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 Israel – a leader in disaster planning

Israel – a leader in disaster planning Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel has assumed the unwanted role as a world leader in developing medical technology and planning to prepare for disasters, and its innovations are being studied and disseminated to other countries to save lives. In one example, American politician Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and alm

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      Turkey admits to massacre, world yawns

Turkey admits to massacre, world yawns Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

A news story which received little coverage in Australian media surrounds the tragic news that Turkey committed a massacre that killed 35 civilians in an air strike into Iraq near a Kurdish village along the Turkish border on 28 December 2011. Turkey has admitted that the attack was an error. Turke

The Media is the Message

The Media is the Message Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A young Italian journalist named Ruben Salvadori has prepared a film about how he and other photojournalists reporting from the West Bank not only report what they see but help to create the clashes and dramatic scenes which helps them sell photographs...

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli President Shimon Peres's groundbreaking visit to Vietnam in November with a delegation of more than 60 prominent Israelis, including two government ministers and leading figures in finance, industry, agriculture and defense was a landmark event. The delegation was given a rousing welcome, in

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New order, same rules

New order, same rules Categories: Egypt, Libya, Op-eds, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Will the Arab revolutions bring freedom for women? So far the signs are bad. Many women in post-revolution Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are concerned. During the Arab Spring they played a key part in the protests by taking to the streets, marching and protesting alongside men. As the old order fell, ho

Don't throw stones!

Don't throw stones! Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Two recent stories in the Australian newspaper by Middle East correspondent John Lyons - "Stone cold justice" (Weekend Australian Magazine, Nov. 26) http://tinyurl.com/6puavp9 and "Rudd seeks action on torture allegations involving Palestinian children" (Australian, Dec. 17) http://tinyurl.com/6rdzq

Palestinian Choices

Palestinian Choices Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Today's Update features three pieces looking at the choices currently being made by  the Palestinian political leadership - both those associated with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah in the West Bank, and with Hamas in Gaza. First up is veteran Israeli Palestinian affair

 PA continues to glorify terrorists

PA continues to glorify terrorists Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite its claimed opposition to terrorism, the PA continues to glorify terrorists. This was reinforced again when Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met with freed Palestinian terrorist Amna Muna in Turkey on December 21, along with ten other Palestinians freed and exiled to Turke

Antisemitism in the Middle East in 1835

Antisemitism in the Middle East in 1835 Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the editorial in the current January edition of the Australia/Israel Review, Colin Rubenstein takes on the false belief that antisemitism in the Middle East comes almost solely from the conflict with Israel and will disappear if there is an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal In the course of the edi

Media Week - Unpromising Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

In recent "Media Week" columns, I have reviewed the first three episodes of the British/French drama, "The Promise", shown on SBS TV. This series has been characterised throughout by rampant and crudely propagandistic political messages directed against Israel and Jews and selective, distorted portr

 Israel, gender and Iran

Israel, gender and Iran Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the issue of public female discrimination in Israel has received significant media attention following recent controversies including over women singing in a ceremony for the Israeli army which was boycotted by religious soldiers, and the informal gender segregation on some buses in Ultra o

The Last Word: Why Blame the Victims?

The Last Word: Why Blame the Victims? Categories: Antisemitism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Sydney is a vibrant multicultural metropolis, built by people from many nationalities, ethnicities, cultures and religions. In the main street of Lakemba, for example, South, West and East Asian, and Anglo-Celtic sounds and sights are part of the rich communal tapestry. Amongst restaurants, gift s

Media Microscope: Unpromising Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

SBS TV showed a four-part drama, "The Promise", from Britain's Channel 4 and France's Canal+ and Arte France, which was characterised by rampant and crudely propagandistic political messages directed against Israel and Jews, selective, distorted portrayals of historical events, and the sanitising of

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Essay: The Blindness of the Intellectuals

Essay: The Blindness of the Intellectuals Categories: Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Alan Johnson

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb. Why do some of our intellectuals find it so very difficult

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