Keywords: Palestinians

  • AUSTRALIA

    Conflicting narratives converge on Israel anniversary

    • Philip Mendes
    • 09 May 2008
    25 Comments

    Israel's 60th anniversary next week will be an occasion for celebration by Jews throughout the world. The formation of Israel in 1948 gave Jews renewed hope, but Palestinians remember it as a time of mourning. These conflicting narratives are reflected within the Australian context.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Jewish West Bank Settlements a bad but reversible mistake

    • Philip Mendes
    • 10 March 2008
    13 Comments

    Over the years, many simplistic arguments have been advanced in an attempt to justify the West Bank settlement project. None of these arguments had any substance in the 1980s, and they have even less validity now.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lent is about relationships

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 February 2008
    4 Comments

    The February Fast is a new movement that contracts young people to swear off alcohol for a month. It's an initiative that makes drink a servant of sociability and not its master. It's a good form of abstinence. Lent goes even further.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Peace process perspective from Nahr el-Bared

    • Kylie Baxter
    • 07 February 2008

    The view of the peace process in the West Bank is bleak, but the outlook from the refugee camps of Lebanon is even darker. Palestinians generally believe there is a deliberate Lebanese campaign to destroy the camp.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bush constructing legacy as peacemaker

    • Kylie Baxter
    • 29 January 2008

    Legacy was never far from the surface during the State of the Union address delivered yesterday by President George W. Bush. For him, the temptation to solve the complex Palestinian-Israeli conflict has proven irresistible.

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  • RELIGION

    The hard life of Christians in Bethlehem

    • Abe Ata
    • 13 December 2007
    3 Comments

    The situation of Christians in Bethlehem is difficult, and many are leaving. It is hard to shed tears for Jewish victims of the Holocaust while living under Israeli military occupation, and it is equally difficult being part of a Christian minority in a predominately Middle Eastern Muslim society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US must finish peace process it started

    • Ashlea Scicluna
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    The US-organised Annapolis talks brought Israeli and Arab leaders together with the intention to broker talks on 'a new era of peace'. It bears striking similarity to the Clinton Administration's efforts exactly seven years ago.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian family facing years of upside-down politics

    • Jan Forrester
    • 27 February 2007

    Makloube—which means 'upside down' in Arabic—refers to steaming hot cauliflower, eggplant and meat upended on a bed of rice. It's also a metaphor for the political reality in which ordinary Palestinians will be locked for many years to come.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraqi innocent pay for misplaced US spending priorities

    • Georgina Pike
    • 27 February 2007
    4 Comments

    The UN's refugee protection organisation is appealing for $US60 million to enable it to confront the Iraq refugee situation. Meanwhile the United States continues to spend $2 billion each week to fund the war that has caused the crisis.

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  • RELIGION

    Islamic elites’ construction of Islamic martyrdom

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    The full text of "The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it", by Abraham Rushdi.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military power no way to uphold human dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 December 2006

    Suicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. From 25 July 2006.

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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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