Mose Apelblat

Haifa is Israel’s third biggest city and known for its Arab-Jewish coexistence. But during Israel’s war of independence in 1948 the majority of the Arab inhabitants in the city fled or was expelled according to a historical exhibition in the city museum. “Is what happened in 1948 still an open wound?” I asked Ron Assaf,… » read more

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On Israel, refugees and foreign policy, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy seems to have swallowed the Swedish self-assessment of being a ‘humanitarian’ super-power. In his article “Sweden, my love” in Haaretz (November 18th), Gideon Levy depicts two morally opposite countries: Sweden, “the closest thing there is today to a model state”, and Israel, an occupying state… » read more

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On 14 July the E3+3 powers (US, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany) and Iran agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning the dismantling of the Iranian nuclear programme. Iran reaffirmed that it under no circumstances will ever seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons. The JCPOA specifies how Iran’s nuclear programme will be… » read more

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In her “letter from Europe” (International New York Times, 21.4.2015), Celestine Bohlin correctly writes that in France, Petain – the president of the French puppet state in Vichy during WW2 – is seen as a traitor. Between Ukraine and Russia there is no consensus on the memory of the war, with competing narratives. It’s hard… » read more

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Is the way Israel appoints judges to its supreme court something which should concern EU? I would say yes considering the close ties between EU and Israel. The recent proposal raised in the current coalition talks about changing the way how the judges are appointed – in other words politicizing their selection – is worrying.… » read more

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Last Thursday evening the world was happily surprised to hear that a framework agreement had been reached on Iran’s nuclear programme. While Iran will be allowed to continue enrichment of uranium, enrichment capabilities will be restricted and limited to one nuclear facility (Natanz). Nuclear activities at other sites, Fordow and Arak, will be curbed and… » read more

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