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Poor Advice Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In a March 9 Age piece, the ANU's Amin Saikal took it upon himself to advise Barak Obama on Middle East policy. He claimed the Bush Administration's policy had "denied Hamas its right to exercise power as the democratic choice of the Palestinian people." This is untrue.

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Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Monographs/ Submissions     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled supp

Wild and Woollacott Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

A review by Guardian writer Martin Woollacott of Patrick Tyler's book A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East appeared in the "Panorama" section of the February 14 Canberra Times. Tyler strongly criticises US actions in the Middle East and Woollacott, a long time critic of Israel, strongly ag

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Media Microscope: Wrong on the Right Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

The Feb. 12 Age and Herald editorials both wrongly claimed that Netanyahu rejects a two-state solution and the peace process, and portrayed Israel's election results as a blow for peace, implicitly absolving the Palestinians of any responsibility for the state of the peace process.

The Good, the Bad, the Very Ugly Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

In a truly disgusting piece in the Business section of the January 17 Age, for which the paper subsequently apologised, Michael Backman ludicrously claimed that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is "at the nub" of the 9/11, Bali and London terror attacks and solely responsible for Muslim enmity

The Last Word: An Intolerable Tolerance Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Mixed with chants such as "Bomb the Jews" and children bearing placards bemoaning that Jews didn't get enough Nazi treatment, were many posters and signs claiming Israel/Jews were perpetrating a Holocaust, that the Star of David was the same as the swastika and/or that the Jewish people are involved

Media Microscope: Lessons from Mumbai Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Terrorism     Author: Jamie Hyams

As tends to be the case after any major terrorist attack, media commentators and editorial writers reacted to the Mumbai atrocity by trying to extract lessons for the benefit of their loyal readers. Two Age editorials were careful to appropriately condemn the terrorists, but still inappropriately pu

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Editorial: Failing the Grade Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Majority report's politicised approach to the inquiry was very disappointing, as there are legitimate and serious issues regarding bias and intimidation at Australian universities that concern students, and should concern legislators of all political stripes.

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