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Letter: Free speech has some boundaries Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial (6/3) correctly states that, "A free and robust exchange of ideas is essential to democracy" and laudably chastises University of Sydney academic Jake Lynch for attempting to stifle any such exchange via his discriminatory boycotts of Israeli academics. However, its call for the Austr

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Red Hot Injustice

Red Hot Injustice Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams and Ahron Shapiro

The ABC's Four Corners, together with the Australian newspaper's Middle East correspondent John Lyons, produced a story, "Stone Cold Justice" about the alleged Israeli mistreatment of Palestinian minors it arrests in the West Bank. Their basic thesis is that Israel has a new policy of arresting Pale


Editorial: Honouring Sharon's Legacy Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on January 11, will surely be remembered as one of Israel's greatest military and political leaders. This is not because he was universally beloved - he was not - nor because his judgement was necessarily always superior - on the contrary,

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

Lee Rhiannon's sin of omission

Lee Rhiannon's sin of omission Categories: Australasia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has never missed an opportunity to name countries that import live Australian cattle, especially when cases of abuse arise, and often right in the headline of her media releases and tweets. It's more than a little curious then, that when t

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

IT would be difficult to have missed the recent campaign in these pages and elsewhere against section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes conduct unlawful where it is done because of someone's race/ethnicity and is reasonably likely to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" them. F

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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

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