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Editorial: Nuclear Shortsightedness Categories: Asia, Australasia, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On April 22, in the context of the Australian state visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea ominously and outrageously threatened to target Australia with a nuclear strike should it follow the US lead in isolating Pyongyang. This event should draw attention to the need for Australia to c

Noted and Quoted - April 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Fairfax chief correspondent Paul McGeough used Israeli PM Binyamin's Netanyahu's visit to Australia to attempt to put Israel in the same class as North Korea - claiming parallels between the failed 1997 poisoning assassination attempt on Hamas chief Khaled Meshal in neighbouring Jordan and the fatal

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Media Microscope: All at Sea over 18C Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

At the start of March, the report of the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech - recommending changes to the process for handling 18C cases but offering no consensus on the changing the wording of 18C and 18D - seemed to mark the end of the campaign to gut Australia's race hatred laws

Editorial: Multiculturalism and 18C Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) makes no sense. The Parliamentary Inquiry into this provision, to which AIJAC provided a comprehensive submission and then, by invitation, extensive oral evidence, did not conclude that changing 18C was the best course.


Noted and Quoted - March 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

The media's fixation on Australian business people's Jewish background is alive and well. In the Australian (Feb. 10), Graham Richardson critiqued PM Malcolm Turnbull's speech that called Bill Shorten a hypocrite for attacking his wealth whilst he himself meets with "Dick Pratt and Solly Lew and Li

Media Microscope: Unrecognisable Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Australia became a soapbox for some former senior Labor figures to call for Australian recognition of a State of Palestine... The anti-recognition case, however, was made in editorials and op-eds based on reasoned debate and not declarative statements.

AIR New Zealand: UNSC 2334 shockwaves

AIR New Zealand: UNSC 2334 shockwaves Categories: Australasia, Israel, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

United Nations Resolution 2334 came screaming out of the blue, just before Christmas. The "anti-settlement" resolution itself, which passed after the US broke with convention and abstained, was disturbing enough. But for Jewish New Zealanders it was particularly shocking.

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

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