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AIJAC letter to ANU Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Media Releases, Media/ Academia    

On September 4, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) wrote to the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Australian National University Professor Ian Young AO, to raise concerns regarding the one-sided nature of the "Human Rights in Palestine Conference" that runs from 10-12 Septe

Viewing Australia's election from Israel and elsewhere

Viewing Australia's election from Israel and elsewhere Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Australia we have a new government, following the Liberal/National Party's (‘the Coalition') sweeping election victory on September 7. While Australians have been heavily focused on the election campaign, its aftermath, and the effect of the change of government in terms of a number of dome

Statement: AIJAC congratulates Tony Abbott and the Coalition on election victory, calls for bipartisan approach to Israel

Statement: AIJAC congratulates Tony Abbott and the Coalition on election victory, calls for bipartisan approach to Israel Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Media Releases    

AIJAC congratulates Tony Abbott and the Coalition on their election victory. Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister-elect Julie Bishop with their colleagues have been exceptional friends of Israel and the Jewish community in Opposition and we look forward to this steadfast support con

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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

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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

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

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

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