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The Deep UN

The Deep UN

The April reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority's dominant Fatah faction and th...

Antisemitism

Asia Watch: Volunteers Abroad

Indonesian jihadists periodically swarm the streets to noisily proclaim their intention to fight alongside their Muslim brethren in various Middle East hotspots, but these displays seldom result in verifiable action abroad. Now, there is no doubt that Indonesians are joining the procession of jihadists to Syria and Iraq, sparking fears they will revive sophisticated militant networks when they re...

Scribblings: Jim Crow and the "Pact of Umar"

I've written before in this column (e.g. see Jan. 2012, March 2012, and Nov. 2012) about the oft-repeated myth that the Jews of the the Middle East enjoyed tolerance and freedom from racial hatred until the late 19th and early 20th century, when Zionism and the import of European antisemitism supposedly ruined this positive situation... While it is clear that, despite myths to the contrary, some ...

Asia

Asia Watch: Volunteers Abroad

Indonesian jihadists periodically swarm the streets to noisily proclaim their intention to fight alongside their Muslim brethren in various Middle East hotspots, but these displays seldom result in verifiable action abroad. Now, there is no doubt that Indonesians are joining the procession of jihadists to Syria and Iraq, sparking fears they will revive sophisticated militant networks when they re...

Australasia

The Last Word: Oy, Jerusalem

Some years ago, I read an article in a major Australian broadsheet which described, in some detail, the alleged nefarious influence I exercised personally, and on behalf of Jewish Australians, over the Parliamentary Labor Party... Needless to say, the references to me and my lobby were the result of inventions by the columnist, but they evaded fact-checking or even common sense review as they fit...

Editorial: Rhetoric and Reality

The June 25 announcement by Palestinian delegation to Australia head Izzat Abdulhadi that there would be no trade sanctions imposed by Arab and Muslim countries on Australia over the Government's position of refraining from referring to east Jerusalem as "Occupied" was both anticlimactic and to be expected....

Why terminology matters in pursuit of a peace deal

There has been much discussion about the federal government's clarification of the terminology it intends to use in regards to east Jerusalem - and the strong reaction to it from local Arab diplomats and Palestinian representatives, threatening trade boycotts or other sanctions....

Documents

Egypt

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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

The Biblio File: Rogues States and Diplomatic Dreams

North Korea. Iran. The Taliban. Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Pakistan. Muammar Gaddafi's Libya. The PLO, Hamas and Hezbollah. These rogue states, regimes and groups have been the stuff of geopolitical nightmares over the past 40 years. But as Michael Rubin demonstrates in his important new book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes, they are also the stuff of diplomatic dreams....

Islamic Extremism

Israel

Why Gaza "civilian casualty" numbers should be taken with a grain of salt

One of the most often cited criticisms of Israeli military operations is the supposedly disproportionate civilian death toll, which is all too often based on unreliable or heavily biased sources.Several detailed analyses of the actual casualty figures confirm that it is clear that Israel is definitely not indicriminately targeting Gazans - despite the rhetoric one often hears about the Palestinian...

Libya

Media Releases

AIJAC condemns horrific murder

AIJAC (Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council) reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of the horrific abduction and murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir on July 2 in Jerusalem....

AIJAC condemns horrific Jerusalem murder

AIJAC strongly condemns yesterday's horrific murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem. While all leads are being explored, the possibility raised by Israeli authorities that this could have been a revenge attack for the brutal murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers is absolutely abhorrent....

Media/ Academia

Middle East

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

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Palestinians

Why Gaza "civilian casualty" numbers should be taken with a grain of salt

One of the most often cited criticisms of Israeli military operations is the supposedly disproportionate civilian death toll, which is all too often based on unreliable or heavily biased sources.Several detailed analyses of the actual casualty figures confirm that it is clear that Israel is definitely not indicriminately targeting Gazans - despite the rhetoric one often hears about the Palestinian...

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Why Gaza "civilian casualty" numbers should be taken with a grain of salt

One of the most often cited criticisms of Israeli military operations is the supposedly disproportionate civilian death toll, which is all too often based on unreliable or heavily biased sources.Several detailed analyses of the actual casualty figures confirm that it is clear that Israel is definitely not indicriminately targeting Gazans - despite the rhetoric one often hears about the Palestinian...

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

The Deep UN

The Deep UN

The April reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority's dominant Fatah faction and th...

Updates

Why Gaza "civilian casualty" numbers should be taken with a grain of salt

One of the most often cited criticisms of Israeli military operations is the supposedly disproportionate civilian death toll, which is all too often based on unreliable or heavily biased sources.Several detailed analyses of the actual casualty figures confirm that it is clear that Israel is definitely not indicriminately targeting Gazans - despite the rhetoric one often hears about the Palestinian...