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The Last Word: On the Wilders Side

The Last Word: On the Wilders Side Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Jeremy Jones

When it was confirmed that the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders would be visiting Australia, supporters of Australia's model of cultural diversity considered the most appropriate responses. Given that Australia has a raft of federal and state laws designed to protect targets of racist demonisat

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Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X"

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

As a former head of the Australian Jewish community and now resident in Israel, I was bombarded with endless calls from the Israeli and global media soliciting comment on Ben Zygier, the Australian who committed suicide while in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison.

AIR New Zealand: Israel votes, NZ Watches

AIR New Zealand: Israel votes, NZ Watches Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Jumping to hasty assessments can often be a mistake but, sometimes, looking further into those same assessments can lead to interesting discoveries. When first asked to write a column about coverage of the recent Israeli elections in New Zealand I said, without too much thought, "there wasn't much".

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a great deal we don't know or that is pure speculation about the tragic story of Ben Zygier/Prisoner X. But here is one thing we absolutely do know about this saga - the NGO Human Rights Watch again demonstrated that it does not need any confirmed facts whatsoever to condemn Israel. The o

Editorial: Compelling Case for a Ban Categories: Australasia, International Security, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent announcement by Bulgarian authorities that two Hezbollah agents - including one Australian national - were being sought in connection with the deadly July 2012 Burgas bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists should serve as a wake up call for Australia, EU and the wider global commun


Israel's official statement on "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates    

AIJAC has obviously been following closely the reporting and speculation - both in Australia and Israel - concerning the case of "Prisoner X" who died in 2010 in an Israeli prison, and is alleged to have been Melbourne-born Australian-Israeli dual citizen Ben Zygier. While we can add little to what

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's mission "To set Israel on fire"

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's mission "To set Israel on fire" Categories: Australasia, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

The principle argument being made by opponents of strong action against Iran's nuclear program is that Iran is a "rational" actor, whose regime values survival above all else and a nuclear Iran can be contained just as the Soviet Union was during the Cold War. Now a new report offers yet more evide

AIJAC Statement: Federal Election date Categories: Australasia, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein

"The scheduling of the Federal Election on Yom Kippur is of course somewhat disappointing, especially for those members of our community - be they politicians, political party members, campaign workers, canvassers, scrutineers or voters - who won't be able to engage on election day as they normally

Media Microscope: Hagelian Dialectics Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

US President Barack Obama's nomination of controversial former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next Defence-Secretary excited many local America watchers - with pro-Hagel enthusiasts celebrating his views on Israel, Iran, and Iraq while failing to inform readers of his more problematic stances

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

For the 12 month period ending September 30, 2012, 543 incidents of "racist violence" (using the definition adopted for more than 20 years by the Federal Government) against Jewish Australians were documented by Jewish organisations in Australia. These incidents included physical assaults, vandalism

Editorial: After the Ballot, the Hard Part Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The ballots have been counted for Israel's 19th Knesset, and Israelis have demonstrated once again why the Middle East's first genuine democracy is still the most mature and successful - a country where every citizen, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or political persuasion has an equal opp

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On Friday January 18 at the close of the Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) conference in Perth, Foreign Minister the Hon Senator Bob Carr and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague released a joint statement on the Middle East peace process, condemning Israel's settlements as "illegal unde

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