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Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In the Australian (25/5) academic Philip Mendes analysed the conceptual and practical flaws underpinning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement noting that it "is a by-product of the second Palestinian intifada and the collapse of the Oslo peace process.... It is essentially war by other mea

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Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria Categories: Australasia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabi

Media Microscope: Starved of information

Media Microscope: Starved of information Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The humanity of Israel's system of administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners was the main interest when Israeli-Palestinian issues were covered in the first two weeks of May. On May 7, Ruth Pollard wrote in the Age/Sydney Morning Herald that "the number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger st

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic

"Nakba Day" protest did more than stop traffic Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The recent "Nakba Day" protests in Sydney attracted some controversy due to a ruling by NSW Supreme Court Justice Christine Adamson allowing the protesters to block peak-hour traffic in the centre of Sydney's CBD. Adamson drew particular criticism for likening "Nakba Day" – a Palestinian comme

Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians

Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Even as some Australian Palestinians and their supporters spent Tuesday evening disrupting commuters in Sydney in the course of their Nakba Day protests against Israel, SBS World News ran a segment on the recent resettlement of several dozen Iraqi Palestinian refugees in Australia. (While the

Israel as a teacher of innovation

Israel as a teacher of innovation Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

People from around the world are traveling to Israel to learn from its innovation and economic success. Israel's President Shimon Peres recently told a visiting Australian delegation that included Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten, that part of the secret to Israel's economic success was tha

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid Categories: Australasia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Australian Budget was announced on May 8, and in order to bring the budget into surplus the Government decided to delay its promise to raise foreign aid spending to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) by 2015/16, pushing this goal back until 2016-2017. This blog post looks at highlights

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Australian's John Lyons (5/5) reported on an Israeli law passed during the Second Intifada in 2003 designed to prevent terrorists exploiting family reunion laws to enter Israel. This has meant Israeli Arab Taiseer Khatib's wife, Lana, who is from Jenin on the West Bank, can only stay in Israel

The Last Word: QandA-ary

The Last Word: QandA-ary Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have known Cardinal George Pell for a number of years, discussed Middle East politics over a kosher meal he arranged for me in his home, worked with him on a range of matters of Catholic-Jewish concern and had any disagreements treated respectfully and graciously. In that light, watching him on AB

Now on Air: Lunar TV

Now on Air: Lunar TV Categories: Australasia     Author: Allon Lee

Readers with long memories will remember the antics of the Citizens' Electoral Council (CEC) - the local followers of convicted American fraudster and conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, who have mostly disappeared from the headlines over the past decade. But since January, all that conspiratorial

 Iran and the Huawei controversy

Iran and the Huawei controversy Categories: Australasia, China, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the Australian media has been focused on news that the Australian government blocked the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the national broadband network (NBN). While most commentators are discussing the cyber security concerns, few are raising Huawei's question

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Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

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