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Noted and Quoted - October 2017

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

Visiting Beirut-based British correspondent Robert Fisk was typically opinionated and ill-informed on Melbourne ABC Radio 774 "Conversation Hour" (Sept. 4). According to Fisk, "when I go to Israel... I have the habit as most Westerners do who want to believe that Israel is a good state, of going to

Media Microscope: Split Decision

Media Microscope: Split Decision Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Whether it was genuine or a publicity stunt, Hamas' announcement that it is willing to talk about a unity government with its secular Fatah rival and even hold elections certainly was a rare example of Palestinian internal politics that made the mainstream media sit up and pay attention.

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Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan

Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan Categories: Australasia, Europe, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Amidst the chaos and turmoil of the volatile Middle East, there is a long-suffering people that have been denied self-determination continuously for almost a century... I am not referring to the Palestinians, who have rejected several opportunities to establish their own state... I am talking about

Noted and Quoted - September 2017

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

Narendra Modi's historic first time visit to Israel in July by an Indian Prime Minister was not unnoticed in Australia. On ABC Radio National "Between the Lines" (Aug. 3), American Enterprise Institute fellow Sadanand Dhume explained the import of Modi's visit, saying, "This is really a revolution

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Media Microscope: Over the Balcony

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Former Australian Middle East correspondent John Lyons' often one-dimensional and factually-challenged memoir, Balcony over Jerusalem, detailing his six-year stint in Israel, generated considerable TV and print coverage. Media interest homed in on the book's wild accusations that Australian Jews, i

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

New Zealand elections have never hinged around foreign policy, and this one is no exception. This leaves Jewish Kiwis who are keen to get a handle on where prospective parties might sit with regard to Israel, rising antisemitism, and the controversy over New Zealand's co-sponsorship of one-sided an

The Last Word: White Offs

The Last Word: White Offs Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Let me be quite clear - whether or not Jews had been an issue, the far-right demonstrators were repulsive, repugnant and reprehensible. Amongst my personal acquaintances who I have discovered attended the counter protest were Muslims, Christians and Jews, international students and locals, the young

Partners in Innovation

Partners in Innovation Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ross Beroff

The Australian Government has an innovation agenda, and Israel, a small country halfway around the world may be the key to the goals of that agenda coming to fruition. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald (May 16, 2016) noted that, "it might not be a well-known fact in Australia, but Israel has

Editorial: The Terrorism Connection

Editorial: The Terrorism Connection Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In June, the South Australian Legislative Assembly passed a one-sided resolution, proposed by Labor MP Tony Piccolo, calling on the Australian Government to recognise the State of Palestine. The resolution pointed the finger at settlements as being a "major obstacle to peace", and said not a word a

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In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism

In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Former Middle East correspondent for The Australian John Lyons is right that objectivity doesn't come easy when reporting from Israel (Media, 31/7). His explanation for the claim, however, is not that information is harder to obtain in a conflict zone or that agendas are often opaque, but that Lyon

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