Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry

Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry

September 6, 2016 | Rachel Kaye

Israel’s satellite industry is in crisis after a SpaceX rocket carrying an advanced Israeli communications satellite exploded on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida last Thursday 1 September. The accident and the subsequent loss of the Israeli-built satellite has been described as a “crushing blow” to Israel Aerospace Industries.

Media Week - It's not all right; Church and Hate

Media Week – It’s not all right; Church and Hate

September 2, 2016 | Allon Lee

On August 29, the Age, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald websites ran a Washington Post report about the controversial Palestinian village of Susiya in Area C of the West Bank – that is the area under full Israeli control, with relatively few Palestinian residents.

The Israeli courts have ordered the village demolished, accepting arguments that it its residents are squatters and have illegally built there.

The report further stated that, “the Israeli government right now wants to formally annex Area C in the West Bank.”

There is no Israeli government move or discussion to annex Area C.

Media Week - Rinse Saikal; Notes and Stones; Seriously Silly

Media Week – Rinse Saikal; Notes and Stones; Seriously Silly

August 26, 2016 | Allon Lee

According to ANU’s Professor Amin Saikal in the Canberra Times (Aug. 22), “upon assuming the presidency, Obama…had to deal with a hostile Republican-dominated Congress, where Israel’s interests have repeatedly trumped those of the United States. As a result, he…has backed away from securing a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a means to demonstrate that the US is a dispassionate and unbiased player in the region.”

Saikal is betraying his usual inability to comprehend that US support for Israel might conceivably be based on principle and shared interests.

 

At Fairfax

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising

August 23, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Fairfax columnist Ruby Hamad recent blog is an impassioned plea to ignore what she calls the “symbolic” Olympic Truce principle – of setting aside conflicts for the sake of the games – and instead embrace the demonisation and singling out of Israeli athletes at the Olympics, because, in her view, they deserve it. 

Media Week - A baffling declaration; Aid el-Vice; Hamad screed

Media Week – A baffling declaration; Aid el-Vice; Hamad screed

August 19, 2016 | Allon Lee

In the Spectator Australia (Aug. 13), the ECAJ’s Alex Ryvchin ridiculed Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki’s declaration that Palestinians will sue Britain for the 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish national home in Palestine.

Media Week - Distorted Vision

Media Week – Distorted Vision

August 17, 2016 | Allon Lee

The indictment of Mohammed El-Halabi, the Gaza head of aid organisation World Vision, on charges of funnelling millions of dollars to Hamas, used to build terror tunnels and buy weapons, was widely reported in the Australian media.

Welcome to electioneering… Palestinian-style

Welcome to electioneering… Palestinian-style

August 12, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

For many of us, elections evoke images of big promises, political attack ads, leaders debates and corny images of politicians kissing babies.
In the Palestinian Authority, however, where Fatah and Hamas are due to contest municipal elections on October 8, campaigning works a little differently.

In Rio

In Rio, Olympic-sized politicization of sport

August 11, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

While Israel celebrates its first medal-winner at the Olympics in eight years, some of the other stories coming out of the Summer Games at Rio De Janiero have not been so uplifting.

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed”

August 9, 2016 | Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s Director of Community and of International Affairs, who has unparalleled experience in the operation of the Federal Race Discrimination laws, has responded to comments by a number of cross-bench senators who have called for the abolition of that federal legislation which gives recourse to victims of racist intimidation, harassment and vilification.

Hamas again largely missing from Sophie McNeill's latest Gaza expedition

Hamas again largely missing from Sophie McNeill’s latest Gaza expedition

August 8, 2016 | Allon Lee

On ABC TV, Radio and the national broadcaster’s website (July 30), Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill returned to what is clearly her favourite type of story – a one dimensional narrative focusing on Palestinians suffering in Gaza, where only Israel is deemed culpable for their plight.

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