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Naftali Bennett’s views on Palestinian state more nuanced than reported

June 16, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

With Australians waking up on June 14 to the news that Naftali Bennett had replaced Binyamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, local news outlets were left with the task of providing Australians with a profile of Bennett, an Israeli politician who is hardly a household name here.

An award ceremony in Gaza in which Al Jazeera’s representative in Gaza, Wai’l Dahudah is given a “certificate of appreciation” by Khalil al-Haya, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza (Photo: Twitter)

Al Jazeera thanked by Hamas for “exemplary coverage,” as reporter’s story of Jerusalem arrest appears to be debunked

June 11, 2021 | Judy Maynard and AIJAC staff

The Al Jazeera TV network just received a certificate of appreciation for its “exemplary coverage” of the recent Israel-Hamas conflict, according to Israeli media reports.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi (source: Dean_Calma)

Increasing IAEA warnings about Iran

June 8, 2021 | Ran Porat and Oved Lobel

Grossi and the IAEA are making it clear that Iran is enriching uranium to a degree only useful for nuclear weapons, accumulating new capabilities rapidly, and stonewalling IAEA inspectors by obstructing routine monitoring as well as refusing to answer questions about the IAEA’s discovery of material that suggests Iran has been lying to the agency all along.

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For the Record: Federal parliamentary statements on the recent Israel-Hamas conflict

June 7, 2021 | Jamie Hyams

During the recent violence between Israel and Hamas, many Australian federal Members of Parliament made speeches or put out media statements about the conflict.

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Reframing Gaza: Iran’s multi-front war against Israel

June 4, 2021 | Oved Lobel

For anyone genuinely interested in analyzing and discussing the conflict, the starting point must be the recognition of two parallel phenomena: the pan-Islamic “resistance” jihad to destroy Israel, which has no relation to Israeli policies; and the fight for civil and political rights for Palestinians and the aspirational pursuit of a two-state solution. To muddle the two is to justify the genocidal aims of the former and thoroughly discredit the latter.

Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett and Mansour Abbas agree on terms for adding the Muslim-Arab Ra'am party to the coalition.

Israel poised to install most ideologically diverse government ever

June 3, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

Israel’s new unity government agreement which was signed late on June 2 by leaders of eight parties won’t take effect…

Corrections to ABC “Explainer” highlight media’s Gaza problems

June 2, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro and Oved Lobel

However they came about, the ABC does deserve credit for correcting its errors. But some hard questions need to be answered about how they ever came to be published in what is supposed to be a historical backgrounder in the first place.

Ismai’l al-Wahwah (left) and Wassim Doureihi (right) during the “Palestine: How it Will Be Liberated” discussion, May 20 (Social media)

Australian Islamist extremist group fans the antisemitic flames

June 1, 2021 | Ran Porat

During the recent conflict in Gaza, HT Aus organised a protest titled “Dua (prayer) for Al-Aqsa” in Sydney and a social media video discussion. In them, they engaged in blatant antisemitism – accusing Jews of being “evil and treacherous”, of spreading “filth”… – and demanded that all Jews in “Palestine” leave or be killed.

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ABC, SBS remind journalists to remain impartial

May 28, 2021 | Naomi Levin

Australia’s two public broadcasters have both told a Senate Estimates hearing that they have reminded their staff of the need to report impartially, after a small number signed a pro-Palestinian open letter.

A map of Israel showing the red alert sirens indicating to civilians that a barrage of rockets has been fired towards them.

5 things we have learned after 11 days of fighting

May 21, 2021 | Naomi Levin

Five lessons we have learnt after 11 days of conflict in Israel and Gaza.

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