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Bi-partisan support in Australia for Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks

Bi-partisan support in Australia for Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks Categories: Australasia, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As ‘Operation Pillar of Defence' enters its third day, rockets have gone from shelling southern Israel to threatening Tel Aviv - placing millions of Israelis in range of rocket attack. To date the Iron Dome missile defence system has intercepted 130 rockets, but some 300 rockets and mortars ha

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Media Microscope: Bidding Wars Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Australia's successful UN Security Council campaign garnered much coverage prior to and after the secret ballot on October 18. Before the vote, a number of commentators pontificated on whether the government's support for Israel at the UN would affect the bid.

Editorial: Taking Council Categories: Australasia, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The successful conclusion of Australia's long-fought efforts to gain a temporary seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) is very welcome. Congratulations are due to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr, his deputy Richard Marles, and all the professionals who crafted a winn

Australian anti-Israel activists must distance themselves from neo-Nazi sympathisers

Australian anti-Israel activists must distance themselves from neo-Nazi sympathisers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, NGOs, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

A group supported by a cross-section of Australia's anti-Israel movement has been revealed to be pedalling overt antisemitic propaganda. On 1 October, Jewish Agency for Israel employee Avi Mayer stumbled across an alarming tweet by the Free Gaza Movement ('FGM'), the principal organisers of the inf

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Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk

Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk Categories: Australasia, China, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In March this year the Australian government decided to block Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from bidding on the National Broadband Network (NBN) due to security risks.  Recently Canada stated its intention to exclude Huawei from helping it build a secure Canadian government communic

10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings

10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings Categories: Asia, Australasia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today marks ten years since the ‘Bali Bombings', which tragically killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians, and injured more than 240. For many Australians, the memory of the Bali bombings are now part of our collective national consciousness, an acute awareness of the e

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe told Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National's "Breakfast" program  (17/9) that the "mainstream Zionist leadership from the very beginning understood that... they could not have a Jewish state as long as the Palestinians remained in Palestine". The fact is that

The Last Word: A History of Violence

The Last Word: A History of Violence Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

I look forward to the time when the antisemitic ratbags who claim Islamic authority, together with those who seek to create a wider conflict with all Western society, are clearly and unambiguously told that they have no call on solidarity with co-religionists - and when the prominent voices condemni

We still need race hate laws

We still need race hate laws Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

OUR society is founded on civility, tolerance and fair opportunity for all people, regardless of religion, racial or ethnic origins, to achieve their maximum potential. This is why it is a fundamental concern that Australia's laws against public expressions of racial hatred are being targeted for d

Scribblings: Abetting Iran at NAM Categories: Australasia, Iran, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It is very disappointing to read reports that Australia has announced it plans to send two senior Australian diplomats to Teheran to participate as "guests" in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference there from August 26 through 31. This forum is being exploited by the Iranian regime to gain suppo

Editorial: Race Hate and the Law Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Our society is founded on principles of civility, tolerance and the opportunity for all people, regardless of religion or racial or ethnic origins, to contribute to their maximum potential. This is why it is of fundamental concern when Australia's laws against public expressions of racial hatred are

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