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Media Microscope: Housing Crisis Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

On ABC TV, Anne Barker declared, "The growth of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank is the biggest obstacle to peace." Apparently the ongoing Palestinian terror and refusal to even talk come somewhere behind the building of houses.

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AIR New Zealand: Kiwis in Turtle Bay Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

In several columns last year I wrote that the diplomatic relationship between New Zealand and Israel appeared to be improving - due to the new more Israel-friendly National-led government and the imminent reopening of an Israeli Embassy in Wellington.

The Last Word: Peer Pressure Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Australian think-alikes distributed curricula vitae of their spokespersons, looking suspiciously like job applications, with anti-Israel disinformation, while urging Australians to exploit the Open as an opportunity to join the defamation of all Israelis.

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Media MIcroscope: Siege Mentality Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

The media predictably commemorated the anniversary of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza with pieces and reports bemoaning the continuing state of "siege". Many failed to blame Hamas for this situation, which would be remedied if Hamas renounces violence, recognises Israel and accepts existing agr

Media Microscope: Cracking the Codes Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

AIJAC was confident that Bowen's comments were in breach of both the Codes and the Directive, so we sent a formal complaint to the SBS Ombudsman. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the rights to the disputed land, yet Bowen clearly arbitrates in favour of the Palestinian claim.

Climate of Hate Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Virtually every day I see one or more reports of a Jewish person being assaulted, Jewish communal property vandalised, abusive and threatening emails, offensive letters and telephone calls or abuse yelled at identifiably Jewish people from passing vehicles.

Media Microscope: Questionable Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

It has become increasingly noticeable that while the ABC TV show "Q & A" sometimes features members of the Muslim community who are also effectively there representing their community, Jewish individuals featured tend to be those strongly critical of Israel.

AIR New Zealand: UN-Focused Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

When the report on the United Nations inquiry into the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict was released, I immediately thought that it would be interesting to observe what type of comment it generated in New Zealand. Although Kiwis often have little time for the United Nations, the conflict itself had

Media Microscope: Settling for Spin Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

Much of our media has taken the Palestinian line that the settlements are the main obstacle to peace. Unfortunately, not only are the settlements focused on too heavily, at the expense of the real problem - especially continued Palestinian intransigence and division - but many reports on the West Ba

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