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Denying Jewish history will not help Palestinians

May 8, 2023 | Allon Lee

Barns’ efforts to analogise the Palestinian story with the dispossession of indigenous Australians fails simply because Jews are not European colonisers who rocked up one day and displaced the native population.

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A truly “special” Special Rapporteur

May 8, 2023 | Justin Amler

There are few positions in the United Nations that illustrate the extreme anti-Israel bias of that body better than the ‘Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories’

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A remarkable achievement, but still much more to do

April 28, 2023 | Colin Rubenstein

Without diminishing the seriousness of Israel’s political crisis, it’s vitally important not to lose sight of the resilient and positive outlook in the country as a whole – a country whose history, and current overall national life and institutions, reflect economic, cultural, defence and technological achievements that are so remarkable as to be almost miraculous.

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AIJAC welcomes the deepening of Jewish-Muslim engagement in Australia

April 26, 2023 | J-wire NewsDesk

Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, has participated in five iftars during Ramadan this year, including a keynote address to a gathering of NSW South East Asian Muslims– as part of his commitment to improving inter-community relations.

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Recent violence and terror in Israel, plus Iran’s manoeuvring – Colin Rubenstein on Sky News

April 11, 2023

AIJAC’s Dr. Colin Rubenstein on recent violence and terror in Israel and the rising threat by neighbouring countries, including Iran’s manoeuvring – interviewed by Kieran Gilbert on Sky News.

Israelis protest their Government's judicial reform plans in a massive demonstration in Tel Aviv on 4 March 2023. (Amir Terkel/Wikipedia)

Israeli democracy shows ‘true strength’ in troubled times

April 9, 2023 | Justin Amler

If anything, we have seen not the weakening of Israeli democracy, but an exhibition of its true strength. Israeli democracy worked – ordinary citizens expressed their democratic right to voice their opinions on issues important to them – and did so passionately and almost wholly peacefully.

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Australia should harden its response to Iran’s hostility

March 31, 2023 | Ran Porat

To protect Australians, Canberra should be at the forefront of the campaign to contain, limit and deter this rogue regime.

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Writer Susan Abulhawa’s Australian friends

March 30, 2023 | Justin Amler

The recently held Adelaide Writers’ Week caused a great deal of controversy when it was revealed that some of the guests were not only virulent and vicious critics of Israel and Zionists, but spread clearly antisemitic tropes. Particularly controversial was US-based Palestinian writer Susan Abulhawa, a partisan for both Russia and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement

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Israeli protests: Government forced to put judicial reform on hold

March 28, 2023 | Ran Porat

In coming days, a middle way must be found to rebuild Israeli social cohesion, likely involving reforms that can claim some measure of national consensus. Almost everyone now understands this is crucial for Israel’s success, safety and security.

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Letter: Palestinian extremist voices were opposed because of their racism

March 24, 2023 | Jamie Hyams

The opposition was because Ms Abulhawa has frequently produced social media widely regarded as antisemitic, not just opposing Israel, so anyone who’s against racism should have opposed her participation.

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