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Bibi's visit and the ties that bind

Bibi's visit and the ties that bind Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

AS Australia prepares to welcome the first ever visit by an Israeli Prime Minister, cooperation and dialogue between our two nations have never been stronger. It's a record of friendship over a hundred years that few countries can match - marked by shared democratic and egalitarian values, common c


AIJAC's submission to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech and article 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act Categories: Australasia, Monographs/ Submissions    

AIJAC's submission to the Australian Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia - including into the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) (including ss. 18C and 18D) and the complaints-handling procedures of th

Media Microscope: The ABCs of 18C Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

During November and December, members of the Australian Jewish community engaged in robust debate in the mainstream media over the pros and cons of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In the Spectator Australia (Nov. 12) Australian Jewish News publisher Robert Magid argued that "for anti-

The Last Word: Worlds Collide

The Last Word: Worlds Collide Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Despite some sensationalist headlines, there is no data to support the claim that antisemitism in Australia is "sharply increasing" or even "on the rise". But, while Australia is a tolerant, multicultural society, it is folly to ignore the reality that there are numerous antisemitic groups and indi

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

It's rare for a sitting prime minister to resign in New Zealand. It is unheard of for a sitting prime minister who is at the top of his game and riding high in the leader polls to do so. But, one fine day in November, that is just what New Zealand's now former Prime Minister John Key did...The forme

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

The Federal Court's dismissal of a racial vilification charge under Section 18C against three Queensland University of Technology students, and developments in the case against Australian cartoonist Bill Leak, reenergised the debate on the merits of the 20-year-old civil legislation - with PM Malcol

Senators in glass houses

Senators in glass houses Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When an attempt by a member of the Jewish community to book a council venue for an event featuring One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts was rebuffed by the Council for operational reasons, Senator Roberts accused the Council of antisemitism, of all things, in a post on his Facebook

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Be'er Sheva in Bondi

Be'er Sheva in Bondi Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Defence cooperation between Australian and Israel has taken a major step forward with the release late last month of a joint report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Israel-based Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA). The report, "The Wattle and the Olive", was c

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