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AIJAC statement on the announcement of a federal parliamentary inquiry into 18c

AIJAC statement on the announcement of a federal parliamentary inquiry into 18c Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media Releases, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today commented on the announcement by Attorney-General The Hon George Brandis QC of a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech, including sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and how the Australian Human Right

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An Israel-China alliance?

An Israel-China alliance? Categories: China, Israel     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

While next year marks 25 years of bilateral ties between the two countries, and Chinese officials were unreservedly gushing over Israeli innovations in technology and modern weaponry, the Chinese are stumbling over their ideological commitments. As a Communist country sworn to a non-aligned vision o

Asia Watch: Bearing Fruit

Asia Watch: Bearing Fruit Categories: China, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

While the death of Shimon Peres was met with tributes from around the globe, one of his most significant legacies - Israel's burgeoning relationship with China - was brought into focus in the days following his state funeral.

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Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion

Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion Categories: Egypt, Middle East, United States     Author: James Traub

Had Mr. Obama had the chance to read Ike's Gamble, Michael Doran's account of President Dwight D. ("Ike") Eisenhower's statecraft before, during and after the Suez Crisis of 1956, he might have saved his breath. Mr. Doran, a scholar and former State and Defence Department official in the George W. B

Deconstruction Zone: Settlements and Ethnic Cleansing Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provoked a storm of diplomatic disapproval recently when he pointed out that "the Palestinian Authority actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews." The Obama Administration responded that it is "inappropriate" to speak of demands fo

Media Microscope: Death of a Statesman Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

With the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace dim, Shimon Peres' passing was inevitability refracted through the prism of today's geo-political environment. In the Australian (Sept. 29), foreign editor Greg Sheridan wrote Peres' death "may well mark the death of the modern Arab-Israeli peace pro

The PA and the "Arab Quartet"

The PA and the "Arab Quartet" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Abbas' thoughts seem to be elsewhere these days. He is facing a new challenge from unexpected parties, namely several Arab countries that have come together to demand that he reform his ruling Fatah faction and pave the way for the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership.

The Last Word: Over - and Out!

The Last Word: Over - and Out! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

"I'm over God", Peter Goers wrote in a column in Adelaide's Sunday tabloid in October. Whether or not Goers actually now is "over God" is far less of a concern, or even interest, than the fact he appears to be "over" some other things - such as truth, decency, dignity and civil discourse.In a colum

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath Categories: Iraq     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Various sources report today that facing ISIS's 5,000-10,000 combatants in Mosul, about 65,000 Iraqi troops from different units have massed to dislodge ISIS. Some Arab sources place the total number of combatants of the anti-ISIS coalition at almost 140,000 fighters...

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Graham Jamison

I had the impression, mostly from the media, that Gaza was more or less destroyed. The images of bombed-out buildings and piles of rubble I saw in the news looked apocalyptic, Syria-esque... But as I entered the outskirts of Gaza City, disembarking at last in the bustling commercial centre of Al-Ri

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

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