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What recent ISKP attacks reveal about US, Russian and Iranian intelligence agencies

March 27, 2024 | Oved Lobel

This is also a demonstration of the very different roles intelligence agencies play in Western countries as opposed to despotisms. In the former, the agencies exist in part to protect citizens from threats, while in the latter, they exist to protect the regime and to monitor, oppress, intimidate, kidnap or kill their own citizens domestically and abroad. Because of this remit and resource allocation, countries like Iran or Russia are not particularly capable of, or even very interested in, thwarting such attacks.

Aid trucks at the Kerem Shalom crossing (Image: Shutterstock)

Contrary to news stories, aid is getting to north Gazans without UNRWA’s help

March 26, 2024 | Ahron Shapiro

In addition to misleading headlines, most failed to provide important context that the IDF has been coordinating large amounts of aid through other channels, rendering UNRWA’s non-participation irrelevant. Moreover, the IDF says UNRWA had not actually even requested to send an aid convoy to north Gaza for some six weeks.  

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Four Corners “Forever War” episode reflected the endless crusade of its creator, John Lyons

March 15, 2024

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“Anti-Zionism” is illegitimate and immoral regardless of whether or not it is antisemitic

March 12, 2024

Palestinian Red Crescent workers from Al-Najjar Hospital in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on January 10, 2024 (Image: Shutterstock)

Hamas’ impossible casualty figures

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After the Israel-Hamas ceasefire for hostages deal

A barge transporting humanitarian aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation off the coast of Gaza (Image: IDF)

Aid Worker tragedy should not be misused

April 12, 2024 | Allon Lee

The needless death of innocents in war is always horrifying. Yet despite Israel immediately accepting responsibility and apologising abjectly, far too many people have tried to leverage this calamity to discredit Israel’s war against Hamas and force it to accept a ceasefire that would effectively leave Hamas in power in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Sen. Penny Wong at the ANU, Canberra (Image: Australian National University)

Peace won’t be achieved through speeches like Penny Wong’s

April 12, 2024 | Colin Rubenstein

The preconditions for a two-state peace are simply not in place, and extending such recognition before they are only makes it less likely these preconditions will ever be developed.

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Australia’s maverick response to WCK tragedy looking increasingly irrational

April 10, 2024 | Greg Rose

While Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong’s dismay is understandable, the Australian government’s reaction since has displayed double standards and failures to understand either the military realities behind this accident or the relevant international law.

A barrage of words charged with venomous lies targets Australian Jews daily (Image: Shutterstock)

The Last Word: Words – Holy and hateful

March 28, 2024 | Rabbi Ralph Genende

All religions have their difficult texts – narratives that are puzzling and ethically challenging. Texts that deride other religions and, when read by fundamentalists who take them literally, can be downright dangerous.

The 2020 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Ministerial Declaration (Image: US Dept of State)

Europa Europa: Empty words

March 28, 2024 | Alex Benjamin

Today, across Europe, reported or documented cases of antisemitism have gone through the roof since October 7. In places where there is proper data collection – such as the UK, Spain and France – the rise is over 1000%. Even prior to the Hamas pogrom, the numbers were already concerning. 

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Biblio File: The Education of an Editor

March 28, 2024 | Allon Lee

Gawenda documents his growing recent alienation from his ideological home on the Left, which has turned against Israel and Jews who support it, meaning most of world Jewry. A three-time Walkley Award winner, he examines the historical processes that have led to this fissure and does so in an Australian context, which is a rarity.

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A plan for Gaza

Mar 28, 2024

The IDF has become familiar with Hamas' labyrinth of tunnels, using specialised units to fight inside them (Image: IDF)

Deconstruction Zone: The political purpose of Hamas’ tunnels

Mar 28, 2024

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Media Microscope: Crossed Lyons

Mar 28, 2024

Soldiers in the Etzion Brigade take part in a raid in the Gush Etzion village of Seir al-Shuyukh (Image: Jonathan Spyer)

West Bank story 

Mar 28, 2024

John Lyons in “The Forever War” (Screenshot)

The endless crusade behind Four Corners’ “Forever War” 

Mar 28, 2024

Palestinian charitable organisations distribute food “takiya” to displaced people in the city of Rafah (Image: Shutterstock)

A Gazan’s call for peace and coexistence

Mar 27, 2024

Hamas spokesperson Abu Obaida: A hero across the Arab world (Screenshot)

Essay: The Face of Hamas

Mar 27, 2024

A truck carrying food and other humanitarian aid moves through a security checkpoint at Kerem Shalom, Israel, into the Gaza Strip on March 14 (Image: Charlotte Lawson)

The battle to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza

Mar 27, 2024

Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto shakes hands with United Arab Emirates President Mohammed bin Zayed at the inauguration of the UAE-funded Sheikh Zayed Solo Mosque, in Solo, Central Java, November 14, 2022 (Image: Facebook/ Prabowo Subianto)

Asia Watch: All in the timing

Mar 27, 2024