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Afghanistan/ Pakistan

Africa

America

Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq

President Obama's Sept. 10 address to the American nation regarding the new US strategy against ISIS...

Anti-Zionism

Asia

Australasia

Media Microscope: Settling for half-truths

Another month and another display of the mainstream media's enthusiasm for reporting, largely uncritically, anti-Israel propaganda that bears little relation to the truth about Israeli building in settlements and east Jerusalem....

Documents

Egypt

Europe

Summer in Paris

Summer in Paris

On July 13, the eve of Bastille Day (a national holiday in France), a mob laid siege to the Don Abra...

After 75 Years

After 75 Years

Almost unnoticed, Sept. 1, 2014 marked the 75th Anniversary of the commencement of World War II, whe...

Europa Europa: Writing on the Walls

On a sublime autumn afternoon my bus rumbles towards the Rue des Rosiers. It is the heart of Paris, the heart of the Marais quarter, and also the heart of the Jewish community. Or it was. As the bus passes the Louvre, a bleak plaster wall is covered with a huge piece of graffiti. It is the detritus of riots a few weeks earlier, ostensibly aimed at supporting Gaza but also trashing synagogues and ...

Events

Far Right

Gulf states

Holocaust/ War Crimes

Immigration/ Multiculturalism

Submission on Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014

This document constitutes the submission by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) to Attorney-General George Brandis regarding proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)... AIJAC maintains that the provisions of Part IIA of the RDA have worked effectively for nearly 20 years, and that there is not a compelling reason for repeal or wholesale ...

Statement on proposed Racial Hatred Act amendents

AIJAC's comment to the Australian Financial Review [no link available] and the Guardian Australia on November 8 in response to their enquiring about the reports (November 8) concerning the Government plans to amend the Racial Hatred Act: "We believe the Federal Racial Hatred Act has, overall, contributed constructively to social cohesion and harmony in Australia......

Interfaith Dialogue

International Jewry

Scribblings: History of the Recognition Condition

I've written before about the fallacy of media claims alleging that Israel's requirement that a peace treaty with the Palestinians recognise Israel as a "Jewish state" or "nation-state of the Jewish people" is a "new demand". Rather than something the current Netanyahu Government just thought up - possibly to thwart progress toward peace as is sometimes alleged - the idea was pushed during 2007 ne...

International Security

Iraq

Israel and the rise of ISIS

It is a landscape with which Jewish history is all too familiar. Here, in the flatlands abutting the Tigris and Euphrates, Jacob fell for Rachel, Jonah warned of approaching calamity, and Ezekiel saw a valley of bones come to life, as 26 centuries of intensive Jewish creation, crowned by the Talmud, unfolded. Now, however, as its Islamist secessionists unsettle the Middle East and bewilder the en...

Islamic Extremism

Scribblings: Reality and Racism

There has been a lot of talk in the media about how Israel is supposedly becoming a more right-wing, less democratic and more "racist" society. Anecdotal evidence cited to support this view usually includes things like controversial Israeli legislative proposals, incidents of racist violence or vandalism, and racially problematic statements by public figures there....

Israel

Scribblings: Reality and Racism

There has been a lot of talk in the media about how Israel is supposedly becoming a more right-wing, less democratic and more "racist" society. Anecdotal evidence cited to support this view usually includes things like controversial Israeli legislative proposals, incidents of racist violence or vandalism, and racially problematic statements by public figures there....

Editorial: Mahmoud Abbas’ folly

On October 22, Palestinian terrorist Abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi ploughed his car into a packed light-rail stop in Jerusalem, murdering newborn Chaya Zisel Baron and Ecuadorian student Karen Yemina Mosquera and injuring eight other Israelis. Al-Shaloudi, who was shot and killed by Israeli police, appears to have been affiliated with Hamas. However what was particularly worrying was the response by o...

Libya

Media Releases

Media/ Academia

Media Microscope: Settling for half-truths

Another month and another display of the mainstream media's enthusiasm for reporting, largely uncritically, anti-Israel propaganda that bears little relation to the truth about Israeli building in settlements and east Jerusalem....

Monographs/ Submissions

Submission on Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014

This document constitutes the submission by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) to Attorney-General George Brandis regarding proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)... AIJAC maintains that the provisions of Part IIA of the RDA have worked effectively for nearly 20 years, and that there is not a compelling reason for repeal or wholesale ...

Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled support for Israel's right to defend itself....

Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry into Academic Freedom - 2008

AIJAC's position in this matter is that academic freedom is a right that should be respected, and that the balance between the right of academic freedom and the duty to educate students - as well as maximise excellence in academic research grounded in analytical clarity and quality empirical evidence - is one that can be maintained....

Multimedia

Videos and photos everyone should see if they want to understand the Gaza conflict

Both footage released by the Israeli Defence Forces and reporting by other outlets in recent days have exposed plainly Hamas' strategy of firing and storing rockets in civilian areas - particularly schools, hospitals and mosques. Also coming to light through the release of video clips are the efforts Israel has tried to take in order to minimise civilian casualties....

NGOs

Op-eds

Palestinians

Editorial: Mahmoud Abbas’ folly

On October 22, Palestinian terrorist Abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi ploughed his car into a packed light-rail stop in Jerusalem, murdering newborn Chaya Zisel Baron and Ecuadorian student Karen Yemina Mosquera and injuring eight other Israelis. Al-Shaloudi, who was shot and killed by Israeli police, appears to have been affiliated with Hamas. However what was particularly worrying was the response by o...

Reference

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Speeches

Sudan

Syria

Israel and the rise of ISIS

It is a landscape with which Jewish history is all too familiar. Here, in the flatlands abutting the Tigris and Euphrates, Jacob fell for Rachel, Jonah warned of approaching calamity, and Ezekiel saw a valley of bones come to life, as 26 centuries of intensive Jewish creation, crowned by the Talmud, unfolded. Now, however, as its Islamist secessionists unsettle the Middle East and bewilder the en...

Terrorism

Tunisia

United Kingdom

Europa Europa: Pop-up Politics

Europeans go to the polls in May to elect 751 members of the European Parliament for the next five years. Expect surprises. Not that the European Parliament carries much clout; clout is reserved for the army of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels and the sprinkling of political appointees. The surprises will come from the pop-up political parties which are, first and foremost, oppose...

United Nations

Some maps of Gaza, based on UN data, that everyone should see

On August 15, OCHA- the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, released its 100-page report called the “Gaza Crisis Atlas.” Its key findings should be essential reading for anyone interested in what happened in Gaza. While it seems doubtful that this is what was intended by OCHA – which has a reputation for pro-Palestinian activism – the data th...

Editorial: Part of the Problem

While the conflict between Hamas and Israel begins to resemble a protracted war of attrition, the unhelpful and dysfunctional role that most of the United Nations' organs have played in the unfolding drama is becoming clearer. Like so many times before, when dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the UN has not been part of the solution, but rather part of the problem....