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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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iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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When serving your country means abandoning your family

Crikey readers discuss politics, atheism and other issues of the day.

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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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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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Razer’s Class Warfare: tweeting pictures of dead Palestinian babies helps no one but you

In an age of spectacular oversupply of both images and political perspectives, gore has lost its value. Sharing graphic images from the Gaza conflict turns private moments of death and grief into horror pornography.

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Why crying wolf on anti-Semitism harms us all

The pro-Israel lobby is quick to use the term “anti-Semitism” where it is not warranted. But there really are people who hate Jews and by overusing the term we reduce its power, writes Larry Stillman from the executive of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society.

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Photos: On the ground in Gaza

With bombs and rubble in the streets, Anne Paq captures life on the Gaza strip after the bombings.

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Corporal punishment in schools should stay in the past

Crikey readers have their say on corporal punishment and BDS.

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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 difference between faith and politics

Crikey readers have their say on the World Cup and other issues of the day.

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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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What’s the difference between Syria and the Occupied Territories?

Crikey readers have their say on carbon credits, Syria and other issues of the day

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Occupied, disputed or invaded?

Crikey readers have their say on Rolf Harris, unemployment and other issues of the day.

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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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In Palestine, a question for Australia: are we on ‘the right or wrong side of history’?

Australia has decided to stop referring to Palestinian territories in East Jerusalem as “occupied”, which has won it friends in the Israeli government but has outraged Palestinians. Freelance writer Nigel O’Connor reports from Ramallah.

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Media briefs: Media Watch EP … Cory v tyranny … vale Sharon …

The ABC’s Media Watch has a new executive producer. That and other media tidbits.

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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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Obama magic still works: Israel, Turkey breakthrough

Those who thought US President Barack Obama had failed to deliver on his Middle East tour spoke too soon. The rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is a significant step, says Charles Richardson.

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Terrorism hotspots: they’re not in Afghanistan, or the West

Try as it might, Afghanistan doesn’t even make the podium for the most dangerous places in the world by number of terrorism attacks. Syria and Iraq share that dubious prize — while there are very few attacks in the West.

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