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From mensch to meshuggah: why Bob Carr turned on Israel

Bob Carr’s not the first politician to change his stance on Israel, but his previously warm relationship with the country makes his decision more notable.

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Symbols of malevolent power

Crikey readers talk Israel and the symbols of IS.

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Mike Carlton and Hamas’ complicity

Crikey readers have their say about Mike Carlton’s column on Gaza, and whether Australia should become involved in Iraq.

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Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

Benjamin Netanyahu has ensured that no Israeli will ever again know peace, writes former ABC war correspondent and naval historian Mike Carlton.

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Middle ground on both sides blown away in Gaza conflict

Another big casualty from Gaza conflict is the growing loss of “the middle” — moderates willing to engage with each other to resolve the greater Palestine-Israel conflict, writes Palestinian-based freelance writer Raffaele Piccolo.

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‘This is Gaza’: amid bombed-out buildings, hope and a helping hand

Freelance journalist Armando Cordoba writes from Gaza, where local grassroots groups are doing what they can to help the local people survive the war.

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Why the UN should send peacekeepers into Gaza

The UN has consistently declined to intervene in Gaza because Palestine is not a state and Gaza is a non-government terrorist organisation. But that is not good enough — peacekeepers are needed to keep civilians safe, on both sides, writes military ethicist Matthew Beard.

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Drink deep or taste not the Pierian Spring

Crikey readers talk alcohol consumption and the ongoing war in Gaza.

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Australian Jewish News calls for Fairfax boycott

The Australian Jewish News has called on its readers to cancel their subscriptions to Fairfax Media after a column by Mike Carlton and its illustrating cartoon were slammed by the paper as antisemitic.

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On the freedom to be a bigot

Crikey readers talk freedom of speech and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Israel still pulls business heavy hitters, but Palestine off the table

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce has some big connections in the business world — and they are far too polite (and politic) to mention the current unpleasantness in Gaza.

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Israel: beacon of democracy or jackbooted occupiers?

Crikey readers talk the thorny issue of Israel.

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Why we shouldn’t side with Palestinians

Crikey readers talk the Israel-Palestinian conflict, MH17 and Jacqui Lambie’s ideal man.

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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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