Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets his Sudanese counterpart Ali Al-Sadiq Ali in Tehran, Feb. 6 (image: Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

West ignores the Sudan war at its peril

February 14, 2024 | Oved Lobel

Giving the anti-Western axis virtual control of the Red Sea would be a strategic catastrophe and could soon make the already difficult mission of securing international trade against IRGC piracy and missile and drone attacks all but impossible. A Russian naval base in Sudan, which will likely be the result of the current war in Sudan without Western intervention, will allow the IRGC to rearm Hamas and PIJ with impunity. The United States and its allies therefore have a strong interest in finding ways to prevent that outcome.

Palestinian students line up for class in Gaza (Image: Shutterstock)

UNRWA and the Miseducation of the Palestinian people

February 12, 2024 | Tammy Reznik

Imagine the potential damage that could ensue from a curriculum based on hatred, division and the literal elimination of “enemies”… where the maps being used are carefully crafted to erase and delegitimise an entire nation of people. Sadly, we don’t need to imagine this – there is ample evidence that this very process is happening in the schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza and the West Bank.

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ABC misrepresents Hamas’ hostages-for-ceasefire offer, Israel’s rejection of it

February 8, 2024

Dr Tal Becker presents Israel's opening statement before the International Court of Justice in the Hague (Image: International Court of Justice)

Was October 7 an act of genocide?

January 24, 2024

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After the Israel-Hamas ceasefire for hostages deal

Screenshot of Hamas bodycam footage as terrorists approach an Israeli vehicle during the terror organisation's October 7, 2023 attack in southern Israel, released by the IDF and GPO (Screenshot)

Horror on Video / International Law and the Hamas War

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UNRWA is unfit to deliver aid to Palestinians

February 29, 2024 | Alana Schetzer

Given Hamas rules Gaza with an iron fist, it is unsurprising it has come to dominate UNRWA. UNRWA is essentially a Palestinian agency – more than 99% of its employees are Palestinian, with comparatively few foreign officials in its higher ranks.

Hamas fighters in the southern Gaza Strip (Image: Abed Rahim Khatib/ Shutterstock)

We need a ceasefire based on reality, not fantasy

February 28, 2024 | Justin Amler

Israel is on the front lines of the global battle for peaceful coexistence, human rights, and the sanctity of life. Just as the Nazis and ISIS had to be destroyed, so too must Hamas. The future of Israel — and the free world — depends on it.

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“The Jewish community of Australia has gone through horrific… intimidation tactics since Oct 7” – Joel Burnie on Sky News

February 16, 2024 |

“The Jewish community of Australia has gone through horrific events and intimidation tactics since October 7th” – AIJAC Executive Manager Joel Burnie speaks to Danica De Giorgio on Sky News Australia.

Muslim clerics praising (or not condemning) Hamas’ atrocities has deeply shaken Jewish interfaith outreach (YouTube screenshot)

The Last Word: Burning bridges or building them? 

February 29, 2024 | Rabbi Ralph Genende

We have been shocked to the core at the brutality of Hamas, staggered by the virulent antisemitism across the world and in our own neighbourhoods, and at the mindless and promiscuous vitriol towards Israel. We are perplexed by many of our neighbours and colleagues, by their silence, awkwardness, hostility, indifference or ignorance. Challenges abound.

Abu Mariam's sermon at the Roselands Mosque (December 2023): Jews cause "corruption and evil on Earth" (YouTube screenshot)

Sydney Mosque a key centre of extremist preaching

February 29, 2024 | Ran Porat

The Roselands Mosque in NSW has become a hub for extremist preachers articulating hate and antisemitism and undermining Australia’s multiculturalism.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar enjoying the relative safety of a Gazan tunnel (Image: IDF/ screenshot)

Human shields and scapegoats

February 29, 2024 | Khaled Abu Toameh

Many ordinary Palestinians did participate in the October 7 assault on Israel. The civilians, however, could not have entered Israel without Hamas tearing down the security fence. The truth is that thousands of Hamas terrorists and Palestinian civilians participated in the carnage.

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Noted and Quoted – March 2024

Feb 29, 2024

All quiet: McDonalds Malaysia has been targeted by a BDS campaign (Image: Shutterstock)

Asia Watch: At every level

Feb 29, 2024

The International Court of Justice’s finding “circumvented its own precedents and basic legal reasoning” (YouTube screenshot)

ICJ ruling on Israel – baseless and without precedent

Feb 28, 2024

Weapons found in UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters (Image: IDF)

Behind the News – March 2024

Feb 28, 2024

Israeli President Herzog with a book found in Gaza: The End of the Jews (Image: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Scribblings: What Incitement to Genocide really looks like

Feb 27, 2024

Israel’s capture of Iran’s nuclear archive in 2018 proved Iran was “lying through its teeth” about its nuclear plans (Image: Isranet)

Biblio File: Clandestine war

Feb 27, 2024

Netanyahu’s current cabinet, containing some hard-right parties, would likely be a barrier to accepting the US plans. But could he agree to do so with support from centrist opposition parties? (Image: GPO/ Flickr)

A “Grand Bargain”

Feb 27, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem (Image: Haim Zach/ GPO/ Flickr)

Editorial: Don’t throw Hamas a lifeline

Feb 27, 2024

In Gaza, “the IDF continues to face one of the most difficult and complex combat environments any armed force has ever had to deal with,” yet has “taken all reasonable measures to achieve its mission while minimising harm to the civilian population” (Image: IDF)

The morality of IDF manoeuvres in Gaza

Jan 25, 2024