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

Executive Council of Australian Jewry Public Affairs Director Alex Ryvchin ridiculed Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki's declaration that Palestinians will sue Britain for the 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish national home in Palestine. Ryvchin noted that the Declaration did

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

On August 29, the Age, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald websites ran a Washington Post report about the controversial Palestinian village of Susiya in Area C of the West Bank - that is the area under full Israeli control, with relatively few Palestinian residents. The Israeli courts have or

On the Fringe

On the Fringe Categories: Australasia     Author: Jamie Hyams

While the Greens can hardly be called a minor party any longer, some of the party's views on certain issues, and especially those held by some members, are very concerning to the Jewish community. The Greens would have mixed feelings about their results. They still hold only one seat in the House o

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Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C

Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Clause 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has recently been subject to intense criticism on ideological grounds, but many opponents misrepresent the actual operation of the Act. These efforts have been overwhelmingly rejected by a broad cross-section of Australia's diverse communities - reflected

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed”

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed” Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Interfaith Dialogue, Updates     Author: Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council's Director of Community and of International Affairs, who has unparalleled experience in the operation of the Federal Race Discrimination laws, has responded to comments by a number of cross-bench senators who have called for the abolition

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable. Diverting it to a militant organisation that carries out attacks against civilians is simply evil. It is now common knowledge that Hamas - the designated terrorist organisation which rules the Gaza Strip - has for years been diverting cement and other mater

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

Fairfax's Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers (June 10) ran a Washington Post report on the June 8 terror attack in Tel Aviv in which four Israelis were murdered in a café with the headline, "Deadly Shooting at mall opposite defence HQ." The report itself merely stated that "the attacks

AIJAC Condemns Mosque Attacks

AIJAC Condemns Mosque Attacks Categories: Australasia, Media Releases    

Every Australian should be alarmed by the two recent anti-Islamic hate crimes near Perth. These deplorable incidents included the firebombing of a vehicle and spray-painting vile graffiti outside a mosque at an Islamic school and the placement of a pig's head outside another mosque.

Politically right, but very wrong

Politically right, but very wrong Categories: Australasia, Far Right, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Glen Falkenstein & Gareth Narunsky

There are a number of far-right parties to be wary of in the 2016 federal election - including some whose radical views are not obvious or widely recognised. Populist anti-immigration and anti-multiculturalism minor parties have long been a persistent but largely marginal feature of Australian polit

The Greens and Israel

The Greens and Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Pre-election polling and analysis suggests the Australian Greens party is likely to pick up one or more lower house seats this election - on top of retaining the seat of Melbourne. This gives it the potential to not only hold the balance of power in the Senate, but if a hung parliament results from

Minor Key

Minor Key Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jamie Hyams

The Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), having secured more Senate primary votes in South Australia than the ALP at the 2013 election, will likely achieve three or even four Senate seats there this time. Running candidates in all SA electorates, it is also slightly favoured to gain the lower house seat of May

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