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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. 

Iranian centrifuges (Credit: Shutterstock)

Iran’s hard bargaining looks set to deliver a dangerous deal for international security

February 25, 2022 | Ran Porat

The eighth round of negotiations to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), which resumed in Vienna in mid-February, is looking likely to be the decisive one.

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Amnesty’s Israel ‘apartheid’ report sets back Palestinians’ struggle

February 9, 2022 | Colin Rubenstein

Unfortunately, this Palestinian “success” with Amnesty will not only likely damage the standing of a once widely respected human rights NGO, but set back, rather than advance, hopes for Palestinians to achieve their legitimate aspirations.

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‘Apartheid’ accusation against Israel puts NGOs on road to irrelevance

February 7, 2022 | Ahron Shapiro

The apartheid smear against Israel is absurd, but it’s important to recognise how beating the apartheid drum cynically serves the political ends of the NGOs and the boycotters, like two sides of the same coin.

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Israel boycott bandwagon fails to see functioning democracy

January 13, 2022 | Jamie Hyams

It’s no surprise to see Greg Barns back on the Boycott Israel bandwagon, making false and easily disprovable claims of Israel being an Apartheid state to justify his support for the insidious Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Sydney Festival.

Acrobatic group Gravity and Other Myths will still be performing The Pulse at Sydney Festival 2022, putting its art above BDS demands

Misguided representation of Israeli-Palestinian relations has no place in our society

January 7, 2022 | Colin Rubenstein

The Australian campaign to shut doors to Naharin, rather than embrace a potential ally for Palestinian rights, says far more about the blinding, destructive obsessive animosity guiding the BDS campaign than about Israel’s alleged failings towards Palestinians. It is a deeply offensive obsession which has no place amidst the celebration of artistic creativity and diversity that the Sydney Festival represents. Patrons of the arts deserve better than the bullies of BDS.

(Source: United Nations)

Israel victimised by broken UN System

December 28, 2021 | Colin Rubenstein

There have never been better reasons to hope that a democratic movement for change can, over time, help the UN overcome its self-defeating Israel obsession. Doing so would allow the world body an opportunity to revise its priorities and reform its structures so that it can genuinely help serve the causes of international peace, cooperation, and welfare…

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