Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (Image: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

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.

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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.

Image: AAP Image/Pool, Jason Edwards

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

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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.

The Climate 200-funded candidates (clockwise from top left) Zoe Daniel, Andrew Wilkie, Kylea Tink and Allegra Spender

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.  

(Source: ABC)

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. 

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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.

Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi with a Palestinian keffiyeh in parliament, May 2021. (source: Twitter)

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.

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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.

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Next up: A nuclear Iran

March 8, 2022 | Colin Rubenstein

The US, together with Russia, China and the Europeans, are said to be finalising a virtually pointless, short-term deal that will remove sanctions from Iran and soon legitimise it as a nuclear armed state and regional powerhouse. 

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