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Australia has been a good friend to Israel

Australia has been a good friend to Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Australia has been a good friend to Israel since before the establishment of the Jewish state. The friendship has transcended partisan politics, and been enhanced and promoted by successive leaders of both nations. Against this conducive backdrop, last week's historic first visit by Prime Minister

Netanyahu down under

Netanyahu down under Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Gareth Narunsky

Almost 100 years after the Australian Light Horse charge at Be'er Sheva paved the way for the events that led to the creation of the modern State of Israel, history was again made last month when Australia welcomed a sitting Israeli Prime Minister to its shores for the first time.

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Editorial: Making History Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It was always understood that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Australia was going to be making history. After all, it was the first such visit by a sitting Israeli Prime Minister in Israel's 69-years. What actually transpired, however, was indeed something profoundly historic f

AIJAC statement welcoming the outcome of the Parliamentary Joint Committee Inquiry into Freedom of Speech, including Sections 18C and 18D of the RDA

AIJAC statement welcoming the outcome of the Parliamentary Joint Committee Inquiry into Freedom of Speech, including Sections 18C and 18D of the RDA Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein

"AIJAC is pleased that the Australian Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia found no consensus for change to the wording of either clauses 18C or 18D of of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) - which we view as unnecessary and po

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Bibi's visit and the ties that bind

Bibi's visit and the ties that bind Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

AS Australia prepares to welcome the first ever visit by an Israeli Prime Minister, cooperation and dialogue between our two nations have never been stronger. It's a record of friendship over a hundred years that few countries can match - marked by shared democratic and egalitarian values, common c

AIJAC's submission to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech and article 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act Categories: Australasia, Monographs/ Submissions    

AIJAC's submission to the Australian Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia - including into the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) (including ss. 18C and 18D) and the complaints-handling procedures of th

Media Microscope: The ABCs of 18C Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

During November and December, members of the Australian Jewish community engaged in robust debate in the mainstream media over the pros and cons of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In the Spectator Australia (Nov. 12) Australian Jewish News publisher Robert Magid argued that "for anti-

The Last Word: Worlds Collide

The Last Word: Worlds Collide Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Despite some sensationalist headlines, there is no data to support the claim that antisemitism in Australia is "sharply increasing" or even "on the rise". But, while Australia is a tolerant, multicultural society, it is folly to ignore the reality that there are numerous antisemitic groups and indi

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AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

It's rare for a sitting prime minister to resign in New Zealand. It is unheard of for a sitting prime minister who is at the top of his game and riding high in the leader polls to do so. But, one fine day in November, that is just what New Zealand's now former Prime Minister John Key did...The forme

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