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mtoiba has written 18 posts for Michal Toiba – Mideast Unbound

Hasbara starts at home

It’s not news to most ears that Israel’s security considerations have been used as fodder by those seeking to delegitimize the country. We often see how a story involving Israeli soldiers trying protect our borders or maintain public order is spun into something much worse by anti-Israel forces, to the detriment of Israel’s image. We … Continue reading

In viral video, the medium’s reach is the message

A review of some of the biggest news stories in Israel in the last few days shows just how much of an impact viral YouTube clips and other online videos have on the news. One such video, which appears to have had some influence on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel this week, … Continue reading

BDS scorecard: A whole lot of spin

The Presbyterian Church’s decision last week not to divest from companies that sell equipment to the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank was hailed as a victory for Israel and a setback for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. But the Church’s decision to boycott two Israeli companies — Ahava and Hadiklaim Israel … Continue reading

With this rabbinate, I thee wed?

Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger’s recent criticism of the government’s decision to pay the salaries of some Reform and Conservative rabbis is the latest manifestation of the long-standing dispute over Orthodox Judaism’s monopoly on religious life and rabbinical institutions in Israel. The debate over whether to pay non-Orthodox rabbinic salaries once again brings … Continue reading

A divisive ‘Olympic unity’

The painful and horrifying saga that unfolded over several days in September 1972 during the Munich Olympic Games likely haunts Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano every Olympic season, if not every day. On September 5, 1972, their husbands, Andre Spitzer and Yossef Romano, were taken hostage with nine other members of the Israeli Olympic team … Continue reading

Israel’s migrant limbo

The recent storm over the possible deportation of thousands of African migrants who have crossed into Israel in recent years has intensified the fierce debate in Israel over what responsibility, if at all, the Jewish state bears toward these people. Within this debate, it is not uncommon to hear a broad spectrum of words used … Continue reading

10 reasons Arabs should celebrate Israel on its 64th birthday

Dear Israel, We, Muslims and Arabs of the world, would like to send you greetings and warm wishes on the occasion of your 64th Independence Day. Mazal tov. Along with other world leaders and countries who rightfully congratulate you on this special day, we too would like to finally take this opportunity to celebrate your … Continue reading

The spymaster comes in from the cold

Following Omar Suleiman’s recent announcement that he is entering Egypt’s presidential race, international media outlets were quick to peg the former intelligence chief as “a leading symbol of Mubarak’s era” in what they painted as an upcoming, dramatic showdown for the title of Egypt’s new leader. The 75-year-old former spymaster, who served in ex-President Hosni … Continue reading

Have war, may travel

“I have no other country, even if my land is aflame” – Israeli songwriter Ehud Manor Talk of a looming, devastating war with Iran has driven some Israelis with dual citizenship to prepare their foreign passports for the possibility of riding out the potential storm elsewhere. Recently, more than a few such Israelis who have … Continue reading

War with Egypt? Not so fast…

The recent flare-up along the Israel-Gaza border gave rise again this week to speculation and concern over whether there will be another large-scale confrontation in Gaza and what will happen if Egypt gets dragged in. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at a possible war in Gaza this week, saying, “The IDF is ready to expand … Continue reading

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