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Noted and Quoted - May 2017 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

An SBS TV "World News" (March 30) report from Greg Dyett was marked by its lack of context. Reporting on the March 29 Arab League summit in Jordan backing the 2002 Arab peace initiative, Dyett said it "calls for a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories." Viewers weren't told the

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Miriam Bell

In reality, there is a high degree of misunderstanding about what freedom of speech means. All too often, people seem to think the principle only applies if they agree with what is being said - with anything else being re-defined as "hate speech". This tendency has been further complicated by the g

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The Last Word: Blood Libels

The Last Word: Blood Libels Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Jeremy Jones

The publication of a novel which, in effect, advocated this lie as truth, written by a person purporting to be of Ukrainian descent claiming to be an authentic, neglected voice, brought debate on this malevolent ahistoricity to the mainstream media. Eventually, the author, Helen "Demidenko" (real s

Editorial: Nuclear Shortsightedness Categories: Asia, Australasia, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On April 22, in the context of the Australian state visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea ominously and outrageously threatened to target Australia with a nuclear strike should it follow the US lead in isolating Pyongyang. This event should draw attention to the need for Australia to c

Noted and Quoted - April 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Fairfax chief correspondent Paul McGeough used Israeli PM Binyamin's Netanyahu's visit to Australia to attempt to put Israel in the same class as North Korea - claiming parallels between the failed 1997 poisoning assassination attempt on Hamas chief Khaled Meshal in neighbouring Jordan and the fatal

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Media Microscope: All at Sea over 18C Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

At the start of March, the report of the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech - recommending changes to the process for handling 18C cases but offering no consensus on the changing the wording of 18C and 18D - seemed to mark the end of the campaign to gut Australia's race hatred laws

Editorial: Multiculturalism and 18C Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) makes no sense. The Parliamentary Inquiry into this provision, to which AIJAC provided a comprehensive submission and then, by invitation, extensive oral evidence, did not conclude that changing 18C was the best course.

Noted and Quoted - March 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

The media's fixation on Australian business people's Jewish background is alive and well. In the Australian (Feb. 10), Graham Richardson critiqued PM Malcolm Turnbull's speech that called Bill Shorten a hypocrite for attacking his wealth whilst he himself meets with "Dick Pratt and Solly Lew and Li

Media Microscope: Unrecognisable Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Australia became a soapbox for some former senior Labor figures to call for Australian recognition of a State of Palestine... The anti-recognition case, however, was made in editorials and op-eds based on reasoned debate and not declarative statements.

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AIR New Zealand: UNSC 2334 shockwaves

AIR New Zealand: UNSC 2334 shockwaves Categories: Australasia, Israel, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

United Nations Resolution 2334 came screaming out of the blue, just before Christmas. The "anti-settlement" resolution itself, which passed after the US broke with convention and abstained, was disturbing enough. But for Jewish New Zealanders it was particularly shocking.

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