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The Last Word: Signing and Maligning

The Last Word: Signing and Maligning Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Amongst the outcomes of that conference was the "London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism", which has attracted many Australian signatories in recent days, including the Prime Minister, every member of the Federal Coalition, and leading NSW State MPs. In Australia, despite what those gullible e

Media Microscope: The Fading X-Factor Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

And so the Prisoner X story came full circle, with ABC "Foreign Correspondent" reporter Trevor Bormann on May 7 following up on his February 12 expose that Melbourne-born Ben Zygier was Israel's mysterious "Prisoner X". After the original broadcast, it appeared that Bormann's scoop had been largely

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ANZAC day in Israel

ANZAC day in Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The ANZAC Day memorial ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem saw an unusually high turnout last week. The respectful, yet modest, annual commemoration traditionally gathers, and caters to, mostly official Australian and New-Zealand representatives and diplomats

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The Last Word: Standing Up on the Bus

The Last Word: Standing Up on the Bus Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was horrible to watch, on an ordinary Sydney bus, on an ordinary day. A male, chronologically an adult, delivered a racist tirade directed at two other passengers.A young woman who recorded the incident on her phone told media that the targets of the abuse had done nothing which would have promp

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page

'Sue me Jew': horrific hate-speech by Australian students on anti-Israel Facebook page Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Student activism in NSW seems to be taking a dark turn. For those who follow this blog, it would not be especially surprising to hear that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel ('BDS') movement is steeped in antisemitism. ... In recent days, students at the University of New South Wa

Media Microscope: Intelligence Scared Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The tragic death of Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier continued to play out in the media long past the initial revelations on February 14, and much coverage contained speculation on whether Australian Jews could feel warmly toward Israel and remain loyal to Australia.

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

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".

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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

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