When historical facts become unacceptable - the effects of UNESCO Resolutions on Jerusalem

When historical facts become unacceptable – the effects of UNESCO Resolutions on Jerusalem

February 2, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

“It’s clear as the sun is clear that the Temple [in Jerusalem] which was demolished by the Romans, is a Jewish temple.”

Seems straightforward, doesn’t it?

Yet, in today’s post-truth world, such historical facts are no longer acceptable in some official Palestinian circles.

Fatah and Hamas announce unity - for at least the eighth time

Fatah and Hamas announce unity – for at least the eighth time

February 1, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

In recent weeks, much has been reported about a proposed Fatah-Hamas unity government. “Fatah and Hamas to form unity government” reads the headline from Al-Jazeera. However, this headline falls short on two accounts. First, this new reconciliation attempt is only the latest of multiple similar reconciliation attempts – we count eight previous times in all, below. Second, it is very unclear that any real and meaningful reconciliation agreement has in fact been reached this time round.

How the Middle East has reacted to Trump

How the Middle East has reacted to Trump

January 27, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

President Trump’s first days in office have been met with a wide range of responses from Israel and the broader Middle East.

ABC crosses the line on settlements again

ABC crosses the line on settlements again

January 27, 2017 | Ahron Shapiro

Over the course of several years, I’ve blogged on several occasions about how the Australian media has exaggerated on a variety of issue related Israeli settlements in the West Bank (see here, here and here). Now, the ABC has provided some classic examples of such distortion with recent stories and an analysis piece that appeared on their website in recent days.

Hanan Ashrawi's problems with truth and consistency

Hanan Ashrawi’s problems with truth and consistency

January 13, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

Last year, I accompanied a group of journalists on a study tour of Israel and the West Bank. One of our engagements was a meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian spokeswoman and founder of the organisation Miftah, Hanan Ashrawi.

Australia and historical revisionism at Turtle Bay

Australia and historical revisionism at Turtle Bay

December 13, 2016 | Allon Lee

Over many decades, Australian governments, of both political persuasions have shown great leadership in looking at the merits of United Nations General Assembly resolutions, opposing or abstaining on the most pernicious and one-sided anti-Israel ones, rather than falling into line with the majority.

So it is disappointing that one resolution called “Jerusalem” (A/RES/71/25), which cries out for Australia to vote “no”, has seen us choosing to abstain.

 

 

'Palestinian children' petition just more Israel-bashing

‘Palestinian children’ petition just more Israel-bashing

December 9, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

A recent Parliamentary petition regarding the Israel Defence Force’s handling of arrests of Palestinian minors is fundamentally wrong for its misleading allegations and its self-serving omissions, but especially because it exploits Palestinian youth for political gain.

This is ironic, because it represents another form of immoral exploitation of Palestinian youth – that of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank – that motivates the youth involved to commit the violence that gets them arrested in the first place.

 

Media statement: ALP resolution

Senators in glass houses

November 29, 2016 | Tzvi Fleischer

When an attempt by a member of the Jewish community to book a council venue for an event featuring One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts was rebuffed by the Council for operational reasons, Senator Roberts accused the Council of antisemitism, of all things, in a post on his Facebook page. Not only was this claim bizarre, what is even more worrying is that this post, and others on his page about the event and the Council decision, attracted many comments that were themselves blatantly antisemitic, and that the Senator was content to let most of these remain on his page, without even a comment.

Tony Jones' King Hit

Tony Jones’ King Hit

November 28, 2016 | Allon Lee

ABC TV “Lateline” host Tony Jones scored a real coup in securing a twenty minute interview with visiting Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Although the conversation was conducted in English, they may as well have been speaking a different language, with Jones exhibiting a shallow understanding of the region’s complexity, and ignoring or misunderstanding what the Jordanian monarch said.

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.

 

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