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Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C

Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C Categories: Australasia, Europe, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

ON January 7 there was an attack on free speech in Paris by murderous terrorists inspired by a jihadist ideology, not French laws on hate speech. Despite this truth, the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the horrific murders of 17 people have led some commentators in Australia to rehash the debate on sec

Statement on Jordanian-sponsored UN Security Council vote to set a deadline for Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines

Statement on Jordanian-sponsored UN Security Council vote to set a deadline for Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines Categories: Australasia, Israel, Jordan, Media Releases, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

AIJAC very much welcomes Australia's vote against the proposed Jordanian-sponsored UN Security Council resolution last week because that proposal was a clear step backward for the the long-standing bipartisan Australian policy goal of a negotiated two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace...

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Messages of support for Australia from Israel

Messages of support for Australia from Israel Categories: Australasia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Australia has received condolences from around the world, including from Israelis, who deeply understand the pain and tragedy of terrorist attacks. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, "I would like to send my condolences to Australian PM Tony Abbott and to the Australian people over

First Person: Time to wake up

First Person: Time to wake up Categories: Australasia, Op-eds, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Armed hostage taking is extremely rare in Australia, and armed hostage taking accompanied by a banner that evoked images of Islamic State, al-Qaida or other groups known for their inhumanity, barbarity and callous disregard for morality and decency, is unprecedented.

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The Last word: Violence and Silence

The Last word: Violence and Silence Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Since October 1989, I have maintained a database of anti-Jewish incidents of "racist violence", using the definition produced by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, which began its database in 2013 and has released the results of its first y

Media Microscope: Carr-nivale Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

On November 8, the Australian ran an op-ed from former Foreign Minister Bob Carr announcing his new role as patron of the Labor Friends of Palestine, wherein he argued, ad nauseum, that Israel is becoming apartheid-like and that settlements are what is preventing a two-state solution. Spouting arra

The Fictional basis of Carr’s Palestine pivot

The Fictional basis of Carr’s Palestine pivot Categories: Australasia, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski and Ahron Shapiro

In a speech to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, reproduced in part in the Australian, Bob Carr justifies his pivot on the Middle East by referring to "apartheid," one of many factual and wholly irrational errors in the claims he has made against Israel as part of his push for Austral

Statement: The death of Gough Whitlam

Statement: The death of Gough Whitlam Categories: Australasia, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Gough Whitlam was a towering figure in Australian political life, who brought Labor back to power after a long period in the political wilderness and, despite his short tenure as PM, made many substantial and significant initiatives and reforms in areas such as education, the arts, the environment,

Some take-out from Julia Gillard’s “My Story”

Some take-out from Julia Gillard’s “My Story” Categories: Australasia, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This week former Prime Minister Julia Gillard released her autobiography, My Story - detailing and justifying her experiences and decision-making during her three year and three day term as Prime Minister of Australia. It contains her personal account of Australia's developing relationship with the

The Last Word: The Darville in the Detail

The Last Word: The Darville in the Detail Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Twenty years ago, this writer, academics, media personalities and political and ethnic community leaders were, to use the language of the time, "debating Demidenko" - after the respected Miles Franklin Prize was awarded to a book, purportedly written by an Australian of Ukrainian heritage, which sym

Media Microscope: A media "seizure" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

An AFP story claimed Israel was seizing "400 hectares of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the occupied West Bank" and stated that it was part of "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policy of settlement expansion on land the Palestinians claim for a future state," Adelaide Advertise

AIR New Zealand: Peculiar election leads to stunning victory

AIR New Zealand: Peculiar election leads to stunning victory Categories: Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Impassioned speeches, heated debates, jovial neighbourhood walkabouts, the peddling of grand dreams for the future... National elections tend to be rousing times, full of hope and opportunity. They also tend to focus the attention of the community on broader social issues, along with the challenges

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The Last Word: Health Report

The Last Word: Health Report Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

When Sheikh Tajeddine El Hilaly delivered a public address in Sydney in 1988 accusing Jews of unimaginable evils, responses came loudly and clearly. Government leaders, senior bureaucrats, journalists and religious figures had no hesitation in declaring his speech repulsive, repugnant and unacceptab

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