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Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

Lee Rhiannon's sin of omission

Lee Rhiannon's sin of omission Categories: Australasia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has never missed an opportunity to name countries that import live Australian cattle, especially when cases of abuse arise, and often right in the headline of her media releases and tweets. It's more than a little curious then, that when t

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

IT would be difficult to have missed the recent campaign in these pages and elsewhere against section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes conduct unlawful where it is done because of someone's race/ethnicity and is reasonably likely to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" them. F

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The Last Word: Far from Incidental

The Last Word: Far from Incidental Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

With millions of interactions between Jewish and other Australians each day, it is perhaps unsurprising, although disappointing, that some of them are unpleasant - or worse. We may live in a country without institutional antisemitism, but that does not mean there are neither organisations nor indiv

Media Microscope: Polonium and Bolognium Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

A Swiss lab's finding of elevated levels of the radioactive element polonium-210 in samples taken from Yasser Arafat's body suggesting he might have been poisoned - released days before the ninth anniversary of his death - proved to be media gold. It also served as a good promo for al-Jazeera, which

Myths and Facts about 18C

Myths and Facts about 18C Categories: Australasia     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

There has been much comment over the past month on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act - the Federal law against racial vilification. The provision makes conduct unlawful when it is done "because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin" of a person or group of persons, and it is re

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The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, United States, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In June, AIJAC took a look back at the coverage of the Six Day War of 1967 in two major Australian newspapers, the Age of Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald. Now, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, we open the archives once again to look at the coverage of that war

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Australian National University has come under fire for hosting a conference purporting to focus on "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories". ... Academics are, no doubt, free to invite whomever they choose to present on any issue and to air any views they se

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have a very clear memory of September 11, 2001. Having represented the World Jewish Congress at the NGO Forum preceding the United Nations' now notorious "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban, South Africa, and been on the Australian Government delegation to the UN Conference, the Jewish com

Media Microscope: Legal Beagles Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Some media professionals were especially concerned over what potential changes might be made to foreign policy regarding Israel by an incoming federal Liberal/National government. The day before the federal election, James Carleton reported on how Labor and the Coalition differ on the legality of I

The Fate of the Fringe

The Fate of the Fringe Categories: Australasia     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz & Anthony Orkin

Last month, AIR profiled a number of minor fringe parties running in the federal election. This month, we return to see how they performed. The results and estimated preference flows used in this article are based on the ABC's Senate Election calculator and Australian Electoral Commission websites a

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Editorial: The Next Three Years Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Coalition's decisive victory on September 7 opens a new chapter in Australian politics. The system, for all its flaws and quirks, worked once again. The Australian people were given an opportunity to hear from the parties and the candidates, weigh the pros and cons, and choose their preferred pa

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