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Israel Wages War on Palestinians in East Jerusalem

October 26, 2014 - 16:19 -- Admin

The European Union considers that two state solution a priority and is looking to persuade Israel not to cross “red lines” that might impede that. The red lines include not building settlements in Jerusalem and not harming the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. What a farce. At best, it amounts to asking a delinquent teenager to be a good boy. Israel will give it the diplomatic one finger salute.

Less Jews than Palestinians

October 6, 2014 - 13:37 -- Admin

There are now more Palestinians in Israel/Palestine than there are Jews. The latest data are 6,223,135 Palestinians and 6,066,000 Jews. 560,000 Jews live in illegal settlements in Palestine. Of the Palestinians, 1,672,767 live in Israel. Overall, the population growth rate for Palestine is 2.97% per annum and for Israel it is 1.8% per annum. So for the first time since 1967, there are more Palestinians in Israel/Palestine than Jews.


AIPAC Brings O'Rourke Into The Fold

October 6, 2014 - 11:02 -- Admin

The Jewish Daily Forward started life as a yiddish daily newspaper in New York in 1897. It is no longer a daily and is mainly published in English and its circulation is nothing like it was in its heyday. But it remains a socialist newspaper. This week it ran an article on AIPAC titled How the Israel Lobby set Beto O'Rourke Right as a follow up of an article in the New Yorker.

Brandis, Press Freedom and Terrorism

September 23, 2014 - 12:37 -- Admin

On the face of it, Australia's preventative detention orders could on occasion be useful; the occasion being an imminent terrorist attack. But there has only been one such instance since John Howard brought it the temporary measures, close to ten years ago. That occasion as we know coincided, no doubt by chance, with PM Tony Abbott marching our troops off to war against the Islamic State.