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The Good, the Bad, the Very Ugly Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

In a truly disgusting piece in the Business section of the January 17 Age, for which the paper subsequently apologised, Michael Backman ludicrously claimed that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is "at the nub" of the 9/11, Bali and London terror attacks and solely responsible for Muslim enmity

The Last Word: An Intolerable Tolerance Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Mixed with chants such as "Bomb the Jews" and children bearing placards bemoaning that Jews didn't get enough Nazi treatment, were many posters and signs claiming Israel/Jews were perpetrating a Holocaust, that the Star of David was the same as the swastika and/or that the Jewish people are involved

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The Last Word: Offence and Threats Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

When some Sydney teenagers created a group on the social networking internet platform "Facebook", on which they posted photos of poorly or creatively parked vehicles and made infantile and sometimes offensive comments about Jews, they were apparently oblivious to the public nature of their activitie

Media Microscope: Lessons from Mumbai Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Terrorism     Author: Jamie Hyams

As tends to be the case after any major terrorist attack, media commentators and editorial writers reacted to the Mumbai atrocity by trying to extract lessons for the benefit of their loyal readers. Two Age editorials were careful to appropriately condemn the terrorists, but still inappropriately pu

UN-healthy Fixations Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, United Nations     Author: Adam Frey

Continuing its yearly tradition, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) debated and voted on a cavalcade of recycled anti-Israel resolutions during its November sessions. This annual rehashing of the same anti-Israel ritual presents an opportunity to review Australia's voting record on the issue

Editorial: Failing the Grade Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Majority report's politicised approach to the inquiry was very disappointing, as there are legitimate and serious issues regarding bias and intimidation at Australian universities that concern students, and should concern legislators of all political stripes.

Antisemitism in Australia - 2007/08 Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Reference     Author: Jeremy Jones

During the twelve months ending September 30, 2008, 652 reports were recorded of "racist violence" against Jewish Australians. These incidents included physical assault, vandalism, threatening telephone calls, hate mail, graffiti, leaflets, posters and abusive emails. This exceeded by 2% the previou

The Last Word: Analysing Australian Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

The raw data on anti-Jewish assaults, vandalism and harassment in Australia makes for sobering reading. In the 12 month period concluding on September 30, 2008, Jewish communal institutions in Australia received a total of 652 reports of incidents which unambiguously fall under the definition of "Ra

Keyed Up In Wellington Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Given the consistency of the pre-election polls, the results of the New Zealand election on Nov. 8 would have come as a shock to few Kiwis - John Key's National party handily defeated the Labour party, led by Helen Clark, the prime minister for the past (almost) 9 years.

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