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Remembrance Categories: Australasia, Europe, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

When plans were underway for the first visit to Australia by Pope John Paul II, in 1986, the Vatican made an unprecedented offer to the Australian Jewish community. During the Sydney leg of the visit, time would be specifically allocated for dialogue between the Executive Council of Australian Jewr

The Shadow of Hostilities Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: External author

The countdown to disengagement began after Ariel Sharon'?s victories in two decisive Knesset votes in early April - the passing of the budget and the dumping of the referendum bill. However, since then, too many people are behaving as if the last hurdles have already been overcome, and that the morn

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The Opportunity Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: External author

After four-and-a-half years of terror and violence, the proverbial stars seem to be aligned for a new push for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Unlike his predecessor, the newly elected Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, stresses the importance of peaceful problem s

Editorial: The Long, Hot Summer Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

According to Jewish Rabbinic tradition, the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed as a result of sinat chinam (groundless hatred) between Jews. As the divide between supporters and opponents of the imminent disengagement from Gaza continues to grow, it would be well worth reminding the more impet

DECONSTRUCTION ZONE: Middle East Ostriches Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: Ted Lapkin

During the 1950s, Stanford psychologist Leon Festinger studied a small religious cult that was preaching a doctrine of impending global apocalypse. The appointed hour of doom came and went, and the rhythms of normal life continued without pause.

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The Hatred Files Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

In January 2004, a prominent Christian leader in Sydney invited Jews and Muslims involved in Interfaith Dialogue to observe a Church service before adjourning for the opportunity to engage informally with his congregation and with each other.

A Democratic Momentum Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: External author

Anyone with experience of the Arab Middle East will have found a civilisation that does not know what to do with itself. Freedom and democracy have been unknown quantities. The manners and grace of the past are almost irrecoverable.

60 years on Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

In the last week in January, the Australian media gave considerable coverage to the Shoah, the Nazi Genocide, as the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

Essay: The Case for Democracy Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: External author

Neoconservatives hope that a democratic Iraq and Afghanistan can usher in a new age of Middle Eastern consensual government that will cool down a century-old cauldron of hatred. Realists counter that democratic roots will surely starve in sterile Middle East soil...

If not now, when? Categories: Iran, United States     Author: External author

In his January 20, 2005, inaugural speech, President George W. Bush declared, "America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude."

Battler President Categories: Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When Israel's head of state, President Moshe Katsav, arrives for an official visit in Australia on Feb. 28, it will be symbolic of the excellent relations between Australia and Israel.

Editorial: Like a Sharm Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is reason for cautious optimism that the recent Sharon-Abbas Summit at Sharm-el-Sheikh might spell the end of the four-year conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Essay: The Right Questions Categories: Terrorism, United States     Author: AIJAC External authors

It didn't take long for interrogators in the war on terror to realise that their part was not going according to script. Pentagon doctrine, honed over decades of cold-war planning, held that 95 percent of prisoners would break upon straightforward questioning.

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