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On the Fringe

On the Fringe Categories: Australasia     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz & Anthony Orkin

Also running in this election are a plethora of minor parties - some of them single-issue lists; some of them attempting to provide a voice for under-represented constituencies; some of them quirky; some of them built around a well-known local identity. However, others represent voices of political

Editorial: Showdown in September Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On September 7, Australians will be privileged again to make their democratic choice regarding the country's future direction. That choice also challenges members of Australia's Jewish community, who, like their countrymen, must decide between competing parties and candidates, each coming to the tab

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The Last Word: There ought to be a law against it

The Last Word: There ought to be a law against it Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Not that long ago, if you entered the terms "Jew" and "Australia" into one particularly ubiquitous search engine, the first links to appear were to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other antisemitic conspiracy theories. When the company which ran the search engine was informed, its answer, i

The Biblio File: Faithfully Offensive

The Biblio File: Faithfully Offensive Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: John Levi

Jane Caro, explains that she is an atheist and introduces the book by writing how "revealing (it was) to me personally to see what we all agree on" with "grace, humour, civility, flexibility and decency." If only those words were true. It is hardly gracious of Antony Loewenstein to dub the only Jewi

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Defend those who are bullied

Defend those who are bullied Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Given the very real harm that victims of racial abuse suffer, it is not appropriate to tell them to just "shut up and take it". Not being offended may not necessarily be a right, but it is certainly not a duty. If we are serious about stamping out racism, we have to attach negative consequences to i

Return to sender

Return to sender Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A kerfuffle raised by Australian Palestinian activists over Australia Post's recent joint issue stamp with Israel offers a teachable moment about the nature of Palestinian activism Down Under. The incident offers yet more evidence that there is nothing pro-peace about these activists, who often cla

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Amongst the outcomes of that conference was the "London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism", which has attracted many Australian signatories in recent days, including the Prime Minister, every member of the Federal Coalition, and leading NSW State MPs. In Australia, despite what those gullible e

Media Microscope: The Fading X-Factor Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

And so the Prisoner X story came full circle, with ABC "Foreign Correspondent" reporter Trevor Bormann on May 7 following up on his February 12 expose that Melbourne-born Ben Zygier was Israel's mysterious "Prisoner X". After the original broadcast, it appeared that Bormann's scoop had been largely

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