Aid trucks crossing into Gaza in May 2021 (image: Shutterstock/Anas-Mohammed)

Aid delivery and distribution in Gaza: Logistical and security bottlenecks

May 3, 2024 | Oved Lobel

COGAT, the UN and international aid agencies have long been trading accusations about who is responsible for aid shortages and bottlenecks. The answer is that no single party is to blame: aid distribution in any warzone, and particularly in Gaza, is incredibly dangerous and complex, and Israel has to balance military and security priorities with humanitarian aid needs.

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Gaza protests not driven primarily by human rights concerns

May 3, 2024 | Oved Lobel

No encampments were set up across the world to protest the wars in Syria and Sudan, where so many more innocent Arab civilians died. And no other conflict has aroused the rabid passion and hate displayed against Israel, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Channel 7 reporter Matt Shirvington was the first mainstream media figure to falsely claim the Bondi attacker was Jewish student Ben Cohen

Online antisemitic conspiracy theories apparently led to Channel Seven’s mistakes about Bondi attacker

April 22, 2024 | Alana Schetzer

It goes without saying that the Bondi mass murders – which occurred on the late afternoon of April 13 at…

The content of 700 aid trucks waiting to be picked up by aid agencies in Gaza (image: X/COGAT)

AIJAC letter in response to Marc Purcell’s piece in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald (April 18)

April 22, 2024 | Jamie Hyams

Marc Purcell’s piece claiming Israel is deliberately starving Gaza (Opinion, April 18) contains numerous highly contestable allegations.

Large anti-Israel protest in Washington, DC, in October. No other issue turns out so many protestors so consistently and globally (image: Shutterstock/ Volodymyr Tverdokhlib)

Where is everybody when Israel isn’t involved?

April 15, 2024 | Oved Lobel

Where are the protestors and politicians of principle? All of these situations require mass protests and much more attention in the media and in parliament. Instead, there is a general state of Israelomania paralysing and monopolising both government and media attention. There are lamentably few who are just as active against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or the barbarity in Sudan, Myanmar, Haiti and elsewhere, as they are against Israel. Whatever is driving this uniquely powerful passion and animosity, it certainly isn’t primarily humanitarian concern.

A destroyed section of Al-Shifa Hospital (image: screenshot)

The tragic history of Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital

April 10, 2024 | Oved Lobel

That is the sad story of al-Shifa Hospital. What began as an Israeli endeavour to improve the lives of Palestinians by building a state-of-the-art hospital complex in Gaza in the 1980s and 1990s was ended by a coalition of genocidal terrorist organisations that could not care less about Palestinian well-being.

Crocus City Hall Sign After Attack

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 | Ahron Shapiro

“The Forever War,” screened March 11, was an ABC “Four Corners” episode that focused on the current Israel-Hamas war which…

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

March 12, 2024 | Oved Lobel

In the end, all forms of anti-Zionism amount to calling for the violent death and displacement of not only Jews, but Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon, as well. The Jews are not going to dissolve their state and will use overwhelming and destructive force to defend it, as any people in a similar situation would.

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