Media Week – A capital conspiracy; Vehicular man (and woman) slaughter
July 22, 2016 | Allon Lee
The Chilcot Inquiry into the former Blair Government’s decision to sign up to the Second Iraq War never mentioned Israel as one of the reasons for going to war. Yet the Canberra Times (July 8) apparently knows better, claiming in an editorial the real reason Iraq was invaded had “more to do with protecting Israel’s interests than in shutting down Saddam’s so-called terrorist links or preventing him from manufacturing crude weapons of mass destruction.”
This is a dangerously deluded conspiracy theory.
Exclusive: Settlement ‘expansion’ fails to even match natural growth
July 21, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro
Since Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took office in 2009, on average, demand for housing in settlements for natural growth has exceeded supply of new housing.
US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel
July 15, 2016 | Aaron Torop
Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do express the overall beliefs and goals of each party.
Uganda is Full of Surprises
July 7, 2016 | Aaron Torop
The first stop of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s widely anticipated trip to Africa was Uganda, where he commemorated the fortieth anniversary of Operation Yonatan.
UK antisemitism documented
July 5, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky
The release of the UK Labour Party’s report into antisemitism last week revealed the significant extent of the problem. We’re not talking about what was contained within the report, we’re talking about the launch itself.
Media Week – Beyond the pale; Siege mentality
July 1, 2016 | Allon Lee
In the Australian (June 24), analyst Paul Monk rebuked governments for cosying up to Iran whilst “vicious anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and virulent anti-Zionism” remains part of its “DNA”.
Justice for Holocaust Survivors Before It’s Too Late
June 28, 2016 | Aaron Torop
June brought two developments of note to the Australian Holocaust survivor community. First, we express our deep sadness at the passing of Masha Zeleznikow, the 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and founder of Café Scheherazade in Melbourne, known for helping Holocaust survivors and other refugees. The second development is the conviction of Reinhold Hanning, a former Auschwitz guard, in Germany.
Same old Mahathir
June 28, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky
One could have been forgiven for thinking, during a 60 Minutes interview with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in March, that the one-time strongman of Malaysian politics had mellowed out significantly.
Reviving the Arab Peace Initiative
June 27, 2016 | Glen Falkenstein
Shifting dynamics in the Middle East may have presented a rare opportunity to establish the groundwork for a lasting, regionally-backed peace between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and their Arab neighbours.
Palestinians Celebrate Terror Attacks- Again
June 17, 2016 | Aaron Torop
As we have reported on this blog in the past, large elements of the Palestinian leadership and much of the Palestinian public routinely celebrate terror attacks. The June 8 shooting in Tel Aviv that killed four is no different. Similar to responses after the Jerusalem bus bombing this past April, many parts of Palestinian society welcomed this most recent attack.