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Biblio File: Getting Settled

Biblio File: Getting Settled Categories: Israel     Author: Evelyn Gordon

Sara Yael Hirschhorn's City on a Hilltop starts with two eminently reasonable premises. First: If you want to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you must understand Israeli settlers, since they're one of the players. Second: If you want to understand the settlers, you must move beyond the

Noted and Quoted - September 2017

Noted and Quoted - September 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Narendra Modi's historic first time visit to Israel in July by an Indian Prime Minister was not unnoticed in Australia. On ABC Radio National "Between the Lines" (Aug. 3), American Enterprise Institute fellow Sadanand Dhume explained the import of Modi's visit, saying, "This is really a revolution

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Former Australian Middle East correspondent John Lyons' often one-dimensional and factually-challenged memoir, Balcony over Jerusalem, detailing his six-year stint in Israel, generated considerable TV and print coverage. Media interest homed in on the book's wild accusations that Australian Jews, i

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Essay: The Path to Self-Righteous Hatred

Essay: The Path to Self-Righteous Hatred Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Palmer

Among Palestine's progressive supporters... we are seeing a manifestation of the same perverse phenomenon George Orwell had observed among Western Stalinists at the end of the Second World War. Communism was believed by its adherents to be a more ethical and just system than capitalism and nothing C

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

New Zealand elections have never hinged around foreign policy, and this one is no exception. This leaves Jewish Kiwis who are keen to get a handle on where prospective parties might sit with regard to Israel, rising antisemitism, and the controversy over New Zealand's co-sponsorship of one-sided an

Asia Watch: Staging Points

Asia Watch: Staging Points Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

The heightened activism has many regional analysts concerned that IS-affiliated militants are set to infiltrate and exploit the ongoing sectarian violence in Myanmar, as they are now referencing the conflict in IS media channels.

Bibi's legal travails deepen

Bibi's legal travails deepen Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Facing multiple police investigations and now also the enlistment by police of a state witness against him, on Aug. 9, an embattled Binyamin Netanyahu fronted 3,000 members of his Likud party who flocked from across the country to the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. They heard him deliver a Trump-like diatrib

Scribblings: Non-sequiturs on Gaza's water problems

Scribblings: Non-sequiturs on Gaza's water problems Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While some of the claims one often hears about Gaza from UN and aid agencies are exaggerated, it is not a pleasant place to live and likely to get worse. The biggest problem is water - Gaza's water table has been over-pumped, allowing salt to creep into it and making most of the water unfit for dome

The Last Word: White Offs

The Last Word: White Offs Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Let me be quite clear - whether or not Jews had been an issue, the far-right demonstrators were repulsive, repugnant and reprehensible. Amongst my personal acquaintances who I have discovered attended the counter protest were Muslims, Christians and Jews, international students and locals, the young

Israel, the Palestinians and the "Tide of History"

Israel, the Palestinians and the "Tide of History" Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

I've heard people in Australia, including people of former prominence, offering the suggestion that if you do not run with the pack on a pro-Palestinian agenda, you're running against the tide of history. The exact opposite is the case. In reality, Israel is now running through a fairly incredible

Partners in Innovation

Partners in Innovation Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ross Beroff

The Australian Government has an innovation agenda, and Israel, a small country halfway around the world may be the key to the goals of that agenda coming to fruition. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald (May 16, 2016) noted that, "it might not be a well-known fact in Australia, but Israel has

Europe and the Thousand-Headed Monster

Europe and the Thousand-Headed Monster Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Eyal Zisser

Barcelona is not just any other city in Europe. It's not London, Paris or Berlin, where ISIS terrorists have already carried out mass attacks claiming the lives of dozens of innocent civilians. Barcelona is part of Spain, which holds special status in the eyes of the Islamic State group.

Killers in Cars

Killers in Cars Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Col. Richard Kemp & Arsen Ostrovsky

Shortly after the horrific terror attack in Barcelona on August 17, which claimed the lives of 14 people including seven-year old Australian Julian Cadman, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said terrorism is Europe's main problem "right now"... Jihadists have been waging terror in Europe for yea

Editorial: The Terrorism Connection

Editorial: The Terrorism Connection Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In June, the South Australian Legislative Assembly passed a one-sided resolution, proposed by Labor MP Tony Piccolo, calling on the Australian Government to recognise the State of Palestine. The resolution pointed the finger at settlements as being a "major obstacle to peace", and said not a word a

"Recognisers" need to recognise reality

"Recognisers" need to recognise reality Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Gareth Narunsky

Recent Australian Labor Party and parliamentary motions to immediately recognise "Palestine" will have zero impact on the lives of Palestinians, leading Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff told an Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council media lunch in Sydney recently.

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