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At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Fairfax columnist Ruby Hamad recent blog is an impassioned plea to ignore what she calls the "symbolic" Olympic Truce principle - of setting aside conflicts for the sake of the games - and instead embrace the demonisation and singling out of Israeli athletes at the Olympics, because, in her view, t

The Syrian situation and policy alternatives Categories: Syria, Updates    

This Update contains some recent information on the ongoing, bloody Syrian civil war. It also contains some analysis suggesting Western policy, led by the US, is not working - with some proposed alternatives provided by knowledgeable sources.

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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

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The aftermath of Turkey's failed coup Categories: Turkey, Updates    

This Update deals with analysis of what happens now with Turkey - both domestically and in terms of its foreign relations - in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on Friday. (A good general summary and backgrounder on the coup and its aftermath comes from American scholar Michael Rubin.)

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel Categories: America, Israel, Updates     Author: Aaron Torop

Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do expr

Bibi's travels

Bibi's travels Categories: Africa, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update looks at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's historic trip to Africa, which is about to conclude. Whilst there, he visited, and met with the leaders of, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. His first stop was Uganda, where he commemorated the famous 1976 Israeli rescue of the h

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