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Jake Lynch: my year of fighting anti-Semitism charges

Shurat HaDin took Associate Professor Jake Lynch to court to claim he was an anti-Semite. Now that the case has collapsed, Lynch explains the strategy of Israeli “lawfare”.

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‘The children cry and scream’ as violence in Gaza escalates

The murder of three Israeli teenagers and the retaliatory killing of a Palestinian teen have sparked a crisis in Gaza, with rocket and mortar attacks and a ground invasion possible. Freelance writer Nigel O’Connor talks to people on the ground.

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Crikey Clarifier: what is Shurat HaDin and why is it suing a Sydney Uni academic?

Shurat HaDin, a pro-Israel law centre, is taking legal action over an Australian academic’s support for the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement against Israel. Juris doctor student Michael Brull takes a look at the case.

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Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

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Ariel Sharon is still dead, like the Israel he controlled

Lionised by Israelis, loathed by Palestinians, Ariel Sharon’s archaic political vision was a disaster for both. From London, Crikey’s writer at large looks at the legacy.

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Coalition takes a pro-Israel turn, no one notices for weeks

The Abbott government has changed tack on the Middle East, taking a more strident pro-Israel approach at the UN in the past fortnight. So why have they kept so quiet about it, and why aren’t questions being asked?

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Tectonic shift on the two-state solution?

After a senseless exchange of rockets and shells and now a vote in the UN, the world has seen a tectonic shift in how the Israel-Palestine conflict is viewed.

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Defence bill mounts for Israel when it can least afford it

Both sides of the latest military conflict in the Middle East are spending big to defend their turf, despite promises from Israel to cut spending to pay for social reforms. Crikey intern David Donaldson reports.

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Palestine’s Street of Martyrs paved with anger and regret

Politics infuses everyday encounters in the West Bank. Our correspondent continues his tour of the Middle East with a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp where martyrs are honoured and tensions bubble.

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Jerusalem, a city of two halves, united only by disunity

For all the popular phantasm that Jerusalem adheres to, the image of an ancient ethnic melting pot is not one of them. It is a city still strangled by the barbed wire which separates it.

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Libya attacks a wake-up call for US policy in Middle East

Those who have been following Libya since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011 would not be surprised by what transpired on Tuesday evening, writes Antoun Issa, a Beirut-based Australian journalist at Al-Akhbar English.

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Squeezed Palestinians ignite the West Bank

After a long, hot summer, tensions inside the Palestinian West Bank are reaching boiling point. Protests over rising living costs are fuelling wider discontent, writes Nigel O’Connor.

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Come in Spinner: framing the Middle East

Amid all the turmoil within the Middle East, diplomats, governments, communities and political advisers spend an enormous amount of time trying to frame the turmoil and events in ways that best suit their own aims.

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Palestinian man, held without charge, on day 59 of hunger strike

An Israeli military court yesterday dismissed an appeal against the detention of a Palestinian man being held without charge, writes Nigel O’Connor, a freelance writer in Ramallah.

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Palestinian unity plan met with scepticism in West Bank

A unity agreement between the two major Palestinian political parties, Fatah and Hamas, has been greeted with scepticism from Palestinian youth activists, writes Nigel O’Connor, a freelance journalist in Ramallah.

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As Syrian toll climbs, strategic intervention looms

Syrian protesters have called for the UN and NATO to enforce a no-fly zone in belief it would end the regime’s violent attacks, writes Crikey intern Alexander Cornwell.

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Strange bedfellows: new nexus between Israel and far Right

This is an extract from an essay in On Ut√łya: Anders Breivik, right terror, racism and Europe.

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Shalit swap a sign of failing peace hopes

This week’s celebrations for prisoner swaps are unable to hide the fact that Middle East peace seems further away than ever.

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Israeli soldier’s release a win-win

As Israel celebrates, and the world welcomes, the release of soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas, the Islamist party controlling the Gaza Strip, has emerged with a significant victory in its push for Palestinian political supremacy, writes freelancer Nigel O’Connor.

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What Barack Obama couldn’t do in the Middle East

Obama’s UN speech was completely unable to hide the fact that America’s Middle East policy is headed for an almighty train wreck.

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Palestinians, Israelis targets of settler violence in lead-up to UN vote

In the lead-up to the United Nations vote on the recognition of Palestinian statehood, there is an overwhelming sense, in Israel and Palestine, of uncertainty, writes freelancer Nigel O’Connor.

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The vexed Palestine question facing Rudd and Gillard

Don’t be surprised if the Gillard government also bends in the wind when it comes to Palestine.

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Kev flying by the seat of …

Kevin Rudd’s ambition to secure a seat for Australia on the United Nations Security Council is causing the first serious public rift for years within the Labor Party over Israel.

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Richardson: opportunity abounds for the Palestinians

The Middle East has unexpectedly become the land of opportunity, and attention is starting to be drawn to whether the Palestinians can take advantage of some of it, or will miss out again.

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Essential: voters still unhappy about carbon price

Recent falls in support for a carbon price and the NBN have reversed in this week’s Essential Report.

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