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It is time for Australia to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism

August 20, 2021 | Naomi Levin

If antisemitism is already so broadly and urgently condemned, why is it important for Australia to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism? There are three major reasons: to clearly send a message that antisemitism is not acceptable in Australia; to educate Australians what antisemitism is; and to help combat antisemitism.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his intelligence chief Hakan Fidan meet with Hamas leadership, including US Specially Designated Global Terrorist Saleh al-Arouri, in Turkey, August 2020 (credit: Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey)

Turkish conference underlines growing role of Ankara as key driver of global Islamist extremism

August 3, 2021 | Oved Lobel

Turkey openly champions Islamist terrorism and extremism, and its leadership actively incites violence not only against Israel and Jews, but against the West writ large. Though often dismissed as campaign rhetoric, Erdogan’s conspiratorial statements, which he no doubt believes, often appear explicitly designed to incite violence…

Israel's President Isaac Herzog receives a booster vaccination. (Credit: GPO)

Lessons from Israel’s fourth COVID-19 wave 

August 2, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

With Israel experiencing rising COVID-19 infection rates from the Delta strain – in spite of the fact that about 70%…

Human Rights Watch has long been a leader of the coalition of numerous powerful NGOs targeting Israel (Photo: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com)

ABC story misrepresents shoddy HRW report, even as it hypes it

July 30, 2021 | Allon Lee

If it wasn’t bad enough that Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued yet another shoddy and poorly researched anti-Israel report, an ABC online article by reporter Sowaibah Hanifie managed to make that shoddy report seem more balanced than the ABC’s poor effort.

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Why was Julian Burnside’s message antisemitic?

July 29, 2021 | Naomi Levin

On July 28, Australian barrister and former Greens candidate Julian Burnside tweeted that “The curious thing about the Israeli stance is that their treatment of the Palestinians looks horribly like the German treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.”

Gaza, as viewed from Israel. (David Berkowitz/Flickr)

HRW’s latest Gaza report is a pathetic effort

July 29, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro and Tzvi Fleischer

Human Rights Watch’s latest report accusing Israel of committing possible war crimes during the May 2021 mini-war launched by Hamas in Gaza against Israel is a poorly researched and factually bankrupt smear centred around three incidents, all of which have already been widely reported and explained.

Golda Meir in 1973 (Source: Flickr)

When Golda met Jordana – the ABC offers tarnished history

July 29, 2021 | Allon Lee

As a taxpayer funded broadcaster, the ABC has an obligation to verify that material which goes out under the ABC banner is fair and balanced… It is also required to make a full disclosure if and when potential conflicts of interest arise. This includes informing ABC consumers when a badly flawed historical piece about former Israeli prime minister Gold Meir is written by a local anti-Israel activist.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Arab Israeli Islamist Ra'am party, a key component of Israel's new government (screenshot)

Push to boycott Israel only prolongs the Palestinian conflict

July 21, 2021 | Jamie Hyams

Such groups only prolong the conflict, because by convincing the PA that its demonisation strategy is working, they encourage Palestinian intransigence. If Barns and others really want Palestinian justice, they should urge the Palestinian leadership to genuinely engage with Israel and work for a two-state peace that would benefit all Palestinians and Israelis.

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Vote won’t end family unification controversy

July 12, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

On June 6, the Israeli Government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett failed to pass a compromise that would have extended Israel’s Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, commonly known as the “family unification law”, a piece of legislation that, among other things, effectively places curbs on the automatic granting of Israeli citizenship or Israeli residency to citizens of enemy states or the West Bank and Gaza.

Brutal new Iranian President raises major policy questions

July 6, 2021 | Oved Lobel

Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement in February entitled “Putting Human Rights at the Center of US Foreign Policy,” the title of which reflects the ostensible approach of the Administration to foreign affairs. Will the new US Administration be happy to directly engage with Raisi, a mass murderer accused of crimes against humanity, especially given its own sanctions against him? 

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