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Europa Europa: Tribal Troubles

Europa Europa: Tribal Troubles Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

The pipes are skirling and the saltires are snapping smartly in the summer breeze, but there is an undercurrent of concern. Ignoring pleas from the Scottish Jewish community, the local councils of Edinburgh, Glasgow and many smaller Scottish towns flew the Palestinian flag above their offices in sol

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Europa Europa: Wallström in Wonderland

Europa Europa: Wallström in Wonderland Categories: Europe, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Douglas Davis

Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question that confounds philosophers and theologians. Now politicians are being confronted with it, too. First among them is Sweden's Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström. Her good intentions have cost Sweden the good will of a large chunk of the

Europa Europa: Twitter Fever Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

My belated entry to the Twitter-sphere was prompted by a late-night BBC political chat show which featured a highly articulate Muslim apologist. She argued passionately that, by abusing free speech, Charlie Hebdo had itself incited the attack which killed eight of the magazine's staffers. My tweet t

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Scribblings: A failure of basic moral logic

Scribblings: A failure of basic moral logic Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

British Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles recently made an important point about the surge in antisemitic attacks which has been documented in Britain over the past two years: "These pernicious crimes have been accompanied by a creeping cultural acceptance of antis

France's Moment of Truth

France's Moment of Truth Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism     Author: Michel Gurfinkiel

The jihadist killing spree in Paris in early January has been described as "France's 9/11" by Le Monde, the French liberal daily newspaper. Indeed, just like the American 9/11 fourteen years ago, it was a moment of truth: for France as a nation, for the French political class and - last, but certain

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

So there is a new issue of Charlie Hebdo, and the cover cartoon, by Luz, is a masterpiece. On a field of green, a white-turbaned and robed Prophet Muhammad, bug-eyed with horror, a giant tear falling on his cheek, holds a placard saying, "Je suis Charlie," which is the same slogan that dominated the

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

Charlie Hebdo, French laws against hate speech, and 18C

Charlie Hebdo, French laws against hate speech, and 18C Categories: Europe, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Paris shootings saw millions march in the streets defending freedom including freedom of speech. However, in Australia the debate appears to have been hijacked by some who argue that in Australia, one cannot say "Je suis Charlie" in defence of freedom of speech while supporting section 18C of th

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