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Hamas the real villain in attacks on friends and foe

Hamas the real villain in attacks on friends and foe Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Now the terms of a ceasefire have been agreed upon, Israel hopes this means the rockets from the Gaza Strip will stop, despite the fact rockets have already been fired into Israel from Gaza since the ceasefire came into effect. But, when a ceasefire was negotiated between Israel and Hamas in 2009,

Israel poll misleads Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As anyone acquainted with Israel and its people can attest, the conclusions of the poll of Israelis reported on in the Herald seem puzzling (''Poll finds Jewish Israeli support for segregation'', October 25). However, detailed scrutiny of the poll data and questions reveals that, in fact, the poll i

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We still need race hate laws

We still need race hate laws Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

OUR society is founded on civility, tolerance and fair opportunity for all people, regardless of religion, racial or ethnic origins, to achieve their maximum potential. This is why it is a fundamental concern that Australia's laws against public expressions of racial hatred are being targeted for d

Shameful rejection betrays the Olympic ideal

Shameful rejection betrays the Olympic ideal Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The London Olympic opening ceremony should have commemorated the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes, killed by the Palestinian terrorist group ''Black September'' at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Shamefully it did not. An official Olympic commemoration was rejected despite a g

Administrative detention: facts and figures

Administrative detention: facts and figures Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

A petition calling on Australian Jews to denounce Israel's administrative detention policy has apparently been circulating for some weeks without attracting much attention. The handful of signatories, including most of the regular anti-Israel crowd, claim that "the Palestinian prisoners' hunger stri

Obituary: Yitzhak Shamir 1915-2012

Obituary: Yitzhak Shamir 1915-2012 Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, aged 96, marks the departure of the last of the founding generation of Jewish leaders who devoted themselves to establishing, nurturing and securing a flourishing Jewish state. Steadfast, modest, dour, lacking the charisma, wealth and pow

Israeli music builds bridges

Israeli music builds bridges Categories: Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Andrea Nadel and Tzvi Fleischer

Anti-Israel activists have been sponsoring intense campaigns of intimidation, emotional blackmail and misinformation to encourage prominent musicians to boycott Israel by not performing there, as reported on June 4 ("Stars under fire for concerts in Israel"). These activists claim that they are act

Only way ahead is through talking

Only way ahead is through talking Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittleman

In his recent article, Robert Newton of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network offered Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr ("Carr should press Obama on peace for Israel and Palestine", June 4) some poor advice on moving forward with the Israeli-Palestinian Peace negotiations. Newton suggests tha

Our misguided boycotters

Our misguided boycotters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Peter Beinart's call for a boycott of Israelis in the West Bank opposes the policy advice of almost everyone involved in the debate on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Similarly, the choice of my friend and former colleague in AUJS, Liam Getreu, to adopt Beinart's policy has place Liam at-odds

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Before the deal that ended it last week, the recent Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in Israeli prisons was being presented as some kind of grand, Gandhi-esque "resistance" movement, pitting peaceful Palestinian "political prisoners" against cruel Israelis. This is certainly the impression that

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Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The question has arisen over Israel's position on the appalling situation in Syria, where the lives of over 9,000 civilians have been claimed in a crackdown on protesters and an insurrection by opposition groups. Some commentators have unfairly interpreted the Israeli government's comparative silen

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