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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

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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

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

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

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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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