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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement attracting groups with terrorist ties

November 2, 2016  •  The Hill

This week, George Mason University is hosting a conference promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel campaign that has recently swelled its ranks by participating in "solidarity work" with sympathetic organizations. But as the BDS campaign has grown, its "big tent" philosophy may have attracted organizations with ties to terrorism.

In May 2016, for example, the Miami-based organization Dream Defenders flew a group of activists that included a Florida lawmaker to Israel and the Palestinian territories. While in the West Bank, participants were led by a tour guide identified with the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

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Iran and China Get Cozy

October 27, 2016  •  Foreign Affairs

Scattered among the hundreds of kiosks that made up the massive China–Eurasia Expo held in the western Chinese city of Urumqi in late September were a handful of Iranian rug merchants plying their wares. They didn't seem to sell much, but they weren't worried. The merchants, like the Iranian government itself, were looking ahead—and there are plenty of opportunities these days, particularly in China.

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In the long term, China is not alliance material for Israel
Mind the Silk Ceiling

October 17, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Israel's leaders are not particularly fond of multilateral initiatives.

The ones coming out of the United Nations are notorious for one-sided measures that single out Israel, and even those that articulate a vision for Middle East peace usually call for Israeli unilateral territorial concessions.

But China's One Belt One Road initiative appears to be a notable exception. This is not a peace plan.

Rather, it's an economic vision that connects China to its Muslim neighbors in Eurasia and even stretches toward the Middle East, and even to Israel.

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The Potential of a Chinese Terror Threat

October 5, 2016  •  The Weekly Standard

Urumqi, China - Eighteen billion dollars in new contracts were signed during the fifth China-Eurasia Expo held in China's western Xinjiang region last week, reported the Chinese news agency Xinhua. The contracts are part of China's push to pursue President Xi Jinping's One Belt One Road initiative, which aims to establish a new "silk road" between China, Eurasia, and the Middle East.

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The International Community Must Focus on Palestinian Unity to Kick-Start Peace

September 20, 2016  •  Newsweek

A Palestinian court in Ramallah earlier this month suspended the local elections that were scheduled to be held in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8. This marks eleven years since the last elections held in both territories. As long as the West continues to ignore this political stagnation, the future prospects for a viable Palestinian state will only become more remote.

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