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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Media myths being spread during the current Israel-Hamas conflict

May 16, 2021 | Allon Lee and Ahron Shapiro

Whilst nothing should detract from the utterly pointless loss of life and the hundreds of injuries on both sides that have followed senseless acts of terror by Palestinians over the past week, it is concerning how many myths and half-truths are being broadcast and printed by Australian media outlets during the current conflict.

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The Palestinian victims of Hamas’ missiles

May 15, 2021 | Tzvi Fleischer and Oved Lobel

According to the IDF, at least 350 of the more than 1750 rockets fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad thus far have landed inside Gaza itself. Moreover, on Monday alone, Hamas rockets killed at least 17 Palestinians, according to the IDF, before the Israelis even started retaliating for the rocket fire.

Australian soldiers (L-R) Corporal Amanda Wright, Corporal Cindy Veenman and Captain Karin Cann at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, 2010 (credit: SGT Mick Davis)

Afghanistan withdrawal will increase terror threat to Australia

May 14, 2021 | Oved Lobel

It is time for the US and its allies to come clean about the consequences of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and to drop the pretence that they can be managed with no troops or contractors in the country, or even in the region. That means not only admitting that a Taliban takeover of the country following withdrawal is inevitable and will result in horrific massacres, destabilising refugee flows and the end of many human rights, particularly women’s rights, in the country, but also a dramatic increase in the terrorist threat.

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Gross distortions of HRW apartheid slur

May 13, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

A Threshold Crossed is actually not a report at all, but simply a dossier of propagandistic claims against Israel sourced almost entirely from various other NGOs hostile to Israel. Ironically, the only threshold crossed is by HRW itself. In a blatant effort to tip the scales of the conflict in favour of the maximalist Palestinian narrative, HRW has committed itself to the demonisation strategy of trying to isolate and sanction Israel out of existence that generations of radical activists have failed to achieve.

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A ‘human rights’ group assaults both rights and hopes for peace

May 13, 2021 | Judy Maynard

Demonisation of Israel is clearly the goal of this report which essentially implies that Israel’s existence as a Jewish homeland is “apartheid” and a “crime against humanity”. Both peace and the quest for universal human rights will be the losers as a result.

A flag map of the Middle East inside an UNRWA-produced textbook shows a blank space on Israel’s territory (Source: IMPACT-se)

UNRWA textbooks draw European censure

May 11, 2021 | Judy Maynard

In a step hailed as “unprecedented”, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been censured by the European Parliament (EP) for the use of school textbooks that contain hate speech and incitement to violence.

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