Foreign Minister Penny Wong questioned on Iran before the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on Feb. 16 (screenshot)

Australia needs to take more decisive action regarding Iranian threats against its citizens

March 1, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Ideally, there will eventually be a further expansion of Magnitsky sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities involved in domestic human rights abuses. But Australia should also be undertaking, publicly, criminal or diplomatic action against any Iranians or their local agents… that are involved in intimidating, harassing and potentially trying to kidnap or kill Australians.

Remnants of an Iranian Shahed-136 "suicide drone" in Ukraine, designated as Geranium-2 in Russian.

Russo-Iranian drone factory will eventually haunt the Middle East

February 10, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Australia should adopt a more coercive approach to the Iranian regime, which has been an avowed enemy of the Western world, including Australia, since its establishment in 1979 and must be viewed and treated as such.

Labor intervenes to protect the IRGC from terror listing

February 3, 2023 | Oved Lobel

The reluctance over – and indeed, seemingly coordinated campaign to avoid – listing the IRGC is puzzling. The IRGC is one of the oldest and most dangerous transnational terrorist organisations in the world, fulfilling all legislative and non-legislative criteria for listing under Australia’s Criminal Code.

Alexey Milchakov, founder of the neo-Nazi Rusich unit that links Wagner and the Russian Imperial Movement

Russia is the Iran of White Supremacy

January 31, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Australia doesn’t have a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, but listing Wagner and RIM under the Criminal Code, aside from its practical impact, would send an important message to Russia that the Australian Government understands, even without such legislation, that it is one.

IDF forces in Jenin, 2002

Israel will continue to act in self-defence against Palestinian terror

January 27, 2023 | Ran Porat

The escalating lawlessness has turned Jenin into a terror and crime hub, which will force Israel to continue to act there unless the PA steps in to stop the militants, who are also threatening its own legitimacy as the Palestinian government.

(Image: Flickr)

Australia once again the odd one out on Iran

January 25, 2023 | Oved Lobel

On Feb. 1, Australians will find out whether the Government’s inaction is simply due to bureaucracy or whether it is because the Government has very consciously opted to do nothing, now or in the future.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with leaders of the IRGC (Image: Twitter)

IRGC listing trend snowballing domestically and internationally

January 16, 2023 | Oved Lobel

It seems the only major political grouping to have not even mentioned the IRGC at all, much less the idea of listing it in its entirety under the Criminal Code, is the Government itself.

Tweet by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network

The latest pro-Palestinian meme: Israel as “Environmental Oppressor”

January 13, 2023 | Judy Maynard

Israel is regularly blamed for adversely affecting the health and well-being of Palestinians through environmental degradation. While the Palestinian Territories may in many senses constitute a toxic environment, it is one that the Palestinian leadership is largely responsible for creating.

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu (right) convenes his new cabinet. (Credit: PMO)

Who’s Who in Israel’s new Government

January 6, 2023 | Ahron Shapiro

AIJAC’s guide to the ministers and other major players in the new government, listing the coalition parties and the ministries each one now holds.

Time for Australia to list the IRGC as a terrorist group

January 5, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Instead of simply playing catch-up with our allies, Australia should take the proactive step of acting to list the IRGC as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code.

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