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Netanyahu needs friends for action

Netanyahu needs friends for action Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This week's election in Israel has produced a legislature with broad ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, demonstrating yet again the strength and vitality of the Middle East's first genuine democracy. Under its proportional representation system, no party in Israeli history has ever received

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Predicting the outcome of Israeli elections is always tricky, but especially this year, as we witness a late surge by charismatic businessman Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party, which is drawing some support away from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud Beitenu list. Meanwhile, the strength

Friends and enemies colour BDS ideology

Friends and enemies colour BDS ideology Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The head of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, has received a number of high-profile condemnations over his recent decision to refuse to work with Hebrew University of Jerusalem academic Dan Avnon. This decision, made i

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Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox

Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In order to fully understand all the implications of the upgrade of Palestinian status to non-member observer state at the United Nations, it is worthwhile to begin by revisiting their more ambitious first attempt to bring Palestinian UN membership to a vote in the United Nations Security Council la

Carr's hectoring won't change Middle East Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is simply not true that Israel is ''continuously expanding Jewish settlements'' and ''creeping towards the de facto creation of a Greater Israel that swallows up the Palestinians and their land'' as Peter Hartcher and many of the Labor figures he spoke to for his story on Australia's vote on the

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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

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

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