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Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims

Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

Peter Boyer ("History bent to shape to fit Anzac devotion" November 7) claims Beersheba had never been a Jewish town. In fact, it was founded by Jews in biblical times, and has a Hebrew name, meaning Seven Wells. The reason it had few Jews up to 1947 is that they had been driven out in Arab rioting.

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Noted and Quoted - November 2017

Noted and Quoted - November 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Lowy Institute analyst Rodger Shanahan bizarrely argued that "much of Iran's attraction in the Arab world is the result of discriminatory policies towards Shia populations in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, or the unwillingness of Arab states... to compete diplomatically or economically with Iran..." Sin

Media Microscope: Trial by Media

Media Microscope: Trial by Media Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

If you are a high profile supporter of Israel and criticise the reporting of a Middle East correspondent, prepare for blowback, even if what you say is completely correct. Federal Labor MP Michael Danby experienced trial by media over two ads in the Australian Jewish News (Sept. 28/Oct. 5) question

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AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise

AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Ardern's views on Israel are simply unknown. While she spent time in Israel as president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she hasn't yet made any public comment about Israel-related issues. Balancing out these uncertainties is Peters who will become both Deputy Prime Minister and Fore

Noted and Quoted - October 2017

Noted and Quoted - October 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Visiting Beirut-based British correspondent Robert Fisk was typically opinionated and ill-informed on Melbourne ABC Radio 774 "Conversation Hour" (Sept. 4). According to Fisk, "when I go to Israel... I have the habit as most Westerners do who want to believe that Israel is a good state, of going to

Media Microscope: Split Decision

Media Microscope: Split Decision Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Whether it was genuine or a publicity stunt, Hamas' announcement that it is willing to talk about a unity government with its secular Fatah rival and even hold elections certainly was a rare example of Palestinian internal politics that made the mainstream media sit up and pay attention.

Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan

Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan Categories: Australasia, Europe, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Amidst the chaos and turmoil of the volatile Middle East, there is a long-suffering people that have been denied self-determination continuously for almost a century... I am not referring to the Palestinians, who have rejected several opportunities to establish their own state... I am talking about

Noted and Quoted - September 2017

Noted and Quoted - September 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Narendra Modi's historic first time visit to Israel in July by an Indian Prime Minister was not unnoticed in Australia. On ABC Radio National "Between the Lines" (Aug. 3), American Enterprise Institute fellow Sadanand Dhume explained the import of Modi's visit, saying, "This is really a revolution

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Former Australian Middle East correspondent John Lyons' often one-dimensional and factually-challenged memoir, Balcony over Jerusalem, detailing his six-year stint in Israel, generated considerable TV and print coverage. Media interest homed in on the book's wild accusations that Australian Jews, i

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

New Zealand elections have never hinged around foreign policy, and this one is no exception. This leaves Jewish Kiwis who are keen to get a handle on where prospective parties might sit with regard to Israel, rising antisemitism, and the controversy over New Zealand's co-sponsorship of one-sided an

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The Last Word: White Offs

The Last Word: White Offs Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Let me be quite clear - whether or not Jews had been an issue, the far-right demonstrators were repulsive, repugnant and reprehensible. Amongst my personal acquaintances who I have discovered attended the counter protest were Muslims, Christians and Jews, international students and locals, the young

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