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The Last Word: March Madness

The Last Word: March Madness Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Julius Caesar, in Shakespeare's script, was warned he should "Beware the Ides of March". People living in Sydney, in 2015, had reason to beware the Ideas of March. Miriam Margolyes kicked off events on the ABC television programme "Q & A". She began by asserting, "People don't like Jews", and t

Media Microscope: Bringing up Bibi Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Overwhelmingly, media coverage of Binyamin Netanyahu's re-election framed the comments he made in the lead up to election day as a convenient hook to explain why a two-state resolution is in limbo. This was largely achieved by misreporting or excluding critical sections of Netanyahu's actual remark

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Miriam Margolyes and Antisemitism

Miriam Margolyes and Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

"It's becoming a growing concern: who would ride with us, the Australian Jews? The answers I received that night were vague and left me wanting more." On Q&A on 2nd March, Journalism student Erin Gordon asked the panel "Who would ride with us, the Australian Jews," pointing to a rise in antisem

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Letter: Free speech protected Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Chris Berg (Opinion, 1/3) misrepresented an article I wrote with Michael Kapel published in The Age in 1994. In context, the line that Berg quotes does not say that newspaper articles would never be subject to the Racial Discrimination Act, as he implies...

Social Media Hatewave

Social Media Hatewave Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Many people may have thought that Holocaust denial had been relegated to the dustbins of history - discredited by historical evidence, academics, court cases and the testimonies of survivors. However, on the internet, it is alive and even flourishing, especially on social media. It is now increasing

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

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