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Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed

Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Reference    

Events in the Middle East continue to fill the front pages of newspapers and arouse heated debate around the world. Of all topics keeping the Middle East in the news, however, no sub-issue generates as much emotion, debate, and ire as the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

AIJAC's "Brief Guide for the Perplexed" offers a digestable guide to key events that have shaped the conflict and the complex situation that exists today.

Factsheet: Myths and Facts about the growth of Israel’s West Bank settlements

Factsheet: Myths and Facts about the growth of Israel’s West Bank settlements Categories: Israel, Reference, Updates    

A frequently repeated talking point on the Middle East is that Israeli building in settlements in the West Bank is supposedly taking up more and more land and making Palestinian statehood unviable...

These sorts of claims are based on a series of fundamental misunderstandings about the nature, scope and rate of Israeli building in West Bank settlements... This “fact sheet” presents some basic evidence to allow the discussion of Israeli settlements to take place on a factual and informed basis.

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The Six Day War and the changing face of journalism: The view from Australia

The Six Day War and the changing face of journalism: The view from Australia Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Reference, Syria, Updates    

The recent passing of the Associated Press' acclaimed journalist Hal McClure at the age of 92 coincides closely with the event that brought him his greatest fame - his coverage of the 1967 Six Day War, which began 46 years ago yesterday.

His passing is yet another reminder of a bygone era when a journalist took pride in reporting the news, rather than acting as a partisan advocate for or against the newsmakers themselves.

Before refecting on that, however, the anniversary of the Six Day War offers us an opportunity to review some of the coverage of the war at the time in two of Australia's leading newspapers - the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

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Report on Antisemitism in Australia, November 2011 Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Documents, Far Right, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Islamic Extremism, Monographs/ Submissions, Reference    

It is a reality, if a regrettable one, that within the population of Australia there are individuals who are antisemitic. There are, also within our society, organisations which have as their primary purpose combating what they perceive to be the nefarious activities of Jews. There are some organisations which have agendas beyond, but which include, antisemitism. There are others which will employ antisemitism if and when they believe it will further their agendas.

Factsheet: The Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence bid at the UN

Factsheet: The Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence bid at the UN Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Reference, United Nations    

KEY ISSUES

It will not establish a Palestinian state under international law

  • It is expected that the UN resolution will be blocked in the Security Council by US veto, and will pass in the General Assembly where it is non-binding.  The General Assembly cannot by itself establish or recognise a state, it can only admit new members after being nominated by the Security Council.
  • The General Assembly has already recommended the creation of a Palestinian State previously and the resolutions have not created a Palestinian state.
  • the Palestinians do not meet the traditional test for statehood – particularly the test of effective government – premature and unilateral recognition of an “unripe” Palestinian state could have a prejudicial effect on other regional conflicts. 
  • While it is arguable that the West Bank, or Gaza could meet requirements for statehood, the resolution being sought does not meet requirements for statehood as it seeks recognition of a united and independent Palestinian state on Gaza, West Bank and east Jerusalem.

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Factsheet: The Gaza Flotilla

Factsheet: The Gaza Flotilla Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Reference    

Israel considers itself to be in a state of war with Hamas-ruled Gaza; Being at war with Hamas, Israel is within its rights to enforce a maritime blockade on Gaza in order to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons and other materiel that would aid its war effort

Antisemitism in Australia - 2007/08 Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Reference    

During the twelve months ending September 30, 2008, 652 reports were recorded of "racist violence" against Jewish Australians. These incidents included physical assault, vandalism, threatening telephone calls, hate mail, graffiti, leaflets, posters and abusive emails. This exceeded by 2% the previous highest total, recorded in the year ending September 30, 2007. It was more than twice the previous average annual total.

International Law and the Arab-Israel Conflict Author: Julius Stone Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Reference    

The late Professor Julius Stone was recognised as one of the twentieth century's leading authorities on the Law of Nations. Israel and Palestine, which appeared in 1980, presented a detailed analysis of the central principles of international law governing the issues raised by the Arab-Israel conflict.