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Media Microscope: A Farewell to Sanctions Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The significance of lifting economic sanctions on Iran under the P5+1 nuclear deal was given appropriate media coverage in mid-January. On ABC Radio National "Breakfast" (Jan. 18), Teheran University's Professor Mohammad Marandi told Fran Kelly Iran has "done everything they were supposed to do and

NZ Icon takes on Antisemitism

NZ Icon takes on Antisemitism Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Back in 2014, at the height of the Israel-Gaza conflict, I wrote about the extreme nature of anti-Israel protests and public pronouncements. I pondered whether there might perhaps be a stream of antisemitism, disguised as anti-Israel sentiment, growing in New Zealand. These concerns are shared by o

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The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Festival of Chanukah, which this year was celebrated in early December, has come to be identified with the concept of religious freedom. In many communal and public candle-lighting ceremonies, this theme was dominant, with the right to worship freely celebrated and restrictions on this freedom

Editorial: Israeli Innovation Inspires Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This past month has seen a celebration of Israeli innovation in Australia. This focus culminated in the Australian Government's release of its new innovation strategy, in which Israel's experience was an obviously useful model in promoting Australia's start-up aspirations.

Israel’s Chief Scientist visits Australia

Israel’s Chief Scientist visits Australia Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a major policy priority for the Turnbull Government, and it is expected to launch its new statement on the subject this month. Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy recently said that the new policies would be "a complete game changer for our country".  Therefore, the tim

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

In mid-November 2005, Australians came together as never before. Women in hijabs hugging Jewish men in caps, Doc Martens-heeled youths locking arms with Indigenous elders - celebrating together as Australia defeated Uruguay at the Sydney Olympic Stadium to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A dec

Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind

Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

One of Australia's most versatile public intellectuals, Monk's unique background as literary critic, China expert, author, poet and founder of the Austhink consultancy, has fed an exceptionally erudite writer's journalistic crop while history journeyed from the Cold War's passage to the Islamist thr

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On November 22, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop received the "Torch of Learning" award from Australian Friends of Hebrew University in Sydney. On accepting the award, Ms Bishop delivered a strong speech in which she said, "Tonight, in accepting the Torch of Learning Award, I commit anew to the powerf

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Israeli innovation inspiring Australians

Israeli innovation inspiring Australians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a centrepiece of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's agenda for Australia - and the government is looking to Israel for inspiration. At the forefront of planning this agenda is Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, who together with Robogals founder and 2012 Young Au

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