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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.

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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

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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

The Last Word: Unspeakable Cruelty Categories: Australasia, Iran, Islamic Extremism     Author: Jeremy Jones

When speaking with a leader of the Baha'i community in Australia recently, our conversation inevitably turned to events in Iran. In May 2008, seven leaders of this community were seized from their families, imprisoned and faced allegations of grave seriousness. For 15 months, there have been regular

Julia and Friends in Jerusalem Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Julia Gillard's visit to Israel last month was a success, though it barely made a splash in the local Israeli media. The Deputy Prime Minister's meetings with Israeli leaders were described as a "substantive exchange" and these are expected to stimulate an overall upgrading of diversifying bilateral

Editorial: Talking Terrorism Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia, the West and many other countries, including many in the Arab and Muslim world, are engaged, against their will, in a struggle with groups that use violence in the name of an ideology rooted in one interpretation of a major world religion. This reality must be stated clearly – it cannot

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