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The Last Word: Worlds Collide

The Last Word: Worlds Collide Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Despite some sensationalist headlines, there is no data to support the claim that antisemitism in Australia is "sharply increasing" or even "on the rise". But, while Australia is a tolerant, multicultural society, it is folly to ignore the reality that there are numerous antisemitic groups and indi

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

It's rare for a sitting prime minister to resign in New Zealand. It is unheard of for a sitting prime minister who is at the top of his game and riding high in the leader polls to do so. But, one fine day in November, that is just what New Zealand's now former Prime Minister John Key did...The forme

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Noted and Quoted - December 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia    

The Federal Court's dismissal of a racial vilification charge under Section 18C against three Queensland University of Technology students, and developments in the case against Australian cartoonist Bill Leak, reenergised the debate on the merits of the 20-year-old civil legislation - with PM Malcol

Senators in glass houses

Senators in glass houses Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When an attempt by a member of the Jewish community to book a council venue for an event featuring One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts was rebuffed by the Council for operational reasons, Senator Roberts accused the Council of antisemitism, of all things, in a post on his Facebook

Be'er Sheva in Bondi

Be'er Sheva in Bondi Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Defence cooperation between Australian and Israel has taken a major step forward with the release late last month of a joint report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Israel-based Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA). The report, "The Wattle and the Olive", was c

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AIJAC statement on the announcement of a federal parliamentary inquiry into 18c

AIJAC statement on the announcement of a federal parliamentary inquiry into 18c Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media Releases, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today commented on the announcement by Attorney-General The Hon George Brandis QC of a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech, including sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and how the Australian Human Right

Media Microscope: Death of a Statesman Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

With the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace dim, Shimon Peres' passing was inevitability refracted through the prism of today's geo-political environment. In the Australian (Sept. 29), foreign editor Greg Sheridan wrote Peres' death "may well mark the death of the modern Arab-Israeli peace pro

The Last Word: Over - and Out!

The Last Word: Over - and Out! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

"I'm over God", Peter Goers wrote in a column in Adelaide's Sunday tabloid in October. Whether or not Goers actually now is "over God" is far less of a concern, or even interest, than the fact he appears to be "over" some other things - such as truth, decency, dignity and civil discourse.In a colum

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Media Microscope: Tripping up Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The controversy over Labor Senator Sam Dastyari's acceptance of money from people with links to the Chinese Communist party (and allegations that this may have influenced his stance on China) saw the issue of federal Australian MPs taking study tours to Israel become a topic of debate. Much of the

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