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The Last Word: On the Wilders Side

The Last Word: On the Wilders Side Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Jeremy Jones

When it was confirmed that the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders would be visiting Australia, supporters of Australia's model of cultural diversity considered the most appropriate responses. Given that Australia has a raft of federal and state laws designed to protect targets of racist demonisat

Essay: Peace Studies War

Essay: Peace Studies War Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel     Author: Greg Rose

What is an academic and cultural boycott of Israel intended to achieve? The purported reason for launching a universal boycott of Israeli academics is their country's alleged breaches of international law. Supposedly, the smarting academics will help turn around Israeli policy... Of course, those Is

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X"

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

As a former head of the Australian Jewish community and now resident in Israel, I was bombarded with endless calls from the Israeli and global media soliciting comment on Ben Zygier, the Australian who committed suicide while in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison.

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King Abdullah Wins a Round

King Abdullah Wins a Round Categories: Jordan     Author: Oded Eran

The parliamentary elections in Jordan on Jan. 23, 2013 failed to produce a clear answer as to the impact of the Arab uprisings on the Kingdom's real balance of power between the establishment, headed by King Abdullah, and the opposition, led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Both sides stayed deeply entren

Kids to Jihadists

Kids to Jihadists Categories: Palestinians     Author: Petra Marquardt-Bigman

On January 24, many Sunni Muslims celebrated the birth of Islam's founder Muhammad. As the Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reported, Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced during a ceremony to mark this occasion that Hamas was planning to establish a "military academy" that would of

The Attraction of Yair Lapid

The Attraction of Yair Lapid Categories: Israel     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

When Yair Lapid's father, the well-known journalist and politician Tommy Lapid, was on his deathbed, he said to his son: "I'm leaving you the State of Israel." Tommy, a Holocaust survivor, meant that metaphorically; the generation of survivors was entrusting the gift of a Jewish state to its childr

A Pilgrim's Progress

A Pilgrim's Progress Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Judging by his first State of the Union address since his reelection, US President Barack Obama will focus in his second term on domestic issues - from the deficit, defence spending, and neglected bridges to the minimum wage, gun control and trade relations. After all this, there was very little ti

AIR New Zealand: Israel votes, NZ Watches

AIR New Zealand: Israel votes, NZ Watches Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Jumping to hasty assessments can often be a mistake but, sometimes, looking further into those same assessments can lead to interesting discoveries. When first asked to write a column about coverage of the recent Israeli elections in New Zealand I said, without too much thought, "there wasn't much".

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a great deal we don't know or that is pure speculation about the tragic story of Ben Zygier/Prisoner X. But here is one thing we absolutely do know about this saga - the NGO Human Rights Watch again demonstrated that it does not need any confirmed facts whatsoever to condemn Israel. The o

Editorial: Compelling Case for a Ban Categories: Australasia, International Security, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent announcement by Bulgarian authorities that two Hezbollah agents - including one Australian national - were being sought in connection with the deadly July 2012 Burgas bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists should serve as a wake up call for Australia, EU and the wider global commun

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