Bushfires

Bushfires, arson, and Arab schadenfreude

November 25, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Israel is reeling this week from a growing number of bushfires or wildfires consuming thousands of acres of vegetation, burning houses and causing the evacuation of 75,000 residents of Haifa – Israel’s third largest city. It is believed that the initial fires were accidentally set, but as the crisis unfolded, there was an outbreak of more fires – and estimates by Israeli officials say that at least half of the fires currently burning in Israel were deliberately set.

 

After 25 years

After 25 years, Israeli-Indian relations appear to be coming of age

November 24, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

After nearly a quarter century of diplomatic ties, Israeli-Indian relations have come of age.

A look at Trump's Israel policy and advisors

A look at Trump’s Israel policy and advisors

November 11, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

As a rule, it is beyond AIJAC’s purview to analyse or comment on American political campaigns. Additionally, Israel was not a major policy issue during the US Presidential election campaign season. For this reason, you will note there were no AIJAC blogs on the topic. However, with the election passed, the time has arrived to examine the stated policies of President-elect Donald Trump, as well as take an introductory look at his Middle East Israel advisors.

Wikileaks: Clinton advisor - Netanyahu never abandoned two-state outcome

Wikileaks: Clinton advisor – Netanyahu never abandoned two-state outcome

November 8, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Remember all the fuss in the lead up to the March 2015 Israeli election when Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was accused by the Obama Administration of being against a two-state outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Now, almost 20 months later, exciting new insider information has come to light that should put the matter to rest once and for all.

 

The Australian’s Khalik spins women’s flotilla report

The Australian’s Khalik spins women’s flotilla report

October 11, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

On October 7, 2016, The Australian featured a report by Jennine Khalik about the recent interception of a boat of anti-Israel activists attempting to reach Gaza -“Israel picks up boat captained by Tasmanian out to break Gaza blockade”.

Peres’ Funeral and his long-standing vision of a “new Middle east”

Peres’ Funeral and his long-standing vision of a “new Middle east”

October 7, 2016 | Glen Falkenstein

Former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres’ funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, September 30 was attended by world leaders past and present, including US President Barack Obama, former US President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Charles.

Kudos to Channel 9 for a prompt correction

Kudos to Channel 9 for a prompt correction

October 6, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

Channel 9 Australia has demonstrated that editorial standards are still important, altering a story about a foiled terrorist stabbing after AIJAC pointed out several issues.

Part 1: Crossing Erez - Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

Part 1: Crossing Erez – Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

September 29, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Part 1 of 2: In 2011, Sophie McNeill said she wanted to be a journalist who reports stories from the perspective of victims in any conflict. As ABC’s Middle East Correspondent, that shouldn’t extend to uncritically echoing their political narrative.

Part 2: Crossing Erez - Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

Part 2: Crossing Erez – Another Gazan smear of Israel from ABC’s McNeill

September 29, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Part 2 of 2: In 2011, Sophie McNeill said she wanted to be a journalist who reports stories from the perspective of victims in any conflict. As ABC’s Middle East Correspondent, that shouldn’t extend to uncritically echoing their political narrative.

ABC’s McNeill vowed to be an advocacy journo, and she delivered

September 26, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Sophie McNeill’s decision to file virtually the exact story that she proposed in 2011 as an example of the sort of journalism she “want(s) to do” to promote her advocacy agenda, and her ABC editors’ decision to let her, stands as an indictment of the ABC’s ability to do its job in an impartial way as required by law.

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