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Essay: A Distant Affinity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Geopolitically, there is little reason to expect Australia and Israel to have any closer relationship than any other two states of a comparable size and similar distance from one another... But in reality, over the past 60 years the relationship has been at an entirely different level from any simil

Editorial: An Amazing 60 Years Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's story over the last 60 years has been an amazing and inspiring one. In the welter of debate over terrorism and violence, peace plans and peace processes, accusation and counter-accusation, it is easy to lose sight of what can only be regarded as a remarkable record.

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Media Microscope: Latest from Ramsey Street Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey has become known for writing his articles by quoting at length and endorsing those with whom he agrees - as well as for his vitriolic attacks on Israel. So the occasion of the parliamentary motion congratulating Israel on its 60th anniversary could not be


The Last Word: Australian Vision Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

The occasion of the Parliamentary apology offered to Indigenous Australians gives cause for reflection. When I attended the inaugural meeting of Faith Communities for Aboriginal Reconciliation on behalf of the Jewish community, I was overwhelmed by the high regard in which so many Indigenous lead

AIR New Zealand: Columns and Calumny Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Miriam Bell

Happily searching for a good merlot at the local supermarket, I sensed rather than heard the commotion in a distant part of the store. On listening more closely, I could hear a familiar voice saying something about Israel. Curiosity piqued, and clasping my bottle of wine, I headed towards the checko

Editorial: Sorry - An Inspirational First Step Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last month, Kevin Rudd used the occasion of his first parliamentary sitting as Prime Minister to make history: he apologised to Indigenous Australians, and particularly the Stolen Generations, for the policies and practices of past Australian governments.

UN-reformed Categories: Australasia, International Security, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Adam Frey

The General Assembly routinely promotes and passes blatantly one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions; the UN Human Rights Council ...has so far been no better than its predecessor; and there are four distinct bodies within the UN bureaucracy that are devoted solely to advancing the Palestinian narrative

The Last Word: Youth: Faithful and Empowered Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

To meet Luluk Nur Hamidah is to be impressed. A dynamic, irrepressible academic, poet and political activist with Indonesia?s - and most likely the world?s - largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, Luluk expressed opinions on virtually every topic raised at the inaugural Youth Interfaith Foru

Canberra and Jerusalem: A New Era begins Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Middle East     Author: Allon Lee

A change of government always ushers in new emphases, personnel, policies and preferences. AIR therefore sought the views of a number of knowledgeable and interested figures in Australia and Israel, asking them both to evaluate the current state of Australia-Israel relations and assess how the new R

AIR New Zealand: Grave Matters Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

In October, a Jewish cemetery in Wellington was desecrated. Again. Like many Jewish New Zealanders, when I heard about the latest attack I had a sad sense of deja vu. This sort of thing should not, and is not meant to, happen in our "fair go for all", egalitarian country. But it does.

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The Last Word: The Worst of Years Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

In late November, the US Justice Department released the FBI's 2006 Hate Crime Statistics. While few who follow the media will be surprised to read of 156 'Anti-Islamic' incidents, the 967 'Anti-Jewish' attacks in the same table provides a rare perspective.

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