The Trump Administration announced last month it would cease funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and divert US humanitarian aid through other channels. Australia and other donor countries interested in encouraging a genuine two-state resolution should seriously consider following suit.
There have been important considerations missing from much discussion of the Trump Administration’s recent moves regarding Israel and the Palestinians.
Your article “Mail to shame a snail” (21 August), states that Israel held up mail to the West Bank for 8 years, but lacks the context to explain why. Like just about everything to do with Israeli dealing with the Palestinians, it’s more complex than it seems.
Australia needs a clear and consistent position – which should be based on Australia’s national interest in robustly addressing the threat posed by a belligerent, expansionist and irresponsible Iran.
AIJAC policy analyst Naomi Levin was interviewed for a report on Radio 2SER about Israel's controversial new Nation-State law.
It is disappointing that Andrew Bolt (August 2) sees only the trees of alleged failures in social cohesion rather than the forest of successful Australian multiculturalism.
AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein was interviewed by SBS World News for a report on Israel's controversial Nation-State law
The report, Israel backs “racist” state law (World, 21-22/7) focuses on those who believe the law is racist. In reality, while controversial, it merely codifies some of Israel’s current laws, relating to issues such as Israel being the nation-state of the Jewish people, the flag and the national anthem as a basic law.
Israel’s new Jewish Nation-State law, passed in the Knesset on July 19, has been greeted with widespread condemnation abroad. Yet upon closer examination much of the criticism appears to be based upon misinterpretations and assumptions that go beyond the actual wording of the law.
If we are to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, it won’t happen if we are unable to shift the biased mindset towards Israel. It was somewhat heartening that when Hamas followed up its so-called Great March of Return protests in May with rocket attacks on civilian targets in Israel, some of the broader international censure was appropriately directed at the Hamas leadership.