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The Last Word: Don't strip away our Rights Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Not one, but three wide-ranging inquiries. Not one, but a body of court cases and judgements. Not one, but hundreds of resolved complaints. But only one, potentially disastrous draft piece of legislation. The debate over the Federal Government's move to repeal existing laws designed to give victims

Editorial: Upsetting the balance Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

For almost two decades, the provisions of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) have largely been working effectively to balance freedom of speech with protecting Australian citizens against racial vilification. Unfortunately, as written, the language of the exposure draft of the Freedom

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Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre

Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Bob Carr's interviews on Wednesday on the ABC's 7.30 and Lateline, spruiking the publication of his The Diary of a Foreign Minister, make various claims about what he refers to as the Melbourne "Israel lobby" exercising extraordinary influence over the office of prime minister Julia Gillard. Referr

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string?

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string? Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A report last week by Barak Ben-Shem in the Times of Israel analysed an outbreak of antisemitic comments that followed an application by Jews to the local council in the small English town of Bushey, seeking permission to establish an "eruv". It recalled a similar occurrence in the Sydney suburb of

Let's preserve our best legal weapon against racism

Let's preserve our best legal weapon against racism Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Jeremy Jones

THE frenetic game and tremendous atmosphere at the recent Sydney football derby, with Sydney FC triumphant over the Western Sydney Wanderers, were what I, and many other sports fans, would like to be our final memories of the game. Instead, the revelations of ­racial and religious abuse directe

Letter: Two states our vision Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

JOHN Lyons ("Distant ‘experts' choose to ignore Israeli realities", 8/3), did not address any of the substantive criticism levelled at his Four Corners program. Instead, he made new unsubstantiated allegations ­directed at critics. AIJAC has consistently argued that a negotiated two-state

Letter: Free speech has some boundaries Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial (6/3) correctly states that, "A free and robust exchange of ideas is essential to democracy" and laudably chastises University of Sydney academic Jake Lynch for attempting to stifle any such exchange via his discriminatory boycotts of Israeli academics. However, its call for the Austr

Red Hot Injustice

Red Hot Injustice Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams and Ahron Shapiro

The ABC's Four Corners, together with the Australian newspaper's Middle East correspondent John Lyons, produced a story, "Stone Cold Justice" about the alleged Israeli mistreatment of Palestinian minors it arrests in the West Bank. Their basic thesis is that Israel has a new policy of arresting Pale

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