Israel and the UN: How the world’s only Jewish state has been scapegoated
June 17, 2022 | Ahron Shapiro
Australia stands up for human rights, and the pursuit of human rights demands consistency, and fairness for all. This was the message Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Amanda Gorely… as she reiterated Australia’s continuing opposition to that body’s recently launched, unprecedented permanent Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Israel.
The Far-Right foreign fighter threat that wasn’t
June 16, 2022 | Oved Lobel
While the situation needs to be monitored, it is deeply irresponsible to suggest that the war in Ukraine is in any way comparable to Afghanistan and Syria in terms of creating a transnational terrorist threat. This not only misrepresents the scope and nature of this alleged phenomenon in Ukraine… but also distracts from the actual far-Right threat of murderous meme terrorism by self-radicalized, unaffiliated actors emerging from toxic digital ecosystems.
Making sense of the new political landscape
May 27, 2022 | Jamie Hyams
Overall, despite concerns, pro-Israel and Jewish Australians will be hoping this incoming Government and Parliament will remain friendly, and any problematic changes will be a matter of degree
University of Melbourne exposes BDS’s lies and extremism
May 18, 2022 | Allon Lee
Greg Barns’ support for Melbourne University’s Student Union’s (UMSU) inflammatory April 29 resolution that the University subsequently condemned as antisemitic is concerning. His accusation that the University impinged on students’ freedom of speech is absurd given the motion’s extreme language.
Climate of concern over independent candidates
May 12, 2022 | Jamie Hyams
Of course, the Climate 200 candidates and staff are far from alone in this election when it comes to showing hostility to Israel or making inappropriate comments about Hitler. However, it is important to consider this history when deciding whether to vote for them or give financial support to Climate 200, especially given their potential to hold the balance of power.
The ABC cannot be allowed to bury its report into complaints handling until after the election
May 9, 2022 | Allon Lee, Colin Rubenstein
The ABC’s complaints unit, Audience & Consumer Affairs (ACA) – which claims to be independent from ABC management but is in reality entirely run in-house – investigated and dismissed complaints against the program.
Universities must not allow anti-semitism to stand
May 6, 2022 | Colin Rubenstein
The vast majority of Jewish students will no doubt feel deeply betrayed that the student union supposed to represent them could pass a motion so appalling and so antithetical to their core values.
Pre-election extremism from the Greens
April 29, 2022 | Naomi Levin
The Australian public, and especially voters, should take this new radical Greens stance on Israel, boycotts, and the Palestinians into consideration in all interactions with the party.
An unprecedented summit highlights a changing Middle East
April 27, 2022 | Ahron Shapiro
As recently as June 2020, none of the UAE, Bahrain or Morocco had diplomatic relations with Israel. What happened at the historic meeting held in Sde Boker – the homestead and final resting place of Israel’s visionary first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion – is part of a dramatic regional realignment.