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Real issue is no peace partner

Real issue is no peace partner Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

ISRAEL has again been forced to defend its civilians against unprovoked and indiscriminate massive rocket and other terror attacks from Hamas, a partner in the new Palestinian unity government, and kindred groups in Gaza... Israel responded at first with low-intensity raids, stating several times t

Hamas rockets beg response

Hamas rockets beg response Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

With confrontation between Israel and the Hamas in the Gaza Strip escalating, it is important to understand the conflict's context. Israel is currently under attack, with over 180 rockets fired into its territory from the Gaza Strip in recent days. The rockets have sent Israelis from central Tel A

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East Jerusalem and semantic rabbit holes

East Jerusalem and semantic rabbit holes Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty told Alice "when I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." Alice retorted: "The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things." More than 140 years after Lewis Carroll's masterpiece wa

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Distortions of "lobby" role Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

A response to Jordy Silverstein's article "Broadening the context of Australia's 'Zionist lobby'", published at "The Conversation" So much has been written about Bob Carr's memoir "Diary of a Foreign Minister", and his claim tha

Letter in response to Haaretz article Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Contrary to the imputation in Dan Goldberg's April 22 article "At the heart of Australian Jewish community's schism: the 'Israel lobby' debate", in deciding the best way to respond to then NSW Premier Bob Carr's unfortunate decision to present the Sydney Peace Prize to Hanan Ashrawi in 2003, there w

Peace eludes Israel amid unrealistic expectations

Peace eludes Israel amid unrealistic expectations Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Tony Walker is certain Israel's West Bank settlements are illegal. (Out on a limb over settlements, AFR 12-13 April). International law is far less certain. Many eminent experts have argued strongly that the claim they are illegal is based on an incorrect reading of Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Conv

Carr's reckless Israel view

Carr's reckless Israel view Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN his interview on the ABC's 7.30 about his book Diary of a Foreign Minister, and in media yesterday, Bob Carr continues to makes various claims about what he refers to as the "Israel lobby" in Melbourne. From his comments, it is clear he is referring mainly to the Australia/Israel & Jewish Aff

Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre

Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Bob Carr's interviews on Wednesday on the ABC's 7.30 and Lateline, spruiking the publication of his The Diary of a Foreign Minister, make various claims about what he refers to as the Melbourne "Israel lobby" exercising extraordinary influence over the office of prime minister Julia Gillard. Referr

Let's preserve our best legal weapon against racism

Let's preserve our best legal weapon against racism Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Jeremy Jones

THE frenetic game and tremendous atmosphere at the recent Sydney football derby, with Sydney FC triumphant over the Western Sydney Wanderers, were what I, and many other sports fans, would like to be our final memories of the game. Instead, the revelations of ­racial and religious abuse directe

Letter: Two states our vision Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

JOHN Lyons ("Distant ‘experts' choose to ignore Israeli realities", 8/3), did not address any of the substantive criticism levelled at his Four Corners program. Instead, he made new unsubstantiated allegations ­directed at critics. AIJAC has consistently argued that a negotiated two-state

Letter: Free speech has some boundaries Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial (6/3) correctly states that, "A free and robust exchange of ideas is essential to democracy" and laudably chastises University of Sydney academic Jake Lynch for attempting to stifle any such exchange via his discriminatory boycotts of Israeli academics. However, its call for the Austr

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