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The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Festival of Chanukah, which this year was celebrated in early December, has come to be identified with the concept of religious freedom. In many communal and public candle-lighting ceremonies, this theme was dominant, with the right to worship freely celebrated and restrictions on this freedom

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Editorial: Israeli Innovation Inspires Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This past month has seen a celebration of Israeli innovation in Australia. This focus culminated in the Australian Government's release of its new innovation strategy, in which Israel's experience was an obviously useful model in promoting Australia's start-up aspirations.

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Israel’s Chief Scientist visits Australia

Israel’s Chief Scientist visits Australia Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a major policy priority for the Turnbull Government, and it is expected to launch its new statement on the subject this month. Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy recently said that the new policies would be "a complete game changer for our country".  Therefore, the tim

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

In mid-November 2005, Australians came together as never before. Women in hijabs hugging Jewish men in caps, Doc Martens-heeled youths locking arms with Indigenous elders - celebrating together as Australia defeated Uruguay at the Sydney Olympic Stadium to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A dec

Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind

Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

One of Australia's most versatile public intellectuals, Monk's unique background as literary critic, China expert, author, poet and founder of the Austhink consultancy, has fed an exceptionally erudite writer's journalistic crop while history journeyed from the Cold War's passage to the Islamist thr

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On November 22, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop received the "Torch of Learning" award from Australian Friends of Hebrew University in Sydney. On accepting the award, Ms Bishop delivered a strong speech in which she said, "Tonight, in accepting the Torch of Learning Award, I commit anew to the powerf

Israeli innovation inspiring Australians

Israeli innovation inspiring Australians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a centrepiece of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's agenda for Australia - and the government is looking to Israel for inspiration. At the forefront of planning this agenda is Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, who together with Robogals founder and 2012 Young Au

Noted and Quoted - November 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Abdolhossein Vahaji, Iran's Ambassador to Australia, told Fairfax's David Wroe (Sept. 12) his country supports the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad because without him "the situation is going to be worse...who is going to take over?...ISIS is going to take over." Wroe sensibly noted, "the regime h

Media Microscope: The Knife's Edge Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The upsurge in Palestinian terror and Israeli countermeasures received mixed media coverage. Fairfax correspondent Ruth Pollard (Oct. 18) held both Israelis and Palestinians guilty of incitement, but largely downplayed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' responsibility.

The Last Word: A Date to Remember

The Last Word: A Date to Remember Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

October 28, 1965 is a date which should be respected and honoured. It was on this day, at the meeting of the Second Vatican Council, that the Catholic Church adopted the declaration Nostra Aetate, effectively acknowledging that close to two millennia of teaching of contempt towards Jews had brought

Noted and Quoted - October 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Beverley O'Connor interviewed radical Palestinian British activist Ghada Karmi who was attending the Melbourne Writers' Festival. Karmi backed the Palestinian Authority's (PA) call for the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations, because "the Palestinians for so long have been left out

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