The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) with support from the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute launched an interactive map of Iran and the Middle East.
While officials in Jerusalem have been tightlipped about what capabilities they have to destroy the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities, there is no doubt that doing so will be a more difficult task than destroying Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981 or the Syrian reactor in 2007.
Protests in Israel are nothing new, but those on the Golan Heights this June were different.
As part of its efforts to strengthen the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has endeavored to establish a diversified economy through Vision 2020 and Vision 2030.
The renewal of the mandate for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon — a peacekeeping force deployed along the Israel-Lebanon border — was agreed last Thursday by the UN Security Council.
CARDINAL Louis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, has announced he is withdrawing from his headquarters in Baghdad after Iraqi President Abdul Rashid revoked a decree recognising him as head of the Christian Church in Iraq.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the peak national representative body of the Australian Jewish community is pleased that the Labor Party National Conference has concluded its debate on Middle East policy with no change to the Government’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and without further hostile policy pronouncements.
On Sept. 12, Israel’s Supreme Court will consider whether the judicial power grab by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is legal. Netanyahu has repeatedly refused to commit to abide by an adverse decision, so if the court rules against his coalition, Israel will be in full-blown judicial crisis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scared. Not, ostensibly, of the masses of citizens on the streets protesting against his moves to undermine the country’s judiciary, nor of the deep economic and security damage this has already caused, nor of his strained ties with Washington.
Identifying starkly contrasting visions for Israel with significant consequences for immigration policy, DeMogge concludes that the decades-old conflict between Jewish and Israeli identity is “unlikely to be resolved anytime soon,” and that the Grandchild Clause—a 1970 proviso to the Law of Return granting anybody with at least one Jewish grandparent the right to Israeli citizenship—“will be at its center.”
The key question following the vote is whether the alliance between the HDP and the main opposition Republican People’s Party and its Table of Six partners can endure.
Turkey marks a hundred years as a republic this year. First as Turkey’s prime minister and then as its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been at the political helm of the republic for a fifth of that century. His victory on Sunday in a runoff election now sets him up for five more years in power.
Sitting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comfortably defeated opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in this week’s runoff vote in the Turkish presidential election. The AKP leader, who has ruled Turkey since 2002, secured just over 52% of the vote, to his rival’s 47%.
Top US lawyer, a confidant of the prime minister, also says justices must keep power to make final rulings on issues of core civil liberties
The “judicial reform” legislation, expected to change the face of Israel, has progressed rapidly and aroused widespread protests, while Israel’s enemies, from Tehran to Beirut, rejoice from afar.
Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this is a plea — a last, long-shot, desperate appeal to your patriotism, to your Zionism, to your concern for your place in history, to your conscience: Stop this madness.
I recently attended the annual lunch of the UK Labour Friends of Israel, whose assembled throng was made up largely of those Jews indefatigable, courageous, or plain masochistic enough to have stuck with the party of the British left through the Corbyn interregnum (or who have returned since the unquiet fall of the ancien régime) and those outlier non-Jews whose leftism incorporates Zionism – foundationally so, for some of us.
I woke up on Saturday morning, read the news from Israel that at least 50,000 Israelis had just demonstrated once more against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to strip the Israeli Supreme Court of its independence and put it instead under Netanyahu’s thumb — at a time when Netanyahu himself is facing corruption charges — and I asked myself a simple question: “What does President Biden think of this?”
In July 2022, against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin embarked on a notable foreign trip. Amid mounting international censure and growing hostility from the outside world, Putin traveled to Tehran to meet with Iranian officials and formally usher in a new phase in the long-running strategic partnership between the two countries.
As in previous decades and centuries, geologic rumblings could be followed by political upheavals in both countries.
Trapped under debris, persecuted by the Assad regime and forsaken by allies, the people of northwestern Syria pinned their hopes on the UN — and were betrayed
The 43 year old Iranian regime’s lethal rampages round its neighbourhood have increased of late and reek of desperation. It has, for instance, again bombed exiled Iranian Kurdish camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. It destroyed the house – comically described as an Israeli drone base – of a Kurdish company chief, near the American consulate.
BEIRUT: The head of the Maronite Church in Lebanon on Sunday launched a withering attack on the country’s political leaders accusing them of failing the Lebanese people and the world.
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Christians quietly celebrated Christmas on Tuesday amid improved security, more than a year after the country declared victory over Daesh militants who threatened to end their 2,000-year history in Iraq.
Uyghur Muslims face mass atrocities, if not genocide, at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). With Chairman Xi Jinping visiting Saudi Arabia this week to meet with Arab leaders, these Muslim-majority countries have an opportunity to advocate for oppressed Muslims. Their fellow believers in China need their help.
JERICHO, West Bank — There are two dramas playing out today along the banks of the River Jordan, representing the two most powerful forces shaping politics in and around Israel. Tell me which one dominates, and I’ll tell you what relations between Jews and Arabs will look like.
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Climate change is particularly harsh in how it affects the Middle East. In recent years, higher temperatures have meant less water availability for the region, making river control one of the most coveted targets for governments and terrorist groups, writes Elia Preto Martini.
In 2020, following Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the UK Labour Party was found guilty by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission of three breaches of the Equality Act for its treatment of Jewish members. At its 2022 conference current leader Keir Starmer was able to boast that the party has ‘ripped antisemitism out by its roots’ (and to celebrate a barely believable poll lead of 33 per cent over the Conservatives).
In today’s Cold War 2.0, not only will Saudi Arabia refuse to choose sides, but it’s also likely to move closer to Beijing and Moscow.
Imagine you woke up after the 2024 U.S. presidential election and found that Donald Trump had been re-elected and chose Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Michael Flynn for defense secretary, Steve Bannon for commerce secretary, evangelical leader James Dobson for education secretary, Proud Boys former leader Enrique Tarrio for homeland security head and Marjorie Taylor Greene for the White House spokeswoman.
“Impossible,” you would say. Well, think again.
Israel’s fifth election in four years has finally broken the deadlock, producing a decisive victory for Netanyahu and his far right and ultra-Orthodox allies.
With news that Prime Minister Yair Lapid has conceded defeat in the Israeli elections and the results clearly showing that Binyamin Netanyahu will lead the new coalition government, we congratulate Mr Netanyahu on his return to office.
Palm branches whip back as Hussein Ibrahim walks through his densely planted land in Al Fao, the very last village in Iraq’s south as it reaches the Persian Gulf. Affectionately known as Abu Yusuf in reference to his eldest son, Ibrahim explains that farming is his culture.
Lebanon’s woodlands are at risk as the poor are cutting down trees as an alternative for fuel to heat their homes in the coming winter, and with such desperate measures experts fear the loss of precious and old trees.
The two-state solution is the only means by which to guarantee Israel’s security and to preserve its identity as a Jewish and democratic state, as well as to satisfy the legitimate demand of the Palestinian people for self-determination and national sovereignty.
Labour NEC member Luke Akehurst confirms ‘not a single CLP has submitted a motion’ on Israel and the Palestinians for debate at the Liverpool conference in contrast to the fanatical pro-Palestinian mood of the Jeremy Corbyn era.
A conversation with historian Walter Russell Mead about misconceptions of Jewish power and the decidedly non-Jewish roots of support for the Jewish state
“In ten years I will not be in the Knesset.”
Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist Ra’am party, let that bombshell slip at the end of a lengthy conversation recently.
“My family needs me. I left them at a very delicate time.”
‘It’s 2022 and we live in caves’: herders besieged by settlers on West Bank but still clinging to hope
Images of pastoralist communities living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the impact of the attacks by settlers on the Palestinian shepherds’ lifestyle and livelihoods.
US-Israeli relations are “bone deep”, President Joe Biden said upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday at the beginning of a high-profile trip to the Middle East.
Over the past two months, Iraqis have been living, working and breathing in thick clouds of dust, as at least nine sandstorms — lasting up to several days each — have hit the country, blanketing everything in grit.
It is often difficult to keep track of one’s mortal enemies in the Middle East. One day you could be in the throes of a great cold or proxy war with rival regional powers, before the reality of inflation and currency crashes kicks in, or you want a larger pool of potential buyers for your homegrown drone industry, or you identify a new greater threat du jour, and you have to shift alliances.
President Biden has a powerful moral imperative for ending his feud with the crown prince: to ensure that the kingdom’s gradual pivot away from extremism doesn’t falter.
Having long prepared for the job, Yair Lapid quickly took on the role of Israel’s prime minister.
Time is running out to prevent what Yemen envoy Tim Lenderking warns will be a “massive oil spill the likes of which the world has not seen.”
To many, the Druze are an enigma, Arabic-speaking followers of an esoteric Abrahamic faith rooted in Islam, but which branched out on a different spiritual path in the 11th century.
Kurdish diaspora communities in Europe are estimated to be between two to three million people, more than half of whom are in Germany, according to Kurdish institutions.
After US–Saudi relations deteriorated when Biden entered the White House, relations between the two countries have recently improved, with reports of a possible visit by the US president to Riyadh. What are the reasons for the rapprochement trend, and how can it affect Israel?
Ignored in comparison to other kinds of natural disasters, the Middle East’s dust storms and sandstorms are increasingly impacting people’s health and the economies of the region
I wrote messages on social media that promoted hatred, until a student called me out. ‘Do you believe what you preach?’ he asked. At that moment, I decided not to hate.
Early on the morning of Saturday, March 5, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett travelled in a motorcade from his home in Ra’anana, a sleepy town north of Tel Aviv, to Ben Gurion airport.
Israel’s 74th Celebration of Independence Day, President Herzog statement that: “The dazzling Israeli mosaic is our special power”
Traditional Independence Day celebrations at the President’s Residence hosted for the first time by President Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog and feature Israeli artists, military ensembles and the IDF Orchestra
Last week in Jerusalem, as Jews celebrated Passover and Muslims observed Ramadan, violent images were broadcast of Palestinian thugs vandalising the Al-Aqsa Mosque and hurling Molotov cocktails, stones, and fireworks on the Temple Mount itself and at Jews praying at the Western Wall.
Efforts to restore damaged but once fertile land in Jordan’s desert is sprouting hope for one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, as a land assessment report Wednesday warned of the growing scale of global degradation.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held their fourth phone conversation on Sunday afternoon.
In Feb. 15 2015, the world reacted with revulsion to the release of a video showing the savage execution of 21 men on a Mediterranean beach, near Sirte in Libya.
In his speech on April 27, at the opening ceremony of Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett departed from his predecessor’s approach in one very significant way: he made no mention of Iran.
The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family and Patriotism in the Battle Against ISIS by Margaret Coker
Few books on the recent history of Iraq focus on Iraqis themselves, at least those published in the West.
There is a clip that occasionally resurfaces on social media of a young Kurdish sniper. The unidentified woman is looking through her rifle’s scope and takes a shot, only to have a round fired from the Islamic State impact inches from her head.
A 384-page book might seem a bit much for the political biography of a man who’s just turned 34 – particularly when you consider that the subject has only been close to the nerve centre of Saudi Arabian power for just half a decade.
Soner Cagaptay, a leading researcher of contemporary Turkey at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy, has written a book of wide scope about Turkish foreign policy over the past two decades.
There are so many books about antisemitism that it seems foolhardy to try to summarise the full scope of literature on the subject, never mind choosing just three to recommend.
Putin’s War in Syria. Russian Foreign Policy and the Price of America’s Absence by Anna Borshchevskaya
After nearly a decade of conflict, it appears that efforts are underway, or at least beginning to get underway, to re-normalize relations with Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria.
The rabbinic tradition speaks of a Jerusalem above and a Jerusalem below. It imagines the earthbound city as a reflection of a heavenly one—the latter perfect and the former aspiring to perfection.
A year into Joe Biden’s administration, the United States has continued the past two administrations’ policy of downgrading U.S. military commitments in the Middle East.
Within the first week of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, Israel gave the clearest possible signal about its emerging policy of total ambiguity. First, Israel declined to support the US effort to condemn Russia at the United Nations Security Council.
Vladimir Putin has opened the gates of hell by invading Ukraine at the end of his 23-year journey to destroy Europe’s post-Cold War security architecture and reestablish Russia’s lost imperial glory.
Turkey is no longer the isolated country it was 21 days ago. The ruthless Russian invasion in Ukraine that began Feb. 24 has changed everything. The post-post-Cold War era in world history has been inaugurated.
When the two most senior Amnesty officials presented their new report in Israel they struggled to answer the most basic questions. Their responses, writes Shany Mor, were ‘a mix of exasperation, ignorance, self-contradiction, and conspiratorial magical thinking’.
Saudis are joining the labor force, women are driving, and the taboo on Israel has practically vanished. America can support this shift—so why isn’t it?
The head of the first Arab party to join an Israeli governing coalition answers questions about the country’s domestic and foreign policies, including its approach to Palestinian issues and diplomacy with Arab states.
In the coming days or weeks, the US and Iran may return to a nuclear deal.
Michel Butros al-Jisri is among the few Christians left from a once-vibrant community in Idlib on the brink of disappearing.
A new poll of Arab residents of Jerusalem by a Palestinian media outlet found that 93% of them prefer to remain under Israeli rule and would not give up their Israeli identity card.
In this BICOM Podcast, Richard Pater speaks to Dr Arik Rudnitzky, a researcher in the ‘Arab Society in Israel Programme’ at the Israel Democracy Institute.
Nasrallah stated in an interview that Israel would need to conduct a full war if it wanted to eliminate Hezbollah’s missile program.
The group may no longer have its caliphate, but it’s far from defeated.
The United States has quietly cut a deal with Russia that eases the political pressure on Syria at the United Nations.
In November 2020, a convoy carrying Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s most prominent nuclear scientist, came under fire.
Ahead of the battle over who will succeed him, Abu Mazen is using a series of decisions on appointments and candidacies taken recently at the Fatah Central Committee to appoint loyalists and allies to senior positions; these appointments are expected to be approved by the PLO’s Central Council
Irving Wallach is a Sydney barrister. Over the years he has been an honorary officer and executive member of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, and a board member of Mount Sinai College and Moriah College. Irving was president and a founding board member of the New Israel Fund Australia. IRVING WALLACH: By fixing a…
JERUSALEM — Christian leaders in the Holy Land have asked for “an urgent dialogue” with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders “to ensure that no citizen or institution has to live under threat of violence or intimidation.”
How we navigated oppression, dissent and the threat of torture in Assad’s Syria
Biden Must Stand with the Repressed People of Iran
Visiting the beleaguered Christian communities of Iraq, Syria, the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Janine di Giovanni discovers a people facing an existential threat but determined to persevere
When a five-year-old child was chained and left outside in a courtyard to die by her ISIS captor, her enslaved mother never thought she would see justice done.
Walking through this mainly Christian town outside of Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, it’s easy to see many changes since the victims of Islamic State militants fled here for safety seven years ago.
The claim that the pro-Western alliance in the region has collapsed in the wake of a US withdrawal is an exaggeration, says Jonathan Spyer.
The fight against the Islamic State may be ‘low-level,’ but it’s also constant
I am grateful for the excellent comments by Eugene Kontorovich and Yonatan Green to the final installment of my seven-part series on Israel’s declaration of independence.
ANKAWA, Iraq — Nahla and Valentina like to stop and pray at Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church in the center of this small majority Christian community.
A mother and father weep over their child’s body who was killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, in August 21, 2013 / NurPhoto / Corbis via Getty Images
At Labour Friends of Israel lunch, the party leader condemns those who ‘focus obsessively on the world’s sole Jewish state and hold it to standards no other country is subjected.’
The jibe ‘Progressive except for Palestine (PEP)’ is a cynical political strategy to exclude moderate progressives from debates on resolving the Israeli-Palestine conflict
In this essay, Philip Mendes argues that the new buzzword for Palestinian nationalists, ‘Progressive except for Palestine,’ aimed at progressives who do not support fundamentalist calls for the abolition of the State of Israel, is ‘not a perspective which seeks to advance principled reasonable criticism of Israel.
While a solution to the Kurdish problem will likely continue to remain out of reach, Turkey has no alternative but to muddle through, alternating between cautious reform and clampdown.
PA Min. of Educ. to kids: There is no Israel, “the entire land is ours, from the Sea to the River”, Palestinian Media Watch
Israel is perceived as a powerful cyber nation worldwide. Technology companies like Check Point, Argus, Verint, and NSO, to name just a few, promote Israeli technologies as well the narrative of a nation able to translate its prowess at the military field into marketable assets.
For many Americans and Europeans, news that thousands of Iraqi Kurds are among the refugees stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland might have come as a surprise.
The political landscape in Washington has changed. Israel’s outreach to the Democrats is vital— including to some progressives.
ROME – Eight months after visiting Iraq’s war-torn city Mosul, Pope Francis sent a message to the citizens, saying that he remembers the destruction he witnessed.
In the months since President Biden’s inauguration, we’ve already begun to see the difference in his administration’s approach to international affairs. “America First” is out, multilateral engagement is in.
Lebanon sentenced me to 10 years in prison for helping sick Palestinian children – I consider my work a badge of honour
As a doctor, I believe turning away from desperately ill kids – be they in Palestine or elsewhere – is a far greater crime
According to “direct orders and instructions” from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the PA has established over 100 Palestinian embassies around the world.
Under fire over the death of a prominent critic, facing dwindling popularity and smarting from the latest cancellation of long-overdue national elections, Palestinian Authority leaders are touting an upcoming local vote as an expression of democratic vigor in the hope it will soothe bubbling frustrations.
Middle East Eye looks at how the climate crisis is impacting the region, and what is being put forward at the climate summit
Containing China will be a key component of the new strategic partnership among the four states
Survey also finds majority of UK respondents believe fewer people care about Holocaust today than used to
A Report by Kurdistan Human Rights Network on Secret Detention Centres of Iranian Security Institutions in Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Orumiyeh
The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has prepared this report to draw the attention of international human rights organisations to the situation of secret detention centres of two security agencies, the Ministry of Intelligence and the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in Iranian Kurdistan.
“Spy.” “Foreign agent.” “Traitor.” “Conspirator.” “Criminal.” “Fifth column…” These are some of the bricks of the building that is constructed, time after time, by closed regimes and parties. One of these epithets applies to anyone who does not think like them or share their opinion, and usually, all of them do.
The kingdom was a major investor in Lebanon but ties between them have strained over the past decade
A broad, ideologically diverse coalition has the plans and people to turn things around.
In their national election earlier this month, Iraqis took the unprecedented step of rejecting an Iran-backed coalition of armed Shiite militias while showing a clear preference for Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite cleric who promotes a nationalist agenda
Meretz decries ‘unilateral steps’ in West Bank, says they undermine government; Labor says it was left out of key decisions
Where civilization emerged between the Tigris and Euphrates,
climate change is poisoning the land and emptying the villages
On October 14, fighting broke out in Beirut between armed members of Hezbollah and the allied Amal Movement in Beirut on the one side and as yet unidentified gunmen on the other, as unarmed protestors were heading toward the Palace of Justice to oppose the ongoing investigation into the Beirut port blast of August 4, 2020.
Despite dwindling community numbers, as churches and villages are being rebuilt, there is hope
“The climate crisis is one of the major issues on the world agenda. It concerns the lives of all of us,” says the Israeli prime minister
When it comes to the Middle East and its cultural heritage, the media is rife with reports of looting, illegal trafficking of artifacts, and on a more positive note, restitution, such as the return from the U.S. to Iraq in September 2021 of the 3,500-year-old Gilgamesh Tablet, with inscriptions in Sumerian.
Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, the top Christian cleric, said on Sunday the country’s judiciary should be free of political interference and sectarian “activism” amid rising tensions over a probe into last year’s blast at Beirut port.
In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa, calls for a de-escalation of tensions in light of the escalating violence in Beirut, Lebanon.
MISSOURI, USA: Ilham Ahmed, head of the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has been lobbying Moscow and Washington to support Kurdish representation in the long-stalled, UN-backed Syrian peace process.
The scion of a revered cleric positioned himself as an outsider but has been drawn into Iraq’s corrupt politics
The reforms in the import of manufactured goods and agricultural produce included in the proposed Arrangements Law in Israel are expected to benefit Palestinian consumers.
After more than a year of a political freeze, and with the most severe crisis ever to plague the Land of the Cedars in the background, billionaire Najib Mikati succeeded in forming a government
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians emigrated over the past decade, and in recent months, these numbers have grown, with more and more people in Iran desperate over the difficult economic situation, rising unemployment, and the little hope for change given the strengthened power of the conservatives and the election of President Raisi.
Drought, rising temperatures and poor farming practices are taking a devastating toll on the country’s wildlife
A climate change conference will underscore to policymakers in the Middle East and the east Mediterranean that the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is needed urgently because greenhouse gas emissions are helping to drive up regional temperatures faster than in many other inhabited parts of the world.
This summer has been tough for Baher, a father of two. Iraq’s 2020-2021 rainfall season was the second driest in 40 years, according to the United Nations, causing the salinity of the wetlands to rise to dangerous levels.
In this comprehensive critique Cary Nelson argues that the recent ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ on Antisemitism should be rejected because it accommodates, rather than challenges, what has been called ‘the new antisemitism’.
It is surely ridiculous to believe that a book could be translated into Hebrew, but only if it is done in a way which complies with a boycott of Israel. Why would a publisher pay for the translation but not then sell it in the only country where the language is widely read? But that is exactly what the author, Sally Rooney – a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, who has refused to allow an Israeli company to publish her new book in Hebrew – appears to think.
In this comprehensive critique Cary Nelson argues that the recent ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ on Antisemitism should be rejected because it accommodates, rather than challenges, what has been called ‘the new antisemitism’.
Yesterday, as Keir Starmer wrapped up his first full conference at the helm, he welcomed an emotional Louise Ellman back to the party she was forced out of two years earlier over the previous leadership’s wilful failure to tackle racism.
JEWISH NEWS INTERVIEW: “I felt things were changing. I always wanted to come back, I was waiting for the party to change,” reflects veteran politician at party conference.
Labour leader addressed LFI with video message saying the route to peace was to ‘bring people together through initiatives – not drive them apart through boycotts’
The NSW ALP State Conference has rejected the party’s BDS campaign and has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.
The NSW Labor conference has endorsed Anthony Albanese’s rejection of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and his commitment to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism
Labour Party Conference 2021: ‘Significant progress has been made on tackling antisemitism, but there is still a mountain to climb’
I’ve spent most of the last week at the Labour Party’s Annual Conference, in my capacity as an elected member of Labour’s National Executive Committee.
‘Labour’s stance on Israel-Palestine is shifting back to the balanced, mature and constructive approach of the Blair-Brown years’: Michael Rubin reflects on Labour Conference
Six years ago, at his first conference as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn attended the Labour Friends of Israel reception and managed the remarkable feat of addressing attendees without uttering the name of the Jewish state.
Opinion | Labour Party Conference 2021: ‘Significant progress has been made on tackling antisemitism, but there is still a mountain to climb’
I’ve spent most of the last week at the Labour Party’s Annual Conference, in my capacity as an elected member of Labour’s National Executive Committee.
The rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) had many sources, ranging from the Iraqi government’s increased discrimination against Sunnis to the collapse of Syria into civil war
The new Lebanese government headed by Najib Mikati was finally approved by parliament last week.
Qatar Holds Elections in Bid to Burnish Image Before World Cup, Financial Times, 3 October 2021
Moqtada al-Sadr Seizes the Moment Ahead of Iraq Elections, 22 September 2021, Financial Times
After the Beirut port blast last year, the prospect of a failed investigation — let alone two —into responsibility for that monstrous explosion would have provoked global incredulity. More than 200 people died when hundreds of tons of unsafely stored ammonium nitrate fertilizer caught fire in a port warehouse, and exploded.
The erasure from historical memory of Israeli statehood offers and Palestinian rejections is badly distorting today’s debate about Middle East peace
The erasure from our historical memory of Israeli attempts to achieve peace by agreeing to Palestinian statehood, and of the serial Palestinian rejections, is now standard practice.
Anchored in traditional texts, Judaism offers its own timeless political counsel against what ancient Greek tragedians referred to as hubris—excessive pride or arrogance that leads to nemesis, a reversal of fortunes and an eventual downfall.
RIYADH: Talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are at an early stage but are a basis for addressing major issues between the two countries, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
Autocracy has Filled the Ideological Vacuum in the Middle East, Financial Times, 29 September 2021
ISTANBUL: When President Tayyip Erdogan opened a new court complex this month, Turkey’s senior cleric sealed the ceremony with a Muslim prayer, triggering protests from critics who said his actions contravened the secular constitution.
No nation in the Mediterranean region has been hit harder by climate change than Turkey. But as heat and drought increase, Turkey is doubling down on water-intensive agriculture and development and spurring a water-supply crisis that is expected to get much worse.
Address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the interreligious meeting, Plain of Ur, Iraq
In its quest to fulfill its expansionist ambitions, Turkey is pursuing a systematic Turkification policy in areas under its control in northern Syria.
The Assyrian Church of the East has elected a new Patriarch. His Grace Mar Awa Royel is the 122nd Patriarch of the ancient church. He is the first American born leader of the church, reflecting the mass emigration of Assyrian Christians from Iraq to the West in recent decades:
Far from being independent of government as it claims, Al Jazeera is an important tool of Qatari strategic policy. And Doha’s policies are dangerous and destructive, providing support to numerous terrorist and extremist groups, even as Qatar tries to present itself as a mediator and “honest broker “.
Al Jazeera, Qatar and the Taliban, by Judy Maynard, 31 August 2021
In line with a longstanding betrayal of the Kurds to their local oppressors, the US used the Syrian Kurds for fighting ISIS (and the Assad regime) only to betray them once their usefulness had been exhausted. Whither the Syrian Kurds?, by Spyridon Plakoudas and Wojciech Michnik, Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2021
Judge leading the investigation issued new dates for the questioning of ministers
As the new Jewish state was taking root in 1948, an estimated 850,000 Jews living in Arab countries were being expelled or fled their homes in those countries
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is a staunch backer of Iran’s “Axis of Resistance.”
One of the regions hardest hit by climate change is also one least equipped to deal with it.
The kingdom is encircled: threats to Saudi Arabia are growing, emerging on all fronts – land, sea, air, and the cyber realm. Overall, there is one single source for these threats: Iran and its proxies in the region. How can the leading Gulf state confront the numerous challenges before it, and can – and should – Israel assist it?
Egypt is devising a strategic national plan to address climate change amid a heat wave that swept through the country recently.
As an ongoing political crisis in Israel precluded formation of a coalition and a government, the Arab vote became increasingly legitimate in the eyes of most Jewish parties, from both the right and the center-left.
Bennett says move will encourage ultra-Orthodox employment as government agrees on proposal after years of political clashes over the issue
Following the attacks, Ariel Sharon framed his government’s fight against the Palestinians as part of the global ‘war on terror.’ It worked brilliantly. This article is part of a special Haaretz project marking 20 years to 9/11
On Jewish New Year’s Eve, a critical component in IDF prowess is that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East American concern over Israel-China ties is one of the many challenges Jerusalem is facing
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Catholic Patriarchs of the Middle East
After seven years of genocide, we Yazidis struggle to see a future in Iraq, writes Salih Hamo in the Rudaw Media Network
Seven years after ISIS invasion, Iraqis still face uncertain future, by Elise Ann Allen, Crux, 8 August 2021
It is time for Australia to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has already announced his support for the definition and his intention to endorse it should Labor win government, writes Naomi Levin, Australia / Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, 20 August 2021
Kurdish statehood is good for the Kurds. It’s also good for the West, writes Jonathan Spyer (2013 article)
The civil war in Syria and the increasing fragility of Iraq have thrown the long-term future of these states into question.
State Department, UN and NGO Reports cite pattern of grave human rights violations, assaults and targeting of women by Turkish-controlled Islamist militias
Engage, updates on anti-Semitism
Unrest Grows in Iran, but Is the Regime in Danger?, asks Jonathan Spyer, Middle East Forum, 30 July 2021
On the ongoing tension between liberalism and nationalism in Turkey, Newlines Magazine, 29 July 2021
Solidarity in the Middle East and Labour’s Foreign Policy , Fathom Journal, July 2021
Qatar’s state of the art foreign lobbying campaign, in Tablet magazine, March 2020
The UAE-Israel Deal: Like a Bridge Over Troubled Sands, by Koby Huberman, Fathom Journal
Syria’s Civil War is 10 years old—but Still Bashar al-Assad Survives, article from Prospect (UK) April 2021
Why was Syria elected to the governing body of the WHO? See article published in Foreign Policy, July 2021
UN partition plan for Palestine and establishing the State of Israel – BBC Teach
The original PLO Charter (1964) called for the destruction of Israel | Jewish Virtual Library
Background to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) | History.com
Postponed elections: What the Postponed Palestinian Elections Mean for the Conflict with Israel, New Statesman, UK progressive magazine, May 2021
After the Blast: How Beirut’s Clean-up Operation is Exposing Lebanon’s Wider State Dysfunction, article from Prospect (UK), August 2020
Erdoğan’s Fight Against the Kurds: The War No One Can Win, Prospect (UK)
Iranians and the Islamic Republic, article from The Journal of Democracy, January 2020
Authoritarian Survival: Iran’s Republic of Repression, article from The Journal of Democracy, October 2020
What is Hamas? Who supports Hamas? What you need to know | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW | 15.05.2021
Palestinian Activist: It’s Time Ilhan Omar and ‘The Squad’ Learned the Truth About Israel and Hamas, The Algemeiner, 1 July 2021,
Fear and Learning in the Arab Uprisings, Journal of Democracy, January 2020
The Arab Spring at 10: Kings or People?, Journal of Democracy, January 2021
See her critique of the UNRWA: Why UNRWA is an obstacle to two states for two peoples: interview with Dr Einat Wilf | Fathom | October 2018
Profile of the former Israeli Labor Leader, now President of Israel, The Guardian, 2 June 2021
Borders in the Middle East and Strokes of a Colonialists’ Pens, article by Aaron W. Hughes, The Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Quillette, 14 May 2016
What BDS Really Wants: A One-state Solution, Minus the Jewish State, article by Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth, What BDS Really Wants: A One-state Solution, Minus the Jewish State, Haaretz (Israeli newspaper)
Peter Wertheim, Why There is no Credible Alternative to the IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism
In Defence of the IHRA Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, Fathom, February 2021
Background to the Corbyn Problem in British Labour: David Sachs, How Corbyn Breathed Anti-Semitism into the Labour Party, 16 November 2020, The Jewish Journal