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Noted and Quoted - June 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia    

Palestinian terror and the rejection of Israeli offers of a state were two key issues that the visiting mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun did not want to talk about when interviewed on ABC Radio. On ABC Radio National "Religion" (May 11), Baboun complained that Bethlehem is separated from Jerusalem by

Why plans to "moderate" the Iranian regime are failing Categories: Iran, Updates    

It is now widely being acknowledged that there is little sign that the Iranian regime is moderating its internal or external policies in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), signed last year and supposedly implemented in January. This Update features

The company Corbyn keeps

The company Corbyn keeps Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

If it was true that you can judge a man by the company he keeps, Jeremy Corbyn would be an Israel-hating, antisemitic, Holocaust-denier. The newly elected leader of Britain's Labour Party would vehemently deny he is any of the above, but some of his best friends are one or more of these things.

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Asia Watch: Enter the "Strongman"

Asia Watch: Enter the "Strongman" Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

There is no shortage of opinions about the Philippines' President-elect, 71-year-old Rodrigo Duterte. A brash, foul-mouthed, misogynistic, fascistic strongman; a courageous, uncompromising, vengeful practitioner of rough "justice" that brought law and order to a city beset by criminal and political

Media Microscope: Samah time blues Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Pro-Palestinian activist and writer Samah Sabawi's play "Tales of a City by the Sea," set in Gaza during the 2008/09 Hamas/Israel war, made waves with media reports that 1,300 students are studying it as part of their drama course in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

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When Muslim Antisemitism comes to Australia

When Muslim Antisemitism comes to Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Tanveer Ahmed

As a boy, I spent many a Friday prayer in mosques hearing clerics wax lyrical about Jewish conspiracies and their intent to dominate the world and rid it of Islam. Descriptions of Jewish wealth, miserliness and hooked noses were commonplace. It just seemed normal and I didn't think twice about it un

Israel and Singapore - out of the shadows

Israel and Singapore - out of the shadows Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While, in the past, it was always kept low-key, Israel and Singapore have a deep and enduring relationship that has lasted more than 50 years. Not only do these two small but prosperous states at opposite ends of Asia have extensive cooperation in commerce and defence trade, but they share a profoun

Scribblings: Disagreement over an old agreement

Scribblings: Disagreement over an old agreement Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Much ink is being spilled at the moment to mark the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement - the British-French deal, reached in the midst of the First World War, to, at war's end, divide up the Middle East possessions of the fading Ottoman Empire. The intense interest in the agreement is p

Head to Head

Head to Head Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Middle East    

In keeping with a long-standing pre-election tradition at the AIR, we sent a series of policy questions to the campaigns of both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leading the Liberal/National coalition, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, leading the Australian Labor Party. The questions focus on iss

From Ya'alon to Lieberman

From Ya'alon to Lieberman Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Nine of incoming Defence Minister Lieberman's sixteen predecessors were retired generals, a background that, rather than easing their path, frequently caused disharmony.

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The French Peace Initiative

The French Peace Initiative Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Next week, the French government plans to convene a meeting of international foreign ministers  - not including Israeli and Palestinian representatives -  to discuss ideas for advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace. They hope to follow this up with an international conference later in the yea

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