Billion-dollar fund to keep East Jerusalem ‘Arab’

By Anna Sheinman, March 28, 2013

An Arab League plan to create a $1bn fund to preserve the Arab character of East Jerusalem has been called a “badge of shame” by an Israeli government spokesperson.

At a meeting of the Arab League in Doha on Tuesday the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, called for the establishment of the fund in his opening speech. He said that Qatar would donate $250m.


Arabic and English website tells story of Middle Eastern Jews

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A non-profit organisation, modelled on Holocaust research groups, has launched 11 new websites to detail the exodus of Jews from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


Hebrew U helps Arab students

By Zoe Winograd, March 7, 2013

The Hebrew University has high hopes of dismantling the “obstacle course” facing Arab students in higher education.

In a forum at Birkbeck University hosted by British Friends of the Hebrew University last Sunday, a panel of three Hebrew University guests discussed the current situation for Arab students on campus.


From Saudi, a tribute to the state of Israel

By Tazpit News Agency, March 1, 2013

London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat has come up with a surprising take on the Holy Land.

Dr Amal Al-Hazzani, an assistant professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, described the recent Israeli elections “as something of an exception in the Middle East” in an article titled “The Israel We Do Not Know”.


UK backs Arab Israeli Task Force

By JC Reporter, February 21, 2013

More than 40 British Jews have taken part in a mission run by the UK Task Force, dedicated to exploring issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel living in mixed cities.

Last week delegates toured Jaffa, Lod and Haifa, visiting projects and meeting leaders of the Arab community, in both the public sector and civil society.


Binladen bridge could spark war

By John R Bradley, February 1, 2013

It has long been held that during the coming decades, competition for ever-diminishing water supplies would be the main trigger for regional wars in the Middle East. However, a proposed 30 mile-long bridge linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt, is a likely cause for more imminent military confrontation.


Algeria is jihadists’ biggest prize

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2013

It is not often that the head of a Western government and a leading al-Qaeda operative see eye-to-eye on developments in the Middle East. But that is what happened after last week’s unprecedented take-over of In Amenas, a gas facility in Algeria.


Saudi man arrested after ‘seeking Jewish wife’

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2013

A man was arrested in Mecca after police discovered documents that unveiled his determination to find a Jewish bride.

Saudi Arabian police have suggested that the 49-year-old national, who was detained last Thursday, could have a “mental disorder”.


Israel's big investment in Arab education

By Ben Hartman, October 25, 2012

Israel is preparing a NIS 300 million investment into higher education for its minorities.

Under the programme, institutions will have to offer remedial Hebrew courses, translate their websites into Arabic and make special counselling available to Arab students, or risk losing funds.


Arab media watch: "Jews are training Buddhists to oppress Muslims"

By Tom Tugend, September 28, 2012

Amid the plethora of news reports and analyses on the Muslim world, the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri) stands out as a key resource for grasping what the Arab man-in-the-street is absorbing from newspapers, radio, TV, mosque sermons and books.