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Letter: Two states our vision Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

JOHN Lyons ("Distant ‘experts' choose to ignore Israeli realities", 8/3), did not address any of the substantive criticism levelled at his Four Corners program. Instead, he made new unsubstantiated allegations ­directed at critics. AIJAC has consistently argued that a negotiated two-state

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Letter: Free speech has some boundaries Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial (6/3) correctly states that, "A free and robust exchange of ideas is essential to democracy" and laudably chastises University of Sydney academic Jake Lynch for attempting to stifle any such exchange via his discriminatory boycotts of Israeli academics. However, its call for the Austr

Not all doom and gloom in Hebron

Not all doom and gloom in Hebron Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Thurin

In a display that would leave anti-Israel proponents seething, Israeli media has captured an incident of Israeli-Palestinian harmony. The Elder of Ziyon posted the following video on March 4, showing an IDF soldier giving two young Palestinian boys sandwiches in the West Bank town of Hebron. One of

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Settlement housing starts, by the numbers

Settlement housing starts, by the numbers Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

During an interview published on Sunday between Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg and US President Barack Obama, the President made the allegation that "we have seen more aggressive [Israeli West Bank] settlement construction over the last couple years than we've seen in a very long time". Then on Tuesd

The Syrian Conundrum

The Syrian Conundrum Categories: International Security, Syria, Updates    

In the wake of the complete failure of the Geneva 2 talks in late February to make any progress toward an agreement that would end the Syrian civil war, journalists, columnists and academic experts have been exploring what foreign policy options now exist to try and change that ugly

Another area where Israel is a world leader - Animal Rights

Another area where Israel is a world leader - Animal Rights Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It may surprise many to know that Israel is actually a world leader in animal rights law and this important issue continues to be championed by Israeli politicians on all sides of politics.  Israel implemented the Animal Welfare Law 20 years ago, and last January passed a revolutionary prohibit

The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail

The Last Word: Poisonous Cocktail Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

Melbourne-based academic researcher Mark Lindsay highlighted an important element of Christian antisemitism and provided a clue to understanding one of the key obstacles to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, on the ABC's "Religion & Ethics" website.  Lindsay's reflection was pr

Media Microscope: Blurred Lyons Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

"Stone Cold Justice", the one-sided collaboration between the Australian newspaper's Middle East correspondent John Lyons and ABC TV "Four Corners" program (Feb. 10) on Israel's treatment of Palestinian children - see pp.19-22 - saw Lyons do the rounds on TV, radio and in print to generate publicity

Essay: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Israeli-style

Essay: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Israeli-style Categories: Israel     Author: Joshua Muravchik

In a 2011 blog post titled "A Few Notes on WHAT IS LEFT (or Toward a Manifesto for Revolutionary Emancipation)," the prominent radical intellectual Richard Falk endeavoured to distill "what remains of the historic left" into a program of contemporary relevance. The starting point he proposed? "Suppo

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

After three-and-a-half years in the doldrums, Israeli-Turkish relations seem to be climbing the road to recovery, though that road appears no less bumpy than most other affairs in Turkey these days. Israel's relations with the strongest country in the Middle East had generally been good, and at tim

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