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Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Michael Rubin

Pundits and politicians whose introduction to the Middle East comes from Middle Eastern studies programs in Australian or United States universities might be surprised by the current shape of the region. After all, after preaching for decades that Israel and perhaps the United States were at the roo

ABC and SBS: Latest lawsuit against Al Jazeera shows once again that it is no normal news network

ABC and SBS: Latest lawsuit against Al Jazeera shows once again that it is no normal news network Categories: America, Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

AIJAC has previously written about and continues to highlight the anti-Israel biases of Qatari-owned news outlet al-Jazeera, which become particularly problematic as the taxpayer-funded ABC and SBS continue to use stories from the network as part of their own radio and TV news programming. Now, new

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Gaza casualties:  Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures

Gaza casualties: Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A mainstay of many news stories mentioning last year's war between Israel and Hamas is the claim that the United Nations has found that 69 per cent of the 2,100 plus Palestinian fatalities were civilian. Now, a new report by the Israeli Government into last year's war, ably puts forward figures whi

Israeli investigation explains the tragic incident which killed four children on a Gaza beach

Israeli investigation explains the tragic incident which killed four children on a Gaza beach Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israel's military chief legal officer has closed an investigation into the IDF shelling of a Gaza beach on July 16, 2014 that tragically killed four Palestinian children, finding they were the victims of mistaken identity. This tragic incident, which was captured on video by journalists, became the

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Media Microscope: Testing Intelligence Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Reaction to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's announcement, during her visit to Iran on April 18-19, of a proposed intelligence sharing deal with Teheran to fight Islamic State and handle prospective Iranian asylum seekers was largely sceptical. On Channel Ten's "The Bolt Report" (April 26

Noted and Quoted - June 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley's edict that MPs travelling on subsidised study tours to Israel must spend equal time in the West Bank and Gaza prompted columnist Rowan Dean to imagine such a trip. "Arrived at Lod Airport, after circling around to avoid being blasted out of the sky by IS, Hamas, Hezbol

Media Microscope: Dealing with it Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The P5+1's preliminary deal with Iran over the latter's nuclear program certainly kicked off a chain reaction of discussion and coverage in the media. Australian Financial Review International Editor Tony Walker's analysis on April 2 backed the deal because "anything that limits Iran's ‘break

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

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The recent visit to Australia by retired British Colonel Richard Kemp, who was commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Iraq, generated national headlines when demonstrators tried to stop him from speaking, claiming he "supports genocide" for his assessment of las

Letter: Israel Furphies Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

Tony Walker ("Israel poll threatens Labor peace" 14-15 March) perpetuates a myth about the Israeli/Palestinian dispute - that the Netanyahu government is "committed to an expansion of Jewish settlements." In fact, settlements have not expanded beyond their geographic boundaries since 2004, and housi

Bailed Al Jazeera journalist reveals the truth about the network's agenda and role in his fate

Bailed Al Jazeera journalist reveals the truth about the network's agenda and role in his fate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

Mohammed Fahmy is an Al Jazeera journalist currently on bail awaiting retrial in Cairo on ludicrous terrorism related charges, and a close colleague of Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who was released after imprisonment on the same trumped-up charges in late January. Fahmy, an Egyptia

Essay: Media Malfunctions

Essay: Media Malfunctions Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Matti Friedman

The question we must ask, as observers of the world, is why this conflict has come over time to draw more attention than any other, and why it is presented as it is. How have the doings in a country that constitutes 0.01% of the world's surface become the focus of angst, loathing, and condemnation m

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