagreements are often so enduring is that in the most heated cases there is rarely anything available which would count as proof, knocking dead one side of the debate and offering a definitive victory to the other.

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Hamas Palestine papers threat in Guardian

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten an "immediate response" to the release of the Palestine Papers. Writing in the Guardian on Wednesday, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said meetings had begun to "discuss practical measures".

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America needs to get bolder now

By Ben Cohen, January 27, 2011

In the current issue of Foreign Affairs, the house journal of America's foreign policy establishment, the eminent historian Howard Sachar urges the United States and its allies to impose an accord on Israel and the Palestinians, since, he says, they won't reach one by themselves.

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In Abbas we have a partner

January 27, 2011

Most of the PLO leadership reacted to the revelations on Al Jazeera and in the Guardian as if they had been caught red-handed. They claim that Qatar is behind the papers which document Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in recent years, that it is an attempt to overthrow the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, that they are inaccurate and taken out of context. They are boycotting Al Jazeera, and youths surround the station's offices in Ramallah threatening them.

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Religious and secular start to view Holocaust through same lens

By Nathan Jeffay, January 27, 2011

Israel's Charedi community is embarking on a massive project to document the Holocaust-era experiences of its members.

Ginzach Kidush Hashem, Israel's largest Orthodox Holocaust commemoration organisation, is urging the Charedi public to provide it with contact details for survivors so that its staff and volunteers can get in touch and document their stories.

This campaign, which mimics
survivor testimony projects run
by Yad Vashem since its inception,
underscores how much the Charedi community's attitudes towards Holocaust commemoration have changed in the past 15 years.

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Montreal will defy its hateful fringes

By Allan Nadler, January 27, 2011

Last Sunday, on accepting the Golden Globes' Best Actor Award for his role in Barney's Version, Paul Giamatti oozed out a tribute to the city in which it was filmed, "an incredible, beautiful city, Montreal, which I dream about…"

It was thrilling to hear these words about my hometown. Montrealers are, according to all polls, the most liberal, secular and "tolerant" of all Canadians. I just love the place; but as with all love, there comes pain.

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