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The Last Word: Un-credible

The Last Word: Un-credible Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

At an Australian Union of Students conference some decades ago, Ali Kazak, claiming to represent Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organisation, was standing behind a table piled with leaflets and booklets. He started giving a presentation on the PLO, in which he made terrorists and hate mongers

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Back to Beersheba

Back to Beersheba Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Even before departing Australia for the landmark historic commemoration at Beersheba, the excitement was palpable. Flights to Israel, connecting through Asia, were heavily booked. One could not be unmoved by the unusual sight of row upon row of Australians flocking from city and countryside alike, p

Danby vs the ABC

Danby vs the ABC Categories: Australasia, Jordan, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

You'd think that, with its $1 billion budget, the ABC could handle a little criticism. Not so, as Melbourne Ports ALP MP Michael Danby recently discovered. In late September, Danby had the temerity to use his electoral allowance to run two advertisements in the Australian Jewish News questioning th

Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims

Letter: Inaccurate Beersheba claims Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

Peter Boyer ("History bent to shape to fit Anzac devotion" November 7) claims Beersheba had never been a Jewish town. In fact, it was founded by Jews in biblical times, and has a Hebrew name, meaning Seven Wells. The reason it had few Jews up to 1947 is that they had been driven out in Arab rioting.

Noted and Quoted - November 2017

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

Lowy Institute analyst Rodger Shanahan bizarrely argued that "much of Iran's attraction in the Arab world is the result of discriminatory policies towards Shia populations in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, or the unwillingness of Arab states... to compete diplomatically or economically with Iran..." Sin

Media Microscope: Trial by Media

Media Microscope: Trial by Media Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

If you are a high profile supporter of Israel and criticise the reporting of a Middle East correspondent, prepare for blowback, even if what you say is completely correct. Federal Labor MP Michael Danby experienced trial by media over two ads in the Australian Jewish News (Sept. 28/Oct. 5) question

AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise

AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Ardern's views on Israel are simply unknown. While she spent time in Israel as president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she hasn't yet made any public comment about Israel-related issues. Balancing out these uncertainties is Peters who will become both Deputy Prime Minister and Fore

Noted and Quoted - October 2017

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

Visiting Beirut-based British correspondent Robert Fisk was typically opinionated and ill-informed on Melbourne ABC Radio 774 "Conversation Hour" (Sept. 4). According to Fisk, "when I go to Israel... I have the habit as most Westerners do who want to believe that Israel is a good state, of going to

Media Microscope: Split Decision

Media Microscope: Split Decision Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Whether it was genuine or a publicity stunt, Hamas' announcement that it is willing to talk about a unity government with its secular Fatah rival and even hold elections certainly was a rare example of Palestinian internal politics that made the mainstream media sit up and pay attention.

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Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan

Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan Categories: Australasia, Europe, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Amidst the chaos and turmoil of the volatile Middle East, there is a long-suffering people that have been denied self-determination continuously for almost a century... I am not referring to the Palestinians, who have rejected several opportunities to establish their own state... I am talking about

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