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Europa Europa: Twitter Fever

My belated entry to the Twitter-sphere was prompted by a late-night BBC political chat show which featured a highly articulate Muslim apologist. She argued passionately that, by abusing free speech, Charlie Hebdo had itself incited the attack which killed eight of the magazine's staffers. My tweet to the programme's host expressed surprise that the killing of four Jews in a related attack at the H...

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Submission on Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014

This document constitutes the submission by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) to Attorney-General George Brandis regarding proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)... AIJAC maintains that the provisions of Part IIA of the RDA have worked effectively for nearly 20 years, and that there is not a compelling reason for repeal or wholesale ...

Statement on proposed Racial Hatred Act amendents

AIJAC's comment to the Australian Financial Review [no link available] and the Guardian Australia on November 8 in response to their enquiring about the reports (November 8) concerning the Government plans to amend the Racial Hatred Act: "We believe the Federal Racial Hatred Act has, overall, contributed constructively to social cohesion and harmony in Australia......

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Scribblings: History of the Recognition Condition

I've written before about the fallacy of media claims alleging that Israel's requirement that a peace treaty with the Palestinians recognise Israel as a "Jewish state" or "nation-state of the Jewish people" is a "new demand". Rather than something the current Netanyahu Government just thought up - possibly to thwart progress toward peace as is sometimes alleged - the idea was pushed during 2007 ne...

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Letter: Palestinian refusal the problem

Your editorial, "Benjamin Netanyahu ill-advised to dash peace hopes" (March 26), seems to assume that all that is needed for meaningful peace talks to proceed is for Israel to agree. However, recent history shows this is far from true......

Letter: Palestinian intransigence

Your editorial "Eight-state solution floated" (25/3), noted the Palestinian Authority stated in 2008 it would not accept a mini-state of cantons. However, that comment misrepresented what was being discussed. That year, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state equal in size to the land in the West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem and a land bridge to Gaza. Palestinian President Mah...

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Letter: Israel Furphies

Tony Walker ("Israel poll threatens Labor peace" 14-15 March) perpetuates a myth about the Israeli/Palestinian dispute - that the Netanyahu government is "committed to an expansion of Jewish settlements." In fact, settlements have not expanded beyond their geographic boundaries since 2004, and housing starts in settlements were 19% less in the five years of the Netanyahu government than in the fiv...

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Submission on Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014

This document constitutes the submission by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) to Attorney-General George Brandis regarding proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)... AIJAC maintains that the provisions of Part IIA of the RDA have worked effectively for nearly 20 years, and that there is not a compelling reason for repeal or wholesale ...

Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled support for Israel's right to defend itself....

Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry into Academic Freedom - 2008

AIJAC's position in this matter is that academic freedom is a right that should be respected, and that the balance between the right of academic freedom and the duty to educate students - as well as maximise excellence in academic research grounded in analytical clarity and quality empirical evidence - is one that can be maintained....

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Letter: Free speech protected

Chris Berg (Opinion, 1/3) misrepresented an article I wrote with Michael Kapel published in The Age in 1994. In context, the line that Berg quotes does not say that newspaper articles would never be subject to the Racial Discrimination Act, as he implies......

Palestinians

Letter: Palestinian refusal the problem

Your editorial, "Benjamin Netanyahu ill-advised to dash peace hopes" (March 26), seems to assume that all that is needed for meaningful peace talks to proceed is for Israel to agree. However, recent history shows this is far from true......

Letter: Palestinian intransigence

Your editorial "Eight-state solution floated" (25/3), noted the Palestinian Authority stated in 2008 it would not accept a mini-state of cantons. However, that comment misrepresented what was being discussed. That year, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state equal in size to the land in the West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem and a land bridge to Gaza. Palestinian President Mah...

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Europa Europa: Pop-up Politics

Europeans go to the polls in May to elect 751 members of the European Parliament for the next five years. Expect surprises. Not that the European Parliament carries much clout; clout is reserved for the army of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels and the sprinkling of political appointees. The surprises will come from the pop-up political parties which are, first and foremost, oppose...

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Letter: Palestinian refusal the problem

Your editorial, "Benjamin Netanyahu ill-advised to dash peace hopes" (March 26), seems to assume that all that is needed for meaningful peace talks to proceed is for Israel to agree. However, recent history shows this is far from true......

Letter: Palestinian intransigence

Your editorial "Eight-state solution floated" (25/3), noted the Palestinian Authority stated in 2008 it would not accept a mini-state of cantons. However, that comment misrepresented what was being discussed. That year, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state equal in size to the land in the West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem and a land bridge to Gaza. Palestinian President Mah...

Letter: Palestinian state still viable

Robin Margo ("Settlements are expanding", AFR, Letters, March 24) appears to be relying on the claims of far-left Israeli organisations for his frankly disingenuous letter falsely alleging Jamie Hyams was wrong about Israeli settlements not expanding geographically. Here are the facts......